Choral Groups Thrive at Thornton
by Christian Letourneau '10
Over 200 singers pass through Room 87 to sing in one of Thornton's three choral groups: Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Chamber Singers, all under the direction of Ms. Cathy Murray. The strength of the choral program is something TA certainly is able to brag about; not many Maine schools can assemble so many singers on one stage. The quality of the program is also notable. Each year an impressive number of Thornton singers are selected for the Disctrict 1 Music Festival Choirs and the Maine All-State Chorus, including a record-setting year in 2008, when 19 TA voices were named to the All-State Chorus.
Concert Choir is the combined effort of all three classes and sings at the school's winter and spring concerts. The group consistently has close to 200 singers, and with those numbers they present engaging performances of classical, ethnic, and American music pieces. The class also serves as an introduction to singing and basic music theory.
Treble Choir is an auditioned group of entirely female voices. The class rehearses a rigorous canon of music in many genres and works on their individual musicianship through sight-reading and solfege. In 2008-09, the Choir earned an elite rating of "1" at the Maine State Large Group Festival. Treble Choir sings at the winter and spring concerts as well as various competitions and community performances in the area.
Chamber Singers is a coed auditioned group of about 30 that performs challenging, often college-level pieces at school concerts, local events, and competitions. Members also hone skills in music theory and sight reading. The Chamber Singers have had success in competition at the New York Heritage Festivals and locally at the Maine State Large Group Festival. They have also performed at the All-State Music Festival.
All groups are for-credit classes held during the school day. Concert Choir is open for anyone every semester; Treble Choir and Chamber Singers auditions are held in the spring.