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The Choral Program at BG is built on the expectation of education. Not simply an elective, the program is, in reality, very much a core subject. According to Brett Keith, music director, “the Choral program at BG is the only discipline that utilizes ALL other disciplines, such as math, science, art, history, and language simultaneously.”

The goal of the program is to not just provide music for concerts and events, but to educate the students through preparation, where they learn to be vulnerable individuals within a supportive system, baring artistry and emotion with their peers to create a moving experience for both themselves and the listener.

One-third of the student body is currently involved in curricular musical activities, an outstanding figure which can easily go unnoticed.

This year, there are nearly 85 students participating in choral activities at BG. Adding these numbers to the band, that means one-third of the student body is currently involved in curricular musical activities, an outstanding figure which can easily go unnoticed. But certainly not to the students. For Tessa Crider, junior, chorus is an outlet for her. “I’ve participated for 2 years because I love to sing. Chorus is a class different from the others because you can express yourself and see how each one of us is unique. Chorus is a place for me to just enjoy music,” she says.

One of the best things about the program is that chorus does not require much to participate. The growth that students see is part of the educational process. “Exposure to a skill is the first step to success,” explains Keith. “If you have a voice, you can sing. It may need refined and crafted, but that’s what we do as a group.”

"What the choral program does is to communicate and share artistry to those who hear it."

For Robert Byrne, sophomore, chorus is for everyone, not just experienced singers. “To participate in chorus is to make an attempt, not doing it well together, but just trying it.” Students are required to perform two formal concerts, at school masses, sporting events and public performances. Community involvement is an important part of the program, not just for the students, but for the audience as well.

“The community is always involved, as we share our process and performances with them as an audience. What the choral program does is to communicate and share artistry to those who hear it,” states Keith.

"Music is powerful and it lasts a lifetime. Champions come and go, but emotions, music and artistry are of our beings."

In addition to singing the national anthem and alma mater at school events, the group also performs at Garvey Manor during their Christmas party, as well as the Calvary Cemetery Memorial and the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center. The group has also performed for the Penn State Men’s Basketball team in the Bryce Jordan Center.

According to Keith, the impact that chorus has on students is far-reaching and lifelong. “Music is powerful and it lasts a lifetime. Champions come and go, but emotions, music and artistry are of our beings. They are a vital part of our beliefs, spirituality, society and history from the dawn of time. Music is more powerful than we know.”