Chorale by Director’s Assistant Lydia Harrison
Chorale is the youngest and largest ensemble at Harrison Jr. School. We are a group made of 72 members focused on expanding our knowledge of music. We perform SAB pieces as we discover our voices and learn to read and understand music. Learning music theory assists us in achieving our goal of learning music and being able to comprehend it. Movement also helps us form the connection with the music and find the beat. Chorale performs at the quarterly concerts and at King’s Island in the spring. Mrs. Withrow is our choir director, and our inspiration. She not only shows how to perform on stage, but she taught us things about life. Kathi Elliott is our amazing accompanist, and we are very excited to work with her this year. Chorale is ready to learn all about music and to make Harrison Jr. School proud with our performances!
Symphonic Singers by Director’s Assistant Courtney Reckelhoff
Symphonic Singers is the advanced ensemble at Harrison Jr. High. We have 45 members dedicated to extending their musical knowledge and abilities. The group explores SAB pieces, but also experiments with SATB repertoire. Along with the vocals, we demonstrate our musical connection with movement. We explore music theory, which widens our understanding of music reading. We focus on being a choir: “as one”. Everything we do, we do as one. We have performed at King’s Island, and at every seasonal concert. This choir is directed by Kelsey Withrow, who guides and teaches us the ways of the theatre. Kathi Elliott is our amazing accompanist, who provides the music we perform to. Without them, we couldn’t be as one. The Symphonic Singers are ecstatic to perform for everyone!
Causing Treble by Director’s Assistant Robert Mumfrey
Causing Treble is an advanced Jr A Cappella group. We have a total of 48 members that are in love with singing and the idea of making music with just our voices. We are challenged with SSATB (soprano 1, soprano 2, alto, tenor, bass) and Vocal Percussion. In Causing Treble we can’t rely on just one person, everyone has to do their part, from the Beatboxers to the Basses, and everything in between. There is no “me” in causing treble, but there is an “us”. We have performed at the SLSD elementary schools, and Kings Island, and I am very excited to see what happens over the next few years. This group is directed by Mrs. Withrow. She is an amazing director. She listens to our ideas and incorporates them into our pieces. Mrs. Withrow is the glue that holds us together. Nobody else could have near as much patience and ability to work with us as Mrs. Withrow. We are very excited to see you at our next performance!
Women’s Choir by Director’s Assistant Abigail Gibson
Treble Cats is the female ensemble at Harrison High School.The group is currently in its sixth year, and holds the name “Treble Cats” because we are all treble voices. The group has recently been referred to as “Women’s Choir” and we meet during first bell everyday to learn a variety of music, including music theory. Our repertoire consists of musical theater, pop with choreography, language pieces, and contest rep. We love to dance in our red and black dresses, and can’t wait to share “I’m In Love With A Monster”. Enjoy our singing lady cats!
Concert Choir by Director’s Assistant Tatum Jackson
Concert choir is a place where we all come together and make beautiful music. We don’t just sing, we work the muscles in our body to make our sound full and to sing properly. We are learning music theory everyday when we walk through the doors. Whether it be the duration of a notes, or a key signature of the song, and before class begins, we warm up our voices and prepare to sing for the rehearsal. Concert Choir involves learning new languages, cultures and the history of songs and the people who wrote them. Concert Choir also involves a lot of teamwork and leadership to keep the “ship” sailing, so that is why we have our Leadership Committee who is always ready to assist Withrow in a task. Concert Choir is really about appreciation for music and understanding for the music we are performing.
Take Note by Director’s Assistant Rebekah Patterson
Take Note is an all girls Acapella group comprised of 18 wonderful ladies. Take Note is the first all women’s Acapella group that Harrison has had. We will be competing in ICHSA for the first time this coming year. We have performed at King’s Island and will be participating in Acafest and in this years Blink Parade hosted by Pam Kravetz. Take Note is a group that wants to show others the power that women have and how women are changing the world one step at a time. We begin rehearsal at 7 a.m. every morning and are always striving to be the best that we can be. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming performances.
DYNAMIX by Director’s Assistant Max Wilke
Composed of 17 talented and well-rounded students, DYNAMIX is one of Harrison’s two advanced chorale groups. Since DYNAMIX’s creation last year, we have competed in the International Championship for High School A cappella (ICHSA), Performed in various places around the local community, Visited and performed at King’s Island, and participated in Kettering, Ohio’s ACA Fest. This year we will be further developing our skills as a group and as individual performers with our new sister choir Take Note. We can be found in a multitude of upcoming events such as a performance in Cincinnati’s Blink Parade hosted by Pamela Kravetz and in many of the holiday concerts near you. DYNAMIX focuses on adapting and evolving the community through our laid back, suave styled singing and dancing. Each of our Students hold A Cappella close to their hearts while simultaneously balancing high GPA’s and involvement in other activities within the school. Our group begins rehearsal every morning at 7:00 A.m. with an occasional after school practice to best prepare ourselves for our shows. Once we have set the stage we look forward to seeing you at any of our future performances.