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Welcome to the South High School Music Department's web page. Our hope is to provide the students of South High with a positive musical experience that they will remember throughout their lives.  We also hope to provide the skills necessary for all students to remain active in music after their high school years.


We hope you find this site informative and that you will attend one of our concerts to support the fine music students at South High. If you have any questions or comments feel free to send us a note.

 

South's Music Staff
Mr. Sayre, Mrs. Minette, Ms. Meyers, Mrs. Hippen
Minneapolis South High School
Music Department
3131 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

612-668-4300

SOUTH HIGH TIGER ROUSER
All hail, you gallant tigers, we'll do for old South all we can.
Our hearts are always with you.
You will bring to South High a victory so grand.
All South is here to greet you, and cheer you on triumphantly.
So, FIGHT, FIGHT, TIGERS: FIGHT, FIGHT, TIGERS,
Charge and fight your way to victory.

 

Classes Offered

 

Beginning Band--a course designed to give students an opportunity to learn or relearn a band instrument at the high school level.
 
Concert Band--This ensemble is for any musician interested in continuing their band experience beyond middle school.  No audition is required, but prior band experience is necessary.  You will learn new techniques on your instrument through the rehearsal and performance of varied literature and increase your knowledge of music theory and terminology.  This group performs three evening concerts a year.
 
Symphonic Band--This ensemble is for any musician interested in continuing their band experience at a high level. An audition is required to join this ensemble. You will learn new techniques on your instrument through the rehearsal and performance of varied literature and increase your knowledge of music theory and terminology. This group performs three evening concerts a year. 

Wind Ensemble--This ensemble is for any musician interested in continuing their band experience at a challenging level.  An audition is required to join this ensemble.  You will learn new techniques on your instrument through the rehearsal and performance of varied literature and increase your knowledge of music theory and terminology.  This group performs three evening concerts a year and participates in a tour in the spring.

Jazz Ensemble II--a group of musicians who perform jazz in the traditional Big Band setting. Students explore and perform works of various styles and periods. This ensemble learns the fundamentals of jazz,  including: soloing, style, terminology and theory.  An audition is required for admittance. This is a Zero Hour class.

Jazz Ensemble I--This ensemble performs many different genres of music including swing, bop, funk, rock, and more. Improvisation and stylistic interpretation is the focus of this group. Auditions for the jazz ensembles are held in early September of each school year.  Students can audition on traditional big band instruments: alto, tenor and bari sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, vibes, and drum set.  Jazz I performs four or more public concerts and gigs a year.  This is a Zero Hour class.

 

Beginning Strings--a course designed to give students an opportunity to learn or relearn an orchestra instrument at the high school level.

String Orchestra--a performance based group that works on varied styles of music available to string orchestras. Students learn the principles of performance such as bowing, tone production and style.

Chamber Orchestra--a select group of musicians who perform at a high level of proficiency. The group offers advanced students a challenge of working on concert literature at a difficult level.  An audition is required for admittance.


 
Concert Choir--This mixed vocal ensemble of all voice parts is for any student interested in continuing their choral experience beyond middle school.  Note-reading and musical concepts are learned, as are the fundamentals of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to music from varied genres and time periods.  This group performs three evening public concerts a year.  The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in collaboration with the rest of the ensemble.  Prior choral experience or audition not necessary.  Entrance is available year-round.

Bass Choir--This vocal ensemble of tenors and basses is for any student who is interested in singing with other tenors and basses in a small ensemble.  Note-reading and musical concepts are learned, as are the fundamentals of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to music from varied genres and time periods.  This ensemble performs three public concerts a year.  The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in collaboration with the rest of the ensemble.  Prior choral experience or audition not necessary.  Entrance is available year-round.

Treble Choir--This select vocal ensemble of sopranos and altos is for the intermediate choral student interested in continuing their choral experience.  More challenging note-reading and musical concepts are learned and built upon, as are the elements of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to challenging music from varied genres and time periods.  This group performs at least three evening public concerts a year and sometimes performs outside the school.  The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble and to represent the school with pride and distinction both inside and outside the school.  Prior choral experience is preferred.    An audition is required for admittance.

Varsity Choir--This select, mixed vocal ensemble of sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses is for the advanced choral student, and is comprised of juniors and seniors (sometimes freshmen and sophomores are selected for the tenor and bass sections).  More sophisticated note-reading and musical concepts are learned and built upon, as are the artistic elements of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to sophisticated music from varied genres and time periods.  This group performs at least four evening public concerts a year and often performs outside the school.  The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in sophisticated, artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble and to represent the school with pride and distinction both inside and outside the school.  This ensemble tours nationally each Spring.  Prior choral experience is necessary.  An audition is required for admittance.

Pop Singers--This small, highly-select mixed vocal ensemble of sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses is for the highly-advanced choral student.  Highly-sophisticated note-reading and musical concepts are learned and built upon, as are highly-artistic elements of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to sophisticated arrangements from the genres of jazz, blues, and pop. There is a focus on both ensemble sound and solo singing and there are collaborations with the jazz band. This group performs at least four evening public concerts a year and also performs extensively outside the school.  The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in sophisticated, artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble and to represent the school with pride and distinction both inside and outside the school.  This ensemble tours nationally each Spring.  Prior choral experience is necessary.  Students selected for this ensemble must also be currently enrolled in another performing music ensemble at South High School.  An audition is required for admittance.  Auditions are held in September.  This class meets Zero Hour.
 


Class Piano--offered to students at any level of proficiency, piano encourages students to expand their musical horizons by learning the piano. Students perform recitals weekly.

Guitar Class I--offered to students at any level of proficiency.

Guitar Class II--offered to students who have completed Guitar Class I or by teacher recommendation.

Creative Composition/Music Theory--This course is designed to give advancing high school musicians a chance to improve their academic knowledge of written music, aural skills, and learn introductory skills in composition and orchestration.  Students enrolling in this class must have a strong background in reading and performing music.