Welcome to the Choral Department at Ellicott Mills Middle School. I am eager to begin my fourth year at The Mill and to embark on another fabulous musical journey together. I know that this year will offer many opportunities for us to grow as both musicians and people. I also know that we will have tons of fun along the way! Please check back frequently throughout the year so you can stay organized and informed, especially around concert time.

This year, we will have three performing ensembles: 6th Grade Concert Choir, 7th and 8th Grade Bella Voce, and 7th and 8th Grade Nova Voce.

If you have any questions, as always, please feel free to reach out to me via email, which I check frequently and will do my best to respond as quickly as possible.

 

With sincere gratitude,

Nicholas Dogas

Director of Choirs


Performance Opportunities

  This ensemble is available to sixth grade student at Ellicott Mills. Throughout the year, fundamentals of music and healthy vocal technique are introduced, and student-musicians learn the use of Kodály-Curwen Hand Signs that aid in the advancement of sight-singing abilities. Repertoire for this ensemble is carefully selected, standard unison and two-part repertoire.

This ensemble is available to sixth grade student at Ellicott Mills. Throughout the year, fundamentals of music and healthy vocal technique are introduced, and student-musicians learn the use of Kodály-Curwen Hand Signs that aid in the advancement of sight-singing abilities. Repertoire for this ensemble is carefully selected, standard unison and two-part repertoire.

  This ensemble focuses on helping young singers find their new singing voice as they navigate through a challenging voice change. Throughout the year, more Kodály-Curwen Hand Signs are introduced, and student-musicians begin to master more complex sight-singing and sight-reading passages. Repertoire for this ensemble is more diverse and advanced and features two or three parts. Sectionals are a mandatory, graded component of nova voce.

This ensemble focuses on helping young singers find their new singing voice as they navigate through a challenging voice change. Throughout the year, more Kodály-Curwen Hand Signs are introduced, and student-musicians begin to master more complex sight-singing and sight-reading passages. Repertoire for this ensemble is more diverse and advanced and features two or three parts. Sectionals are a mandatory, graded component of nova voce.

  this ensemble is the largest at eMMS and focuses on helping students develop skills that will allow them to transition to their high school choir programs.   Kodály-Curwen Hand Signs are introduced, and student-musicians begin to master more complex sight-singing and sight-reading passages. Repertoire for this choir is advanced and includes even four or five part splits. sectionals are a mandatory, graded component of bella voce.

this ensemble is the largest at eMMS and focuses on helping students develop skills that will allow them to transition to their high school choir programs. Kodály-Curwen Hand Signs are introduced, and student-musicians begin to master more complex sight-singing and sight-reading passages. Repertoire for this choir is advanced and includes even four or five part splits. sectionals are a mandatory, graded component of bella voce.