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Boulder High School

 

 

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Boulder High is truly "a place for everyone" when it comes ​to our Music Department, including Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Choir.

We offer a variety of instrumental and vocal music ensembles for anyone wishing to make music. All our teachers are professional musicians and bring a wealth of expertise to these performance-based classrooms. Each year we have students selected for State and National Honor ensembles.



 

 

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 Program Information

Concert Band (Band Level 2)/Wind Ensemble (Band Level 3)

Concert Band and Wind Ensemble are classes that meet during the school day in the fall and spring semesters. Each performs for school concerts, competitions, and graduation.

The dress code for performances for both groups is black and white dress clothes. Shoes should be black dress shoes with dark socks.

Concert Band is open to all students who play a musical instrument. Wind Ensemble requires an audition. Middle school directors will be contacted with information concerning these auditions; however, if you are unsure about the audition times and places or have any questions, please contact the Beau Bryson (beau.bryson@bvsd.org). The audition consists of playing major and minor scales, sight-reading, and performing a piece of the student's choice that showcases their talents.

All students interested in Concert Band or Wind Ensemble should enroll in Concert Band. Students will be placed into the correct ensemble once auditions have been finalized.

Parents are always needed to chaperone for competitions and trips, to help with the music library, and to assist at concerts.

The Wind Ensemble and Concert Band perform in September for our Music Showcase; in December and May for concerts; in April for contests; and in the spring for graduation. As the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band are performing ensembles, missing any of these performances will result in the lowering of a student's grade.


Orchestra

Everyone who wants to make music with an orchestral instrument is welcomed in the Boulder High Orchestras.​

Symphony Orchestra (N81) is for everyone interested in making music with a violin, viola, 'cello or bass. We play string and full orchestra repertoire. Harpists and pianists are welcomed, as well (see Dr. Mason for details). NO AUDITION.

Chamber Orchestra (N86) is one of two advanced orchestras at Boulder High School. This group focuses on chamber music and stringed orchestra repertoire from the past four centuries. Full Orchestra Repertoire is also included in our curriculum. Harpists and pianists are welcomed, as well (see Dr. Mason for details). Audition required.

Orchestra 3 (N83) is Boulder High School's other advanced-level orchestra. This group plays String and Full Orchestra Repertoire from the past four centuries. Chamber Music is available. Harpists and pianists are welcomed, as well (see Dr. Mason for details). Audition required.

Full Orchestra is a unique and exciting aspect of our Boulder High Music Department. Full Orchestra takes place during orchestra class time. We combine with the bands on a weekly basis, at minimum. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players wishing to participate in Full Orchestra should register for Concert Band or Wind Ensemble.​

Orchestra FAQs​

Orchestra Handbook

About Dr. Mason​


Jazz Unlimited (Jazz Band 1)/Landmark Jazz (Jazz Band 2)/Boulder Jazz (Jazz Band 3)

There are three jazz bands offered at Boulder High School: Boulder Jazz, Landmark Jazz, and Jazz Unlimited. All bands require an audition. Middle school directors will be contacted with information concerning these auditions; however, if you are unsure about the audition times and places or have any questions, please contact Beau Bryson (beau.bryson@bvsd.org). There are also opportunities to perform in Jazz Combos. These are often formed by students and rehearse at times determined by the students, with the help of the director.

Jazz Unlimited members learn various musical styles and the basics of improvisation, as well as basic music theory.

Lanmark Jazz members play a wide variety of music and continue their study of jazz through improvisation, music theory, and so forth.

Boulder Jazz members play a wide variety of music, from swing to funk. The group often performs at various community events and competitions. Its members are among Boulder High's most skilled musicians.

All jazz groups perform at school concerts and compete in or attend several festivals during the year. The director and the students usually determine these festivals. They are announced as soon as possible.

Students interested in any of the jazz bands should enroll in Jazz Unlimited. Students will be placed into the correct ensemble once auditions have been finalized.

Parents are always needed to chaperone for competitions and trips, and to help with concerts.


Choir

Link to the Choir Website.

Choir is a course designed to promote academic achievement through music expression, creation, theory, and aesthetic valuation. Students in choir will study a wide variety of choral music while developing vocal technique. A variety of travel and performance opportunities will be provided throughout the school year including a fall choir retreat, multiple school concerts, traveling tours, and music festivals.

N60 CONCERT CHOIR
Level: 9-12
Course Length: 2 semesters, 10 credits
Prerequisites: None

Concert choir is a year-long course that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. Concert Choir emphasizes the basics of vocal technique, sight-reading, music theory, and music history.  Culminating performances are a meaningful and mandatory component of this class. Students in Concert Choir are expected to participate in two evening concerts each semester as a major part of their grade.


N62 SELECT WOMEN'S CHOIR (Aria)
Level: 9-12
Course Length: 2 semesters, 10 credits
Prerequisites: Audition 

Aria is a year-long course offered to treble voiced students as a progression in the choral sequence.  The student receives a deeper exploration of vocal technique, music theory, and music history through the study of a wide variety of choral music written for treble voices.  Culminating performances are a meaningful and mandatory component of this class. Students in Treble Choir are expected to participate in two evening concerts each semester as a major part of their grade as well as out of school performances that may arise.

N64 SELECT MIXED CHOIR (High Altitude)
Level: 9-12
Course Length: 2 Semesters, 10 credits
Prerequisites: Audition

High Altitude a year-long, upper-level performance ensemble offered to experienced music students who are accomplished in vocal performance. Students will continue to develop vocal technique and musicianship as well as develop performance skills and critical thinking skills through the analysis of musical elements, including form and text. Students in this ensemble are expected to participate in multiple evening concerts and out of school performances as a major part of their grade.

​Football Pep Band/Beach Band/Basketball Pep Band

Football Pep Band

In 2001 the students, parents, instrumental music faculty and administration at Boulder High School decided to make a change from the more traditional marching band to one that reflects our school community. This band will focus on music performance and will no longer march for half-time shows. It will still provide music and half-time performances for football games and perform in Boulder parades.

The Football Pep Band's season extends from mid-August to the end of October or early November. Following the main season, we perform in a couple of parades and may go on a major trip in the spring. Prior to school starting in late August we hold a band camp.

The Football Pep Band includes the instrumentalists and the Color Guard. Any Boulder High student who plays a musical instrument, whether enrolled in an instrumental music class or not, is encouraged to be in the The Football Pep Band. Color Guard membership is open to any BHS student - prior experience is not necessary.

Once school begins in the fall, members usually rehearse twice a week. Each rehearsal begins at 3:15 P.M. and usually ends by 5:00 P.M. Practices will rarely run late, but the possibility always exists. Carpools are available if your student needs help getting to and from rehearsals. Practices will take place in the band room at BHS. Additional rehearsals may be called for special occasions or if deemed necessary by the members or the director.

Band Camp is held yearly. During Band Camp students will rehearse music, work on show ideas and have a lot of fun. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

Sectional rehearsals may be held if necessary. Each instrumental section has its own section leader who is responsible for his or her section's performance and behavior.

The Football Pep Band will not wear a prescribed uniform. Each member will receive a special band shirt, but the director and The Football Pep Band will decide what the group will wear for each individual performance. The Color Guard will wear specific outfits depending upon what the Color Guard is doing. They have a warm up outfit and show outfit. Color Guard participants will be contacted in August about uniform details and needs. No student will be denied the opportunity to participate in the Football Pep Band because of difficulties with paying fees.

The BHS Football Pep Band Boulder and Color Guard perform at all home football games, rallies, Boulder parades and Music Showcase. The members of The Football Pep Band will decide upon additional performances. All home football games are played at Recht Field. Most games are on Friday nights, however there may be one or two Thursday games each year. The Football Pep Band plays in the stands for the first half of the game and at half time will put on a unique and spectacular show for the fans. During the third quarter of the game, the Football Pep Band gets a break and the Beach Band (see below) goes onto the side of the field to perform. During the fourth quarter, the whole band again convenes to play. Parents are highly encouraged to come and cheer on the team and instrumental music. Many band members get together after games to socialize and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants.

Basketball Pep Band

The Basketball Pep Band is limited to 25 students and plays for all boys and girls home varsity basketball games. Membership is open to all students at Boulder High and requires an audition and director approval.

The basketball season begins in November or early December and ends sometime in February, depending upon playoffs. There are usually 2 or 3 games per week, school nights and weekends. While there is no specific uniform, students usually wear clothing that displays school spirit.​

​​Music Links​

Careers in Music 
Colorado All State Band ​
Colorado All State Orchestra 
Colorado All State Choir 
Western States Honor Orchestra 
Instrumental Music Parents Association (IMPA) ​


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Boulder Arts Focus Pathway

Boulder High School is proud to offer the Boulder Arts Focus Pathway (BAFP). ​This is an exciting program for students who have a passion for the visual and performing arts to earn an endorsement on their diploma for completing courses in the arts, mentoring with local artists, and making art an integral part of their lives. Colleges, universities,​​ and employers will recognize the creative problem solving, innovative ideas, and collaboration of this select group of emerging student visual and performing artists.​​​​




About BAFP

Mission: The mission of the Boulder High School Arts Focus Pathway (BAFP) is to provide a comprehensive education in the visual arts and performing arts, which will enable students to succeed in the diverse global societies of the 21st century.

Rationale: Boulder High School firmly believes that the visual arts and performing arts strengthen cognitive and emotional development as students learn to be creative, collaborative, critical thinkers who are globally aware, as well as lifelong advocates for the arts with sophisticated senses of visual literacy. BAFP students acquire a strong appreciation of art and skills to decipher, evaluate, and comprehend meaning in our contemporary world. Visual and performing arts graduates will leave BAFP w​ith a strong portfolio and will be prepared for a career in the visual and/or performing arts. Gifted and talented visual and performing artists will be challenged to develop to their highest potential during their high school years. Current technologies will be utilized to create art. We seek to graduate visual and performing art students in the 21st century who have the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics that will make this world a safer, more thoughtful, and more inclusive place in which to live. Not only the Boulder Arts Focus Pathway students, but also all BHS students will benefit from the increased opportunities of the BAFP.​​






Goals

The overarching goal for the BAFP is to increase the quantity and the quality of learning experiences that enable all students to meet and exceed high standards of achievement by creating, performing, and responding to the arts in the school culture, courses, and extracurricular opportunities. In the process of achieving this broad goal, the subgoals are to

  • Provide students with an opportunity to expand and focus their arts education in order to achieve more learning.
  • Increase the quality and expertise of course offerings in the visual and performing arts with assistance from counseling, arts teachers, school recruiters, and community businesses.
  • Increase community involvement opportunities for art students to “apprentice” with local visual and performing artists.
  • Create partnerships among BHS students and staff, arts and cultural organizations, higher education, and other agencies in order to advance our visual arts education program.
  • Increase professional development opportunities for arts instructors.
  • Increase visual and performing arts opportunities at the local, state, and national levels appropriate for each student’s optimal development in the arts.

Credits

Students graduate with a Boulder Arts Focus endorsement on their diploma at several levels. (Students have approximately 70 discretionary credits available during their 4 years at BHS.)

  • Arts Novice Focus = 20-30 credits
  • Arts Apprentice Focus = 35-50 credits
  • Arts Master Focus = 55+ credits
  • Renaissance Focus = crossover courses in three or more distinct areas. Minimum: Novice/20 credits to attain Renaissance Focus​​

​Outside of School Opportunities

Students will take part in visual and performing arts opportunities outside of the school day, thereby embedding the arts in their everyday lives. This will be done by completing a minimum number of hours attending arts events, taking lessons, participating in performances, or apprenticing in the arts community with a professional organization or individual artist. Each BAFP student will meet a minimum number of hours, which are as follows:

  • Freshman = 5+ hours per semester
  • Sophomore = 10+ hours per semester
  • Junior = 15+ hours per semester
  • Senior = 20+ hours per semester

We encourage upperclassmen to mentor with an artist/arts organization in the community in a career they are interested in. BAFP will match students with an opportunity. Parents will be required to meet with the volunteer, approve the mentorship, and supervise the “apprenticeship.” A teacher and the BAFP coordinator will assist in this opportunity.​

Selection

​Students may apply in any semester.

  1. Counselors and teachers provide guidance toward courses and timelines to fit in basic requirements and arts credits for graduation. Catalog flow charts, handouts, and personal meetings will be utilized toward this end.
  2. Students will be able to personalize their arts experience by choosing courses to fit needs and interests.
  3. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in BAFP and 2.5 GPA at BHS. If the GPA falls below the minimum, students, parents, counselors, an art teacher, and an administrator will meet to develop a plan for the student. If after a semester of probation, the student fails to improve the overall GPA, a second meeting will be established to assess and possibly remove the student from BAFP, if necessary, each on a case-by-case basis. A school administrator will be in charge of identifying and setting up meetings.​​


 

 

 Teachers

 

 

Mary Batemanhttp://boh.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/mary_bateman.aspxhttp://boh.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/mary_bateman.aspx{df4c9d17-a48a-4b77-8f14-d5ae2c2d0134}Mary BatemanTEACHERGP0|#42b82450-2be3-4f6b-a79f-499fd0cb706f;L0|#042b82450-2be3-4f6b-a79f-499fd0cb706f|Music;GTSet|#047c81e0-37dc-4eae-934f-e677abc2b456;GPP|#36b67266-b883-4ee8-ae6b-b9d14b9826e2;GPP|#980f1f2d-d1e8-4885-9a6e-4d8a43f2f64e;GPP|#4d055820-42d8-4f9b-843d-27bc329df1ff720-561-2230mary.bateman@bvsd.org2216https://sites.google.com/bvsd.org/bhschoir, https://sites.google.com/bvsd.org/bhschoir
Beau Brysonhttp://boh.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/beau_bryson.aspxhttp://boh.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/beau_bryson.aspx{df4c9d17-a48a-4b77-8f14-d5ae2c2d0134}Beau BrysonTEACHERGP0|#42b82450-2be3-4f6b-a79f-499fd0cb706f;L0|#042b82450-2be3-4f6b-a79f-499fd0cb706f|Music;GTSet|#047c81e0-37dc-4eae-934f-e677abc2b456;GPP|#36b67266-b883-4ee8-ae6b-b9d14b9826e2;GPP|#980f1f2d-d1e8-4885-9a6e-4d8a43f2f64e;GPP|#4d055820-42d8-4f9b-843d-27bc329df1ff720-561-2227beau.bryson@bvsd.org1109https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/mr-bryson-s-class-website/, https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/mr-bryson-s-class-website/
Katharine Masonhttp://boh.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/kip_mason.aspxhttp://boh.bvsd.org/About/directory/profiles/Pages/kip_mason.aspx{df4c9d17-a48a-4b77-8f14-d5ae2c2d0134}Katharine MasonTEACHER, MUSICGP0|#42b82450-2be3-4f6b-a79f-499fd0cb706f;L0|#042b82450-2be3-4f6b-a79f-499fd0cb706f|Music;GTSet|#047c81e0-37dc-4eae-934f-e677abc2b456;GPP|#36b67266-b883-4ee8-ae6b-b9d14b9826e2;GPP|#980f1f2d-d1e8-4885-9a6e-4d8a43f2f64e;GPP|#4d055820-42d8-4f9b-843d-27bc329df1ff720-561-2212kip.mason@bvsd.org2216