Choir

Sing with Us!

Menlo School students perform during Creative Arts Night. Photo by Pete Zivkov.

Courses
  • AP Music Theory

    The course presumes a somewhat fluent level in musical reading and notation upon beginning, but the class begins with a complete review of music basics. Time is spent discovering how small patterns such as scales, intervals and triads combine to create larger units such as phrases, periods and two- and three-part form. In class, students work on sight singing and ear training; the goal is the ability to read a musical score without singing or playing out loud. Students are also taught to transcribe musical sounds into notation. Regular melodic and harmonic dictation is given in class. Short compositions are assigned throughout the year to illustrate fundamental principles being studied, and the final project is the composition of a longer piece by each student to be included in a concert at the end of the school year. Critical and analytical listening to major works from the classics of European and American composers from the Middle Ages to the present, as well as representative music of Asia and Africa, is a regular part of the curriculum.

    Prerequisite: Pass an entrance exam through Ms. Linford.

  • Chamber Choir (Knights & Knightingales)

    Chamber Singers (Knights and Knightingales) gives Menlo students the chance to experience the joy of singing in a small auditioned ensemble. This course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, and is comprised of 12 -16 voices. It is a great place to form new friendships while experiencing the fun of choral performance. There are also opportunities to participate in choral festivals and competitions during the year. Students also help generate ideas for social activities and community performances. Our singers perform in several exciting concerts and are encouraged to participate in the yearly spring choral tour. (Past tour destinations have included Europe, South America, Canada, Cuba New Zealand, and even Disneyland.) Come sing with us!

    Prerequisite: Complete any level of chorus or pass an audition with Ms. Linford.

  • Select Mixed Chorus (Menlo Choraliers)

    The Menlo Choraliers is a non-auditioned group open to men and women in grades 9-12. It is a great place to form new friendships, participate in fun activities, and sing fabulous music! Students assist with choosing and rehearsing songs, and also help come up with ideas for social activities throughout the year. Our singers perform in many exciting concerts and are encouraged to participate in the yearly spring choral tour. (Past tour destinations have included Europe, South America, Canada, Cuba New Zealand, and even Disneyland.) Come sing with us!

  • Women’s Chorus (Treble Clefs)

    The Menlo Treble Clefs is open to women grades 9-12 , without audition. It is a great place to form new friendships, participate in fun activities, and sing fabulous music! Students assist with choosing and rehearsing songs, and also help come up with ideas for social activities throughout the year. Our singers perform in many exciting concerts and are encouraged to participate in the yearly spring choral tour. (Past tour destinations have included Europe, South America, Canada, Cuba New Zealand, and even Disneyland.) Come sing with us!

Additional Programs

Chorus Trips traditionally take place each year during Spring Break, which permits singers to travel and perform for different audiences and/or to attend festivals with other high school choirs. The trip is not mandatory, and fundraising projects help with student and faculty expenses. Destinations have been worldwide, and the Chorus has performed at festivals in Hawaii, New Orleans, New York City, Cuba and Verona.

Menlo School's Chorus performs the Annual Pops and Broadway Revue. Photo by Pete Zivkov.Menlo School's Chorus performs the Annual Pops and Broadway Revue. Photo by Pete Zivkov.

Karen Linford

Karen Linford is a singer, conductor, and composer. She received her undergraduate training in music education from Chico State University, where she studied under Dr. Sharon Paul and was recognized for her work in music and composition. She received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Oregon. She has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Central Oregon Symphony, and the Sunriver Music Festival. Karen has led high school, children’s and adult choirs around the Bay Area since 1996. She loves sharing her love of music and singing with the Menlo community.

Menlo School's chorus performs. Photo by Pete Zivkov.Menlo School's chorus performs. Photo by Pete Zivkov.