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Welcome to your source of information for the Skutt Catholic High School Vocal Music Department! This site is one of the best ways for students, parents, alumni, and friends to stay connected to the vibrant and exciting world of singing at Skutt Catholic. We are currently celebrating the 24th year of singing at our school. Being part of this program teaches students the importance of teamwork, the value of hard work, the ethic of good sportsmanship, and develops self confidence. Studies show that students who participate in programs such as this get better grades, have higher graduation rates, and get into less trouble than the student population as a whole. Thank you for visiting skuttcatholic.com, and may a song be ever in your heart!


2016-2017 Honors Concert Choir (Chamber Choir)

Sophomores, juniors and seniors, with at least one year (2 semesters) of high school choir experience, may audition for this performance oriented class.  Auditions will be held during the month of April for the upcoming school year. Chamber Choir will consist of 16-24 balanced voices, and will meet separately from the Concert Choir.  Honors credit is issued to all students who are a member of Chamber Choir. The ensemble will perform at four home concerts each year, as well as compete in District Music Contest and sing at other events throughout the year. Chamber Choir students will sing a variety of music, including music from all time periods and styles.  In addition, the students meet their honors credit requirement by completing a research project in conjunction with each of the four home concerts. Chamber Choir members, like Concert Choir members, will have the opportunity to audition for All State, Regional and National Honor Choirs, Vivace show choir, Musettes women’s choir, and Hawkappella men’s choir.  Singing with the Music Ministry ensemble for All-School Masses is always voluntary.

Congratulations to everyone who auditioned for the 2016-2017 Chamber Choir. The auditions were very competitive and I'm looking forward to working with both ensembles next year. We have some very talented singers here at Skutt Catholic, so 2016-2017 will certainly be an exciting year! The Chamber Choir will perform with the Omaha Symphony in the Choral Collaborative, compete at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Sioux City, Iowa, and will also be featured at the Wayne State College Honor Festival and as part of the SNJ A Cappella Concert in April of 2018.

Auditions for the 2017-2018 Chamber Choir will be recorded and are due to be uploaded by April 27th at 5 pm. Current Choir members should see Mr. Storm regarding audition questions. 17-18 Honors Concert Choir Audition Packet

2016-17 Chamber Choir

 


2017-2018 Vivace Auditions - Thursday, May 11

We are seeking all interested male and female students for the 2017-2018 Vivace Show Choir.  Auditions will be held on Thursday, May 11 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Skutt Catholic Music Room.  There is a required choreography learning session on Monday, May 8 in the SC Commons from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  An optional choreography review will take place on Tuesday, May 9th from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. on the SC stage.

Singing Portion:  Come prepared to sing 30-45 seconds of a Broadway or pop song that represents the best of your singing ability AND “America” (My Country ‘Tis of Thee).  You will sing both songs a cappella (without accompaniment).

Dance Portion:  The audition choreography will be taught on Monday, May 8.  This way, those auditioning will all have the same amount of time to prepare for their audition.  Wear comfortable shoes that tie and clothes that you can move in for both the choreography learning session on May 8th and the audition on May 11th.

Everyone must earn their spot in the ensemble and all spots are open. Please prepare to the best of your ability to have a great audition. The audition packet will be found here on April 1. Those interested in auditioning should also fill out all of the information in this Google form - https://goo.gl/forms/qbUT69A5orY5r82V2. Once you have submitted the form, and after April 1, an audition packet will be emailed to you. We also need instrumentalists for the back-up band. We are looking for keyboards and brass players! If you are, or know of, someone who might be interested, please contact Mr. Storm at chrisstorm@skuttcatholic.com or stop by the music room to talk with him personally.

 


Dublin Choral Festival - June12-21, 2018

Having received approval from the Skutt Catholic Administration, I have accepted an invitation for our choirs to join choirs from across the United States for the Dublin Choral Festival and continue their tour to Stonehenge, Cardiff and London from June 12 through the 21st, 2018. This festival chorus combines under the direction of Dr. William Skoog, Director of Choral Studies at Rhodes College.

This opportunity allows our singers in BOTH Concert Choir and Honors Concert Choir next year the distinction of singing in the internationally-renowned Dublin Choral Festival and we will also be able to participate in the American Celebration of Music in Britain during our stay in London. This is an unparalleled educational opportunity for our students that will, much like our 2014 tour to Rome and our 2016 tour to Washington DC, create memories that will last a lifetime. We are, once again, extending our tour to add additional travel and performance time and opportunities.

I am VERY excited about this opportunity and would LOVE to have all of our singers able to share in this opportunity. This really marks a great chance for our choirs to continue to raise their performance standard, and to continue to make a name for ourselves in the metro area, and across the Midwest. For more information on this Dublin Choral Festival and how you can get involved, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Storm at chrisstorm@skuttcatholic.com for an itinerary and payment information. Registration forms are due back on March 30th for current choir members. Choir members can sign up after the start of the 2017-2018 school year, if space is still available. In future years I am planning to continue choir department travel during the late spring or early summer of each even-numbered year. We will continue with both domestic and international travel, as opportunities and worthwhile invitations arise. Please feel encouraged to share this travel information with friends who are still thinking about singing with us next year.

Brochure and Sample Itinerary Dublin & London Brochure

Tour Registration Form Dublin Registration Form

 


Future Choir Tours and Travel

For planning and budgeting purposes, please keep these future Skutt Catholic Choir Department travel opportunities in mind.

2017-2018 - Skutt Catholic Choir Department International Tour - June 12-21, 2018. International Tour and Choral Festival in Dublin and London, planned through Music Celebrations International. This 10-day and 8-night choral festival is open to ANY AND ALL Skutt Catholic singers who would like to participate. If you are a singer who is or has worked under my direction at Skutt Catholic, this is a tour possibility for you - even if you have graduated! The tour will include singing in a festival chorus with choirs from around the world, as well as working with composers, conductors, and professional ensembles who already have a connection with our department. Like the tour to Rome in 2014 and to Washington DC in 2016, we will continue to offer this travel to alumni singers and current singers alike. I am very excited about this tour and look forward to finalizing tour details over the coming months! We want to have as many members of the program signed on to participate as possible, so please consider this as a once in a lifetime opportunity and start putting some funds away today! We will begin individual fundraising for this experience on April 1, 2017. 

2018-2019 - Vivace and Chamber Choir - February, 2019. Tour and Competition in the Midwest. This is an opportunity for both the Chamber Choir and Vivace to perform with and compete against choirs from across the Midwest. All members of Vivace and Chamber Choir will participate in this multi-day tour, which will also include workshops with highly-respected collegiate choral directors en route to our final destination. We will make every effort to fundraise for the cost of this tour so that there is little to no out-of-pocket expense for the student members of each ensemble.

 


Vocal Music Staff

Mr. Chris Storm, Director of Choral Activities and Piano

Chris Storm currently is in his 16th year of teaching, the last eight of which have been as Director of Choral Activities and Piano at Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, NE. After completing his Bachelor of Music Education degree at South Dakota State University, and his Masters of Music degree at the University of South Dakota, Mr. Storm taught junior high and high school vocal music in South Dakota and Iowa before moving to Nebraska.

Mr. Storm has been actively involved in the American Choral Director’s Association since 1996. In 2002, he was a part of the North Central-ACDA Women’s High School Honor Choir planning committee. He is currently serving as the Nebraska Choral Director’s Association Show Choir Repertoire and Resources Chair, after serving as the District 2 East Representative. Mr. Storm has also been very involved in the National Association for Music Education since joining the SDSU Student chapter in the fall of 1996, eventually serving as that chapter’s vice president, and president. He is currently the Nebraska Music Education Association Choral Affairs Apprentice Chair. Mr. Storm has presided at state and regional conferences for both the ACDA and MENC. He has also presented sessions for the annual University of South Dakota Collegiate NAfME Day, for the Nebraska Music Educator's Association, and for the 2008 National NAfME Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Choirs under Mr. Storm’s leadership have participated in extensive annual tours throughout the US. These performance tours have all been independently planned by Mr. Storm. Using networked resources, these choirs have performed at some of the most amazing churches, basilicas, and cathedrals in the country. His students have also had the opportunity to work with composers including Michael McGlynn, Judith Clurman, Moses Hogan, John Rutter, Tim Seelig, Z. Randall Stroope, and James Mulholland on several original and commissioned works.

For more information about the choirs at Skutt Catholic, please contact Mr. Storm at (402) 333-0818 ext. 1170, or at chrisstorm@skuttcatholic.com.


Mrs. Beth Wagner, Collaborative Pianist - Concert Choir, Chamber Choir & Musical


Mr. Ben Eklund, Vivace Choreographer

Ben Eklund is a freelance choreographer based out of Lincoln, Nebraska. He studied music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he is currently the assistant director and choreographer of the University of Nebraska collegiate show choir, Big Red Singers. He has been around championship and competitive choirs of all types since long before he could even walk, much less dance. He choreographs and clinics for a number of schools in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Missouri. In the past, he was one of three nominated by F.A.M.E. for the “Best New Choreographer” Aspire award. The schools with which he has had the pleasure of working have earned multiple finals appearances, best vocals, best choreography, and Grand Champion honors.


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2016 Washington DC and NYC Tour Highlight Video

2014 Rome Tour Highlight Video

2014 International Choral Festival - Rome Concert

Recorded Live in Concert at Skutt Catholic