Jenise Coon, a Chico local and graduate of Chico High and Chico State, has been a Choir, Band, and Musical Theatre Director since 1998. She is enjoying her second year as Choral and Musical Theatre Director of Chico High School, where she directs 6 Vocal Groups (A Cappella Choir, Mixed Chorus, Chico Chic, Chico Voce, and the Sac Street Boys) as well as the Musical Theatre Program. Ms Coon’s choirs continue the legacy of musical excellence at Chico High, receiving top honors and consistent Superior Ratings at Choral Festivals and sending students to the top All State Honor Choir. The choirs perform in many concerts each year as well as the Victorian Dinner in December, a four-course dinner and musical play. Ms Coon’s Musical Theatre classes have earned top honors with the “Excellence in Acting” Award from iTheatrics, and perform 2 Musicals a year. Ms Coon also recently was awarded the Freddie G Fellowship in 2018, as well as Chico High School’s Rotary Teacher of the Year and a Butte County Educator of the Year. In March 2019, Ms Coon will conduct a 7-day performance tour to Ireland where the CHS Choir will perform all over the country, culminating in a concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Chico High School choirs have a rich history of outstanding concerts and are respected for consistently high performance standards. The choirs, whether auditioned or non-auditioned, are open to all Chico High students- there is a choir to suit everyone!. Each of the six choirs performs in at least one major concert a semester and participates in a variety of other activities, including community performances and outreach to the local elementary and Jr. High schools. Choir is a great way to make new friends, connect and give back to the community, learn to read and write music, learn vocal techniques, and gain the confidence and poise it takes to perform in a group in front of an audience. Thank you to all the amazing parents, staff, community members and students who have helped to shape the Chico High Choral program throughout the years.
There are six ensembles in the Choral Department:
Each of these ensembles performs at concerts and for special events in the community throughout the year. The two large ensembles, A Cappella Choir and Mixed Chorus consistently take top honors at regional festivals in Northern California. Voce and Sac Street Boys are highly sought after by the community for special performances throughout the year.
|The A Cappella Choir is a 40-voice mixed choir. This is the premier large ensemble at Chico High School. Students must pass a rigorous audition to be primarily on traditional choral music ranging from the Renaissance to 20th century compositions.|
|Another ensemble at Chico High is Chico Chic. Chic's focus is "girl group" songs from the 50's and 60's. Chic meets once a week during lunch. Singing Valentines and Birthday Grams are two of Chic's big events.|
||Vocal Jazz is one of the most difficult styles of music to learn and perform. The members of ChicoVoce must be the musicians of the highest caliber. Voce is currently a female jazz group that rehearses one day a week at lunch.|
|Chico High Madrigal Choir is another small group that rehearses at lunch one day a week. They sing music from the Renaissance period. Students must be enrolled in Mixed Chorus or A Cappella Choir to participate.|
|The Sac Street Boys are the Chico High group most requested to perform at events on campus and throughout the community. Their Barbershop Quartet stylings, along with their dynamic personalities, create a very entertaining combination. The Sac Street Boys meet once a week during lunch. Singing Valentines and Birthday Grams are two of the Sac Street Boys' big events.|