Lincoln Southeast Choirs

The LSE vocal department is very proud of our eight excellent choirs.
On this page, you can learn more about each group.


   Ars Nova 
  Bel Canto 
Countesses & Noblemen
Court Choir
  Excalibur 
Knight Sounds
Queen's Court
 Singing Knights


Ars Nova

Ars Nova
Photo from 2015-2016

Director:  Mrs. Noonan

Accompanist:  Julie Eschliman

Grade Levels:  Seniors and Juniors

Class Size: Twelve, male and female

Style(s) of Music:  Jazz (accompanied and a cappella) and some pop

Performance Opportunities:  Many community performances, especially during December. 
    Three major concerts at school, and several jazz festivals each year.

About Ars Nova:  Ars Nova is a very small choir, which requires each member to be an
    exceptionally strong and independent musician.  They often perform with microphones
    and an instrumental combo.

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Bel Canto

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(Photo from 2015-2016)

Director:  Mrs. Noonan  

Accompanist:  Julie Eschliman

Grade Levels:  Seniors and Juniors

Class Size: 14-22, male and female

Style(s) of Music:  A cappella, mainly madrigals, but also some classical and a few pop
    songs second semester.

Performance Opportunities:  Many community performances, especially during December. 
    Three major school concerts, including hosting the Madrigal Night in December.  Travels
    to Kansas City for the Renaissance Festival in October.  Performs at LPS Solo/Small Ensemble
    Festival in the Spring.

About Bel Canto:  Bel Canto is a small group that sings all music without accompaniment, so
    its members must be strong musicians with versatile voices.  They usually perform in
    costumes from the Renaissance period.

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Countesses & Noblemen

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(Photo from 2015-2016)

Director:  Mr. Rickert

Accompanist:  Julie Eschliman

Grade Levels:  Seniors and Juniors

Class Size:  14, male and female

Style(s) of Music:  Swing, pop, jazz, musical theater, character songs--basically anything they can dance to.

Performance Opportunities:  Many community performances, especially in December.  Three major
    concerts at school and "Spring Swing" in May.  Sometimes travels to swing choir festivals.

About C&N:  C&N is technically a "swing choir", but they actually sing a variety of music styles,
    adding movement to visually enhance the music.  Members must dance well and be especially
    personable on stage, in addition to having strong voices.

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Court Choir

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(Photo from 2015-2016)

Director:  Mrs. Noonan

Accompanist:  Julie Eschliman

Grade Levels:  Seniors and Juniors

Class Size:  40-65, male and female

Style(s) of Music:  Concert Choir music from all periods

Performance Opportunities:  Three major concerts at school and District Music Contest in the spring. 
    Some community performances, especially in December.  Sings at an LSE Honors Convocation
    every year.  Travels out of state every other year.

About Court Choir:  Court Choir is LSE's varsity mixed concert choir.  Many of its members are
    also in small groups, and emphasis is placed on discipline and excellence of musicianship.  Court
    Choir members have extreme pride in their group, and form close relationships in the choir.

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Black and Gold

(This group is new as of 2017.  Picture to be posted after first concert)

Director:  Mr. Rickert

Accompanist:  Betty Peters 

Grade Levels:  Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Class Size:  20-35, male and female

Style(s) of Music:  Concert choir music from all periods, as well as some pop, swing, and jazz music.

About Black and Gold: Black and Gold is a non-select choir open to any student who is interested in
    singing and music, but who wants a less competitive choir structure with more emphasis on learning
    and less on performing.  Black and Gold will perform on at least three concerts each year and will
    decide on other opportunities as a group.


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Knight Sounds

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(Photo from 2015-2016)

Director:  Mrs. Noonan

Accompanist:  Betty Peters

Grade Levels:  Sophomores

Class Size:  20-30, male and female

Style(s) of Music:  All styles of choral literature, from classical to more popular styles

Performance Opportunities:  Several community performances, especially in December.  Four major
    concerts at school.

About Knight Sounds:  Knight Sounds is a sophomore select choir.  Emphasis is on developing skills in music
    and vitality in performance.
   


Queen's Court

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(Photo from 2015-2016)

Director:  Mrs. Noonan

Accompanist:  Julie Eschliman

Grade Levels:  Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores

Class Size:  25-40 women

Style(s) of Music:  All styles, from classic concert music to pop

Performance Opportunities:  Many community performances, especially in December.  Three major
    concerts at school, and District Music Contest in the Spring.  Performs at LSE Honors Convocation once a year.  Usually participates in at least one women's
    choir clinic per year.  Travels out of state every other year.

About Queen's Court:  Queen's Court is LSE's only women's choir.  Members have a unique
    opportunity to focus on the female voice, focusing on excellence in musicianship and performance.
    Queen's Court members often form very close friendships within the choir.

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Singing Knights

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(Photo from 2015-2016)

Director:  Mr. Rickert

Accompanists:  Betty Peters and Julie Eschliman

Grade Levels:  Freshmen (plus 3-4 "Student Directors", upperclassmen who help manage and mentor the class)

Class Size: 40-80 (split between two periods), male and female

Style(s) of Music:  All styles, from classic concert music to pop.

Performance Opportunities:  Several community performances, especially in December.  Four major
    concerts at school, including a "freshman showcase" concert in the spring.

About Singing Knights:  Singing Knights is the only choir for freshmen, and is open to all who want a
    fulfilling musical experience.  Members are introduced to all styles of music that they may encounter
    during the rest of their high school careers (and beyond).  Emphasis is on developing musical skills
    and introducing students to the pleasure of making music with their friends.  Most, if not all, 
    members will find places in select groups throughout their high school years.

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