The Lafayette Choral Department is proud to offer its students many activities in which to participate. We encourage all students to take part in as many activities as they have time for. Studies show that students involved in extra-curricular activities are more successful in school. Student Activity Opportunities are a vital part of our co-curricular program. The more opportunities students have to work with other conductors and learn more and different music, the better, more well-rounded student musicians they will be. Student activities sometimes involve cost above and beyond regular choir payments.
All-State and Other Honor Choirs
Honor choirs are a great way to gain experience singing and have a great time. Honor choirs are typically conducted by nationally recognized conductors and conductor/composers who have a lot to offer students. Once selected, students learn music prior to the event. Honor choir events can last from 2-3 days including rehearsal and a final performance. Honor choirs often require travel and additional expense to participate.
Governor’s School for the Arts
The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Art provides hands-on arts opportunities for the state’s talented high school students who are dancers, actors, instrumental and vocal musicians, creative writers, future architects or visual artists. More
Kentucky Ambassadors of Music
The Kentucky Ambassadors of Music program is an opportunity offered to Lafayette students to make music with students from across the state and experience travel abroad. The Kentucky Ambassadors of Music are a group of select high school musicians who present a series of concerts in seven European countries during a sixteen-day tour every other summer on even years.
KMEA Solo and Ensemble
The Kentucky Music Educators Association sponsors district and state level Solo and Small Ensemble contests across the state. It is extremely valuable for students to participate in solo and ensemble contest. This is an excellent opportunity for those taking M2 or studying privately and those wanting another opportunity to sing. Register
M2 Private Lessons
Lafayette’s Mastering Musicianship Program, known as M2, provides for individual music lessons over a 10-week session each semester. The advantages to this program are cost and convenience. More Register
There are many opportunities throughout the year soloists to perform the national anthem at school sporting events. Contact Mrs. Howard if you are interested.
The School for Creative and Performing Arts, (SCAPA), is an arts program within Lafayette High School. SCAPA Voice majors are members of their respective choirs and are offered a private coaching session approximately every two weeks and receive special class instruction in music theory and history. In addition to their choir requirements, voice majors also have solo performance events. They will perform on recitals, KMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival, the Cabaret and their vocal juries. Voice majors also participate in UK’s Blue Grass Choral Music Festival in the fall and two master classes each semester. More
SCAPA Voice Master Classes
SCAPA Voice majors attend two masterclasses each semester in which in various performance topics are covered. Masterclasses provide opportunities for students to receive coaching from guest artists.
Student Leadership Team
The Lafayette Choir leadership team have primary responsibility to their fellow choir members to provide leadership, good role modeling, planning and consultation with the director. The officers will meet every other week as needed before school. This group conduct the new member workshop at the beginning of the year, oversees recruiting efforts, handles communication and publicity, choir operations, library dues, photography and senior video. Choir officers are elected by their class at the beginning of the school year.
Tri-M Music Honor Society
Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. More
UK Bluegrass Choral Music Festival
In October, the University of Kentucky Choirs and Dr. Jefferson Johnson, Director of Choral Activities sponsors the Bluegrass Choral Festival. Annually over 400 singers participate. Singers assemble for rehearsal beginning on Friday afternoon and evening and continue rehearsing on Saturday. Students will be assigned to either Women's choir, Mixed choir or Chamber choir. The choirs present a free concert of their music on Saturday afternoon. The students hear performances by UK’s a cappella pop ensembles--the Acoustikats and Paws and Listen! Register
UK Male Chorus Day
The University of Kentucky Men's choir sponsors the Male Chorus Day each year as a way to get men involved in and excited about singing. The Acousticats, UK’s a cappella Pop ensemble work with students throughout the day. New music is learned and performed on a concert at the end of the day. Over 100 high school men participate in this event. Register
Youth in Harmony Barbershop Workshop
The Lexington Barbershop Choir hosts this festival. An award-winning quartet is on hand to instruct for the day. New music is learned and performed on a concert at the end of the day.
We have fantastic lineup of annual events each year that are required events or are a part of our regular concert season. Check out our Annual Events page for more information on these great events.