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Welcome to the CHS Choir Webpage!!!

I would like to thank you for stopping by to take a look at what we're doing at Century! Century High School is a leader in providing quality opportunities for learning and responds to the dynamic needs of our Bismarck students. We are located on the north side of beautiful Bismarck on Century Avenue.

Under the leadership of our principal, Steve Madler, Century High School is a great place to be. Our Music Department is comprised of Choral, Band and Orchestra departments. The Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Prep Bands, Jazz Bands are under the direction of Mr. Chris Dasovick and Mr. Mark Herold. Our Orchestral program is directed by Mr. Jeremy Overbeck. It's wonderful to share the Music Facilities with these awesome colleagues.

My name is Mrs. Mary Pat Archuleta and I'm the director of Choirs and Theory Classes at Century High School. My associate director is Ms. Natascha Bach, who assists with our Period 5 Concert Choir. Our Choral Department consists of 2 Concert Choirs (Period 3 and Period 5), Century "Celebration" Jazz Choir (Period 6) and the CHS Singers (Period 2) . Our department was born the fall of 1976 and since coming to our school I've been dedicated to maintaining excellence, advancing and preserving the integrity of a wonderful choral tradition!!

I invite you to explore our webpage. Meet our director, accompanists and choirs and most of all--- the exciting work we do!! It has been my pleasure to work with these exciting groups of singers! They have made my "work" sheer joy and I can't imagine a more desirable place to work. I want the choirs to carry this thought by Nadia Boulanger with them:

"Nothing is better than music. When it takes us out of time, it has done more for us than we have the right to hope for. It has broadened the limits of our sorrowful lives; it has lit up the sweetness of our hours of happiness by effacing the pettinesses that diminish us, bringing us back pure and new to what was, what will be and what music has created for us".

The Choirs

The Concert Choirs are both 60 to 65 voice auditioned choirs comprised of Juniors and Seniors and meet 3rd and 5th period during the school day. This choir performs for many events every year both in our own auditorium and our community. The choir is a well rounded group of students who are active and successful in the areas of athletics, speech, theater, band, student government, journalism and countless other school and community activities. They are consistent singers and work very hard to achieve high standards. Seventy-five percent of these students audition for several festivals each year, take part in Region and State contest, and many earn a Music Letter for exemplary work in the Choir. Our choir is proud to wear Scarlet Red Robes. Our accompanist is Gwen Marsh.

"Celebration" Jazz Choir is a 16-20 voice auditioned Choir. This choir meets 6th period every day and does a wonderful mix of music. Jazz;, pop, madrigal and light music is studied. When appropriate, we also work with choreography and or sign language. The students also wear formal wear for it's official performance costume. The "Celebration" singers are asked to perform many times during the school year and are a close-knit group. During the Spring of the year, a great deal of attention is devoted to individual solo and ensemble work as well as our regular repertoire. Almost all of these students participate in festivals and contest.

Century's "CHS Singers" is 50-55 voices strong almost every year. Incoming students from all over the city enter CHS and begin to sing in this group. Our choir studies SSA/SSAA general vocal sacred and secular music. We also wear Black Attire and perform 6-7 times during the school year. These students also participate in numerous festivals and contest during the year. Our accompanist for this group is Mrs. Gwen Marsh.

Mary Pat Archuleta
Choral Director
CHS Music Office
Phone: 323.4900 Ext. 6653

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