Course Overview

A.C. Reynolds High School Chorus

Phillip Haynie, conductor

e-mail: [email protected]  office: (828) 298-2500


Choir members will:

  • Develop musical competencies: sight-singing, music theory, breathing and vocal production
  • Explore music from a historical perspective through the study of choral repertoire from various periods.  Students will, at some time, study text in English, Latin, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
  • Successfully perform choral repertoire for the school and community
  • Develop each singer's vocal abilities to the fullest potential
  • Encourage concert attendance and stimulate musical growth with the hope that students will continue their contact with music after graduation
  • Be prepared for evaluations of material covered during class, either by performance, or by written tests and individual vocal assessments.

Rehearsal, Performance & Attendance Policy 

All rehearsals and concerts of the AC Reynolds High School choirs are mandatory.  On the day of a concert, the dress rehearsal will occur after school in the afternoon.  If a student fails to attend this rehearsal, he or she may not sing at the concert.   This means that you must communicate with parents, coaches, places of employment and those responsible for transportation and schedules in advance. Students who are ill, but are in school, are not excused from rehearsal.  Such students are expected to follow along in their music for the duration of the rehearsal. Only the conductor may authorize an absence from a rehearsal or performance.  If a student exceeds the allotted amount of absences from school and does not make up lost rehearsal time, he or she will not be allowed to perform at any choral concert, festival or contest. If a student is absent from school on the day of any choral event, he or she will not be permitted to participate in that event. The Chorale and the Madrigal Singers are advanced ensembles and will be expected to participate and perform in many after school commitments and are required to participate in any honor choir, all state, contest or regional choral festival that is selected for that given year.  Please understand that these rules are in place so that our choirs can be as successful as possible.

Participation in Honors Chorus and All County Chorus

Returning Senior Members of Chorale will be offered audition spots for NC High School Honors Chorus first as it meets honors credit requirements for the ensemble.  All other available audition spots will be offered in order of seniority to other returning members.  For participation in All County Chorus, tenors and basses will be offered seats first at the request of the county to account for balance within the ensemble.  Then, the remaining seats will be offered by seniority keeping balanced soprano and alto sections in mind.  These rules are in place to accommodate limited seating for either event, balanced SATB ensembles and to honor academic requirements at the honors level.


*Students will be graded on the knowledge of the music in their folders and will be expected to pass all music before they will be allowed to participate in either the dress rehearsal, concert or any other performing opportunities presented throughout the course of the semester.  Music testing will proceed as follows for each class:

Chorale: Quartets or Octets (depending on divisi) with the conductor in front of class, or individual submissions through Flipgrid

Mixed Chorus: Octets with the conductor in front of class, or individual submissions through Fipgrid

*Students are expected to obtain a folder for class and are responsible for bringing this folder to class each day.  The folder will contain at least two sharpened pencils, notebook paper, dividers, the syllabus, assigned music and the student’s name clearly displayed in the inside cover.  There will be occasional folder checks, which will count as a quiz grade worth 100 points.

*There will be at least one exam during the semester.  The test will cover Music Theory and/or Music History respectively. 

**Performances are considered tests with the final concert of the semester counting as the final exam.  The director must approve an absence from a performance making timely communication vital.  Communicate concert dates early with all coaches, employers, families, etc.  Only an approved absence will result in either performing one’s part for every song on the concert in front of class or a 10 page research paper on all music and composers performed on the concert. Failure to do either assignment will result in a failed test grade or a failed final exam grade and removal from an advanced choir or another semester in a lower level choir.  There will not be an alternate assignment offered to replace an unapproved, missed performance and the failed grade will stand. 


  • Be on time for all events (early is on time, on time is late, and late is rude). If you are late to class by virtue of being held over by another AC Reynolds staff member, a note of admission will be expected from that person.  For all concerts or events outside of school, you should be present and in place at least 15 minutes early.
  • Cell phones must be stored in designated classroom location and bags stored against the wall, away from seats.  Only folders, pencils and water will be allowed at your seat.  Collected phones will be taken to the front office for parent/guardian pick-up.
  • No foul or disrespectful language
  • Do not talk while the teacher is instructing class
  • Be courteous to the instructor and to each other – everyone is expected to respect the rights, feelings and opinions of others at all times
  • NO GUM, mints, cough drops, food or drinks in the choir room or in performance spaces
  • Each student is required to bring his or her own folder to every rehearsal and performance
  • Excellent academic performance; if a student cannot maintain at least a C average in his or her general academics, participation in chorus will be limited and/or possibly denied until those grades can be raised.
  • Being in possession or under the influence of any tobacco products, vaporizers, drugs or alcohol is in direct violation of school and county policy.  The use of said products is also harmful to the body and vocal mechanism limiting both your own success in this class and the success of the entire ensemble.  Any student found using or possessing these products are subject to school penalties and will be placed on restricted participation and may possibly be completely removed from the choral program by the conductor.
  • All chorus students are expected to follow all A.C. Reynolds High School regulations and policies.  All students should read the students handbook and become familiar with all school rules and regulations.  The attendance policy is in effect for all classes.

Performance Attire

All students in the A.C. Reynolds Choral program are expected to wear the required performance outfit - no exceptions.  It is recommended to start looking immediately for the required items, as our performances will begin very soon after the start of the semester.


Option 1: Black performance dress with pearl necklace and close-toed, solid black dress shoes:,

Option 2: Solid black suit or tuxedo, white wing-tip tuxedo shirt, black vest, black bowtie, black socks and solid black dress shoes :,

Both outfits can be purchased through Mr. Haynie or individually online.  All long hair must be styled up and away from the face.  No jewelry other than pearls, class rings and watches will be permitted in performance.


Option 1: Black performance dress and close-toed, solid black dress shoes 

Option 2: Solid Black, long sleeved button-down dress shirt, solid black pants, black belt, black socks, solid black dress shoes and solid black necktie.

The dress can be purchased through Mr. Haynie or individually here:  Mr. Haynie has some black neck ties that can be purchased at school if needed. All long hair must be styled away from the face.  No jewelry other than class rings and watches will be permitted in performance.

Black singers masks must be purchased by every student in every ensemble from Mr. Haynie and worn as required in performance as mandated by Buncombe County.

BEGINNING CHORUS: Students will be required to wear a solid black, long-sleeved shirt, solid black dress slacks or, a solid black, floor length skirt/dress and black, close-toed dress shoes.  No jewelry other than class rings and watches will be permitted in performance.

The conductor reserves the right to not allow a student to perform on any concert if he or she is not dressed according to the performance dress code.

**If there are any issues or concerns in obtaining any of these items, please contact Mr. Haynie and he will do whatever he can to help.

Cost Breakdown for new performance attire

Prices include taxes and shipping. *indicates required purchase through school

Chorale:                    *Dress           $87.00

                                  Pearls            $7.00

                                  Tuxedo          $114.00

                                 *Vest              $33.50

Mixed Chorus:         *Dress           $63.00

                                 Neck Tie        $12.00

Singers Mask:          $10.00

Important Dates

These dates are subject to change if conflicts should arise with the school calendar.  It is possible that some additional performances could be added.  Students will be notified as soon as possible and well in advance of any changes or additions.

Wednesday, September 22 – NC Honors Chorus Auditions Due

     – Mars Hill Choral Festival Auditions Due

*Monday, October 25 – Fall Choral Concert, ACRHS Auditorium, 5:00 call/7:00 concert

                  This is a required concert for all choral students and counts as a test grade

Friday, November 5 – 7 – NC High School Honors Chorus, Winston-Salem, NC

Monday, November 15– All County Chorus Rehearsal, 4:00 – 8:00

Tuesday, November 16– All County Chorus rehearsal, ALL DAY, 7:00 concert

**Extra Credit – October 29 and 30 – Prayers and Remembrances Asheville Symphony Chorus, Arden Presbyterian Church

November 24 – 28: THANKSGIVING BREAK!

*Thursday, December 16 – Holiday Choral Concert, 4:30 call and 7:00 concert, location TBA

                  This is required concert for all choral students and counts as a final exam

Friday, December 17 – Madrigal Singers at Biltmore Estate – 4:00 – 10:30 pm

Friday, February 18 & 19 –- Mars Hill Choral Festival ** extra credit for those who attend

concert on the 19th

March 16  -Large Ensemble MPA, Brevard College

This is a required performance for all choral students and will count as a test grade

Thursday, March 17 – Spring Choral Concert and Senior Night, Fine Arts Building

                  Call time 5:30, Concert 7:00

                  This is a required concert for all choral students and counts as a test grade

TBA – Spring Musical Production Week

*Tuesday, May 24 – Memorial Day Concert, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

                  This is a required concert for all choral students and will count as a final exam