About SMHS Choral Music Program
The Shadow Mountain High School (SMHS) Choral Music Program is a growing group of approximately 180-200 students who wish to study vocal music performance and music literacy while growing in personal responsibility and teamwork. Students acquire skills in singing, music performance, music reading, music writing, sight reading, choreography, stage etiquette, audience etiquette, cooperation, organizational and individual success.
Currently, there are five classes and two out-of-school performing groups at SMHS. In addition to the four home concerts, the SMHS Choirs provide numerous performances throughout the school year for parents, students of all levels, and community members.
The Choirs also represent Shadow Mountain High School at numerous special events and music festivals. SMHS Choral students annually provide approximately 45 performances during the school year and the National Anthem for approximately 65 home varsity and other sporting events.
Choir Instructor Bio
Mr. Wykoff was Shadow Mountains first Band Director, being hired in 1974. He has been at Shadow Mountain for 32 years. While at Shadow Mountain he has taught Band, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar, Piano, Choir, Orchestra and was Department Chair for 17 years. In addition to his music duties Mr. Wykoff headed up the Shadow Mountain Signature Program, Multimedia and Television for 10 years.
Mr. Wykoff was selected as one of Shadow Mountains All Time Outstanding Teachers and was inducted in the first class of the Shadow Mountain High School Teachers Hall of fame. An attempt was made atretiring in 2001, but duty called once again and Mr. Wykoff had a brief stint of 15 years teaching music in the Cave Creek School District, before being asked to come back to Shadow Mountain, as the Choir Director in 2018. All told, Mr. Wykoff has been teaching Music for 47 years, and still enjoys the students and the music.
Student Acquired Skills
Students who are enrolled into the choir program will acquire skills that will transfer into the student's everyday life. Students will continue to build and enhance many of these skills, enabling them to effectively communicate with others verbally as well as through written forms of communication. The students will begin to take on leadership roles and over seeing and management of choir projects and much more!
- Concentration and Focus
- Active Listening
- Consideration for Others
The Singing Shadows (Beginning Choir)
For any student who is new to the SMHS campus and/or choral program. The Singing Shadows Choir is a great musical experience for students who have not sung at the high school level and wish to grow musically. Time is spent preparing them for the high standards of excellence maintained in the SMHS Choral Program. They work very hard developing the musicianship and performance skills in order to move on to one of our advanced upper level groups. The Singing Shadows perform a wide variety of musical literature at all concerts throughout the year in addition to performing at some off-campus functions. No audition or placement is required for participation in The Singing Shadows Choir.
The Golden Voices Choral Ensemble
Shadow's Golden Voices (SGV) is the mixed intermediate level choir on the SMHS campus. Shadow's Golden Voices currently consists of approximately 36 young men and women from the sophomore, junior and senior grade levels who are a very enthusiastic junior varsity choir. As an upper level choir, SGV performs a wide variety of musical literature at all concerts throughout the year as well as representing SMHS at off-campus functions. Students in SGV work very hard on developing musicianship skills in order to move on to one of the SMHS advanced ensembles. Shadow's Golden Voices placed fourth at its first festival at Cypress College in California. Students are selected for Shadow's Golden Voices from auditions and director placement.
The Matador Misses Advanced Women's Choir
The Matador Misses Advanced Women's Choir is the all women's advanced ensemble for the Shadow Mountain Campus. The Matador Misses currently consists of approximately 34 females from the sophomore, junior and senior grade levels. The Matador Misses also perform a great variety of musical literature. The Matador Misses have consistently placed in the top three at National Festivals in San Francisco, Anaheim, and at Cypress College in California. The Matador Misses have earned a SUPERIOR rating at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Choral Festival. Students are selected for the Matador Misses from audition and director placement.
The Voices of Shadow Advanced Mixed Choir
The Voices Of Shadow Advanced Choir (VOSAC) is the advanced mixed vocal music ensemble of the Shadow Mountain High School campus. VOSAC currently consists of 36 students from the junior and senior grade levels. VOSAC performs a great variety of vocal literature from traditional choral to choreographed show choir presentations. Students selected for VOSAC from audition and director placement. VOSAC has consistently placed in the top three at National Festivals in San Francisco and Anaheim, California. The Voices Of Shadow Advanced Choir also represented Shadow Mountain High School at 75th Anniversary of the U.S.S. Missouri Treaty Signing at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In the Spring of 2008, VOSAC represented SMHS in the Washington, D.C. area with performances at Mount Vernon and the Jefferson Memorial. Students are selected from audition and director placement.
Successful Career Pathways
- Music Therapist
- Music Composer
- Choir Teacher
- Music Journalist
- Record Producer
- Music Librarian