During school, Mantua offers choral ensembles by grade level during which students work toward developing individual and group tone quality, and clear and proper diction, strengthen aural and music reading abilities, and have lots of fun while rehearsing and preparing for our performances.
5th GRADE CHORUS The 5th grade chorus rehearses for at least 45 minutes per week. These students will perform at the annual Winter Sing-a-long and at least two other performances per year.
6th GRADE CHORUS The 6th grade chorus rehearses for at least 45 minutes per week. These students will perform at the annual Winter Sing-a-long and at least two other performances per year.
Mantua and Fairfax County provide numerous vocal and instrumental opportunities for students outside of the regular school day.
MANTUA SINGERS - A select 12-15 voice ensemble, made up of students in 4th through 6th grades. This ensemble will focus on advanced choral music in 2-4 parts as a means of further developing the vocal technique learned in Mantua’s daytime choruses. The group meets once a week outside of school. Performances for this ensemble will be at the choir concerts, in addition to other concerts at the director’s discretion.
ALL-COUNTY CHORUS (HONOR’S CHORUS) - A group, sponsored by Fairfax County, comprised of approx. 800-1000 6th grade students from all Fairfax County Public Schools. This ensemble meets from December through May. Rehearsals take place once a week at Mantua for Mantua participants and once a month at Glasgow Middle School for all students in our section of the county. In May, all participating students from across the county will gather together for two days of rehearsals directed by a guest conductor and conclude with a public concert. Carpools are always offered for students needing transportation assistance. Based on Mantua’s 6th grade class size, each year, we are permitted to send 8-12 students. In late November, all interested 6th grade students may audition for this chorus. To participate in All-County Chorus, selected students must also be a member of Mantua’s 6th grade chorus.
Prerequisite: students must be in sixth grade and be a member of Mantua’s 6th Grade Chorus. Participation is based on audition and classroom teacher evaluation.