Welcome to the Bayonne High-School Choral Music Department!
Listen to what we're doing! Click on any of the links to hear a live performance of the choir in competition:
Students have the opportunity to explore various facets of choral-music performance, fundamentals of music theory, and musicinaship either for personal enjoyment or in preparation for college study. Students sing in various styles and genres ranging from Renaissance to Reggae and from Baroque to Broadway. The Choral Department stages at least two performances each academic year, a Winter and Spring Concert, either in collaboration with other music-performance departments or individually.
Under the direction of Dr. Vincent E. Rone PhD, the High School offers two classes and two extra-curricular ensembles for the 2018-19 academic year.
Concert/Chamber Choir is the standard elective students may take for credit during their four years of high-school matriculation. Classes meet daily, and students work on choral technique and repertoire. They learn to apply music terminology, vocabulary, and concepts to their rehearsals and performances throughout the year.
Parents of current and prospective students are invited to download the course syllabus, which lists course descriptions, expectations, schedule of rehearsals/events, grading, and consent forms. Please click here: 2018-19 Concert/Chamber Choir Syllabus
Congratulations to the BHS Concert Choir for winning FIRST PLACE for AA High School Mixed Vocal Group in the regional "Music in the Parks" competition!
Fundamentals of Music Theory intorduces students to the building blocks of music theory through a comprehensive immersion in written and performance-based learning. Students sing, clap, and play the piano in addition to written work. We begin with Western Music Notation and cover rhythm, meter, intervals, harmony, scales, form, all of which culminate in a final composition project. Fundamentals benefits students in many ways, as they can apply knowledge to their own singing, playing, practicing, and writing. This course ideally should be taken in preparation for Mrs. Lydia Megale's AP Music Theory course.
Parents of current and prospective students are invited to download the course syllabus, which lists course descriptions, expectations, schedule of rehearsals/events, grading, and consent forms. Please click here: 2018-2019 Fundamentals Syllabus
Honors Choir is an all-female choir dedicated to Soprano and Alto choral literature of all types and genres. Membership in this choir is by audition only and is available to young ladies with prior experience in singing and musicianship.
Parents of current and prospective students are invited to download the course syllabus, which lists course descriptions, expectations, schedule of rehearsals/events, grading, and consent forms. Please click here: 2018-2019 Honors Choir Syllabus
Congratulations to the BHS Honors Choir for achieving TOP HONORS at the North NJ Teen Arts Competition on May 8 2018. The Honors Choir then was invited to perform at the State Level Teen Arts in Ocean County, May 30 2018.
Also, the Honors Choir won FIRST PLACE for AA High School Female Vocal Group in the regional "Music in the Parks" competition!
Chamber Choir: is a mixed-voice choir for men and women dedicated to performing standard and contemporary classical art music. The chamber choir is a highly selective group, and membership to the choir is by audition only. The Chamber Choir meets once a week after school.
Parents of current and prospective students are invited to download the course syllabus, which lists course descriptions, expectations, schedule of rehearsals/events, grading, and consent forms. Please click here: 2018-2019 Chamber Choir Syllabus
About the Director
Affectionately called "Doc," "Dr. Strange," or "Dr. Shade by his students, Dr. Vincent E. Rone received a double B.A. in Fine Arts and Theology from St. Peter's University (then "College") in 1998. He then moved to Pittsburgh, PA, and received in 2005 a Master of Music (M.M.) in Sacred Music with a concentration in Pipe Organ performance. Since then he has maintained an active career as a church musician and choir director.
Dr. Shade began teaching high-school music in Jersey City in 2006 while earning his NJ standard teaching license in music K-12. In 2008, however, he moved out of state to pursue the study of music history (musicology) at the University of California Santa Barbara. He lived and worked there for the next six years earning his M.A./Ph.D. In that time, he taught college-level music and writing-composition classes, traveled the world with a semi-professional choir, and lived in Paris to complete his doctoral dissertation research. Upon graduating UC Santa Barbara in 2014, Dr. Strange taught courses in music and English composition at various colleges and also was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music for one year at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, PA.
Doc is a native of Bayonne and has returned to it after 15 years of travel and study. He is thrilled to be teaching at Bayonne High School and is eager to share what he has learned with his students. A published scholar, composer, and active musician, Dr. V studies how music can tap into associations of the other worldly and supernatural, which is not surprising since he loves DC Comics (especially Superman), The Legend of Zelda, and the Lord of the Rings.
Dr. Strange hopes his students will enjoy and develop a deep connection to choral music and its practice while studying with him. Choir can be one of THE most rewarding experiences, as it engages the mind, body, emotions, and interpersonal repationships.
So come check out the choral-music department at BHS!