Goshen High School contact information

Robert McKiernan
Principal, grades 9-12

222 Scotchtown Ave.
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 615-6100

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Central School District

Music Courses

Each semester, students enrolled in any of the choral groups are required to attend one after-school rehearsal and perform in one evening concert. These rehearsals and concerts are considered the mid-term “exam” and the final “exam” – students must attend in order to successfully complete the requirements of the course. To maintain flexibility in scheduling, students are permitted to eat their lunch during ANY of the chorus classes.

Concert Band

No audition - Full year - 1 or 1/2 credit (ACE, BDF)

The Goshen High School Concert Band is an ensemble that includes students of all playing levels in grades 9 through 12, so anyone who plays a band instrument is welcome in the Concert Band! Throughout the course of the school year, students in the Concert Band will improve their playing skills and musical knowledge as they learn new music and musical concepts. The Concert Band performs two concerts a year, marches for the Memorial Day Parade, and participates in our school’s graduation ceremony. Students in this band will also attend small group lessons throughout the school year.

Symphonic Band

Audition - Full year - 1 credit

The Goshen High School Symphonic Band is an auditioned ensemble made up of students in grades 9 through 12. The Symphonic Band gives students an opportunity to further their playing skills, perform more advanced repertoire, and continue their love of music while playing at a superior level. The Symphonic Band performs two concerts a year, marches for the Memorial Day Parade, and participates in our school’s graduation ceremony. Students in this band will also attend small group lessons throughout the school year.

Stage Band

Audition - Full year - No credit

The Goshen High School Stage Band (also known as “The Jazz Band”) is an extra-curricular, auditioned ensemble comprised of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. The Stage Band rehearses once a week for ninety minutes in the evening and performs for concerts and other music events throughout the year.

Advanced Concert Choir

No audition - Co-ed - Full year - 1 or 1/2 credit (ACE, BDF)

This course is a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior choral group. Students are encouraged to enroll on an every-day basis; however, students can participate every other day for ½ credit if that is what their schedule will allow. The chorus room can hold up to 100 students, so any student with space in their schedule is encouraged to give chorus a try even if they’ve never sung in school before. Any and all are welcome to join!

Women's Choir

Audition - Female - Full year - 1/2 credit

This course meets every other day for the entire school year. Auditions are conducted in the spring for the following school year. Young ladies in 8th grade are informed of our audition date so they may participate. Students may NOT add this to their schedule during the school year without written permission from Mrs. Scully & Mrs. Lloyd.

Varsity Choir

Audition - Co-ed - Full year - One credit

Students in this select choir audition in the spring for the following school year. The course meets every day for the entire school year. Young ladies and gentlemen in 8th grade are informed of our audition date so they may participate. Students may NOT add this to their schedule during the school year without written permission from Mrs. Scully & Mrs. Lloyd.

Jazz Voices

Audition - Co-ed - Full year - 1/2 credit

Students in this select jazz choir audition in the spring for the following school year. The class meets every other day for the entire school year. Young ladies and gentlemen in 8th grade are informed of our audition date so they may participate. Students may not add this to their schedule during the school year.

Music Theory I/II

Full year - One credit

Although this course is open to students at any grade level, it is recommended that students who enroll have some musical background or interest. Theory is the technical explanation of musical sound and can be difficult for some students. This is a cumulative course and students who need 1 year of credit must sign up for Theory I and Theory II within the same school year.

Chamber Orchestra

Audition Required - Full Year - 1 Credit

The Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned string ensemble that performs advanced orchestra repertoire of all genres. Instruments in the Chamber Orchestra include violin, viola, cello and upright bass. Students are selected to participate in Chamber Orchestra through an audition at the end of the previous school year. The Chamber Orchestra performs in the GHS winter and spring concerts. There are also numerous opportunities for the orchestra members to perform outside of school throughout the year. Students may also choose to participate in full orchestra which meets after school. In addition to daily class rehearsals, students are expected to attend small group lessons and practice on their own. 

Symphony Orchestra

No Audition Required - Full Year - 1 or ½ credit (ACE, BDF)

Symphony Orchestra is a string ensemble open to students of all ability levels. The Symphony Orchestra performs intermediate orchestra music of all genres. Instruments in the Symphony Orchestra include violin, viola, cello and upright bass. The Symphony Orchestra performs in the GHS winter and spring concerts. Students may also choose to participate in full orchestra which meets after school. In addition to daily class rehearsals, students are expected to attend small group lessons and practice on their own.