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Washington High School has eight choral ensembles, including three show choirs.

As the beginning mixed choral ensemble at Washington, Washington singers emphasize the basics of choral singing through sectionals, sight reading, solfege, solo singing, while having a lot of fun. Washington singers participates in three concerts and state large group festival throughout the year.

Concert chorale

Concert chorale is one of eight choral ensembles at Washington. Composed of sophomores, juniors, and seniors, concert chorale performs more complex choral literature while growing as individual and ensemble singers. This ensemble participates in three concerts and state large group festival throughout the year.

Concert choir

Concert choir is composed of juniors and seniors at Washington high School. Concert choir performs very high level mixed choral literature and has received the highest rating at state large group festival for the past eight years. Throughout the year, concert choir participates in three concerts and state large group festival.

Madrigal singers

Madrigal singers is an extremely select ensemble that specializes in renaissance madrigals and chamber music of every era. Madrigal singers perform at school concerts, assemblies, and many community events each year. The madrigal singers have a long tradition of performing holiday music to many audiences and performs over 20 concerts in December.

Slice of jazz

A select ensemble of 16 voices, Slice can often be found singing with their outstanding rhythm section or with Washington’s Revolutionists jazz band on special occasions. Slice regularly performs at school and community events in addition to educational jazz festivals and workshops. Slice has a proud history of success, including extremely high finishes at the Iowa Jazz Choir Championships each year and a performance at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago.

Vivace show choir

Vivace is a ninth and 10th grade show choir at Washington High School. The group contains future members of the eight choral ensembles at Washington. Named ninth grade champions in recent years at Onalaska, Johnston, Linn Mar, Prairie, and Kennedy show choir competitions, Vivace strives to stay in the Washington show choir tradition of exciting singing and dancing.

Vivace is directed by Peter Westphalen and Amy Farley, assisted by Jay Burken. Back-up band is directed by Ben Schmidt and choreographed by Jay Burken and Michael Weaver.

Celebration show choir

Celebration is one of three show choirs and eight curricular choirs at Washington High School. With seniors, juniors, and sophomores participating, Celebration is the junior varsity show choir at Washington.

Celebration is directed by Amy Farley and Peter Westphalen. Back-up band is directed by Ben Schmidt, and the choreographers are Kevin Chase, Jay Burken, and Michael Weaver.

Momentum show choir

Momentum participates in a full schedule of holiday and spring appearances, and performs for school events and concerts and competes in show choir nationals in Nashville, TN, every other year. Momentum is directed by Peter Westphalen and Amy Farley, choreographed by Michael Weaver. The back-up band is directed by Ben Schmidt.

All Momentum members participate in at least one other choir.

Choir frequently asked questions

Key Contacts

Peter Westphalen

Choir Director

Patrick Fagan

Choir Director