Choirs

At East High we are a family of vocal music performers. There is an option for every student to pursue his or her love of music and performing.

Vocal Ensembles include:

9th Grade Choir: The foundation of the vocal music program at East High School, this opportunity provides students with the proper building blocks for becoming an outstanding singer-musician and meets 2nd period each day. Choir is split into women’s and men’s choirs. Topics covered in Freshman Choir include healthy vocal technique, sight-singing through solfége, finding comfort through the voice change, and singing music in a variety of genres- from pop to classical and everything in between. Freshman Choir performs at concerts throughout the academic year and are prepared for auditions for upperclassmen ensembles for the following year.

Blue Shades: Concert Choir. Meets 4th period each day. Open to any interested 10th-12th grade student, Blue Shades provides students the opportunity to continue building upon their vocal music skills and knowledge. Topics covered include reinforcing healthy vocal technique, improving musical literacy through solfége sight-singing, building higher level musicianship skills, and singing music in a variety of genres- jazz, folk, classical and everything in between. Blue Shades performs at concerts throughout the academic year and are prepared for auditions for upperclassmen ensembles for the following year.

East Singers: Premier vocal ensemble. Singers meets each school day during 5th Period and performs in multiple concerts and community events throughout the academic year, along with presenting East’s student-run variety show Expressions each May. Made up of juniors and seniors, Singers currently performs together with members of Express show choir. Members of East Singers audition annually for the Nebraska All-State Chorus and many study voice privately with area voice teachers.

Jazz Choir: 

Elevation: Mixed prep show choir. Made up of 9th-12th grade students, auditions for Elevation take place both in the spring and at the start of the school year. Elevation meets outside the school day and members are required to be a part of one of East’s curricular concert choirs for membership. Elevation is directed by Miss Lisabeth Wissink and accompanied by Mrs. Shelly Self.

Elegance: Select women’s show choir. Elegance meets each school day during 3rd Period and performs in the biennial Night at the Acropolis event in November, the Show Choir Showcase along with Express, and at various show choir competitions across Nebraska and the Midwest each year. Made up of sophomore, junior, and senior women, members of Elegance are strongly encouraged to enroll in Blue Shades or East Singers in addition to show choir to further develop their musical knowledge and ability. Auditions for Elegance take place annually each February for the following academic year.

Express: Varsity show choir at Lincoln East High School. Express meets each school day during 7th Period and performs in the biennial Night at the Acropolis event in November, the Show Choir Showcase along with Elegance, and at various show choir competitions across Nebraska and the Midwest each year. Made up of sophomore through senior men and women, Express also performs with members of East Singers in concert choir performances.  Members of Express are strongly encouraged to enroll in East Singers in addition to show choir to further develop their musical knowledge and ability. Auditions for Express take place annually each February for the following academic year.