About Our Program
The RHS Choirs have a long history of excellence and success. The students and director take great pride in creating an inspiring performance; whether it be classical, jazz or popular music. Students at RHS have excelled in all three areas of singing. Classically, the choirs have twice performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, (we opened a concert performance in 2007) Orchestral Hall in Chicago, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D. C. and Disney Hall and D. Chandler Hall in Los Angeles. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble was chosen as the top high school vocal jazz ensemble in the nation for the year 2005 (Downbeat Award) and as the 1st runner-up in in the nation in 2010 (Downbeat Award). This ensemble placed first at the Fullerton Jazz Festival (the largest jazz festival in the western U.S.) in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The very popular Finalé show (all student produced) performs two nights of fun and contemporary music to enthusiastic crowds.
Vocal ensembles from RHS have traveled to New York (twice), Vancouver, Canada, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego to attend festivals. All groups (Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Vocal Jazz, Chamber Singers) have consistently earned Superior ratings, Adjudicator's Awards, (scores of 96 or higher) Top Choral Program and Sweepstakes for 14+ years. Local performances include Disneyland, (Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony-several years) area invitational university festivals in Southern California, (USC, LMU, CSUN, CSUF, Westmont, APU, Biola) high school/college exchanges as well as community events and concerts. Whether local or national level, the students gain valuable performance experience, receive feedback/evaluation from regarded adjudicators and gain cultural experiences as they interact with other singers.
A large group (50+ students) of female and male singers in grades nine through twelve. They have performed in some of the most prestigious halls in the U.S. - Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall, the Kennedy Center and Disney Hall. This group consistently recieves unanimous superiors at festivals.
A select (20+ students) group of auditioned female singers in grades nine through twelve. This is an advanced level group. Singers must be able to read music. This group also travels to several festivals a year and earns superiors at their festivals and performances.
Chamber Singers/ Vocal Jazz:
A smaller select group in grades ten through twelve. This group has received numerous awards, including the 2005 prestigious Downbeat Award for Outstanding High School Vocal Jazz in the U.S. and 1st ruuner-up in 2010. Singers must have advanced aural skills as well as music experience. In addition to jazz, the group will also be performing as a classical choral chamber group and will be representing Royal in singing non-jazz pieces at festivals.