TAG albums have historically been a highlight for us at RARB, and Six Feet Apart is no different. It's a true testament to the strength of the program at Cypress Lake High School that the pandemic seemingly didn't affect the quality of this group's vocals or recordings, despite a lack of group rehearsals and an unusual recording setup.” - Catherine Lewis

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Vocal Department Highlights

You Participate in Every Performance 

Every member is an important part of an ensemble and will be featured in every performance given by the vocal department. 

A History of Being Superior 

      The choirs at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts have received Superior ratings in Florida Vocal Association Events for the past 19 years.  You will be joining a choir known as one of the best in the state of Florida. 

An Opportunity to be a Member of The A Cappella Group  

TAG has earned a national reputation as a contemporary A Cappella group and won the High School Championship at the National A Cappella Convention in 2018 in Memphis.  They have appeared at New York City in the National Finals of the International Championship of High School A Cappella.  The group has recorded thirteen studio albums and won countless awards for their recordings.  Vocal department members make up 95% of The A Cappella Group and it is very rare to find non-vocal major girls in the group. 

The Chance to be a Star 

Vocal Cabaret concerts each year, give each member a chance to shine in the kind of music they enjoy best.  You will get to perform the style you sing best as a soloist or with your friends in a small group. 

The Chance to Travel and Perform Around the Country 

Once, Covid is behind us, the vocal department will take at least two major trips during your four years here.  In 2007, the choirs performed in Los Angeles and New York City within a month of each other.  In 2009, the choir traveled to Colorado to perform in a festival.  In 2011, the choir sang in a festival in New York City.  In 2013, the choir sang in Los Angeles.  In 2015, the choir sang in Colorado and TAG performed in Memphis, TN.  TAG went to the finals in New York in 2016 & 2017.  The choir traveled to San Francisco in April of 2017.  The choir performed in Los Angeles in 2019.  TAG was scheduled to a headliner at the International A Cappella Festival in Milan, Italy last year. 

 

Whether you have dreams of performing opera at the Met, performing in a Broadway musical, winning The Voice or American Idol, or just being an accountant, lawyer or businessman; the Vocal Department has a place for you. 

If you love to sing, this is the place for you. 

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Director Bio

Gary Stroh

(Mr. Stroh is the one on the left)

Mr. Stroh is currently in his 20th year at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts and his 32nd year of teaching.  He is a graduate of Ball State University where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Music Education.   In addition to teaching, Mr. Stroh is a sought after pianist and has played with the Southwest Florida Symphony, The Gulf Coast Symphony and at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.  He has also played at and served as musical director and many other smaller theatres around the state.  Mr. Stroh is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Florida Vocal Association and the National A Cappella Education Association.  He is also an avid Roller Coaster Enthusiast and member of The American Coaster Enthusiasts. having ridden over 375 different coasters around the world, Mr. Stroh always ensure that vocal department trips almost always have the opportunity for students to ride roller coasters.

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Audition to Join the Fun!

Prepare two songs and be prepared for tonal memory

The vocal audition will consist of two songs and a tonal memory exercise.  Pick two songs that you sound great on.  You can choose from a variety of styles - classical, musical theatre, pop, country, indie, etc.  Try to pick two songs that contrast.  For example, one song from two different styles, or one up tempo song and one ballad.  Your songs must have accompaniment.  This could be a karoke backtrack or a recording of a piano or you can bring a live accompanist.  The tonal memory exercise will be done after you perform your two songs.   You will be played a note on the piano and you sing it back using a La syllable.  We will add a note to the first note each time you sing the notes back correctly until we get to a maximum of 12 notes.  This exercise is used to determine how well you can match pitch.

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