Choir and Ensembles

The Choir Program at Saint Francis offers four levels of academic classes and a lively extracurricular schedule. The ensembles stage several community performances, participate in school liturgies and compete at local festivals. This is a vibrant program with unique vocal ensembles and opportunities for performance. Our travels have taken us to Southern California, NYC, Australia and Italy.

Choral Ensembles


Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an academic class, non-audition class that meets during the school day. We perform four times each year as well as compete in the CMEA choral festivals. There are no requirements to enroll in Concert Choir other than a willingness to sing!

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir membership is by audition only. If you are interested in a challenging vocal experience please feel free to contact the Choral Director, Mrs. Margaret Durando. This choir performs with Concert Choir, Liturgy Band and String Ensemble throughout the year.

Choir Course Information

In these choral singing classes students learn and perform a wide variety of choral literature, both sacred and secular. Included in the course objectives are learning proper techniques for singing, learning rhythm and sight-reading, and understanding a vocal musical score and the musical terminology needed to properly interpret dynamics and style. As this is a performance-based course, students will be evaluated on their participation, effort and attitude in class. Public performance of the works being rehearsed will include the winter and spring music concerts, as well as other opportunities such as participating at all-school liturgies and music festivals.

Choir Courses

  • 8171 TREBLE CHOIR - Full Year
    Entry level, no previous experience necessary. Requirements of this class are active class participation, learning performance basics of breathing and vocal production, beginning music theory and sight singing.

  • 8271 CONCERT CHOIR 2 - Full Year
    Second level music theory and sight singing. Additional expectations of more immediate and complete knowledge of the music that is being learned will be present.

  • 8371 CONCERT CHOIR 3 - Full Year
    Third level of music theory. Students will be expected to take leadership positions in running sectional rehearsals. Some solo and duet work will also be required.

  • 8471 CONCERT CHOIR 4 - Full Year
    Students are expected in the fourth year of choir to know all of their music within a short period of time. Students will be expected to run efficient sectional rehearsals. All choir four students will perform a solo or duet in the spring choir concert.

Additional Ensembles

Liturgy Band is an ensemble whose soul purpose is to prepare for all school liturgies including Collaboration Masses and all student body Masses. Liturgy Band shares liturgies with members of the Chamber Choir and String Ensemble at a variety of school and community events.

String Ensemble is a supplement to the Chamber choir. Students who play with this after school ensemble perform at all choral concerts. The Strings accompany both choirs as needed as well as perform on their own for school and community events.

Contact Information

Margaret Durando
Choir Director
Email: margaretdurando@sfhs.com
650 968-1213, ext. 691

Saint Francis High School1885 Miramonte AvenueMountain View, California 94040650 968-1213Fax: 650 968-1706
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