digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















The Totino-Grace "Company of Singers" perform their opening number, "Promise", at the Linn-Mar Supernova, from Fridley, Minnesota, USA

A Show Choir (originally known as a "swing choir") is a group of people who combine choral singing with dance, sometimes within the context of a specific idea or story.


Show choir is primarily a high school activity based in the United States, concentrated in the Midwest, but also beginning to become popular in Canada as well. It is a continually evolving art form, and show choir is regularly expanding to new areas. Many middle schools, junior high schools, and some colleges now have their own show choirs as well.

Technical aspect[edit]

While there is no standard requirement for the number of performers, show choirs typically contain between 30 and 60 singer/dancers.

Show choirs traditionally wear a costume, though the definition of what is considered a costume in show choir is very broad and ranges from jeans and a t-shirt to extravagant period costumes or flashy dance-wear. It can be very conservative (such as tuxedos and ball gowns) or very edgy (such as modern or revealing clothing). Additionally, many larger show choirs include two or more costumes in their show. Participants typically wear stage makeup and shoes conducive to dancing (often "character shoes"). From the costumes to the stage makeup, show choir members often look uniform during most shows.

Shepherd Hill Regional High School's Show Choir "Fantasy" performing with Grecian costumes in 2014

The choir usually has a backup band (or "combo," if it includes horns) providing instrumental music to complement the voices. The instrumentation varies from song to song, but a common show choir band consists of guitar, bass, drums, trumpets, trombone, alto sax, tenor sax, piano, and synthesizer. Many larger show choirs typically have a larger combo to accompany them. The band is usually out of sight, however some band members have come out on stage to be featured during the show.


This is an example of a show choir competition program from Totino-Grace's Spectacular competition.

Many show choirs participate in competitions, sometimes called "invitationals" (though most are not invitation-only events). These competitions are often held at the high school where the "host group" attends, though some events are held at auditoriums or other facilities that can accommodate larger crowds and provide better acoustic performance.

Competitions can be as small as a showcase of a few groups from the immediate geographic area or they can feature many groups from multiple states. Because of the vast difference in sizes of the competitions, they can last a single afternoon or span an entire weekend. Competitions may separate competing choirs into different divisions. These divisions are often determined by age, skill level, size of the school or choir, and/or gender of the participants. The different divisions may take place at a different time, day, or at a different location or venue, though usually within the same school or close geographic area. There are three main divisions: Varsity, Unisex, and Prep.

Many competitions include a preliminary round and a finals found. The finals round commences after the preliminary awards are complete, where the top groups perform again in order to compete for the title of Grand Champion of the contest. The number of performing groups in the finals round is up to the hosting school, but typically 5-6 choirs participate. Hosting schools do not compete in the competition for ethical purposes. Those groups are sometimes given the opportunity to take suggestions from the judges made during the preliminary round and make adjustments to their finals performance in order to earn a better score.

Characteristics of a performance[edit]

Most show choir "shows" or "sets" consist of a variety of songs, often including several choreographed, fast-paced pieces and one slower piece performed with limited or no choreography. This slower number—usually a ballad—exists primarily to showcase the ensemble's singing ability. In California, it is a requirement that at least one minute of any one set be sung a cappella (it is usually one full song in the set), though this is not a standard in the rest of the country. More often than not, the a cappella selection is also the ballad, as it is much easier to sing unaccompanied while holding relatively still. In the Midwest, it is becoming popular to set one song aside as a "novelty" piece, designed to make the audience laugh. "Concept" or "story" shows that unify all of the songs together in a common theme are becoming more popular across the country, especially in California.

Within a song, vocal lines typically alternate between unison or octave singing, and two-or-more-part polyphonic harmony. Songs are chosen, adapted, and arranged from a variety of sources including popular music, jazz standards, and Broadway musicals, but rarely make use of classical music. Original music has also been performed by a small number of groups. Additionally, there is often at least one solo in each performance by a standout singer in the group.

Competitive performance sets range in length, but are usually timed to total between fifteen and twenty minutes. Shows generally consist of, but are not limited to, approximately five songs.


For many high school students, show choir is a large commitment that takes over the good part of a school year. For some, show choir is part of the school curriculum and is a class taught during the day. For others, it is an extra curricular activity that requires practice to take place before or after school. Practices may begin as early as the summer for some, while other choirs don’t start until much later. The competitive season takes place from January until late April, with competitions held across the country every weekend during that time.


Show choir, while time consuming, can be rich with rewards. Being a part of a show choir promotes teamwork and healthy competition. The choir must work together in order to compete against other choirs with similar skill sets. Show choir also promotes staying active and fit, as vigorous dancing and singing simultaneously requires energy and coordination as well as a maintaining a healthy body.

See also[edit]

A fine resource for current Show Choir events

The official website for FAME Show Choir events

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show_choir — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
1000000 videos foundNext > 

John Burroughs High School - Powerhouse winning Nationals competition

Powerhouse April 27, 2013 - National Show Choir competition, Chicago IL Winner and Grand Champion !! (of 28 entering regional winners) Yay - edited to point out my daughter, Dani Ramirez - Senior.

National Show Choir Champs 2015 @GHSTitanFever

GHS Titan Fever National Show Choir Champions performance, Nashville Tennessee. March 28, 2015.

The Classics - 2015 Troy Buchanan Show Choir Invitational

The Classics finals performance at the Troy Buchanan Show Choir Invitational. Video shot by Rick Knoll (Knollweb Media) http://www.knollwebmedia.com/ All rights reserved by Knollweb Media.

Show Choir in a Van

We are the Millard West Show Choir from Omaha, NE and this is our van ride to FAME in Branson, MO. It took us 8 hours of intense rehearsals to glue this show together. Christian, Cody, Chas,...

Show Choir Behind The Scenes: The Faces, Costumes & Competition

http://sepapparel.com/show-choir Check out the behind the scenes video of show choirs in action...show choir costumes, dresses, outfits everywhere. It's like walking into a costume catalog....

Best Show Choir Performance Ever #1

Top 100 Ebooks (by genre) Ranked by Readers http://ebooktop100.blogspot.com/ Watch in 720HD: It will continue with Part b: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAOW_yELrT0&hd=1.

Clinton High School Attache Show Choir Performance 2013

The Highly Acclaimed Clinton Attache Show Choir performing their 2103 Sshow, featuring the following great music: Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bereilles We Are Young by Fun Can You Hear Me?...

John Burroughs Powerhouse New England Show Choir Showdown 2015

John Burroughs High School Powerhouse Show Choir Grand Championship winning performance at the New England Show Choir Showdown 2015. Additional awards include: Best Vocals Best ...

2010 Show Choir "Grease!" Medley

This is my school's Show Choir doing a medley of songs from the movie "Grease".

Taylor Swift - Shake it Off (Piano/Show Choir Cover) by Regent Revolution Show Choir (Singapore)

Shake it Off - Taylor Swift (Piano/Show Choir Cover) - featuring dance and a piano introduction Vocal Director - John Khoo Choreographer - Melodie Pok Like us on www.facebook.com/regentrevolution.

1000000 videos foundNext > 

8267 news items

Odessa American

Odessa American
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 -0700

Odessa College student Kaitlyn Flud belts out "Over the Love" during the choir group AMORE's "You're the Voice" performance Thursday at the Jack Rodgers Auditorium. Buy this photo. 052313 OC choir show 02 RE.JPG. Odessa College student Daniel ...

Fox News

Hillsboro Times Gazette
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:15:00 -0700

Members of McClain High School “A Touch of Class” Show Choir became stars of their own Disney show on April 3 when they entertained resort guests at Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney. The group traveled from Greenfield to the Walt Disney World ...


Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:08:31 -0700

The first weekend of March, Loveland High School show choir By Request traveled to New York City to compete in the New York segment of the FAME Show Choir National Championship Series. (www.showchoirs.org/#.events/ckiy). This was one of five ...


Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:11:15 -0700

CEDAR RAPIDS - Prairie High School's Varsity Show Choir, The Ambassadors, took home top honors at FAME Orlando this week. The competition is a qualifier for the National Show Choir Championships in Chicago next month. The group arrived back in ...
La Crosse Tribune
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:06:21 -0700

Saturday's show choir competition gets started at 9:15 a.m. and will feature performances by OHS Express (10:45 a.m.), Logan's Class Act (1 p.m.), the Hilltoppers (2:45 p.m.) and Central's Grand Central Station (exhibition performance at 4:45 p.m.).
Morrow County Sentinel
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 03:07:30 -0700

Orlando, Fla., (April 9, 2015) — Members of Mount Gilead / Galion High Schools Show Choir became stars of their own Disney show on April 1, 2015 when they entertained resort guests at Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney. The group traveled from Mount ...

The Herald-News

The Herald-News
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 03:30:00 -0700

JOLIET - The Joliet Central High School Show Choir “Show Steelers” recently placed third out of nine choirs at the Herscher Swing Singsation Invitational and 7th out of nine choirs at the Springfield Southeast High School “Capital City Explosion.” The ...

Hastings Star Gazette

Hastings Star Gazette
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:17:58 -0700

An incredibly successful show choir season came to a conclusion Saturday at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., for Riverside Company. The top Hastings High School show choir finished fifth at the Show Choir Nationals. Advertisement. Print ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight