The Choral Department of Thomas Dale High School has a legacy of high musicianship that spans all choirs. Under the direction of Abigal Schneider, choirs perform a variety of styles and genres while learning the foundations of choral singing and receiving an enriching and dynamic music education. Groups perform multiple times a year in concerts at the school as well as events throughout the community. Select groups also travel to State Assessment each year, where they have consistently received Superior ratings and to national and local competitions where they also receive Superior vocal ratings and other awards such as Best Vocal Quality, Best Choreography, Best Show Design, and Best Show Band.
Our Specialty Center Director, Mr. Barrack has a strong history with local choirs. More info coming forthwith.
Not only do our students participate in our choral groups, Thomas Dale High School is also a Specialty Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. For those students who wish to apply, The Visual and Performing Arts Specialty Center attracts students from every part of Chesterfield County who are highly interested and talented in music, theater, dance and visual art.
Our vocal department not only teaches the academic fundamentals of being a vocalist but also integrates an all-encompassing approach where students are encouraged to talk if they have any concerns or struggles, whether it be of an academic or personal nature. The competitive choirs in particular find that the amount of time spent in rehearsals and on trips/activities helps develop a strong sense of community and support as well as a strong family-style bond!
Meet the driving forces behind the Vocal Department!
Our Choral Director, Ms. Schneider, is excited to be a part of the Dale choral program! A graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor's of Music, concentrating in vocal music education, Ms. Schneider is a CCPS graduate of James River High School where she was actively involved in the choral department and its competitive show choirs.
Bio coming soon.