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The Briarcrest Department of Vocal Music strives to bring out the very best in every student in our program.

Through hard work, discipline, commitment and extremely high musical expectations, students not only experience incredible music from various genres and time periods, but also learn transformative life skills.

We prepare our students for successful, Christ-centered families, relationships, and careers-- even if they are not in the field of music.

We are very proud of and humbled by the accomplishments of our students and ensembles. Our choirs consistently earn 1st place, Sweepstakes, and Superior ratings at local, regional, and national festivals. Our students regularly represent us at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, National GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, National Talent searches, Tennessee All-West and All-State Choirs, and in professional stage productions. They have recorded albums in Los Angeles, Memphis, and Nashville, performed with GRAMMY award-winning artists, and received numerous scholarships to study music at top-ranked colleges and universities.

Our internationally acclaimed a cappella group OneVoice has performed at the EMMYs, has appeared on America’s Got Talent, and has had their music streamed and downloaded over 100 million times since 2010.

Extracurricular offerings include voice, piano, and guitar lessons, an Elementary Choir, the Saintly Singers, fully-staged musicals with orchestra, solo performing and recording opportunities, and All-West and All-State choirs. Click on Ensembles to see our curricular offerings.

Our older singers use iPads at a 1-1 ratio for sheet music, real-time individual assessment, music theory, and more. This groundbreaking pilot program enables our singers to reach their highest potential.

To enrich the minds and perspectives of students, the Department of Vocal Music tours regionally and internationally. We have performed with an orchestra on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York; concert halls in Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and cathedrals in Italy, France, Switzerland, England and Spain.

While we are constantly refining our performance opportunities and looking for new ways to expose our students to inspirational and worthwhile music, we always have the following concerts: Fall Concert, Christmas Celebration with Symphony Orchestra, Spring Concert, and Briarcrest Pops.

We are confident that our program provides the best vocal music education possible in the Mid-South. If you are interested in our program, we would love for you to visit, come to a concert, or get in touch with us. For more information, please contact J.D. Frizzell at 901-751-6411 or jdfrizzell@briarcrest.com.

Dr. John Frizzell

Dr. John Frizzell

Director of Fine Arts, Director of Vocal Music
Mrs. Tamatha Holt

Mrs. Tamatha Holt

Elementary Music Specialist, Music Director for Elementary & High School Theatre
Mrs. Elizabeth Parsons

Mrs. Elizabeth Parsons

Assistant to the Fine Arts Director, Vocal Music Assistant
Mrs. Makenna Rivera

Mrs. Makenna Rivera

Middle School Choir Director, Conservatory Director, Music Director for Middle School Theatre

BRIARCREST VOCAL ENSEMBLES

The Briarcrest Christian School Vocal Music Department strives to provide Elementary, Middle and High School students with a medium of musical expression.

High School students may participate in the auditioned OneVoice a cappella ensemble, Advanced Women's Choir, Honors Concert Choir, or the unauditioned Concert Choir. They may also audition for the High School Musical.

Middle School students may participate in the Middle School graded choir program and may audition for the Middle School Spring Musical. The Middle School Vocal Music Department also has auditions each year for the Middle School Select Ensemble.

Briarcrest Elementary students have a unique opportunity to participate in a very special music program. We have a vocal music program that all can join - Saintly Singers. This serves 3-5th grade. Saintly Singers Jr. is offered for 1stand 2nd graders. Our auditioned program is Saintly Singers Select for the more advanced vocal music students.

Middle and High School students also participate in events sanctioned by the West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association, including All-Southwest Honor Choir, All-State Choir, Choral Festival, and Solo and Ensemble.

OneVoice

SONY Recording Artist OneVoice is among the finest high school contemporary a cappella groups in the world.

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