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Requiring Enrollment in Chorus to Participate in Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Hello All!!
I teach at a small private school.  I have one co-curricular high school chorus that is non-auditioned and is comprised of 40 9th through 12th graders.  Our curriculum also offers two contemporary ensembles that meet before school three days a week.  Currently we require that students have to be in a co-curricular large ensemble before they can participate in the morning classes.  My administration would like to revisit that requirement.  I have many students in choir that don't elect to be in those morning classes, so it wouldn't affect my program all that much (at this time), but I am not sure I want to go down that slipperly slope.  Any ideas both for and against this proposed change are appreciated.  I want to be armed with as many opinions from other choral professionals, as I am the only one on our staff.
Once again thank you for your valued opinions.
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on November 6, 2013 4:24pm
I'm considering adding a zero period chamber choir myself, and I would definitely require concurrent enrollment in the auditioned Concert Choir. At my school, we have a lot of instrumentalists who are great readers and who could do well in an elite chamber/jazz choir, but who have primary loyalties to the instrumental program. I suspect most high schools have a number of such students. So a better policy might be simply to require concurrent enrollment in another music ensemble. For the singers, that would obviously be the main choir, but such a policy would allow the singer/instrumentalists to audition as well. 
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