Classic Sounds Honors, under the direction of Mr. Patrick Hachey, is the premier curricular ensemble as the most select Concert Choir at Roxbury High School. Its 40 members were selected by a placement audition during the spring of last year. Students are chosen based upon their musical audition (tone quality, intonation, musicianship, ability to hold parts independently, preparation, tonal memory) and their attitude (ability to work with others, reliability, enthusiasm, dependability).
As the most challenging choir in the curricular program, Classic Sounds is a five-credit curricular, honors course at Roxbury. Classic Sounds Honors, as one of Roxbury’s traveling choirs, will be preparing its own concert repertoire to perform at festivals, competitions, and local performances throughout the year in addition to doing the major choir activities (Winter Concert, Roxbury Invitational, Spring Masterworks Concert). Classic Sounds Honors will be performing challenging music of a high level from the traditional choral repertoire including classics, madrigals, spirituals, and a cappella contemporary choir works. A member of Classic Sounds Honors is responsible for being at all Classic Sounds Honors dates listed in the choir handbook.
Last spring, the group was named first place Mixed Choir AA with a Gold rating, Best Overall Choir, and, together with Roxbury Revelation, won the Sweepstakes Award for top choral program at the WorldStrides OnStage Music Festival in Washington, D.C. In 2017, the group was named first place Mixed Choir AA with a Superior rating, and Best Overall Choir at the Dorney Park Music in the Parks Festival. In 2016, Classic Sounds was cho- sen as one of three high school mixed choirs to perform at the American Choral Directors Eastern Division Convention, the fourth time since 2004 they were selected for this honor. At the 2016 Williamsburg/VA Beach Music Festival, the group earned first place Mixed Choir AAA and a Superior rating, Bass section award, Best Overall Choir, and the Sweepstakes Award for the highest scoring choir at all Willamsburg/VA Beach festivals all season. In 2015, Classic Sounds was named first place Mixed Choir I with a Superior rating at the Dorney Park Music in the Parks Festival. At the Boston Heritage Festival in 2014, Classic Sounds Honors earned first place Mixed Choir, a Gold rating, and, together with Roxbury Revelation, won the Sweepstakes Award for top choral program. Classic Sounds Honors has twice been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Classic Sounds Honors has received Superior ratings at every festival it has attended for the past 29 years.