The Choraliers, an auditioned, 100+ member SATB choir, is 12-time first place State Champions of the South Carolina Choral Concert Festival, and has performed for SC State Administrators Conference, SC School Board Conference, the National Education Association SC Conference, and for the governor of South Carolina. The group has appeared at choral festivals in Atlanta, Orlando, Williamsburg, New York City, Washington,DC, on The Bahamas/Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and as a special guest with The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
At Clover High School, the Choraliers is a full-year, credit-bearing course which meets daily for 90 minutes. In addition, students are required to attend a 2-hour weekly evening rehearsal, two annual weekend offsite retreats, and evening rehearsals during winter and spring show preparation. Course curriculum includes rigorous solfege training,music theory, vocal production, and ensemble skills. Repertoire spans choral literature from the classics and master works to jazz and show tunes. The CHS Choral Booster Club provides resources for each student to receive a bi-weekly 30-minute private lesson with voice professionals.
The Choraliers perform two full-length productions every year, each featuring a formal concert portion and a fully-costumed, staged musical revue or Broadway show. The group also appears in 2-3 regional competitions and for area civic and philanthropic organizations. Students conduct a toy drive during the winter and a food drive in the spring in association with the Clover Area Assistance Center to benefit local needy families. The Choraliers program was founded in 1994 by Jay Forrest.
The Honors Chorale, directed by Jay Forrest, is an auditioned SATB ensemble that is chosen from the top Choralier students. The group meets outside of class time. The Honors Chorale performs a cappella literature in Renaissance style at both regular concerts and in appearances throughout the community.
The Mixed Ensemble is comprised of approximately 90 voices and is open to any CHS student with audition. It is a full-year, credit-bearing course. Two class periods are offered: Women's Ensemble and Men's Ensemble and students attend class for 90 minutes on alternate days. Curriculum focuses on basic vocal technique and music reading fundamentals, with a strong emphasis on sight reading. The Men's & Women's Ensembles appear individually and as a Mixed Ensemble in two concerts each year (winter and spring), performing literature from a variety of genres.