The Mona Shores High School Choir Program enjoys a rich tradition of excellence in choral singing as well as a reputation for offering a diverse and unique menu of musical opportunities in order to nurture well-rounded, enthusiastic and skilled singers. The Mona Shores Choirs consistently earn top division ratings at choral festivals singing at the advanced level. They have sung with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra on three occasions and performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Muskegon Chamber Choir. The choir has been in existence for 52 years.
The entire program is best known for presenting “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree in the USA” (67 feet tall) concerts each holiday season to over 5,000 audience members. This past year was the 32nd year of the event. The program has been featured nationwide on “The Learning Channel” (TLC) and in a viewer contest on The Travel Channel. The choirs visit New York City every other year.
Over the years, Mona Shores Choir members have sung in Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Greece, Brazil in 2005 and in 2008, and toured Spain and France earlier in 2016. They have sung for the Pope and also sang with the Coventry Choir on BBC radio. By special invitation, the top 25 singers entertained the White House staff and their families during the annual holiday open house at the White House in Washington D.C. The entire performing arts department at Mona Shores was recognized twice as a Grammy Signature School.
The choir is also well known for the fine musical theater offerings (this year is the musical “Anything Goes”) as well as their spring show entitled, “Pop Go the Sailors” in which they perform popular music. There is also a private voice lesson program and over 60 singers study privately each week.
An extremely active parent group, The Mona Shores Choir Association, is essential to our program. There exists a 12 member board that meets monthly and an active group of parents, numbering in the hundreds, who support the large scale productions. The school and choir take great pride in the parental involvement. This organization donates countless hours in support of our singers and has raised thousands of dollars that help fund our programs, including the overseas tours and voice lesson scholarship.
The choir enjoys and appreciates the support from the teaching and administrative staff at Mona Shores, as well as the larger Muskegon Community. There are also extremely active high school orchestra, band and guitar programs at the high school and an outstanding middle school choir program under the direction of Kyle Cain. In 2004, the Mona Shores High School Performing Arts Department was only one of forty high schools in the country to receive the Grammy Signature School Award for Excellence in Music Education.
In 2016, Mona Shores Schools was recognized as one of the best communities in Michigan for music education, and given an award for this by the National Associated of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
The Overseas Touring Choir is a blend of students that sing in one of the four choirs that meet during the school day. Any choir student in 9th through 12th grades is offered the opportunity to travel overseas every fourth year. This choir prepares their music for tour during rehearsals on Friday and Sunday afternoons in the spring. They often perform wearing a “sailor uniform” as the school’s mascot is a sailor, thus the name “Mona Shores Sailors.” The choir has been touring internationally since 1969.
The Mona Shores Public School District is located in Muskegon, Michigan, a central western, industrial and tourist, recreational city on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Mona Shores High School is located in the suburb of Norton Shores on Muskegon’s south side. The high school has 1,350 students of which 266 sing in choir. It has been honored as one of the outstanding schools in both the state of Michigan as well as the nation.