The choral music program at O’Dea includes the O’Dea Men’s Choir and the Liturgical Choir. The choirs perform with many ensembles and artists including Opus 7, Shaprece, and the Seattle Symphony and has performed in venues such as the Chihuly Garden and Glass, St. James Cathedral, and Benaroya Hall.
The O’Dea Men’s Choir is made up of students from grades 10, 11, and 12 and focuses on singing in varied styles and from varied historical periods. The selected literature is chosen from songs, concert literature, and liturgical pieces written or adapted for male voices, and often includes original arrangements by the instructor, and/or students. Skills developed include pitch and tone, sight singing, rhythm, unison and part-singing, diction, languages, critical thinking and listening, concert etiquette, and rehearsal technique. Additionally, these young men develop their knowledge in music theory, history, general music appreciation skills, and performance concepts and styles.
The Liturgical Choir is made up of students from all grades and includes the O’Dea Men’s Choir as well as many other students who love to serve the O’Dea community by singing at Mass. This volunteer opportunity allows the students to earn service hours using their artistic abilities. The Liturgical Choir rehearses on an occasional basis and performs exclusively at O’Dea school Masses.