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Name for "Training" and "Performing" Divisions

The choir program at my school has been evolving over the past years, and has finally settled in to the following two categories:
Section 1) 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th nonauditioned choirs. These choirs perform a winter and a spring concert and are adjudicated through CMEA. The 6th-8th grade choir also puts on a Pops Concert.
Section 2) 4th-5th and 6th-8th auditioned choirs. These are made up of members from the nonauditioned choirs. These advanced choirs are the ones that I take to community events, festivals, and the like.
I would like to have clear names for the two "divisions," but do not want to call the choirs in Section 1 the "training choirs," since they perform each year at a good level. However, I want to clearly show an expectation of excellence in Section 2 ensembles. Again, "performing" choirs is not the term for them, since all the choirs perform.
I would welcome your thoughts!
on February 15, 2016 5:23pm
I would suggest finding a name that doesn't implicitly reflect the nature of either ensemble. I've seen programs do this successfully with musical terms in Italian.
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on February 16, 2016 12:30pm
Choir(s) in Progress - I instituted that name at Harvard for students who either had never sung, or could not match pitch, or whose voice was not going to blend, without vocal work.
STudents from CHIP (as we called it) were well trained - went to a large community choir with some excellent singers and many students and then after a year of training qualified to sing in the Harvard Glee Club or Radcliffe Choral Society or HR Collegium Musicum
The overall development of all these choirs was quite significant and especailly served beginners through "advanced/experienced"
Jim Marvin
on February 17, 2016 7:00am
I feel like you're over-thinking this.  The choirs in section 1 aren't really training choirs since they perfom and go to adjudicated events. Can you simply call them Primary, Treble, and Mixed?  And the auditioned groups could be Advanced Treble and Advanced Mixed.  People know that that an auditioned group is more exclusive and performs more advanced material.  Otherwise you can name them after musical terms, or your school mascot or colors.  Or have the kids brainstorm name ideas. 
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on February 18, 2016 11:38am
I like Lauren Estes' idea of using Italian musical terms.  More accurately descriptive musical Italian words might be considered too.  They "sound" musical don't they?  For instance, the choirs in "section 1" might be called the "Derivanti" (arising) choirs.  Section 2 might be called the "Avanzate" (advanced) choirs.  Those could be further divided numerically by grade levels, "Derivanti 1" for "1st-3rd" and "Derivanti 2" for 4th-5th, and so forth.  The auditioned section would be "Avanzate" 1 and 2.  
Instead of "derivanti" (arising) you could use "crescente 1,2,&3" (rising)...instead of "avanzate" you could use "provino 1&2" (auditioned)...whatever sounds best to you.    
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