Student musicians have a broad range of opportunities to develop their skills, or to discover a talent they didn’t know they had.
The upper school string orchestra plays everything from Mozart to Lady Gaga, and sometimes mashes them together. With daily rehearsals, students develop a polished repertoire, though growing and learning musically is always the primary goal. Jazz band helps musicians hone both their reading and improvising chops. Whether supporting the ensemble or their section, or taking a solo for the crowd, every rehearsal and performance offers opportunities for growth.
Jazz, wind, and percussion ensembles help students develop their instrumental facility and their ability to blend with a group, follow a conductor, read challenging music, and improvise solos.
Chorus and the percussion ensemble are open to all upper schoolers, whether or not they have previous musical experience. These groups offer a great way to explore music for students who are new to it–standards are set high, and these ensembles rapidly turn every member into a competent and confident musician, both as members of the group and as soloists. Along the way, students develop a deeper understanding of many genres and styles of music, including classical, jazz, pop, and contemporary art music.
Additionally, the student-led Versatones a cappella group gives enthusiastic singers a chance to select their own repertoire, write arrangements, and perform in formal and informal settings throughout the year with their friends. Guitar classes let kids find their inner Bob Marley or Van Halen, and composition and digital production courses teach students to write, program, and record their own productions.