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Music and Performing Arts


The music program fosters a lifelong love of music, develops the competencies that will enable children to participate fully in the music curriculum, and lays a foundation for participation in music beyond St. Patrick's.


Glance into one of the four music classrooms and you might see students creating movements to music with simple props, playing Orff instruments, composing a simple aria, learning authentic American Indian songs, practicing handbells, playing African drums or xylophones, or learning to play the recorder. Music instruction at St. Patrick’s builds a foundation of skills through work with pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, form, timbre, and style. Always there is singing, which binds us together as a community whether in music classes, chapels, classrooms, or concerts.

With a tradition of musical excellence, St. Patrick’s offers a variety of opportunities to participate in both instrumental and choral ensembles.  Each ensemble provides students with exciting opportunities to further their musicianship while developing leadership skills, self-confidence through performance, teamwork, and friendships.  Ensemble members make a serious commitment to attend all rehearsals and participate in all performances.



Young Singers (Grades 5 and 6)
Orff Ensemble (Grades 5 and 6)
Grade 6 Handbells
Recorder Consort (Grades 5 and 6)
Grades 7 and 8 Choir
Chamber Singers (Grades 7 and 8 by Audition)
Grades 6, 7 and 8 Handbells

Annual Performances

Grade 4 American Music Presentation
Community Hoedown
Holiday Concert
Christmas Pageants
Spring Concert
PK Music Program
Nursery Music Program
Grades 5 and 6 Musical
Grades 7 and 8 Performing Arts Night
Kindergarten Circus
Lower School Chapel of Celebration