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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.

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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.

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Ensembles

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