Middle School

Performing Arts

Music, theater, and dance play a central role in the emotional and intellectual development of all Ellis school students. Students in the Middle School study through a cyclical general music curriculum beginning in fifth grade through the end of eighth grade. Each student is also required to participate in a performing ensemble and will choose between dance, choir, band and strings. These ensembles perform two concerts per school year. Also in the Middle School, grades 5, 6, and 7, students have an opportunity to be a part of a theatrical production. In grade 8  perform in a musical in the spring.      

Silver Strings is a string ensemble which is available for advanced string players and must receive a teacher signature before joining the group.

Middle School Performing Arts News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Grade 5 play celebrates Ellis Centennial

    by Rowan Cain, Publicity Director, Grade 5 Play
    When one walks into the 5th Grade Homeroom, you can easily tell it is a place of excitement and learning. But today, it has become more focused, as it usually is this time of year. Why, you may ask? Because of the 5th Grade play, of course! You can see girls chattering quietly about costumes, music, scripts and the actors rehearsing their lines. But what are they saying?
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  • Ellis students perform at Heinz Hall

    by The Ellis School
    Join us at Heinz Hall when when Ellis Upper School Glee Club, Upper School Orchestra, and Middle and Upper School's Silver Strings orchestras perform in the Heinz Hall Grand Lobby, followed by a performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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  • Congratulations to Class of 2019 Award Recipients

    by The Ellis School
    The Ellis School, as part of its 2015 Middle School Closing exercises on June 9, honored 8th graders who have done exceptional academic work in the following subject areas and who have helped foster a robust and connected school community.
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