Upper School

Performing Arts

The Upper School offers electives in dance, drama, speech, vocal music, instrumental music, and technical theatre. All of our arts experiences are offered in an environment where students can discover and nurture their own artistic affinities and discover their creative potential. There is a vocal ensemble that performs twice on campus and several times in the community during the school year. Silver Strings is also available in the upper school for advanced string students with teacher permission. In addition to the music elective choices, each year there is an Upper School musical or cabaret, a fall play, a spring play, and a student directed mini course.

Performing Arts Curriculum

List of 6 items.

  • Musical Theater

    Elective Course | Grades 9-12

    This course is for students who would like to improve their ability to perform musical theater and increase their knowledge of the genre. Students in this course learn to use their bodies to sing in a healthy way that communicates authentic thoughts and emotions. Analysis, staging, and performance of scenes & monologues challenges students to engage in the human process of working through relational issues one encounters with others, as well as with the self. Through this dramatic work each performer finds her own Voice—physically, vocally, and personally—as well as an approach that will then be applied to delve deeply into pieces of musical theater to embody a character, sing honestly, and tell a story.
  • Musicianship

    Elective Course | Grades 9-12

    This course is for students who would like to increase their musicianship skills and music literacy. Students in this course learn music theory, sight singing, ear training, and keyboard skills that strengthen their ability to read and interpret music. During this course, students become active music listeners, investigators, and creators as they delve into the fundamentals of rhythm and harmony.  The course focus is basic musicianship skills and tonal harmony, but will reference composers and styles of many periods ranging from early music to the present.
  • Orchestra

    Elective Course | Grades 9-12

    This course provides students with the opportunity to perform a varied repertoire of instrumental literature. Students perform both as an ensemble and in appropriate chamber group settings. The course is designed to build aptitudes in a number of areas of music learning including musicianship, structural elements of music as they relate to performance, cultural historic context, and performance practices of various styles. Students are encouraged to participate in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association band and orchestra festivals over the course of their study. Students are expected to increase the depth of their musicianship and develop a better understanding of musical performance and instrumental repertoire.
  • Honors String Ensemble

    Elective Course | Grades 9-12

    This course is a selective performance group designed to improve playing skills, broaden musical repertoire and encourage performing at various concerts. Students learn and perform music on a challenging level and play in small ensembles as well as in a larger group. This course is designed to build a solid repertoire that can be performed at any time and for any occasion. The Honors Strings Ensemble also includes advanced Middle School string players chosen by competitive audition. Enrollment is dependent upon instructor approval and an audition is required.
  • Glee Club

    Elective Course | Grades 9-12

    This course is designed to develop vocal and choral skills and concepts while investigating a wide variety of choral music of all periods and styles. Students advance their musical understanding through score analysis and small group singing. Focus is placed on developing musical independence, aural skills, and ensemble skills. This course includes performances throughout the year. Students are encouraged to participate in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association choral festivals.
  • Dance

    Elective Course | Grades 9-12

    This course is designed to develop technique and further the dancers’ performance skills. Students learn repertory from modern and contemporary choreographers and learn their signature movement styles. In addition, students also have the opportunity to create their own works based on pioneers in dance who will be presented in the spring.