Department Philosophy & Goals
The Music Department desires to provide an opportunity—regardless of individual talent—to develop the whole person through musical expression. Goals include music literacy, skill development, artistic impressions, musical awareness and teamwork.
Concert Choir, open to all grades, is an introduction to proper vocal technique and sight-singing skills through a varied body of repertoire. The Camerata Singers is an upper-level choir for highly motivated choral musicians. Challenging choral music of many different styles and historical eras are studied, as well as liturgical music. The Angelaires, an audition-only choir, is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. In order to audition, students must have taken at least one semester of Concert Choir during or before their audition year. The Angelaires perform a Christmas show in December and a spring show in March.
Orchestra guides musicians through learning how to play in an ensemble at a high level and meets every day from 7:10 to 7:45 a.m. It functions as a full symphonic orchestra, a wind ensemble/band and a string orchestra. Divine Strings is an audition-only select chamber orchestra open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Handbells is for students of all grades who would like to learn how to play and perform and requires no previous music experience. Advanced Handbells is for students who have completed a semester of handbells or who already play an instrument and can read music well.
All ensembles traditionally perform at annual concerts in December and May. Additional musical opportunities include participating in the fall and summer musical theatre productions, performing at the winter WSMA Solo and Ensemble music festival and leading liturgical music.
Learn more about instrumental music at DSHA here.
Learn more about vocal music at DSHA here.