Mount Saint Dominic Academy

Music

Vocal Music at Mount Saint Dominic Academy

Concert Choir
Membership in this ensemble is open to all students without audition. This choir studies and performs a wide-range of vocal literature based on the traditional women’s repertoire. Students are required to perform in the Christmas Concert, Spring Arts Festival, and Hershey Park Competition.

A Cappella Ensemble
The A Cappella Ensemble is open for membership to all students through an audition process. This choir sings (and arranges) traditional a cappella music in 4-8 parts. They regularly perform for school events in addition to their competition schedule. Students in this ensemble are required to perform in the Christmas Concert and Spring Arts Festival.

Liturgical Music at Mount Saint Dominic Academy

Lord’s Chords
MSDA offers students the opportunity to join the Liturgical Music Ensemble without an audition. Students are invited to sing in the choir or play an instrument during school prayer services and masses.

Cantor / Soloist Opportunities
Students who wish to be a cantor or soloist during any Liturgical event must complete an audition. Auditions are based on interest and may be held at any time.

Music Courses at Mount Saint Dominic Academy

Music courses at MSDA are designed to make students cultured in various styles of music, are are aligned with the standards set by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Common Core Standards. Embedded into the daily school curriculum, students will become knowledgable in the fundamentals of Music Theory and Music History. In aligning with the mission of NAfME, our goal is to “advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.”

Music Appreciation
Music Appreciation is a class that is required by all students in their sophomore year. This is a survey course in Music History, Aural Skills, Instrumental and Choral Methods, and Music Theory. The main objective of this course is to give students a well-rounded experience in music. Students will be able to identify important composers and compositions, gain a knowledge of musical terminology, acquire listening, sight-reading, and basic theory skills without the foundations of a performance-based class. Overall, the course content reflects the basic pursuits of all musicians: creating, performing, and making connections.

American Musical Theater
This course is an elective open to Junior and Senior students and begins at the dawn of Broadway and works its way up through the modern day musical. Students will discuss and study American Musicals through the completion of various assignments and performances. Music Appreciation is required as a pre-requisite to this course.

 

Instrumental Ensemble

Qualified Mount students are invited to join one of the following Caldwell University Music Ensembles:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble

Membership: By audition
Moderator: Prof. Rebecca Vega, Caldwell University Music Department

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