The Concert Chorus provides students the opportunity to develop musicianship, creativity, and the experience of sharing personal gifts both with Oakcrest and the surrounding community. While preparing for performances in school, the greater community, and even internationally, students continue building upon the techniques and ensemble skills begun in Middle School by learning increasingly challenging repertoire of varying styles from medieval to contemporary. Independent musicianship is developed through the continued study of solfeggio. Musical skills acquired help lay the foundation for successful music study in college as well as lifelong enjoyment of the arts. This choir is open to all students in the Upper School.
Middle School Choirs
The Middle School has three choirs: sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. In each level, the students learn creativity, the fundamentals of music theory, and independent musicianship. The choirs perform for the School's annual Christmas and Spring Concerts. The repertoire increases in difficulty throughout the student's middle school music education, as they study varying choral styles from medieval to contemporary. Independent musicianship is developed by studying the Ward Method. The Ward Method is a program of learning to sight sing Gregorian, as well as modern, music notation through the study of solfeggio ("do, re, mi"). While growing as musicians, students will deepen their understanding of music and its integral relationship to culture. Musical skills acquired help lay the foundation for successful music study in high school as well as lifelong enjoyment of the arts. These choirs are open to all students in the Middle School.
The Middle School Liturgical Choir participates in the liturgical life of the school by singing at Mass on special feast days throughout the academic year, while the Upper School Liturgical Choir sings for Mass each Friday of the academic year.