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Upper School Music

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The goal of the Waterford music program is to teach students how to love music in all its form, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment and added enrichment. The best way to develop a deep love for music is to know what musicians know, and to do what musicians do. Through detailed interaction with the art form in one of several performance ensembles, Waterford students sharpen their musical perception and sensitivity, while also building skill as musicians. Students study music history and music theory, but most importantly they perform the great music of the world as singers, instrumentalists, and composers.

Music: Troubadours
​This high level vocal ensemble will rehearse and prepare advanced choral music for mixed voices in 4-8 parts. Repertoire is normally a cappella and explores a wide range of genres from a variety of time periods. Troubadours maintains a full performance calendar with opportunities both on and off campus such as Waterford concerts, civic performances, Solo & Ensemble festival, national and international choral festivals, and other opportunities as they arise. Choir members are admitted through a two-step audition process in the spring for a spot in the ensemble for the following school year. Audition opportunities may be offered throughout the year for interested students if ensemble balance allows for it.

Music: String Quartet
​This class provides an opportunity for advanced string players to develop their ensemble skills and meet the challenge of performing in a small group. Emphasis will be placed on sight reading and listening skills. Careful consideration is given to the selection of repertoire for the various groups to ensure that each individual student's needs are met. The repertoire is carefully chosen from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period. Depending on the various instrumentation the ensembles may be made up of duos, trios, or quartets. The chamber groups may perform several times throughout the school year at concerts and other functions in the community.

Music: US Chamber Singers
Chamber Singers is a non-auditioned choral ensemble focused on skill building and developing independent musicianship. Students will develop skills in vocal technique, sight singing, and music theory. The ensemble will perform choral music that explores a wide range of genres from a variety of time periods. Concerts will take place once a term on campus.

Music: US Jazz Ensemble
​This course is an introduction to jazz and related musical styles with emphasis on improvisation and accurate sight-reading. Students participate in performance, directed listening, transcription, and analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the historical significance of Jazz as "America's Original Art Form" and on the influence of jazz on all succeeding forms of popular music. Audition required.

Music: US Orchestra
​Students will focus on the study and performance of the core repertoire for orchestra through a variety of skills that involve listening, analysis, evaluation and performances. Performances include concerts, school assemblies and community service performances. Students will demonstrate progress in mastery of rehearsal repertoire and assignments given in sectionals through individual practice. Private lessons are strongly encouraged for all students.