|Middle School Performing Arts reach beyond the traditional classroom format. Seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity to participate in the Middle School Winter Musical and all sixth graders are an active part of their own spring show. Music and theater are a tradition at Chase and young talent such as in the Middle School is invaluable to the program, faculty train and advise each student as their skills improve and they learn to work as a cohesive group.|
Every spring the middle school Theater Department put on a musical production. The students are under the guidance of Upper School students, expanding their knowledge of voice projection, stage presence, and much more.
All students are encouraged to participate in the Music program in one way or another. Public performances are a means of building self-confidence in young adolescents and they learn to develop their way of self-expression. Students may take courses in music appreciation, theory and composition, song writing and improvisation; they may also perform in a variety of performance groups, ranging from chorus to handbells. Private music lessons are also available to students.
The Middle School Band is a large concert band made up of wind and percussion instruments. Students must have had at least one year of instruction on their instrument in order to participate. The band plays music in many styles and students also have the opportunity to learn secondary instruments such as tenor and baritone saxophones, or bass clarinet. The band plays in several concerts and in graduation exercise, sometimes in conjunction with the Lower School and/or Upper School Bands. They are also part of the Wind Ensemble with students fromthe Upper School.
The students in Middle School Chorus analyze, rehearse, and perform a wide range of choral pieces. The chorus appears in a variety of performances throughout the year and exchange concerts with other area schools. They also participate in workshops enhancing vocal techniques, making this a highly visible and active chorus program.
Students may take private lessons (piano, guitar, percussion, wind, or stringed instruments) on campus at an additional charge.