PERFORMING ARTS

The Performing Arts Department believes that co-curricular performing groups complement our performing arts curriculum by offering technical skill development, the opportunity to perform in groups and the exploration of styles and genres not covered in curricular classes. 

The co-curricular activities include choirs, dance, jazz bands, string ensembles and theatrical productions (musicals, dramas and one-act plays).

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Groups and Activities

ES Performing Arts

4th & 5th Grade Band

Students can choose to play flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone or baritone in the 4th, 5th & 6th grade band. Students come to one class a week depending on the choice of their instrument. There are assemblies and concerts for student to perform in during the year. This is a year-long activity for beginners on band instruments and the best results are achieved when students commit to the whole year and practice regularly.

Grades 3, 4 & 5 String Program
Mozart String Ensemble

Students who have played violin, viola, cello or bass for three or more years join this ensemble by audition. Challenging music of an appropriate level is studied over the year and there are regular performances throughout the year. This group meet to practice once a week.

Vivaldi String Ensemble

Students who have played a string instrument for two years or more can join this ensemble by audition. The orchestra meets regularly and students are expected to attend at least one session during the week. They play appropriate level string music from different genres and perform together on a regular basis throughout the academic year.

Beginner 2 String Ensemble

Students who have played violin, viola, cello or bass for a year or more can join this ensemble. The ensemble meets regularly and students are expected to attend twice a week, dependant on the ASA schedule. Students can play appropriate level string music from different genres and have the opportunity to take part in regular performances during the year.

Beginner 1 Strings

If students want to try a string instrument, they can join Beginner Strings. There are classes every day after school to learn violin, viola, cello or double bass and to play in a string ensemble. This is a year-long activity and students will have the opportunity to take part in performances in the second semester.

ES Choirs
Treblemakers

The 4th and 5th Grade Choir meets once a week to sing songs from many different countries and that represent many different genres of music. If students join the choir, they will have the opportunity to perform regularly, both in and outside school.

Junior Choir

The Junior Choir is for students in grades 2 and 3 who love to sing! No experience is necessary. Students meet once a week to sing songs from different countries and different genres of music. There are regular performances throughout the year in school and out in the community for students to take part in.

MS/HS Performing Arts

Choirs

MS Girls Honor Choir is a year-long auditioned choir for girls in grades 6 to 8. Auditions are held in August and the group meets on a weekly basis. The choir perform at concerts and assemblies throughout the year, and also perform in the community.

Impromptune is an auditioned choir (SATB) for students in grades 9 to 12. Auditions are held in August. This group takes part in various events through the school year, including concerts in school and in the community, the Great Works concert and the APAC Choir festival.

Dance

The HS Dance Team is a mixed dance group who explore different genres of dance including modern, jazz and breakdancing. There are various performance opportunities throughout the year. Students in the group can audition to take part in APAC Dance. The HS Dance Team will have extra rehearsals leading up to the APAC Dance festival in November.

Jazz Bands

MS Jazz Band is a non-auditioned group for MS students who are interested in learning about jazz styles. The band meet weekly and perform at concerts and assemblies.

ISB Jazz Band is an auditioned, year-long group for High School students with some experience of jazz playing. Auditions are held in August and rehearsals are weekly. There are performance opportunities in school and in the community throughout the year.

Jazz Combo is focused on improvisation, working in a small combo, and reading lead sheets. All members of the Jazz Band are eligible for this activity as are other students who have the necessary skill level. There will be workshops featuring local musicians and opportunities to perform in the community.

Theatrical Presentations

HS Drama auditions are in August and regular rehearsals begin in August until the performance date. There are also opportunities for backstage crews in costumes, lighting and scenery.

MS Production auditions take place in September and all participants are welcome. Rehearsals are held on a bi-weekly basis with some extra rehearsals near the performance dates. There are also opportunities for backstage crews in costumes, lighting and scenery.

One Act Festival takes place in January/February to give Middle School and High School students the opportunity to present a variety of plays and presentations. Some auditions may be necessary and rehearsals are arranged to fit each individual cast.

HS Musical auditions are held in January and regular rehearsals are scheduled from January until the performance dates. There are also opportunities for backstage crews in costumes, lighting and scenery.

Key Dates

HS Curricular Showcase Concert (September 27, 2018)

MS Curricular Showcase Concert (October 17, 2018)

Roundabout 10 year Gala Dinner (October 17, 2018)

One Act Festival (October 19, 2018)

Middle School Production (November 8-10, 2018)

APAC Choir/Dance/(Orchestra @ ISB) (November 14-18, 2018)

HS Winter Concert (December 4, 2018)

MS Winter Concert (December 5, 2018)

ES Instrumental Concert (December 6, 2018)

AMIS MS Orchestra Festival (January 16-20, 2019)

ISCMS Music Festival (February 20-23, 2019)

AMIS HS Choir Festival (February 27 - March 3, 2019)

MS ISTA Festival (March 14-17, 2019)

Simple Concerts (band, singing, strings) (March 7, 20 & 28, 2019)

HS Production (April, 9, 12 & 13, 2019)

Showtime Gala (April 20, 2019)

CASTA (April 30, 2019)

HS End of Year Concert (May 14, 2019)

ES Production (May 23 & 24, 2019)

ES Instrumental Concert (June 4, 2019)

MS End of Semester Concert (June 5, 2019)

Musicals

One-Act Plays

Dramas

Choir

Strings

Jazz Band

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