Performing Arts

The music program at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School affords both academic and performance opportunities to our student body. In addition to private instrumental and vocal lessons offered during the school day, a variety of before and after-school music activities are available to all interested musicians. Our music activities and clubs, designed to develop the musical skills, abilities and creative talents of our students, contribute to the cultural life of the school and community and add to the beauty and meaning of school worship. 

Participation in prestigious outside venues (The White House and Longwood Gardens), competitive instrumental and vocal festivals, as well as opportunities for numerous service-oriented activities showcase our musical talents.

Glee Club

The Glee Club is our largest music activity open to any girl in grades 9-12 who enjoys singing.  Membership in this group is mandatory for acceptance into any of our selective vocal organizations. Glee Club performs for our annual Candlelight and Arts Festival concerts.


Chorale is  our select chorus consisting of 30-35 auditioned members in grades 10-12. Students are required to participate in Glee Club for a minimum of 1 semester prior to auditioning for Chorale. This group performs in several outside venues throughout the community in addition to in-school concerts.


Orchestra is our instrumental performance ensemble open to any student with previous instruction on a musical instrument.  Students must be receiving private instruction on their instrument either in or outside of school. This group performs for our annual Candlelight and Arts Festival concerts.

String Ensemble

Our chamber group is open to all string players who play at an intermediate level and who are currently receiving private instruction in or outside of school. Students must also participate in Orchestra in order to be a member of this group.The String Ensemble performs for school functions including: Open House, Christmas Candlelight Concert and the Spring Arts Festival as well as outside events in the surrounding community.

Mercy Melismatics

Mercy Melismatics is our highly selective 'a cappella' group consisting of 12-14 members.Singers who are active participants in Glee Club and Chorale are eligible to audition for this group in the spring. The Mercy Melismatics perform for special occasions and events in and out of school throughout the year and serve as school ambassadors to the outside community.

Girls with Guitars

Our very popular "rockband" is open to vocalists, guitar, drum and keyboard students selected through an audition. This group performs for many special events and occasions in and out of school and serves as an ambassador to the outside community.

Liturgical Music

The Liturgical Music Group, open to all interested students, provides singing and instrumental accompaniment to enhance our liturgies and prayer services. Members must be willing to assist with special masses on weekends.

School Show

GMAHS's annual music theater production held in November, provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their dramatic, vocal, artistic, dance and instrumental talents as well as the art of stagecraft. Auditions for current students are held in May of the previous year, and incoming freshmen audition during the first week of school. Interested instrumentalists are welcome to join the "pit orchestra" where they perform with professional musicians.


  • Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Chorale

    Posted December 18, 2013
  • Congratulations Chorus and Orchestra Members!

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Congratulations to ALL of our musicians. We are so proud of you!

    All-Catholic Band: Annie Staub '14 (2nd chair, flute)

    All Catholic Orchestra: Grace Herr '14 (cello), Olivia Krawtchuk '14 (violin) and Manya Johnston-Ramirez '17 (cello)

    All-Catholic Chorus: Amy Johnson '14 (Soprano 2), and Ann Marie Maloney '14 (Soprano 1)

    PMEA District 11 Chorus: Caitlin Aloia '16 (4th chair, Soprano 2); PMEA Region VI Chorus (1st chair, Soprano 2)

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Course Descriptions and Requirements

The music curriculum includes a 3-year sequential major which fulfills the 9 National Standards as established by NAfME (National Association for Music Education). The academic content encompasses 3 distinct areas: theory, applied musicianship skills, and history and literature. Students develop a working music vocabulary and acquire the essential skills necessary to make informed musical judgments. They are exposed to a variety of musical forms and styles where they learn to:describe and support their observations verbally in written assignments and projects; analyze and classify both notated and aural examples of music; identify,compare and describe particular compositional devices and techniques.

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