MEMBERSHIP: All students interested in Music are invited to participate in some phase of the Department.
OBJECTIVES: Our music activities and clubs, designed to develop the musical skills, abilities and creative talent of our students, contribute to the cultural life of the school and community and add to the beauty and meaning of school worship.
PERFORMANCES: Annual in-school performances for students in the various music activities include Open House in October, Candlelight in December, and the Arts Festival Concert and graduation in May (instrumentalists). The GMAHS Chorale, the Mercy Melismatics and the String Ensemble entertain on various other occasions and at venues and events in the surrounding community. The Mercy Melismatics and the Girls with Guitars host an invitational a cappella concert in addition to performing in the regularly scheduled concerts. Participation in prestigious outside venues (i.e. The White House and Longwood Gardens), competitive instrumental and vocal festivals, as well as opportunities for numerous service-oriented activities showcase our musical talents.
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 25-30 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 is our chamber group and 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 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 “rock band” 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.
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.
The School Show 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.