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. Opportunities for numerous service-oriented activities showcase the musical talents of our students while enabling them to share their gifts with others. All music students are exposed to quality musical experiences, bringing to life what is studied in the classroom. Live performances including concerts, recitals, operas and shows at premier venues such as the Kimmel Center and Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera and popular Broadway venues in New York City are offered throughout the year.
Our music activities and clubs:
· develop the musical skills, abilities and creative talents of our students
· contribute to the cultural life of the school and community
· add to the beauty and meaning of school worship
Our select choir has been invited to perform in prestigious venues including:
· The White House
· The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg
· Longwood Gardens
· Citizens Bank Park (to perform the National Anthem for Phillies games)
Our students participate in highly competitive music festivals including:
· PMEA District, Region and State Chorus and Band and Orchestra
· All-Catholic Band and Orchestra
· Tri-County (Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware) Youth Festival
- Glee Club
- String Ensemble
- Mercy Melismatics
- Girls with Guitars
- Liturgical Music
- School Show
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.
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 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.
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.
Anna Ridenour, Dr. Myers and Addie Olsen at the PMEA REGION VI Orchestra performance, March 2018.