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Music is resonant beauty in a world overwhelmed with senseless noise. Each time you are moved by a piece of music, it serves as proof that this is true. Covenant's music program exists to glorify God through the performance of a wide variety of music and to strive for a deeper understanding of music and its connection to the world. 

String Orchestra

String Orchestra is a group that consists of students from grades 9-12. String Orchestra rehearses and performs selections from a wide variety of styles, as well as learning some basic music theory. String Orchestra requires much discipline and commitment from students, since glorifying God through musical beauty and excellence is our goal. Student experiences include improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading. Students will develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. 

Student time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances will serve as culminating activities for daily rehearsals and musical goals. Instruments include violins, violas, cellos, and string basses.

These students are not only learning and growing in their own right, but they act as mentors to our Youth Orchestra as well.

Concert Band

Concert Band is a non-auditioned group consisting of students from grades 9-12 who wish to develop their instrument technique and musical expressivity. Concert Band rehearses and performs music from a variety of styles, and learns basic music theory and sight-reading skills. 

Essential qualities for students wanting to perform in this ensemble include self-discipline, commitment, and the ability to work in a team. Student time outside of the school day is scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances will be utilized as culminating activities for daily rehearsals and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom including participation in Pep Band.

Youth Orchestra

Orchestra conductor Barbara Summers believes in nurturing young musicians and providing them with experiences to grow. Our Youth Orchestra rehearses every Thursday after school and involves students in elementary and middle school. These students also have the opportunity to perform with the Covenant Orchestra at each of our concerts throughout the year.

Chamber Chorus

Chamber Chorus is an advanced, auditioned group of male and female singers from grades 10-12 who wish to further develop their voice and musical expressivity. Students in this choir have progressed through Concert Choir with a secure grasp of music theory basics, sight-reading skills, and performance skills. Chamber Chorus rehearses and performs music from a variety of styles at a high degree of difficulty. 

Essential qualities and abilities of performers include self-discipline, growing musical independence, teamwork, and commitment to excellence. Chamber Chorus is treated like an Advanced Placement course, requiring substantial commitments including participation in all performance opportunities, after-school rehearsals, and competitions throughout the school year as well as advanced course material. 

Some course activities include: ISSMA Organizational Competition, Spring Spectacular, performance bookings, and bi-annual travel opportunities with Music Travel Consultants.

Treble Ensemble

Treble Ensemble is an intermediate, auditioned group of female singers from grades 10-12 who wish to further develop their voice and musical expressivity. Students in this choir have progressed through Concert Choir with increased grasp of music theory basics, sight-reading skills, and performance skills. Treble Ensemble rehearses and performs music from a variety of styles at an intermediate to advanced difficulty. 

Essential qualities and abilities of performers include self-discipline, growing musical independence, teamwork, and commitment to excellence. Students in Treble Ensemble are required to participate in all performance opportunities, after-school rehearsals, and competitions throughout the school year.

Concert Choir 

Concert Choir is a non-auditioned group consisting of students from grades 9-12 who wish to develop their voice and musical expressivity. Concert Choir rehearses and performs music from a variety of styles, and learns basic music theory and sight-reading skills at a beginner to intermediate difficulty. 

Essential qualities for students wanting to perform in this ensemble include self-discipline, commitment, and the ability to work in a team. Student time outside of the school day is scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances will be utilized as culminating activities for daily rehearsals and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

Other Music Courses

Covenant also offers two other music courses in our program:

Music Theory & Composition

In this course students will develop skills in the analysis of music and theoretical concepts. Students develop ear training and dictation skills, compose works that illustrate mastered concepts, understand harmonic structures and analysis, understand modes and scales, study a wide variety of musical styles, study traditional and nontraditional music notation and sound sources as tools for musical composition, and receive detailed instruction in other basic elements of music.

Music History & Appreciation

This course explores the major musical styles of Western music including The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, The Baroque Era, The Classical Period, The Romantic Era, and The Twentieth Century while developing a fundamental understanding music in relation to history and culture.  Students will engage in brief overviews of major composers and their music through participation in class discussions and lectures, listening to musical examples, reading the text, attending live concerts and performances, and completing research projects and presentations pertinent to course material.  Students will increase their musical appreciation across multiple time periods and genres through greater understanding of historical context. Music literacy skills are not required for this course.