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Middle School Academic Departments

Performing Arts

In the Middle School, the performing arts courses provide opportunities to strengthen the artistic disciplines introduced through Orff-Schulwerk in the Lower School.  A student chooses one discipline: band, chorus, drama, or orchestra.  The curriculum stresses involvement in a performance group to build technique, confidence, critical-thinking skills, creativity, and a sense of group cooperation and self-discipline.
  • Chorus 6

    In Middle School Chorus, students discover the world of vocal music and have the opportunity to become life-long music enthusiasts. Through exposure to a wide range of opportunities in various musical styles, students learn musicianship skills and proper vocal techniques. Chorus is a positive environment which encourages students to grow as singers and as cooperative, contributing members of a team. Chorus students perform in school and community concerts and can participate in District Chorus events. The students create songs on Garage Band in January and present composer reports in May. The school year concludes with participation the Music in the Parks Choral Adjudication.
  • Chorus 7

    In Middle School Chorus, students discover the world of vocal music and have the opportunity to become life-long music enthusiasts. Through exposure to a wide range of opportunities in various musical styles, students learn musicianship skills and proper vocal techniques. Chorus is a positive environment which encourages students to grow as singers and as cooperative, contributing members of a team. Chorus students perform in school and community concerts and can participate in District Chorus events. The students create songs on Garage Band in January and present composer reports in May. The school year concludes with participation the Music in the Parks Choral Adjudication.
  • Chorus 8

    In Middle School Chorus, students discover the world of vocal music and have the opportunity to become life-long music enthusiasts. Through exposure to a wide range of opportunities in various musical styles, students learn musicianship skills and proper vocal techniques. Chorus is a positive environment which encourages students to grow as singers and as cooperative, contributing members of a team. Chorus students perform in school and community concerts and can participate in District Chorus events. The students create songs on Garage Band in January and present composer reports in May. The school year concludes with participation the Music in the Parks Choral Adjudication.
  • Drama 6

    Students develop basic acting skills through various improvisational exercises, social games, and other activities. Through these activities they also develop creativity, focus, and an appreciation for the process of creating a theater ensemble. Students learn formal skills such as memorizing lines and blocking for in-class activities and performances throughout the year. Emphasis is on individual improvement, being a contributing member of a team effort, learning to rely on others for support, and enjoying the excitement of preparing for and executing performances. Students perform in two major productions each year at the Chapel/Performing Arts Center on the Upper School Campus.
  • Drama 7

    This course builds on and reinforces the skills and concepts necessary to become a good actor. Students enhance their acting abilities by devoting particular attention to elements of characterization through scene work. They are also introduced to other aspects of theater such as directing, play writing, and design. As they are exposed to the excitement and rigors of preparing for and executing performances, students gain an appreciation for drama and performing artists. Students perform in two major productions each year at the Chapel/Performing Arts Center on the Upper School Campus.
  • Drama 8

    This course extends students' knowledge base of theater history, improves character-building skills, and expands acting techniques through scene work and productions. To build their confidence and enhance their self-presentation skills, students learn about auditioning through interview skills, monologue preparation, and performance. Students also gain more hands-on experience in the areas of play writing, design (set and costume), and directing and grow personally and as team members. Students perform in two major productions each year at the Chapel/Performing Arts Center on the Upper School Campus.

Department Faculty

  • Photo of Dallis Byrne

    Dallis Byrne

    Middle and Upper School Chorus Teacher
    (703) 212-2902
    Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY - Bachelor of Music
    University of Louisville, Louisville, KY - Master of Music
  • Photo of James Criswell

    James Criswell

    Middle and Upper School Band and Orchestra Teacher
    703-212-2867
    James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - BM
    Auburn University, Auburn, AL - MM
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD - DMA
  • Ricky Drummond

    Middle School Performing Arts Teacher (Drama) LTS
    703-212-2814
    James Madison University - Bachelor of Arts
  • Photo of Christopher Gillespie

    Christopher Gillespie

    Middle School Band and Orchestra Teacher
    703-212-2790
    University of Delaware, Newark, DE - Bachelors of Music
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT - Masters of Music
  • Photo of Lindsay Jagodowski

    Lindsay Jagodowski

    Middle School Performing Arts Teacher (Drama)
    703-212-2814
    Smith College, Northampton, MA - B.A
    Lesley University, Cambridge, MA - M.Ed
Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304