Three faculty members teach music in a curriculum that begins in the Lower School and spirals upwards to the Upper School. The clear focus of the Academy's music program is choral singing. That focus has been the tradition at this school for many years and serves as the core of the department. However, the department also focuses on the development of music appreciation and theory that will allow any musician -- vocal or instrumental -- to develop skills and pursue excellence in the discipline of music.
The study of music begins as an enrichment activity at the Lower School. All students are exposed music on a rotational basis, and there is an elective opportunity for students to perform in our Lower School singing ensemble, The Eagleaires. The Eagleaires perform at school and also in the community. Furthermore, students are also introduced to theater under the auspices of the music program. The music teacher, along with the classroom and resource teachers at each grade level, directs each grade level in a class play or pageant that is performed for the entire school community.
At the Middle School level, music appreciation continues to be taught on a rotational basis to all students in the 5th and 6th grade levels. Furthermore, there are two choral ensembles in the Middle School: one for the 5th and 6th grade and another for the 7th and 8th grade. These groups perform for student assemblies and sing in two major public concerts each school year. Students also participate in the All-State Choral Festival and Choral Performance Assessments.
The Upper School Chorus has become one of the premiere choral programs in the state. Our chorus is comprised of 60 students who are not auditioned. The chorus performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance to contemporary and consistently receives "Superior" ratings at District, State and National Festivals. Choirs at the Academy have been invited to perform at State Conventions of The American Choral Directors Association and State and National Conventions of The Music Educators National Conference. They have also been featured with the New England Symphonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. They have had successful tours in South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, New York, California and Florida.
The Montgomery Academy Upper School Chorus recently performed at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) 2014 Southern Division conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Over 1000 of the most influential, respected and astute choral directors and conductors in the nation were in attendance for their performance at the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall. The Academy was one of 17 choruses selected to perform out of applicants from college, high school, middle school, and community choruses from the 11 states represented by the Southern Division. The largest division of the ACDA, the Southern Division consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Along with chorus, students in the Upper School can also enroll in music theory, AP music theory, and applied vocal music. Through the music curriculum, serious students of music can attain the theory background needed to pursue continued academic study of music at the collegiate level. In fact, many graduates of the Academy's music program have gone on to either study music or participate in various choirs, glee clubs and ensembles at the college level.