Designed to complement the Lower School musical curriculum, Music Ensembles allow students to take part in World Percussion, Chorus, and Orchestra after school, free of charge.
This ensemble, led by Music Department Head Taia Harlos, is open to all string, woodwind, brass, and piano players. Interested students should speak with Taia Harlos before enrolling. Students must have played for at least a year, read music, and currently be taking private lessons in order to join the Orchestra.
Grades 4 & 5
The Lower School World Percussion program, under the direction of professional musician Shawn Hennessey, is a communal drumming experience that is both fun and educational for students, and for the GFS community as a whole.
During each term, students in the fourth and fifth grades will be exposed to rhythms and techniques from Ghana, Cuba, Brazil and the Middle East, played on authentic drums. Djembes, Doumbeks, Congas, Surdos, and various bells and shakers are just some of the instruments that will be used. Specific activities will include polyrhythmic games, South Indian vocables, body percussion, drum language, and circle songs focusing on West African and Afro-Caribbean secular and spiritual songs. Singing while playing is encouraged, as is improvisation and dance.
Lower School Chorus
Grades 4 & 5
The Lower School Chorus is open to interested students in grades 4 and 5. Students will explore their vocal potential as they learn correct breathing and singing techniques. We'll sing in unison and then delve into 2-part arrangements, starting with rounds. No auditions are necessary, however, students will be asked to sing a few short scales so they can be placed in the correct section.
Rehearsals will be right after school. Students will come directly to Debbie Stahl's classroom after dismissal for a short break and a snack before starting to sing. We will end at 4:15.