The Mount de Sales Choral program consists of three performing ensembles for upper school students. The Concert Choir is a compilation of all choral students, beginning and advanced; the Women’s Choir/Show Choir is an advanced girls ensemble; and the Cavalier Chorale is an auditioned mixed ensemble. We also offer Introduction to Choral Music, a freshman based ensemble that is offered for students who may have little choral experience. This ensemble does perform as part of The Concert Choir. At the middle school level, each grade also has the opportunity of choosing chorus as a semester elective.
The Choral Ensembles of Mount de Sales perform various concerts throughout the year and provide leadership in the music ministry of school masses and prayer services. The first semester performances include the Peace Day Assembly, Veterans Day Assembly, and the Mercy Day Celebration, as well as an annual Christmas concert that students at St. Joseph’s, St. Peter Claver and Sacred Heart attend. Chorale also perform a program called Candlelight Carol Service at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Second semester performances for Chorus students include The Cherry Blossom Festival, Celebration of the Arts and graduation events such as Baccalaureate Mass. The Mount de Sales choral ensembles are available to perform for civic and church groups in the Middle Georgia Community.
Introduction to acting, musical theater, and theatre tech have been incorporated into the upper school’s curriculum. Introduction to Acting brings the new and old students of theatre into the work that it takes to perform on stage. Many facets of theatre are taught in this class. The musical theater class begins by taking students step by step through the audition process and ends with a production put together by the class. Students are involved in choosing music as well as choreographing pieces for themselves and the entire group. The theatre tech class is geared to teach the “behind the scenes” work of the theatre, such as building sets and developing lighting plots, which help the students gain a better appreciation of the theatre.
In the middle school, eighth graders have the option of taking a dramatic arts class which serves as an introduction to different facets of acting. With a focus on reader’s theater, students develop characterization, projection, and stage presence and conclude the class with a small production which includes all members of the class. During the school year, middle-schoolers may audition for a theatrical production that will only include sixth through eighth graders, giving them an opportunity to perform without competing against the upper school students.
We offer three productions each year:
- One Act Play competition for Upper School students
- A winter musical, which is open to 6th-12th graders
- A spring middle school play