Upper School Music

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Upper School Concert Choir is a year-long graded course which includes standard and contemporary choral repertoire.


This course is designed to provide appropriate musical training and development to participating woodwind, brass, and percussion students. The class will prepare students to continue music at the collegiate, community, and church levels. Students will have the opportunity to experience full ensemble and small ensemble playing. The development of comprehensive musicians will result from learning that includes: all of the musical elements (rhythm, melody, harmony, expression, form, and style), musical skills (playing, singing, moving, creating, reading, writing, and listening), and musical repertoire (band). The majority of class time will be spent playing one’s instrument. The equivalent of one class per week will be used to discuss/examine music theory, history, and compositional skills. There will be two concerts a year as well as chapel and other performance opportunities.


This course is designed for the more advanced string player. This class emphasizes higher-level music skills including rhythm, melody, harmony, expression, form, style, individual performance skills, ensemble skills and an appreciation of the appropriate level string repertoire. There will be two concerts a year as well as chapel and other performance opportunities.

Cavalier Blues

Cavalier Blues is an extra-curricular, auditioned honors jazz/show choir selected from members of the US Concert Choir.

A Cafellas

The A Cafellas are an all-male a capella group that, like the Bluebelles, is entirely student-led.  They perform several times a year, for student events, concerts, and athletic events.


Bluebelles is a student-led female a capella group that has enjoyed a long standing tradition in the CCES Upper School.  This ensemble performs at events such as Convocation, Football games, the Young Artist Series, and school concerts.  Appx. 12 members.

Singing for Non-Singers

Singing for Non-Singers is an introductory one-term course in singing with some performance opportunities.