Paul Effman Music Service sponsors a band program here at St. Mary’s Schools.
PEMS teacher Charlie Cook offers lessons the following band instruments. Flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and drums. We have a couple violin players too.
Lessons are held in small group instruction classes. The musicians and grouped by age, instrument, and level. Students learn how to assemble the instruments, how to make a sound, and how to read music. Classes meet once a week. Students have to practice on a regular basis at home.
At the end of the year, the young musicians will have an opportunity to perform in front of the school in our Annual Band/ Choral Concert.
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St. Mary’s Choir
The St. Mary’s Choir is open to all students in grades 5-12. The Choir sings at all Masses and liturgical events during the school year to enhance the liturgy. Additionally, the Choir performs at the Christmas Concert and at the end of the school year with the band. The Choir primarily performs a capella, focusing on harmony, vocal technique, and performance skills.
St. Mary’s Schools begins its ninth year of theater productions. Practice starts in October with auditions and concludes in May with 4 performances. The philosophy of Drama Director/ Producer, Adam Cormier, is to include all students. We do all that we can do to work around all of the athletic teams and schedules. Practice is held twice a week so that students are not over burdened by drama practices.
The musicals have been a huge success at St. Mary’s, and the shows have been sold out each year. We continue to improve upon our program each year. We are able to bring in professionals to assist in the success and professionalism of our performance. This year we added many new instruments to our mini-orchestra. The students strive at all times to reach this professionalism. Little by little we are adding new technical equipment to enhance our shows.
St. Mary’s also offers a Theater Arts course for those students who are interested in furthering their dramatic knowledge. Students learn how to direct, design sets and costumes, and guide students in acting and singing. Students also were required to attend local drama productions and critique them based on their project.
The drama club is a self-sustaining program. Through concessions, ticket sales, drama grams, advertisements, and generous donations, the program is able to cover the cost of production as well as a few extras.
Past productions include: Oklahoma!, Annie, Sound of Music, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast and Fiddler on the Roof.