There’s no better way to find your voice than to sing!
Episcopal’s vocal program is performance based, with opportunities to develop stronger musical skills and healthy vocal technique while exploring a wide variety of repertoire and styles. Students perform throughout the year in beautiful Pendleton Hall and Callaway Chapel, as well as in more intimate settings such as recitals and coffee houses.
Two curricular choirs: Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
Two a cappella groups: The Jack of Hearts (boys) and Episcapellas (girls)
Private voice lessons
Independent conducting study
On-campus performance opportunities, including chapel services, Parents Weekend, Spring Sing, recitals, coffee houses, and an annual Christmas service of Lessons and Carols
Off-campus performances, which in the past have included Carnegie Hall, Washington National Cathedral, and St. John's Church Lafayette Square
Attendance at professional performances at the Kennedy Center, as well as other churches and venues throughout the Washington, D.C., area
Whether giving wings to a new musical interest or furthering their repertoire of musical skills, instrumental musicians have many opportunities to share their talents and passions with the EHS community.
Classically trained cellists, jazz-inspired drummers, rock guitarists, and bluegrass fiddlers all find a home in which to study, explore, and perform. Students have numerous opportunities to work with professional instrumentalists in master-class settings, as well as to pursue private study on the instrument of their choice. There is rarely a moment without music on the EHS campus.
Episcopal’s extensive recording and popular music program gives students from all musical backgrounds a chance to study their favorite genres of music. EHS students have written songs; scored films; produced records; remixed songs from popular bands, such as Radiohead; and organized campus-wide concerts. The curriculum is based on three key points: analysis of popular works and the process that goes into creating them; hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art digital recording studio and extensive lab spaces; and careful study of the theory and science behind creating, documenting, and distributing music. Arts classes in recording technology, songwriting, guitar, popular music history, music business, and music theory are taught by faculty members with ample practical experience in their field.
Full orchestra for strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion
Private study on all instruments
Recording and songwriting classes
Study of American popular music
On-campus coffee houses and open-mic concerts, as well as opportunities to perform in chapel and community meetings
Visiting professional musicians from all genres
Attendance at performances at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Birchmere, Blues Alley, and the 9:30 Club, among many others
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Artists In Residence
The National Chamber Players, made up of players from the National Symphony Orchestra, work with students to improve their playing. Through firsthand experiences with professional musicians and attendance at numerous concerts by those same artists, students gain unique insights into the real world of professional orchestras.