"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
Music at St. Teresa’s Academy is an integral part of student life and school culture. Students experience a wide range of experiences throughout the school year in Concert Choir, St. Teresa's Academy Chorale, STA Singers, or our piano classes. Music is vital to our rigorous academic environment. Studies show that students who participate in music have higher standardized test scores in math, foreign language, and creative writing. In addition, colleges seek out students who exhibit diverse skills and talents. Our choirs have won competitions around the country and consistently receive the highest ratings at state festivals. Most importantly, students enjoy the challenge of performing wonderful music and contributing to the culture and community within STA, learning about the world and themselves in the process. Every student, regardless of experience, is encouraged to develop their skills and form meaningful relationships with their peers in music classes at St. Teresa’s Academy.
Concert Choir is a non-auditioned choir consisting of predominantly freshmen. Students will explore a wide variety of genres, languages, and musical styles. Instruction will focus on essential skills including vocal tone, range, historical context, musical literacy, and expressive skills. Concert Choir will participate in concerts at school and in MSHAA festivals.
St. Teresa's Academy Chorale
St. Teresa's Academy Chorale is an advanced choir for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Many of these students have participated in choir at STA in previous years although no experience is required. Students perform more advanced choral literature in various styles, languages, and genres. Instruction is focused on group cohesion, choral tone, stylistic variety, interpretive skills, and music theory. The Academy's Chorale will perform at concerts at school and MSHAA festivals.
STA Singers is an auditioned chamber ensemble for sophomore, junior, and senior students who show a desire to be challenged, demonstrate a strong work ethic, display a passion for music, and complete a successful audition. Instruction will focus on stylistic nuance, historical context, poetic interpretation, choral tone, music theory and literacy. Students will perform collegiate-level repertoire of various genres, languages and styles. STA Singers will perform in and outside of school, compete in competitions and MSHAA festivals. Auditions will held in the spring semester.
Varsity Singers is a collaborative ensemble with the men from Rockhurst High School. Co-directed by the choral directors from STA and Rockhurst High School, this ensemble provides talented students the opportunity to sing SATB choral music. Music is challenging and singers are highly-skilled. Students are auditioned in late Spring. Rehearsals are at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evenings and begin in early September
AP Music Theory
AP Theory is a college course designed for students interested in a deep understanding of music and is structured in accordance with the AP College Board guidelines. Students will learn about chord structure, music analysis, songwriting, form, historical context and practices, composition, aural skills and sight singing. Written assignments, quizzes, worksheets and homework are emphasized. Students take the Advanced Placement Test in Music Theory (additional fee assessed).
Piano is a wonderful way to learn and experience music. Piano class is for students new to the piano or those that have basic skills and want to develop them. Instruction includes lessons on music theory, harmony, and repertoire. Students must have a piano or keyboard at home to practice.