High School music at Summerfield takes on a slightly different character beginning in the 9th grade in that, although students are encouraged to continue their lower school instruments, they are not required to do so. In addition to the high school orchestra we offer a high level recorder ensemble, an American Music class, International Music and an advanced choir. Our hope is that music in the high school has a formal life as well as a spontaneous life, as students frequently break out their instruments during morning break and lunch and enjoy playing together. We want to keep inspiring the students to play, to attain proficiency, and to continue to expand their taste in music as they mature as we to support, challenge and encourage our talented and music-career-bound students, as well as provide an environment that helps every student foster a life-long love for the art of singing or playing an instrument.
Orchestra - The High School Orchestra is composed of a mixed and eclectic variety of traditional instruments. The group performs a mix of classical, contemporary, and jazz works.
Choir - Students are introduced to a wide range of vocal music literature, including classical, folk, opera, spirituals, jazz, and contemporary works. Original languages have included Latin, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Bulgarian and Zulu, among others.
American Folk Music - In this class, students explore the American folk music tradition and follow its progression through the 19th and 20th centuries. We focus on the music of various historical time periods, such as: the Antebellum South, Civil War, Westward Expansion, Industrialization of modern America, the Progressive Era in which blues and jazz were birthed, Depression Era and the '60s Folk revival. Some of the musical personalities whose music we will learn are: Stephen Foster, Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. All instruments, voices and levels are accepted.
Recorder Ensemble - This class provides an opportunity to create beautiful music on a sensitive instrument. Students learn to play in a focused, analytical and, at the same time, expressive manner. The literature presented ranges from the Middle Ages to Baroque and Modern composers (like Arvo Part, Blaker or Maute). Students work on specific recorder techniques, such as how to create dynamics, articulation and improvisation.
Performing Arts (Drama) is a required series of courses at Summerfield Waldorf High School. All students in the ninth through twelfth grades prepare and perform plays, either for their classes alone (e.g. the ninth grade Tragedy and Comedy main lesson), or for the entire school community, as exemplified by the 12th grade play that is traditionally performed for the public at the end of school year. In Summerfield’s high school, dramatic productions are considered an important component of the academic program because their success requires both focus and intense personal commitment. Students are called upon to put forward their best efforts as they collaborate with their fellows in many ways: rehearsing, creating costumes, designing and building sets, acquiring props, and managing the myriad aspects of staging. Inevitably, the work the students undertake in the performing arts area of the curriculum helps to build the feeling of community within a class through the highly interactive tasks of theater production.
9th grade - Tragedy and Comedy - Main Lesson Block, Improvisation and Speech afternoon track class.
10th grade - Greek Tragedy - Main Lesson Block
11th grade - Shakespeare: Hamlet Scenes and Soliloquies - Main Lesson Block
12th grade - Senior Class Play - Main Lesson Block
Extracurricular activities are a big part of the Summerfield experience. Students ninth through twelfth grade participate in our semi-annual high school musical tradition. Opportunities to assist with lighting, stage managing and direction, costuming, singing, and acting open up doorways for our students to discover hidden talents about themselves and engage with the school community in a whole new way.
"The Pirates of Penzance", by Gilbert and Sullivan
"The Mikado", by Gilbert and Sullivan
"Annie Get Your Gun!" by Irving Berlin
"The Most Happy Fella" by Frank Loesser
"My Fair Lady" by Lerner and Loewe
"Into the Woods" by Steven Sondheim
"She Loves Me" by Harnick and Bock
"Trial by Jury" by Gilbert and Sullivan