High School music at Summerfield takes on a slightly different life beginning in the 9th grade, although students are encouraged to continue their lower school instruments, they are not required to continue. In addition to the high school orchestra we offer a high level recorder ensemble, an American Music class, 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. We always attempt 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 more of a chamber group comprised of a mixed and eclectic variety of traditional instruments. Students get a chance to continue work on their instruments though high school. The group plans to perform a mix of serious and contemporary music at concerts.
Choir - The choir is open to all students in Grades Nine through Twelve. Students are introduced to a wide range of vocal music literature, including classical, folk, opera, spirituals, jazz, and contemporary works. Most pieces are arranged for a choir of mixed voices - soprano, alto, tenor and bass - and several are written in foreign languages or dialects. Although many of these selections are used for the purpose of teaching vocal technique, sight-reading and ear training, a number are chosen as performance pieces for concerts and, as such, perfected through rehearsal.
History of 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 gives the students in high school an opportunity to create beautiful music on a sensitive instrument like the recorder and to 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 course at Summerfield Waldorf High School. All students in the ninth through twelfth grades prepare and perform plays either for their classes alone (e.g. 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 fellow peers 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 Gillbert and Sullivan
"The Mikado", by Gillbert 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
"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard
"Tartuffe" by Moliere
"Trial by Jury" by Gilbert and Sullivan
"Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett