Extracurriculars for Students

Middle School Band, Chorus & Performing Arts

At Duke School, we offer a number of performance opportunities for Middle School students including chorus, band and performing arts (drama). We also have an arrangement with a variety of local music teachers who give group and private lessons to a range of ages on our campus.

Band

Beginning Band is open to students in grades 4-8. No prior musical experience or ability to read music is required.
String Orchestra is open to students in grades 4-8. String playing experience is not required, but preferred.
Concert Band is open to students in grades 4-8, who have completed beginning band or have passed an audition.
Jazz Ensemble is open to students in grades 4-8. An audition is required.
Duke School offers four instrumental ensembles. All rehearsals are held in the Middle School Performing Arts room. Band practice may be during the school day or after school.

Beginning BandThe Beginning Band is comprised of Duke School’s youngest instrumentalists. This group meets three days a week after school for one hour and is open and all students grades 4-8. In this ensemble, students learn how to play and care for their instrument, proper rehearsal etiquette and the basics of music literacy. Because we cover such foundational music skills, there is no prior music training required to be a member of this ensemble.
 
String OrchestraThe Orchestra is new to Duke School this year. This group meets two days a week after school for one hour and is open students grades 4-8. String playing experience is not required to join this group, however, it is preferred. In this ensemble, students will play and perform various types of literature, both classical and contemporary. This group will also occasionally collaborate with other ensembles to make the grandest musical experiences!
 
Concert BandThe Concert Band is comprised of Duke School’s most experienced musicians and they meet twice a week for an hour and a half. This group is open to students grades 4-8 who have completed beginning band or pass an audition. In this group students are pushed by playing and performing the most challenging music. Many students in the concert band take private lessons on their instrument. This group best serves students who are serious about improving on their instrument and taking on musical challenges.

Jazz EnsembleThJazz Ensemble serves as Duke School’s Jazz and Contemporary music identity. The group is open to students grades 4-8 and there is an audition required. This group meets once a week for an hour and a half. Most students in this group are also in the Concert Band, however it is not a requirement for rhythm section players (piano, bass, guitar and drum set). This ensemble best serves hardworking students who are interested in learning about blues, rock and jazz music, as well as methods for improvisation.

Chorus

Chorus is open to students in grades 5-8. No prior musical experience is required.
Middle School Chorus is open to all students in grades 5-8. Singers, welcome!
Advanced Chorus is an auditioned ensemble for students engaged in developing harmony skills and vocal technique.
 
Our chorus meets twice a week to build community, experience a wide variety of musical styles, and strengthen confidence in our vocal ability. We develop our song repertoire by building on the interests of our singers and we love to share what we have learned with the school and community at Winter and Spring Concerts.  

Performing Arts

Drama is open to students in grades 5-8. Auditions are held for the fall play and spring musical. Students may also be members of the crew.
The after school drama program produces two shows each school year with a play in the fall before Winter Break and a musical in the spring.

Students will audition and rehearse two to three days per week after school from 3:30-5:30 PM. We strive to include as many actors as possible as well as a crew, run by students for the performances. 
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