Performing Arts Music and drama education is an integral part of children’s education at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. We strive to provide a foundation for all students that is engaging and fosters an ongoing appreciation throughout the elementary school years and beyond. It offers a unique way for children to express themselves, to explore the human condition, and to develop empathy. Routine exposure to the performing arts inspires a higher level of thinking and reasoning that improves children’s capacity to learn and comprehend. All classes meet three times per week. Performances are produced in the Connie Wootton Fine Arts and Athletic Building. Students participate in our Grandparents Day, Lessons and Carols, and Fine Arts Night programs. Primary/Intermediate Music and Drama Children learn the language of music through elements of Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly methods, active movement, and various songs and instrumental pieces from many cultures. Drama is approached through school productions and a variety of theatre games and exercises that thrive with the limitless imagination of children. In both programs, students develop their skill-sets in creating, performing, responding, and connecting. School Musicals Each level of the school stages their own musical through the Music Program. Past shows have included: Off Their Rockers, Swamped, and Pirates. Special Chapel Services All students perform for the Grandparent’s and Special Friends Day in a beloved chapel service. Lessons And Carols At this evening festival of song and light, 1st-8th grade students perform sacred literature around Advent scripture. Fine Arts Night Our annual showcase of student artwork and music is held at the Amarillo Museum of Art and Amarillo College. It is a celebration of our students’ creativity and the St. Andrew’s spirit. Graduation In this culminating experience for our eighth graders, we highlight the importance of our Fine Arts program by showcasing student performers. Bronco Chorale—Middle School The Bronco Chorale provides singers an opportunity to apply musical knowledge and to improve sight-reading ability through daily rehearsal. Students will gain a better understanding of the proper technique needed to extend range and to improve tone quality. The Bronco Chorale is provided lots of amazing opportunities to perform and develop throughout the school year. School Performances The Bronco Chorale performs for Grandparents Day, Lessons and Carols and Fine Arts Night programs. Local Performances The Bronco Chorale also performs for local entities in the Amarillo community. Competitive Opportunities Competitive opportunities are available for the choir to participate in each school year. Bronco Troupe – Middle School In Middle School drama, students delve into more advanced studies of technique to develop their ability to use their voice and body to convey character in visual storytelling. Multiple productions are staged each year to provide students varied opportunities to express and discover themselves creatively. Orchestra The St. Andrew’s Chamber Orchestra is comprised of students with varying levels of prior experience and proficiency. We strive to create meaningful experiences through the sharing of music that stay with our students for the rest of their lives. In class, students develop technical skills that allow them to gain command of their instruments. Students also develop ensemble skills that allow them to become better musicians and students across all disciplines. Our hope is ignite a flame in all of our orchestra students to always love and appreciate music. Two levels of instruction are offered within our program. Intermediate School StringsBeginning level musicians will be comfortable in this class. Students with prior experience can still be appropriate challenged with individual instruction and opportunities to play with the Middle School Chamber Orchestra. Middle School Chamber OrchestraStudents who have experience with the violin, viola, cello, or stand-up bass will thrive in this class. This middle school group takes a lead role in our signature events.