The MCDS Music Department presents three concerts as part of their Winter Concert Series. Director of Bands Jon Schipper stated, “These concerts are the culmination of several months of work and the students are ready to showcase their talents.” The lower school concert will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at 6 p.m. and will feature music performed by our choirs from grades 1-4. Our middle school concert will be Thursday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m. and feature music from our 5-6, and 7-8 choirs, bands, and orchestras spotlighting student conductors for several pieces. The MCDS high school concert will follow on December 14 at 7:15 p.m. and will showcase the MCDS band, choir, and orchestra. Pieces featured will include Prairie Dances by David Holsinger, the lyrical Andante Festivo by Sibelius, and a women’s piece arranged by MCDS’s own Barbara Wolfman, music teacher and composer.
About music at MCDS: The Madison Country Day School Music Department strives to create a comprehensive and relevant music education for each child, promoting an optimal balance of structured discipline and creative license. Beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, dedicated MCDS music faculty introduce students to basic musical concepts through singing, playing instruments, movement, and listening. In first grade, all students add semi-private piano lessons to introduce them to the joy of playing. By middle and high school, students study formal music theory, analyze complex musical excerpts, compose music, explore a wide range of music history, and enjoy ensemble playing through choices of jazz band, orchestra, and choir. Yearly events include concerts, recitals, Jazz Showcase Night, Fine Arts Week, and the theater department’s musical.