The MCDS Music Department presents three concerts as part of their Winter Concert Series. Jon Schipper, department chair, stated, “The kids are excited to perform. It is a great payoff for all their hard work this year.”
The grades 1-4 lower school concert will be held on December 16 at 6 p.m. and will feature a Swahili song from the combined choir entitled “Chapua Kali Decemba.”
The grades 5-8 middle school concert will be December 17 at 5:30 p.m. and feature A Capella selections of the Renaissance Period and instrumental jazz improvisers.
The high school concert will also take place on December 17 at 7 p.m. A combined choir/orchestra piece entitled “Dry Your Tears, Afrika” and a patriotic tribute featuring “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” will be performed by the band, orchestra, and choir.
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.