Choir and Preparatory and Advanced Instruments
Beginning and intermediate students with an interest in instrumental music may participate in Preparatory Strings, Preparatory Band (woodwinds and brass) and Preparatory Percussion. More accomplished instrumental students are eligible to join Curtis Strings or Curtis Band. Instrument classes are extracurricular and take place during lunch time and after school. Students who are interested in vocal performance may participate in the Curtis Choir.
Participation in the Choral and Instrumental Program is open to all students in grades 3-6 and requires an audition with the director/conductor at the beginning of the school year. Rehearsals are scheduled before school, during lunch recess and after school, depending on the group. The Curtis Choir and instrumental groups perform in all-school concerts (Winter, Spring, and Grandparents & Special Friends Day) and at special flag assemblies. These musicians take center stage in their own evening Showcase Concert at Curtis in the second half of the school year. The Curtis Choir, Curtis Strings and Curtis Band also perform in a local music festival in the spring.
Choir and the instrumental groups are graded, curricular classes that are additional to participation in the student's regular, grade-level performing arts class. Choral and Instrumental Program members are expected to demonstrate the highest commitment to attendance, dedication to musical learning, teamwork and cooperation.