A cherished feature of Stuart Hall's academic program, music education in grades 6-12 emphasizes performance in instrumental and vocal ensembles while staying true to the analytical, theoretical, intuitive, and technical understanding of both instruments and voice. By creating or participating in performance opportunities, we strive to grow our students' self-esteem and confidence, social and collaborative skills, and perseverance.
Music education at Stuart Hall takes advantage of the rich musical talent in Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley. Home to an annual classical music festival and the world famous Heifitz International Music Institute, Staunton's creative culture has inspired local groups such as the Statler Brothers, Robin and Linda Williams, Heather Berry Mabe, and The Judy Chops. Local bluegrass bands, Irish fiddlers, and acoustic musicians perform in local venues, festivals, and coffee shops. This culture allows our students the opportunity to apply musical literacy skills and performance techniques to real-life. New for 2021-22, our downtown Student Center will have a stage where students can perform to a known and supportive audience of boarding and day students in an environment reminiscent of professional local venues.
Students explore and sample performance practices through participation in music ensembles.
Stuart Hall continues to develop ways to integrate our musical education with local opportunities. For instance, extra-curricular opportunities in music include District V chorus and band auditions and events, Senior Regional Orchestra auditions and events, All-State auditions, Divisional and National ACDA Honor Choirs, and events and competitions as appropriate. Additionally, students may audition for our student-led a cappella group, Fermata the Blue.