SMA Classes

Large Ensembles

Concert Band- This large ensemble is open to all wind, brass & percussion students. Directed by TJ Hovest.

Orchestra- This large ensemble is open to all string players. Directed by Dr. Daniel Strawser. 

Musical Theatre- Sing and stage (movement) scenes from beloved musicals. All students are welcome. Directed by Dr. Jaunelle Celaire & Amy Ingram. 

Academy Orchestra- This is an audition ensemble. Students will play alongside faculty and guest artists. Directed by Trevor Adams.

Academy Band- This is an audition ensemble. Students will play alongside faculty and guest artists. Directed by TJ Hovest.

Academy Choir- This is an audition ensemble. Students will sing classical choral literature alongside faculty and guest artists. Directed by Dr. Jaunelle Celaire & Amy Ingram. 

Jazz Band- This large ensemble is for studenst that want to explore Big Band Jazz music. Brass, Reeds, Percussion, & Piano students are welcome. Directed by TJ Hovest. 

Jazz Choir- Learn to sing jazz standards in tight harmony. Directed by Dr. Jaunelle Celaire & Amy Ingram. 

Show Choir- It's all about Glee! Combine singing and dancing for this fun choral experience. Directed by Dr. Jaunelle Celaire & Amy Ingram. 

Chamber Music

Chamber Music- Small Ensembles consisting of one player per part (ex. String Quartet). Chamber ensemebles are offered for a variety of instruments with a variety of instructors. 

Instramental Choirs & Ensembles- An ensemble of similar instraments (ex. Flute Choir, Guitar Ensemble).

Jazz Combo- This smaller ensemble will explore more intimate genres of jazz music. Jazz Ensembles are directed by TJ Hovest & Chris Eagles.

Rock Band- This ensemble explores popular music. Directed by Nathan Arnold, Chris Eagles, & TJ Hovest. 

Lessons

Masterclass- Masterclasses are offered for a variety of disciplines. These classes will focus on improving solo repetoir in a group setting so students of different levels are learning from each other. 

Guitar Lessons- Students of all levels are welcome to improve their skills. Students must provide their own guitars. Taught by Nathan Arnold.

Ukulele- Students of all levels are welcome to learn this instrument or improve their skill. Students must provide their own ukuleles. Taught by Nathan Arnold.

Sectionals- Focus on the technique(s) needed to be successful in ensemble playing. 

Piano Lessons- Students of all levels from beginner to advanced will improve their skills on the piano. Taught by Suzanne McBride-Ruedy, Jim Spontak, & Hannah Wagar. 

Enrichment

Rhythm Theory- Good rhythm is imperative for musicians both for solo & ensemble work. This course will focus on techniques for improving rhythm. Taught by Dr. Sarah McConnell. 

Music Theory for Singers- This class is developed around concepts that are particularly important for singers. Taught by Dr. Sarah McConnell.

Music History- This course will look at the composers, developments, and musicians that have gotten us to where we are now. Taught by Dr. Sarah McConnell.

Boomwhacker Choir- This course is the definition of a fun time. Boomwhackers are lightweight, hollow, color-coded, plastic tubes, tuned to a musical pitch by length. Students will work together to create a fun musical experience. Taught by Charles Woodward.

World Beat- All are welcome to join in this practice in rhythm. Students will use rhythm to create songs organically.

Orff Ensemble- This ensemble explores Orff instruments. Taught by Nathan Arnold.

The World is My Instrument- An exploration percussion ensemble that utilizes the things we find all around us. Taught by Steve Holmberg.

Piano Greats- Take a look at what made famous pianists stand out. Taught by Jim Spontak.