Oak Hall's FLIGHT "Tsubasa" Taiko group performed at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Orlando on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. It was an awesome show and the students received a standing ovation.
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What Makes Oak Hall Music Different?
Most music programs put emphasis on two types of performance experiences: Marching Band and Concert Band regardless of the size of the ensemble or the individual talents of the players. At Oak Hall the emphasis is on the individual musician and how they work within any size ensemble. We do this through:
- Small ensemble Chamber Concerts & Large Band Performances – At least two major events a year featuring small student directed/arranged performance groups and two large concerts showcasing our larger and smaller ensembles.
- Arts Conservatory Music Recitals – 20 recitals a year are given featuring 30-60 pieces of music that are chosen, arranged, and directed by students. These recitals are performed in front of their peers and faculty.
- Small extra-curricular ensembles that concentrate on specific styles or instrumentation. Examples include: Jazz Chamber Collective – Contemporary Jazz/Orchestral Chamber Music; Avios – Woodwind Quintet; A Capella Voices; Cigar Band – Music of the 1920’s; String Ensemble, Honors Jazz Combo, Basketball & Pep-Bands.
- Inclusion of ANY instrument into our main performance groups. Our student ensembles can contain everything from strings, woodwinds, electric guitars, steel drums, etc...
ALL of our music is custom arranged for each individual student by the directors. This enables our directors to target the performer’s individual strengths or challenge them in new unique ways.
Emphasis is placed on playing in multiple styles rather than a traditional focus on one style of music.
- Every year the music department gives a large concert in the spring concentrating on the music of a specific culture or region of the world. In years past concerts have included music from South America, Cuba, the Continent of Africa, the Caribbean, and this year’s concert will focus on the music of Japan, China, and Korea. Our Latin music based concerts have become so popular that we get multiple requests to keep giving them year after year!
- In the Winter we focus on themed music. Since this concert is traditionally indoors we concentrate on large orchestral and Big Band based compositions. This year the Upper and Middle school will be performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” featuring two of our gifted pianists; in addition the concert featured works by Duke Ellington, John Phillips Sousa, Stephen Foster and more!
Students explore composition and theory in a classroom laboratory environment.
- Oak Hall offers a year-long Music Theory and Composition course that culminates in a concert at the end of the year featuring student works and arrangements.
- Students also trained in using Finale Composition Software.
Students work in Oak Hall’s recording studio.
- Every musician at Oak Hall will learn how to work in a professional recording setting using our built-in recording studio.
- Any musician will tell you this involves a different skill set from performing.
“This is not your typical high school band...if you are looking for a unique opportunity for individual expression within a tight-knit family of musicians, then Oak Hall Music is the place for you." –Apurv Suman Class of 2012, Valedictorian