The Holy Cross Instrumental program offers student musicians of all experience levels the chance to join their peers in performing instrumental renditions of big band, jazz, Broadway, classical, and contemporary songbook standards. Whether a part of our Instrumental Ensemble, featuring band and orchestra instruments, or our Guitar Seminar, our student musicians take the stage in the winter and fall concerts, and often serve as our pit orchestra musicians for our main stage musicals. Accomplished instrumentalists often represent Holy Cross in WAMTC Honors ensembles, All-Catholic Honors Band, the Peabody Youth Orchestra, and Montgomery County Youth Orchestra.
Students study, rehearse and perform band and orchestra music in both contemporary and traditional styles. They reinforce fundamentals of their instrument in both solo and ensemble settings. They develop skills in sight-reading music, playing with expressive dynamics, and they describe and interpret a variety of songs and other musical numbers. Each semester students participate in public performances, and attendance at these events is mandatory.
Guitar SeminarStudents of all ability levels study, rehearse, and perform various solo and guitar ensemble music. Students will master reading music for guitar in the first position, basic, intermediate, and advanced chord shapes, and music theory as applies to the fretboard. In addition, students will become familiar with strumming patterns, fingerpicking techniques, and soloing. Performance will be a required element of this course, with additional group and solo performance opportunities throughout the year at liturgies and other events. No prior knowledge of guitar is required for this course, however, more experienced guitarists will have additional performance opportunities and will tackle more challenging repertoire for performance. Each semester students participate in public performances, and attendance at these events is mandatory.
The Guitar Club provides the school community with additional music enrichment opportunities through enjoyment of the guitar. This club is open to all levels of experience. Being an active member of the Guitar Club automatically makes you eligible for many opportunities that are not available to other students, which include many public performance opportunities, exposure to many musical forms, award nominations and Special Artist & Guest Workshops.