From classical to modern, using instruments or voices, our students learn to express themselves musically and appreciate its many forms.
To create music in ways you never imagined...
At The Pennington School, students are empowered to create and experience aural expression through the voice and a variety of instruments. Through the development of skills in performance, fundamentals, analysis, composition and the use of technology, students acquire the ability to communicate in the language of music.
In the Upper School, students can take private lessons, participate in an ensemble, develop skills in music theory, composition and technology. They can take courses in popular music and the music of religions around the world. While they are developing personal skills they can enjoy interacting with their peers in ensembles and classes.
Pennington students have gone on to pursue majors in music and related fields at schools such as Peabody Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Temple University, Northwestern University, Lawrence University, Belmont University, Berklee College of Music, and Boston Conservatory.
Our chorus performs at a recent event.
Vocal: The Upper School Chorus and the Pennington Singers have a performance schedule both outside and within the School community. On-campus, these groups perform regularly at the School's weekly chapel services, in the annual Candlelight Service in December, and at the spring Arts Celebration. Music students who specialize in voice frequently have leading roles in the winter musical, and students also perform in the Coffeehouses sponsored by the Dramatic Society. Off-campus, the Chorus and Pennington Singers visit nursing homes, perform at alumni receptions in New York City and Washington, DC, and embark on an interstate tour each spring.
Everyone follows the beat of their own drum—finding the instrument that "speaks" most to them.
Instrumental: Students at Pennington play a variety of instruments, and different ensemble groups are formed each year. These ensembles include classical chamber groups; jazz combos; blues, pop, and rock groups; world drummers; and recorder groups that perform at chapel services and at the spring Arts Celebration. Music students at Pennington enjoy participating in the pit band for the winter musical. There are also several student bands that compete at the annual Battle of the Bands during the winter and perform at Spring Fling in May. For students enrolled in private music lessons, a recital is held at the end of the year.
The Pennington Singers
The Pennington Singers is a select choir whose members are chosen through an audition process. The Pennington Singers participate in a two-day retreat off campus in late fall. In early spring each year, the Upper School Chorus and the Pennington Singers embark on a tour that includes concerts and competition. In the past few years, the groups have traveled throughout New England and to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and a variety of places in New Jersey. Recent successes in competition include a first-place finish for Concert Choir and second-place finish for Chamber/Madrigal Choir at the Boston Music Festival, and first place finishes for both Madrigal Choir and Mixed Choir at Music in the Parks-Busch Gardens Williamsburg.