Mr. Greg Stickeler, Director
The Band at St. Luke School operates within the curriculum of classes as a pull-out system and was developed with the concept of educating the well-rounded child with comprehensive music education. A student’s spiritual, academic, and artistic development act together to form a complete modern day approach.
The St. Luke School Band draws student musicians from Grades 4 through 8. Grade 4 forms the major portion of the beginner band. However, beginners can come from any grade level and are highly encouraged to join.
Our Advanced Band generally consists of students from 5th through 8th Grades with at least one year of experience. The beginner and the advanced programs take place on Mondays during the school year. Advanced Band members have classes during the school day and full band rehearsal after school. The Beginner Band meets for classes only during the school day. Concerts at school are given by both groups in the winter and spring. Furthermore, Advanced Band members are able to participate in the Diocese of Arlington Band Festival and the Music in the Parks Spring Trip.
Each year, we anticipate openings in both bands. The beginner program introduces six basic instruments for the first year student. They are as follows: flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone/baritone and drums. Our Advanced Band has all the standard instruments but tries to expand the instrumentation with larger instruments such as tuba, baritone, french horn, bass clarinet, trombone and tenor sax. These instruments are usually rented through a local store at the beginning of the school year. Beginners, because of age and size, are asked to stay with one of these instruments in the first year of band and will be allowed to consider other instruments after recommendation of the director.
Saint Luke School Choir
Ms. Shannon Page, Director
The Saint Luke Choir Program is dedicated to fostering excellent musicianship in our Catholic youth. Our goal is to teach children the fundamentals of music and artistic expression in a solid, religious community, where they can become active in church liturgies and celebrate the worship of God through singing.
The St. Luke Choir features dedicated singers from third grade up through and including eighth grade. Choir music includes religious spirituals and hymns, folk tunes, and musical theatre, all of which are carefully selected to suit the students’ vocal skills. The Saint Luke Schola, open only to middle school students, acts as an extension of the choir, participating in all choral events with the younger vocalists but also performing as its own separate musical group. Schola members learn music best suited to their abilities as young men and women while challenging them as singers.
The choir performs at weekly school masses, special academic events and two annual concerts. The singers participate in the Diocesan Music Festival, an annual gathering of choral ensembles from different schools throughout the Diocese of Arlington, where they experience music from other children and receive useful feedback on their own performance. For two consecutive years the Saint Luke Choir sang at the Showcase Music Festival at HersheyPark, PA, where they received superior ratings in the Elementary Vocal Division.
Saint Luke Church Children’s Choir Programs
There are two after school Children’s Choir Programs. The Cherub Choir is for students in Grades 1 and 2 and is led by Tara Clayburn. The Chorister Choir is for those in grades 3 – 6, and is led by Julia Atwood.