BAND & CHOIR
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
Mr. William Tell, Director
The Saint Luke School Choir sings weekly for all School Masses and other special school and church events across the school year. The choir is dedicated to offering 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 School Choir is open to singers from third grade through eighth grade. Choir music includes Gregorian chant, classical motets, folk and contemporary liturgical music.
In addition to its music ministry at Mass, the choir participates in the Diocesan Music Festival, an annual gathering of choral ensembles from different schools throughout the Diocese of Arlington, where they experience music from and with other young singers and receive useful feedback on their own performance. In 2018 the choir sang in concert with the Saint Luke Church Festival choir and also at the HersheyPark Choir Festival, where the choir received excellent ratings in the Middle/Secondary School Vocal Division.
Saint Luke Church Children’s Choir Programs
At St. Luke Church, there is an after-school Children’s Choir Program entitled Choristers for students in Grades 2-7. It is led by Benjamin Smedberg and meets on Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:15, from mid-September to early May. Contact Paul Skevington for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 703 356 0670.