Music


At St. Catherine’s, music fuels creativity, community, and celebration. Our curriculum helps every student to develop the ability to express themselves artistically, connect with others and perform with confidence in any setting. Music provides a unique platform for learning about other cultures and connecting with people across the globe, and travel is integral to the musical mission of our school. Ensembles in the Lower, Middle and Upper schools regularly take part in trips that expand each student’s horizon and enrich her musical journey.  

Music Department Goals
1.   To help all students develop a positive relationship with music.
2.   To help our students to both speak and understand music as a language.
3.   To empower our students to communicate, collaborate, and perform with confidence.
4.   To develop our students' understanding of the ways in which music can impact themselves and those around them.
5.   To introduce our students to a wide variety of musical compositions and the context in which they were created.
6.   To enhance our school community through finding and encouraging opportunities for students to share their music.
7.   To make music at St. Catherine's accessible and welcoming for all, while creating a safe  environment for students to take risks.

Core Programs

List of 4 items.

  • Choral

    3 & 4 Choir
    MS Choir
    Grace Notes
    Chorale
    Censations
    Saints Singers
  • General Music

    K-8 classes
    US Songwriting
    A.P. Music Theory
  • Instrumental

    Grade 2 strings
    Grades 3 & 4 strings
    Grade 5 Strings
    MS Strings
    US String Ensemble
    Grade 4 Band
    Grade 5 Band
    MS Band
    US Band
    MS Handbells
    Beginning Guitar
    Advanced Guitar
  • Musical Theater

    Grade 1 Show
    Grade 2 Nutcracker
    Grade 4 Musical
    MS Musical
    US Musical

Private Music Lessons

In addition to Early Learners - 12th grade classroom music, St. Catherine’s offers the opportunity for students to study specific instruments privately. Members of the music faculty and adjunct instructors offer private instruction within the school’s music department. Lessons are based on teacher availability and offered on a first come, first served basis. Lesson scheduling takes place at the beginning of the school year. Students and parents will be notified of placement and scheduling during the first week of school. Please contact Loretta McCray (lmccray@st.catherines.org) with any questions.

*Please note that, due to the uncertain times, lesson mode (virtual or in-person) and scheduling options will be contingent on broader School policy and the availability of each individual instructor. For all Lower School beginners taking virtual lessons, the presence of a responsible adult throughout the lesson is required to ensure the best possible experience for the student and the instructor.


Private Music Lesson Offerings
Cello
Clarinet
Flute
Guitar
Piano
Saxophone
Percussion/Drums
Viola
Violin
Voice (7th grade and above)

Parents of current students please use the Registration link below


US Chapel Holiday Music

US Advent Lessons and Carols

  • Program information

  • Practice resources

    • Thoughts and Tips on Practicing
      Individual practice is at the heart of learning to play a musical instrument. Technique can be taught and demonstrated at a private lesson, and ensemble skills and musical ideas can be communicated at an orchestra rehearsal, but competency on and mastery of an instrument is accomplished only by regular dedicated individual practice sessions . Like most things in life, what you get out of your strings experience depends greatly upon what you put into it. 
    • A Better Way to Practice

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Jennifer Ivens

    Jennifer Ivens 

    Music Dept. Chair Teacher, Lower School Music and Choir Director
  • Photo of Stephanie Barrett

    Ms. Stephanie Barrett 

    Teacher, MS Strings Ensembles; US Chamber Orchestra; Cello Instructor
  • Ms. Kristin Bourlas 

    Teacher, Music
  • Photo of Sarah Douthwaite

    Sarah Douthwaite 

    Teacher, 2nd Grade Strings
  • Photo of Justin Huppmann

    Justin Huppmann 

    Teacher, Private Music Lessons and Guitar Ensemble
  • Photo of Anne James

    Mrs. Anne James 

    Music-Piano
  • Photo of Han Na Jang

    Han Na "Hanna" Jang 

    US/MS Choral Teacher
  • Photo of Loretta McCray

    Loretta McCray 

    Coordinator of Private Lessons; Lower School Strings; Violin Instructor
    Virginia Commonwealth University - B.M.
    Catholic University of America - M.M.
  • Photo of Lisa Overmyer

    Lisa Overmyer 

    Teacher, Middle School Music and Band Director
  • Photo of Marissa Resmini

    Marissa Resmini 

    Teacher, 2nd Grade Strings
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Photo of Regan Sprenkle

    Ms. Regan Sprenkle 

    Music Teacher, Lower and Middle School Music
    804-833-4725
    VCU
  • Sharon Stewart 

    Piano Teacher
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