Beyond participation in music and art classes as part of the core curriculum, OLG students have the opportunity for significant additional involvement in the arts, including choir, band and theater.
Choir for Grades 3-5
OLG has four special choir opportunities for the students. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade choirs meet once weekly for thirty minutes during the lunch recess. All students have an opportunity to participate. The children perform for special events including holiday concerts, religious celebrations and community events.
For more information about 5th grade choir, please see Mrs. Skinner's web page.(link is external)
Middle School Choir
The Our Lady of Grace Middle School Choir is open to any student enrolled in the Middle School. The students rehearse once weekly before school with the school music director. There are special performance opportunities including community holiday concerts, liturgical celebrations and sporting events. Past performances include: Christmas caroling at Camp Mall of America, Minnesota Twins Games, Veteran’s Day programs, Christmas, Valentine and St. Patrick’s Day concerts.
For more information about Middle School Choir, including the registration form, please see Mrs. Skinner's web page(link is external).
In the spring, 3rd & 4th graders are invited to try all of the band instruments and choose one to play in the Beginner Band which starts as school resumes in the fall. The Beginner Band meets Wednesdays and Fridays before school at 7:40 a.m. in addition to small group lessons during that same school day. The Beginner Band performs two concerts each year, in December and in May, and may also perform at some school Masses. If your student is considering joining the Beginner Band, then 4-6 individual lessons on his/her instrument are recommended before the school year begins in order to get a solid start! You may sign-up for individual lessons at area music stores or through the school band director.
Band students in 5th through 8th grade (who have at least one year of organized band instruction) are combined to create the Our Lady of Grace Intermediate Band. The Intermediate Band meets Monday and Thursday at 7:40am, in addition to small group lessons during the school day. Performances have included playing the Star Spangled Banner at a Twins Game, performing at the Mall of America, and playing at weekly school Masses. The Intermediate Band also performs two formal concerts in December and in May.
Program Cost and Further Information
The cost for the band program is $13.00 per week. This includes a rehearsal and a group lesson each week. Families of band students are billed for band tuition through the parish office. If you would like further information about the school band program, please contact Jeff Jensen at email@example.com.
Theater - 8th Grade Play
The 8th grade play is a yearly event that culminates the students' years at OLG. It is an event that involves all 8th graders, providing a unique preparation for high school and an activity that may spark an interest in the fine arts. There are roles for singers, dancers, actors, artists, and those with interest in technical support, all working together to create a wonderful performance that is a gift to the OLG school community and a showcase for the talents of our students. Most of all, it is a fun-filled memory builder before the 8th grade graduates go their separate ways.