The Upper School choral program consists of two different ensembles: Concert Choir and Encore. Concert Choir welcomes singers of all levels, who focus on learning good vocal production and rehearsal techniques while preparing for two concerts each year as well as the Margaret Kinkaid Holiday Concert. Encore is an auditioned ensemble whose singers focus on a challenging repertoire and perform frequently both on and off campus.
The Kinkaid band program includes focused instruction from the seventh grade through the twelfth grade. The Middle School Beginning Band is an entry-level ensemble that teaches the fundamentals of instrumental music and basic performance techniques. The Middle School Intermediate Band (second-year to third-year players) introduces elevated techniques and literature as students continue to mature at performing on their instruments. The Upper School Band is an advanced ensemble including students from the ninth grade through the twelfth grade. Each ensemble performs at least three concerts a year for the greater school community. In addition, students can participate in regional and state honor band competitions, solo and ensemble contests, concert and sight-reading competitions and a variety of festival performances.
The orchestra curriculum at Kinkaid is a thriving program that includes about 150 string players from the seventh grade through the twelfth grade. The program consists of three performing ensemble levels. The Middle School offers a Beginning Ensemble (first-year players in the seventh grade) and an Intermediate Ensemble (second-year players in the eighth grade). The Advanced Ensemble consists of Upper School musicians. Each level performs no less than three major concerts per year for the school community and may also participate in local or state festivals or contests.
Lower School Music
Music classes in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade encompass a wide range of activities designed to develop music literacy as well as singing and instrumental skills. Elements of music are learned through rhymes, movement, songs, games, and creative play, all part of training to cultivate musical aesthetics as a performer and a listener.
As students expand on their experiences and learning in Lower School, they are encouraged to use what they have learned as a jumping-off point for their own musical exploration and creations. In addition to class activities, students have several opportunities throughout the year to perform for parents and peers.