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Performing Arts

Theater Program

The MHS Theater Ensemble puts on two productions each year. Auditions for the fall play are held in early September. Auditions for the winter musical are held in November. No prior experience is necessary, and auditions are open to all students. View more performance photos here.

Theater Arts Courses

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  • Drama and Performance

    This year-long course is designed to give students experience
    in the art and craft of acting on the stage and to deepen their
    knowledge and understanding of theater. Exercises,
    improvisations, and work on texts will help students free their
    imaginations, develop flexibility and expressiveness in both
    voice and movement, and explore the emotions necessary to
    bring life to a role. Students engage in intensive play and scene
    study, role analysis, character development and improvisation.
    Through extended study of plays from different periods, they
    gain knowledge of theater history and an awareness of various
    theater styles. The final exam consists of a presentation of
    scenes and monologues.
    Students may take this course for more than one year.
    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Level: 9-12
    (1 credit; full year)
  • Theater Ensemble

    Two major productions are presented each year, usually a
    drama or comedy in November and a musical in late February.
    Auditions are open to all students interested in acting,
    regardless of prior acting experience. The plays emphasize
    commitment to a group project, especially the importance of
    ensemble theater, rather than the "star system." One-half
    academic credit is given for a full-year's commitment.
    Prerequisite: Audition
    Grade Level: 9-12
    (1/2 credit for participation in both productions)
  • Technical Theater

    Technical Theater Students are given the opportunity to work
    in a variety of production capacities to learn by doing such
    activities as set and lighting design, painting. costume
    production and stage managing. Students learn the technique
    and craft necessary to realize the scenery of the two dramatic
    productions presented each school year plus a chance to learn
    lifetime skills. Technical Theater provides a great opportunity
    for women to acquire confidence and training in the use of
    power and hand tools. One-half academic credit is given for a
    full year's commitment.
    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Level: 9-12
    (1/2 credit for participation in both productions)


Music Program


Student musicians have the opportunity to perform in Music Ensembles organized by the Music Department. With a full year's participation in an ensemble, students have the opportunity to earn one-half academic credit. Music Ensembles may be taken as a credit-bearing course only in addition to the normal student course load. View more performance photos.


Music Courses

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  • Music Fundamentals

    This is a one-semester course, open to students in all grades,
    designed to teach students pitch and rhythm notation, meter,
    intervals, scales, and key signatures. Classroom instruction will
    be based on the software program Exploring Music Theory in
    Ars Nova Practica Music in a lab setting with midi keyboards.
    Towards the end of the semester, students will create an
    independent project, using the skills and tools learned.
    Grade Level: 9-12
    (1/2 credit; first semester)
  • Music Ensemble

    Student musicians have the opportunity to perform in Music
    Ensembles organized by the Music Department. These
    ensembles include Instrumental Ensembles, Vocal Ensemble,
    and Grace Notes. With a full year's participation in a Music
    Ensemble, students have the opportunity to earn one-half
    academic credit. Music Ensembles may be taken as a credit
    bearing course only in addition to the normal student course
    load.
    (1/2 credit for full year participation in any of the following)
  • Instrumental Music Ensemble

    The exact nature of the instrumental ensemble is determined
    by the temperaments, inclinations, and abilities of the various
    players plus the size and instrumentation of the group. The
    ensembles perform in the school's concert series and on other
    special occasions.
    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor Grade Level: 9-12
  • Vocal Ensemble

    This ensemble is offered for all students who wish to
    participate in the experience of group singing. The group
    studies the principles of vocal music: breathing, tone
    production, fundamentals of articulation and diction. The
    group performs in the school's concert series, during the coordinate
    concerts with other schools, and on other special
    occasions.
    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Level: 9-12
  • The Grace Notes

    The Grace Notes singing group is a student-led a cappella
    ensemble that is assisted by the School's vocal music director.
    Membership is selected by audition in the spring semester. In
    order to be eligible to audition a student must have attended at
    least one year at Miss Hall’s. The group performs in the
    School's concert series, during the co-ordinate concerts with
    other schools, and on other special occasions. The Grace Notes
    often function as ambassadors for the school.
    Prerequisite: Audition
    Grade Level: 10-12
  • Senior Recital

    Music students who have actively participated in music
    courses, ensembles, and/or the private music instruction
    program throughout their years at Miss Hall’s may choose to
    perform an individual or shared recital during their senior year.
    In order to qualify for this Hallmark event, a student must have
    achieved a certain level of advanced performance, so that they
    can share their passion and achievement with the community.
    Students must propose their intention by the spring of their
    junior year and, upon recommendation from the Music
    Department and their private music instructors, may begin the
    planning process. During the fall semester of senior year senior
    musicians who qualify, will work with the Director of Music
    and their supporting music teachers to prepare a wellconstructed
    program, schedule a performance date, and create
    supporting concert materials, i.e. promotional posters, concert
    programs, and personal artist’s statement. In order to present
    an event,demonstrating their best work, deadlines for all
    planning stages must be met. This is a significant event in a
    student’s senior year and should be the culmination for the
    student’s Miss Hall’s music experience and an opportunity for
    them to share their voice and creativity with the community in
    a joyful experience.
    Prerequisite: Recommendation by Music Department
    Grade Level: 12
    (no credit)
  • Private Music Instruction

    Private instruction in voice, instruments, and music technology
    is available to students. The lesson fees vary with the
    instructor. A signed parental permission slip is required for all
    students taking lessons. The student has the option of taking
    the lesson as a credit course. Private music instruction for
    credit must be taken in addition to the normal student course
    load.
    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Level: 9-12
    (1/4 credit; one semester participation)
    (1/2 credit; year-long participation)
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