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Instrumental Music

Led by Stan Nevola and Dr. Dan Brill, the Senior School's numerous bands span a broad range of instrumentation and style.

  

Concert Band

  • Preparation and performance of instrumental literature including chamber and larger instrumental repertoire
  • Music literacy and sight reading for younger instrumentalists
  • Rhythmic skills
  • Understanding the value of studying an instrument so as to develop a lifelong love of music
  • Clinics with local music leaders
  • Instrument care

Symphonic Band

This group focuses on a broader spectrum of music appreciation and performance.

  • Care and maintenance of instruments, for reliability and proper performance
  • Breathing and posture for good tone quality
  • Music reading from notation and articulation to phrasing and dynamics
  • Gaining knowledge of performance practice in historical periods
  • Developing skills for tuning instruments and intonation
  • Sight reading exercises including chorales and rhythms
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of the performance group in regards to the section leader and/or conductor

 

Jazz Ensemble

This group focuses on a number of the basic components of good musicianship.

  • Breathing and posture for good tone quality
  • Music reading from notation and articulation to phrasing and dynamics
  • Learning basic theory and riff building to improvisation
  • Practicing proper listening to tune instrument and intonation
  • Sight reading exercises including chorales and rhythms
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of the performance group in regards to the section leader and/or conductor

String Orchestra

Open to all students that have at least two years of playing experience on a string instrument, this orchestra is a very unique addition to the musical community. The orchestra performs at all major Academy concerts and is encouraged to perform in the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra for the annual musical theatre production each winter.

 


Contact Us

Sarah York Rubin, Executive Director
phone: 412-968-3045 | fax: 412-968-3178
thehillman@shadysideacademy.org

Austin Davidheiser, Technical Director
phone: 412-447-2237
adavidheiser@shadysideacademy.org

Hillman Center for Performing Arts
Shady Side Academy Senior School
423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Box Office: 412-968-3040                             
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


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