In addition to private music instruction and music classes, Villa Maria offers a variety of opportunities for students to come together to make music with their peers. Weekly rehearsals lead to performances including annual Christmas and Spring concerts.
All students are welcome to be part of this exciting ensemble to prepare for vocal performances in the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Concert Chorus meets after school every Wednesday. No audition is necessary.
Membership in the Handbell Choir is open to a limited number of students. Experience in reading piano music is very helpful for those wishing to join. Rehearsals are after school on Mondays. No audition is necessary. If desired, students may opt to receive academic credit for participation in handbells. Contact Mrs. Sara Dempsey, Handbell Choir Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Madrigals are a select group of approximately 16 singers, chosen by audition. This ensemble offers students the opportunity to perform challenging repertoire, both accompanied and a capella. In recent years the Madrigal Singers have earned the highest rating of “superior” at the PMEA choral adjudication. The Madrigal Singers perform at school and outside functions, as well as at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Rehearsals are after school on Tuesdays. If desired, students may opt to receive academic credit for participation in Madrigals.
All students who play an orchestral instruments are welcome! Students from Malvern Prep and Devon Prep schools are also included in this ensemble. The Orchestra performs at the Tri-M Music Honor Society Induction, Christmas concert, and Spring Concert. Rehearsals are after school on Thursdays. No audition is necessary.
String players who are members of the Orchestra may be selected by the director to play in this smaller ensemble focusing on music written especially for strings. The String Ensemble plays at school events and at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Weekly rehearsals are scheduled Fridays during advisory periods and after school. If desired, students may opt to receive academic credit for participation in String Ensemble.
All-Catholic Band, Orchestra, and Chorus
Students may audition for selection into the All-Catholic Ensembles sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We are proud of the excellent representation we have in these groups.
Some clips from the rehearsal for the Concert of Excellence at the Kimmel Center can be seen on YouTube.
PMEA District, Regional and All-State Ensembles
Through Villa Maria’s ensemble directors’ memberships in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, our students may audition for the highly competitive PMEA ensembles. This is an excellent opportunity for truly dedicated students to have rewarding musical experiences with students from high schools throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.