The Upper School vocal music department offers several different performing ensembles from which students may choose and provides for many opportunities for students to showcase their talents.

Middle School Band

Students learn fundamental instruction in producing musical tones on band instruments.  Each class participates in 2 concerts per year and levels of achievement are advanced through graded music for each level. Programs are chosen to fit the range in the directors' selections, student selections and music the parents will enjoy

Participation at public performances is required.

Upper School Band

Students continue advancement of playing skills - private lessons are encouraged for first chair positions and All-District auditions. Classroom auditions are held to solidify music fundamentals such as scales, arpeggios, accountability for individual sections in folder music, and general musicianship.

The class includes smaller specialty groups including: Pep Band, Concert Band, Drum Line, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo and Small Ensembles

Participation at public performances is required.

Middle School Vocal Music

The Middle School vocal music program is designed to teach choral music in a developmentally appropriate environment.   6th, 7th and 8th Grades meet individually, allowing for the repertoire to be appropriate for each grade.   Vocal music students meet in a room that has chairs on risers, and after the first week of school, singers will be placed in vocal sections, i.e. soprano or alto for 6th Grade, adding tenor and bass sections by 7th and 8th Grades.   The most important goals of this class are to enable each singer to learn about his or her voice, to develop it through the vocal changes of adolescence. and to learn and present excellent, varied and beautiful choral music.

Students will warm up their voices at the beginning of each class, led by the teacher.  The solfege method of teaching sight-singing will be employed along with sight-singing exercises.  Rhythm and musical symbols will be integrated into the teaching of vocal scores.  Each student will have a folder of the music for the semester.   Students will work each semester on the music selected for the two vocal music programs, one in December, and the second in May.  In addition to music for their grade only, all students will learn several pieces in which the entire group will perform together, providing an opportunity for a much bigger choral sound.

Every other year the Middle School presents a musical. 

Upper School Vocal Music

The Upper School vocal music department offers several different performing ensembles from which students may choose and provides for many opportunities for students to showcase their talents.

The Concert Choir, which is the largest music ensemble on campus, is open to all students in 9th-12th grade.  The Holland Hall Singers is an auditioned, smaller ensemble of students in 9th-12th grade.  And, for those students interested in a more active type of performing experience, there is the Holland Hall Show Choir, an auditioned ensemble that rehearses outside of the normal school day.

In addition to giving regularly scheduled concerts throughout the school year, these ensembles perform at events such as the annual Lessons and Carols Service at Trinity Episcopal Church, the Baccalaureate Service at St. Johns Episcopal Church, and a variety of special events and assemblies within the Holland Hall community.

One of highlights of the year for all of these performing groups is the annual Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Arts Festival.  Each year, approximately 2,500 high school students from other ISAS schools, meet at a different host school location for a two-day celebration of the arts.  Holland Hall traditionally takes approximately 175 arts students to the festival each year to represent the school in a variety of arts disciplines including vocal music.