Ms. Schurdak has been working as an administrator with this age group for over 20 years and is excited to join Pingry, having been struck “by the commitment of the Middle School faculty to educating middle schoolers… They are both serious and joyful about their work.”
Organized music had its official start at Pingry with the formation of a few groups in an all-boys’ school: the Band, the Glee Club, the Buttondowns (a small singing group), and the Middle School Chorus. Since those days, the program has expanded to include over a dozen performing groups, vocal ensembles for all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and an Advanced Placement course. The Department consists of four full-time faculty members. In addition, several adjunct teachers provide private voice and instrumental lessons during the day. The program has been successful—some 300 students are involved, over one half of the Upper School.
Our goal is to provide the opportunity to experience music in many aspects so that students become lifelong appreciators of and participants in music. The program is founded on the belief that human expression is an integral part of life, and experiences in the arts, including music performance, are essential to a holistic education. A high level of performance is expected of all of our performing groups. All musicians are encouraged to enroll in private lessons, particularly students in our scheduled electives: Balladeers, Buttondowns and Jazz Ensemble. The Music Department provides support for students who choose to audition for New Jersey Regions and All-State Orchestra and Chorus.
- Wind Orchestra (#14703)/ String Orchestra (#14702)
- Conference Period Glee Club (#14700-1/#14700-2)
- Jazz Ensemble (#14755)
- Buttondowns / Balladeers (#14764 / #14774)
- A.P. Music: Theory (#14919)