Welcome to one of Saint Bernard's longest-standing traditions; our music department. Our students work collaboratively as they develop leadership skills that continue to promote our artform while serving our school and greater community.
Our music ensembles have performed both at the school and beyond including:
Pueri Cantores National Catholic Choir Festival in New York City
Wreaths Across America ceremonies
National Anthem performances including the XL Center and Mohegan Sun
St. Patrick's Cathedral
The deck of the USS Intrepid
Basillica of Saint Ignatius Rome, Italy
Saint Bernard School students have multiple opportunities to create, perform, respond, and connect as musicians. Our performing ensembles include:
Chorus and Concert Band is open to students in grades 6 and 7 demonstrating proficient musicianship.
Concert Choir and Symphonic Band is open to student in grades 8 through 12 demonstrating advanced musicianship.
Chamber Orchestra is auditioned-ensemble open to students in grades 6 through 12 demonstrating proficient musicianship.
Jazz Ensemble is auditioned-ensemble open to students in grades 8 through 12 demonstrating advanced musicianship.
Praise Choir focuses on liturgical music, this ensemble is open to students in grades 6 through 12.
The TONE Commandments is an auditioned-ensemble committed to the art of a cappella choral music, open to students in grades 9 -12.
Additionally, our Praise Choir functions as a community service-based ensemble that performs at all school Masses.
Advanced Placement Music Theory is offered to students in grades 11 and 12 with faculty approval.
Saint Bernard School ensembles have performed for audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and Italy, and have been rated superior in adjudication competitions. In addition to ensemble work, student musicians are encouraged to participate in regional and national music competitions including Regional and All-State festivals sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association, the New England Music Festival, the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles, and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Our curriculum is frame by the National Standards for Music Education's pillars: create, perform, respond and connect. Our motto is: "Tradition does not graduate."