“…If we become a society of critics and consumers rather than of doers, then the Arts are completely betrayed...” Robert Shaw
God has graciously given us the gift of music and has ordained that we worship Him with singing and instruments. Veritas places great value in giving students a rich music education. We strive to teach music skills that will last a lifetime, deepen students' understanding and appreciation of great music, provide opportunities for making beautiful music together, and inspire them with a passion for excellence to the glory of God.
Veritas music teachers are highly qualified and offer instruction from kindergarten through twelfth grade. General music classes are provided for kindergarten through fourth grades. In fifth through eighth grades, students select either choir or strings. High school students have the option of continuing their music training through membership in either the high school Concert Choir or the high school String Orchestra.
All students have multiple opportunities to perform each year. Lower School students participate in grade-level showcases, the annual Christmas program, and Grandparents' Day, and Upper School students perform both on and off campus on multiple occasions, including our Lessons and Carols Service, caroling in Carytown, regional string and choral assessments, String and Choral Concerts in the spring, Grandparents' Day, Deck the Halls and Spring Fever (our popular student-led shows), and other opportunities to minister to our community through music.
Grades JK - 4 | Early Music Education
Junior kindergarten through fourth grade students enter Mrs. Heidi Thurmond's colorful classroom to learn the fundamentals of singing, playing, and reading music. Traditional Orff and Kodály approaches are used, giving students rich experiences and a solid foundation in both instrumental and vocal skills.
Grades 5 - 12 | Choir
5th through 12th grade choir students join Mr. Jack Templeton to further develop skills in part-singing, choral tone, and musicianship. Repertoire is carefully chosen to both challenge students and allow them to shine in performance. Sight reading, solfege, and music theory are core elements of the curriculum. 5th through 8th grades receive grade-level instruction, while 9th through 12th students join together for our Veritas High School Concert Choir.
Grades 5 - 12 | Strings
5th through 12th grade strings students join Mrs. Lilli Benko in our beautiful orchestra room, where they build and hone their skills on violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students cultivate a love for music while diving deep into a particular area or genre of focus for the year. Last year, students explored the world of jazz; this year, they are immersing themselves in all things Baroque. 5th through 8th grades receive grade-level instruction, while 9th through 12th students join together for our Veritas High School Orchestra.
Listen to our Choirs & Strings
In the Bleak Midwinter
Words by Christina Rosetti, Music by Gustav Holst, Arranged by Mark Hayes Performed by the High School Concert Choir
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Audio Performance Credits
Bach's Lunch Les Hooper Performed by the High School String Ensemble, solos by Victoria Duell (violin), Eli Redding (bass), Josiah Burijon (piano), Mr. Jim Reynolds (percussion)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BVW 1050, Allegro Johann Sebastian Bach Performed by the High School String Ensemble, solos by Christopher Gilley (harpsichord), Lucas Chuidian (violin), and Bethany Gaubatz (flute)
Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor, RV 531, Allegro Antonio Vivaldi Performed by the High School String Ensemble, solos by Andrew Young and IV Smith (cello)
Lully, Lulla, Lullay Tradtional Carol, Arranged by Philip Stopford Performed by the High School Chamber Singers
The Star-Spangled Banner Lyrics by Francis Scott Key, Music by John Stafford Smith Performed by the High School Chamber Singers
Vive la Compagnie Traditional College Song, Arranged by John Leavitt Performed by the Men's Choral Ensemble