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Upper School Choir

The choral music program in the Upper School seeks to promote the growth of students from a wide range of musical backgrounds and abilities. Students are encouraged to participate in singing at Episcopal to develop their singing voice, theoretical and historical base of, and to learn important life skills that are taught in an ensemble in which students achieve a product of high quality through interdependence, trust in one another, and accountability to the group as a whole.

The Episcopal Collegiate Concert Choir performs regularly on campus, in the local community, and has traveled internationally. Since 2002, the Concert Choir has performed:

  • At the Arkansas Governor's Mansion with Philander Smith College
  • Heifer International Gala in celebration of Heifer's 50th anniversary
  • Arkansas State Capitol
  • Robinson Auditorium with Della Reese
  • Presidential visit of George W. Bush in November 2003

The Concert Choir has performed in a number of beautiful and prestigious churches and cathedrals in the United States and Italy, including venues such as Trinity Church on Wall Street in Manhattan and in the St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy.

Middle School Chorus

The Episcopal Collegiate Chorus provides singers an opportunity to apply musical knowledge and to improve sight-reading ability through daily rehearsal. Students will gain a better understanding of the proper technique needed to extend range and to improve tone quality. Competitive opportunities are also made available through this program. The Episcopal Chorus performs regularly on campus and in the local community.

Lower School Music and Drama

Music and drama education is an integral part of children's education at Episcopal Collegiate Lower School. We strive to provide a foundation in music and drama education for all students that is engaging and fosters an ongoing appreciation throughout the elementary school years and beyond. It offers a unique way for children to express themselves and their feelings. Moreover, it inspires a higher level of thinking and reasoning that improves children's capacity to learn and comprehend.

All classes meet twice per week, and all students participate in the school Christmas Program. Children learn the language of music through elements based on the Feierabend approach, active movement, and various songs and instrumental pieces from many cultures. Drama is approached through school productions and a variety of theatre games and exercises that thrive with the limitless imagination of children.


Stephen Vano

middle and upper school choral director
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Karen Clark

lower school music and drama
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