Music

Fairfield Prep offers a number of opportunities for boys to express themselves musically.Students can perform in one of our multiple ensembles, including band, symphonic orchestra or wind ensemble (students are required to take a year of fine arts courses at Prep).

We also offer musical clubs as well, notably the Encords and the Jazzuits jazz band. Find out more about these groups on our Clubs & Extracurricular Activities page.

Performing at the Quick Center

Fairfield Prep holds two concerts each year — in the Winter and Spring — where our student ensembles perform before a live audience at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Musical Excellence

Since 2013, the Connecticut Music Educators Association has accepted 75% of those Prep students who audition at the regional level, and 100% of students who go on to audition at the state and national levels.

Music Courses

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is an advanced level performance group that includes all brass, woodwind, and chamber percussion instruments (piano included). Students are encouraged to participate in Western Regional and All-State competitions, and are expected to perform at the two annual concerts during the school year. They are also encouraged (but not required) to take private lessons. This ensemble performs medium to advanced-level music.

Acceptance into this ensemble is by audition only.

Symphonic Orchestra

Symphonic Orchestra is an advanced level performance group that includes all classical string instruments (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). Students are encouraged to participate in Western Regional and All-State competitions, and are expected to perform at the two annual concerts during the school year. They are also required to take private lessons. This ensemble performs medium to advanced level music. 

Acceptance into this ensemble is by audition only.

 

Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is a beginner intermediate level performance group that includes all brass, woodwind, and chamber percussion instruments (piano not included). In this ensemble, students solidify their understanding of the basic performing rudiments and playing techniques. Students are encouraged to participate in Western Regional and All-State competitions, and are expected to perform at the two annual concerts during the school year. They are also encouraged (but not required) to take private lessons. This ensemble performs easy- to medium-level difficulty music.
 

Acceptance into this ensemble is by audition only.

Select Choir

This is an advanced level performance chorus. Students are encouraged to participate in Western Regional and All-State competitions, and are expected to perform at the two annual concerts during the school year. They are also encouraged (but not required) to take private lessons. This ensemble performs easy-to advanced level difficulty music.

Acceptance into this ensemble is by audition only.  

General Music

This freshman level course offers a non-performance-based approach to learning about music. Students enrolled in this course will explore music theory, music appreciation, and music history. They will participate in nonperformance aspects of the concerts, and are responsible for both mid-year and final exams.

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Performing Ensembles:
Select Choir
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Orchestra
Liturgical Music
Jazzuits
Encords
Prep Players

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performances in 2017-2018

Lauralton Partnership

Fairfield Prep has maintained a partnership with Lauralton Hall, inviting the girls from Lauralton to join our Prep boys on the stage.

For both our concerts and at rehearsal, Lauralton's Advanced Vocal Ensemble joins our Prep Men's Choir for certain songs each year. Lauralton girls also sing with our accapella group, the Encords.

Live at the Apollo

Each year Prep's acapella group, the Encords, and the jazz band, the Jazzuits, travel to New York City to perform at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. This is one of the many musical opportunities afforded Prep musicians.

Each member of our musical ensambles spends class keying into the musicians around him, and together they seek a unity in their sound.

2018 Winter Concert

At Fairfield Prep, we foster a lifelong love of learning through a lifelong love of the arts.

Mrs. Megan Hoover, Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department

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