Performing Arts

The performing arts department offers a variety of courses and co-curricular opportunities for young performers. Our students have the opportunity to perform at the Ursuline Arts Center on campus or in regional and national competitions throughout the year. Members of our three choirs performed in the summer of 2014 at the Mozart International Music Festival in Austria and at the Choral Nationals in Carnegie Hall, New York City in April of 2015. The choirs will perform in Ireland is the summer of 2017.

Currently, SHA graduates are majoring in performing arts related fields or involved in performance groups at the following colleges and universities:

  • Bellarmine University
  • Belmont University
  • Butler University
  • DePaul University (Chicago)
  • Morehead State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Stanford University
  • University of Cincinnati - Conservatory of Music
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Western Kentucky University

International Baccalaureate (IB) Music Certificate

The four year music program, culminating in an IB Music Certificate is for students interested in a focused study of vocal music. This program prepares our students for the professional world of performing arts.

Performing Arts Progression

  • Freshman year: Survey of Performing Arts
  • Sophomore year: Music Theory in Performance
  • Junior or Senior Year: IB Music

Applied private lessons throughout the four-year program as well as participation in vocal or instrumental ensemble are required.

Beyond the IB Music program, we offer performing arts electives for any student wishing to express her artistic talents. These classes include the following:

  • Survey of Performing Arts
  • Music Theory
  • Piano
  • Introduction to Dance
  • Introduction to Acting

A wide variety of private and group music, dance, and acting lessons are available after school through Sacred Heart School for the Arts.

Choral Music

Sacred Heart Academy's choral program has a long tradition of excellence. Under the direction of Ms. Jill Schurman, we offer three choirs for promising vocalists. All choirs require a vocal audition.

Bel Canto Choir is an ensemble designed for the freshman interested in joining our choral department. Students must complete two semesters in Bel Canto to audition for the A Cappella or Madrigal choirs. The Bel Canto Choir is included in all major choral concerts and performance opportunities throughout the school year. The choir meets once a week after school.

A Cappella is an ensemble designed for students who love to sing and want to develop in their choral and music skills. This 60 member choir meets once a week after school and students can earn one-half of academic credit per year of participation.

Madrigals is the most advanced choir at SHA. This group is for gifted singers and utilizes the stylistic techniques of the Renaissance period. This 15 member choir meets twice a week after school and members can earn one-half credit per year of participation.

Theatre Productions

Sacred Heart Academy students may participate in two musical theatre productions each year. Each musical is produced in cooperation with Sacred Heart School for the Arts and is performed in the 500 seat Ursuline Arts Center on campus. Boys from area high schools may also audition for these productions.

The fall 2016 production is 42nd Street

This fun, classic musical is set in 1933 New York City, and tells the story of Peggy Sawyer as she aspires to be a big star in the Big Apple. The major tap dance numbers will energize any audience, while the “boy meets girl” romance will have you on the edge of your seat! Presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
November 11 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
November 12 at 7:00 p.m.
November 13 at 2:00 p.m.
November 18 at 7:00 p.m.
November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

The spring 2017 production is Jesus Christ Superstar

The last days of the life of Christ are put to rock music in this 1965 Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice spectacle. Along with his disciples, Jesus Christ lives and teaches until he is betrayed, captured, tortured and crucified. Presented by special arrangement with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals and Two Knights Rights Limited. 601 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
March 10 at 10:00 a.m and 7:00 p.m.
March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
March 12 at 2:00 p.m.
March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
March 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Facilities

The Ursuline Arts Center on campus provides our students with a professional venue in which to perform their artistic talents! This 500-seat theater is equipped with balcony seating, orchestra pit, two spacious dressing rooms, a green room, ticket center, concession area, and a beautiful atrium and gathering space.

Angela Hall is located directly in front of the main SHA school building and is home to SHSA. All of our performing arts courses are taught here during the school day. The modern spaces in Angela Hall are designed specifically for music, drama, or dance class instruction. SHA students benefit use the choral room, two dance studios with state-of-the-art wooden sprung flooring, and piano lab throughout the school day.

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