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Performing Arts

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Concert Band
The Concert Band is an instrumental ensemble, in which all students are welcomed to enroll, regardless of musical training or experience, as members of band class receive a weekly music lesson from brass, woodwind, string, and percussion specialists during one period each day. Band members develop musical skills that include tone, intonation, rhythm, articulation, styling, and ensemble precision. Students are required to participate in all Band events, including two annual concerts and other school-related performances.
The Chorus is a vocal ensemble that meets, in which all students are welcomed to enroll, regardless of musical training or experience, as the class meets daily with informational instruction in basic theory, sight-singing, phonetics, vocal techniques, and ear training. The chorus performs at the Christmas and Spring concerts, as well as school mass and other events in and outside of school.
AP Music Theory
Music Theory is the study of the musical elements and music composition. Topics of study include notation, intervals, chords, key signatures, time signatures, and four-part music composition. Throughout the course, students develop skills in sight-singing, ear training, and part-writing. All students are required to take the national College Board AP Music Theory exam in May, and interested students must have taken at least two years of prior music classes at Carroll.
Archbishop Carroll Theater Society 
Archbishop Carroll Theatre Society, ACTS, produces two musicals each school year. Students can perform on stage, assist behind the scenes with stage and costume crew, or share their instrumental talents in the pit orchestra. All students are welcome to join the stage and costume crew, pit, and the ensemble cast. An audition is required for all featured vocalists, narrators, and dancers in each musical.
Jazz Band 
Jazz Band is an after-school ensemble that rehearses on Tuesdays. Students perform jazz, pop, rock, and Latin style music, while developing improvisational skills. The jazz band performs at the Christmas and Spring Concerts, as well as local jazz band competitions. All students are invited to audition.
Mixed Select Concert Choir
Mixed Select Concert Choir meets weekly after school. Members practice sight-singing, diction, projection, and other musicianship skills. Mixed Select exposes students to advanced repertoire of music selection. The ensemble performs at Carroll concerts as well as other functions in and outside of school. All students are invited to audition.
  • Music Ministry 
    The student-led music group within the Mixed Select Choir and Chorus class, and is a special part of the Carroll community. The Music Ministry team provides music for school-wide masses, alumni masses, and additional liturgical events. Students collaborate with the Tri-M Music Honor Society to organize musical outreach to local parishes and schools. 
Pep Band
The Pep Band is an ensemble that performs at Carroll football and basketball games. Students rehearse on Fridays after school in the Fall and Winter. Students of all musical backgrounds are encouraged to participate, however no audition is required to join.
Pit Orchestra
The Pit Orchestra provides music support for both ACTS productions each year. Rehearsals begin in September for the Fall show, and February Spring show, once a week and increase during the month of the show. Musical experience is required. 
The String Ensemble rehearses two times a week and ensemble members must be a part of the Concert Band. The String Ensemble performs at the Christmas and Spring Concerts, as well as other musical functions inside and outside of school. All String Ensemble members are invited and encouraged to join the Pit Orchestra for the ACTS musical theater performances. Experience is necessary.


Tri-M Music Honor Society
Tri-M honors those students who excel musically and academically, using their talents to serve others, and is a honor society committed to music education and advocacy. New and current members must have an average of 90 or above in each core class, with at least a 93 in their music class. Students are also required to participate in an extracurricular ensemble and complete one year of a music class prior to be elected into Tri-M.
All-Catholic Music Festivals
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosts All-Catholic music festivals every academic year. Auctions are open all to local Catholic high schools, and students are welcome to audition for All-Catholic Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and/or Chorus. Festivals occur over the span of three days at a participating school. More information about the All-Catholic ensembles can be found here:
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) hosts annual festivals on a district, regional, and state-wide level. Students have the chance to perform challenging repertoire under the direction of a renowned conductor. Carroll students are invited to audition for PMEA District 12 Chorus, Band, and Orchestra. If selected to participate, students are then eligible to audition for Region VI ensembles. At the Region VI level, students may audition for a spot in the All-State festival. More information about PMEA can be found here: