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Performing Arts




The Concert Band is an instrumental ensemble that meets during eighth period each day. All students are welcome to join the ensemble, regardless of musical training or experience. Members of the band receive a weekly music lesson from brass, woodwind, string, and percussion specialists. These lessons enable students to learn and develop the fundamental techniques of their instrument. 
Band members develop musical skills that include tone, intonation, rhythm, articulation, styling, and ensemble precision. The Concert Band performs repertoire from the Classical period through today’s Contemporary era. Students are required to participate in all Band events, including two annual concerts and other school-related performances.
The String Ensemble rehearses two times per week during eighth period. All
strings players are enrolled in Concert Band, and receive private or small group
instruction in addition to the larger ensemble. The String Ensemble performs at
the Christmas and Spring Concerts, as well as other musical functions in and
outside of school. All String Ensemble members are invited and encouraged to
join the Pit Orchestra for the ACTS musical theater performances. The String
Ensemble repertoire includes Classical, Contemporary, Broadway, and Fiddle
The Chorus is a vocal ensemble that meets during second period each day. This course offers instruction in basic theory, sight-singing, phonetics, vocal techniques, and ear training. Students perform varied styles of music for unison through four-part harmony. Repertoire includes pieces from different time periods and regions throughout the world. The chorus performs at the Christmas and Spring concerts, as well as 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.
Piano Lab 
Piano lab is a small class designed to equip students with the fundamentals of piano playing and music theory. Students receive individualized instruction as well as a keyboard for personal practice time. By the end of the course, students should be able to identify notes on the piano, read sheet music, and understand basic rhythm. Students of all musical backgrounds are invited to enroll. Early registration is encouraged since spots are limited.
Programs & Extracurricular Activities
Mixed Select 
Mixed Select Concert Choir is an audition-only ensemble that meets weekly after school. Members practice sight-singing, diction, projection, and other musicianship skills. Mixed Select exposes students to advanced repertoire. The ensemble performs at Carroll concerts as well as other functions in and outside of school. All students are invited to audition for this select group! Any interested students should contact Miss Carpenter at [email protected]
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. No audition is required to join! Students of all musical backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Any interested students should contact Mr. Darrohn at [email protected]
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. Students who would like to join ACTS should contact Meg McNamara at [email protected]

Pit Orchestra
The Pit Orchestra provides music for two ACTS productions each year. Rehearsals begin in September and February for the fall and spring shows, respectively. Students are welcome to participate in one or both productions if their instrumental part is available. The pit meets at least once a week, with increased rehearsal time during the month of the show. Any interested students should contact Meg McNamara at [email protected]
Jazz Band 
Jazz Band is an after-school ensemble that rehearses each Tuesday under the direction of Mr. Darrohn. All students are invited to audition. Students perform jazz, pop, rock, and Latin. They also develop improvisational skills. The jazz band performs at the Christmas and Spring Concerts, as well as local jazz band competitions. Any interested students should contact Mr. Darrohn at [email protected]
Music Ministry 
The student-led music ministry is a special part of the Carroll community. All students are invited to serve using their God-given musical gifts and talents. The music ministry team provides music for school-wide masses, alumni masses, and additional liturgical events. Students collaborate with Tri-M to organize musical outreach to local parishes and schools. Contact Miss Carpenter at [email protected] for more information on how to get involved!
Tri-M is a Music Honor Society committed to music education and advocacy. Tri-M honors those who excel musically and academically, using their talents to serve others. New and current members must have an average of 90 or above in each 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 joining Tri-M.
Music Honor Society members are formally inducted during a ceremony in the spring. Tri-M students must remain in good academic standing and participate in music-related service projects throughout the year. 
All Catholic Music Festivals
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosts All Catholic music festivals open to local Catholic high schools. Students are welcome to audition for All Catholic Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Festivals occur over the span of three days at a participating school. Students rehearse varied and challenging repertoire under the direction of a guest conductor. 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 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: