We are proud of the music curriculum provided to St. Anne
& St. Jude students. We seek not only to provide
students with a music education, but also to foster a love and
appreciation for the Arts and the beauty that the Arts bring
into our lives. We hope that the music program nurtures
the students' souls, and that the students will always support
the Arts regardless of the career paths they choose.
The comprehensive series, Share the Music (Macmillan/McGraw
Hill) provides students in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade
with an education in the elements of music. Students in 6th
through 8th grade cover these same concepts at a more
sophisticated level. The music curriculum educates students in
the following elements of music: pitch, rhythm, design, timber,
and cultural and historical contexts. The goal is for students
to perceive, perform, and notate these elements.
Students in grades K5 through 4th grade receive instruction
twice per week; older students receive instruction once per week
in the form of liturgical music. Those students who desire more
instruction may elect Bell Choir. Special attention is given to
All Saints Day's singing of the Litany of the Saints and to May
Day's Singing Rosary.
This elective is open to students in grades 5 through 8; it
meets twice per week. Students become proficient in reading the
G and F clefs while playing Suzuki Tone Chimes. Students play
for various events during the year including the Christmas
Concert, SCISA Festival of Music, and Wednesday Masses.
This choir is sponsored by the South Carolina Music Educators
Association. Auditions are held each September for students in
grades 4 through 6. St. Anne & St.
Jude students have been selected for the
choir since its inception in 1998. Students selected for the
choir perform in Charleston under the direction of a clinician
with national status. Members of the choir then become part of
the St. Anne & St. Jude Honor Choir which provides leadership for all
musical performances. The Honor Choir rehearses on a weekly
The Christmas program is one of the high points of the school
year. The program helps bring to life the meaning of the
Christmas season for students and the larger St. Anne
& St. Jude family.
The music for the show rotates among three basic themes: the
Joyful Mysteries, the Jesse Tree, and Lessons and Carols.
The Christmas program is performed at a local theatre or St.
Anne & St. Jude Catholic Church and professional instrumentalists accompany the
students. The entire student body performs in this production.
The students spend much time and energy preparing for the
program, and it is hoped that the students gain an appreciation
of the depth of preparation required to perform well in public.
Reaching out to others is a regular and important part of the
St. Anne & St. Jude Music Program. Each month a different grade visits
Tuomey Hospital where students warm the hearts of the patients,
doctors, and nurses with their music. Selected grades also visit
local nursing homes, such as National Health Care, Covenant
Place, and the Shepherd's Center.
Festival of Choirs
Students from St. Anne & St. Jude often sing in the annual Festival of
Choirs sponsored by the Women's Afternoon Music Club. St. Anne
& St. Jude is the only children's choir that performs in this venue.
St. Anne & St. Jude students regularly compete in the SCISA Festival of
Music each spring. They consistently receive Excellent and