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New York City,  June 7, 2015

The Thomas Jefferson Upper School Vocal Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall on June 7 as part of an international concert series.  The audition performance that earned their invitation was part of the Upper School Spring Concert, and you can watch video from that performance by clicking the video link below.  The invitation sent to Mr. John Atteberry, director of the vocal ensemble, in May, said “In recognition of your dedication to musical excellence and the high quality of your audition, it is with great pleasure that I extend an invitation to you and the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School Upper School Vocal Ensemble to participate in a performance of Fauré’s Requiem on the Distinguished Concerts International Concert Series.  Congratulations to you and your singers on this wonderful achievement and recognition.”

The video below is from the TJ Upper School Vocal Ensemble Spring Concert Performance:

NYC Trip Benefit Concert
in the TJ Concert Hall
was on Friday, May 15th, 2015
It was a fantastic evening of music featuring Jordan Wilson, Levi Randolph, Lexi Maliszewski, and TJ Faculty & Students.
There was also a faculty vs. students Name That Tune game hosted by Gary Bandy.  The faculty won 470-230.

Music is a critical part of the overall program at Thomas Jefferson, and is an integral part of the curriculum starting in Pre-Kindergarten.  Beginning in 3rd grade and continuing through 12th, students have the opportunity to participate in instrumental and/or vocal ensembles in addition to regularly scheduled music classes.  

The Thomas Jefferson Upper School Vocal Ensemble

John Atteberry, director

  • 9th - 12th grade mixed choir
  • Performs at many concerts and contests throughout the year
  • High expectations for great performances

The Upper School Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles recently performed with the Heartland Opera Theatre:

The Thomas Jefferson Middle School Vocal Ensemble
Molly Williams, director

  • 6th - 8th grade mixed choir
  • Performs at many concerts and contests throughout the year
  • Opportunity for students who like to sing to be involved with more music than just the general music class

See the Middle and Upper School Choirs and Orchestras perform in a recent concert:

Thomas Jefferson Middle and Upper School Orchestras
John Atteberry, director

  • 6th - 8th and 9th - 12th grade ensembles
  • Students elect this in place of general music
  • Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Percussion, etc. 

Lower School choir, strings, and music classes 
Rebecca Cutler, strings director; Molly Williams, choir director 

  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students may participate in strings class if they play cello, viola, violin, or double bass.  No previous lessons are required for students entering the program, and they are not required to take lessons outside of school.
  • Lower School choir performs at Lower School concerts and other events
  • All students in grades 1-5 participate in general music classes

Musical Theater
(See Performing Arts page for details)
John Atteberry, Upper School director; Molly Williams, Middle and Lower School director   

  • Auditions open to all students in grades 9 -12
  • Rehearsals after school and in the evenings
  • Musical theater performances are in spring for Middle School, summer for Lower School, and fall for Upper School

Early Childhood Music Program 

  • Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten participate in a music program that is a combination of vocal and instrumental instruction.

All students in Pre-K through 9th grade have music classes. 

  • 6th - 9th grade elect general music or instrumental music
  • All students Pre-K - 8th grade, perform in several live programs each year.

After-School Music Lessons

TJ's Music Academy offers lessons in several instruments, and for students of all ability levels. 

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Ozark 7 Conference Music Day
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Located in the Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall.

Make up date: Feb. 13, 2019

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Located at First United Methodist.

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Upper School Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble Pictures
(Event Date: Feb 25, 19 at 5:00 p.m.)

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US Arts Night - Espressivo
(Event Date: Feb 25, 19 at 7 p.m.)

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MS Vocal and Instrumental Concert
(Event Date: Feb 28, 19 at 12 - 12:30 p.m.)

Located in the TJ Concert Hall.

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