Students at Thomas Jefferson have ample opportunity -- and are encouraged -- to participate in the performing arts. Students in all grade levels participate in concerts at least four times each year -- Thanksgiving concert, winter concert, spring concert, and Grandparents Day. In addition to the concerts, Lower School students produce a summer musical, and Middle and Upper School students produce a spring/fall musical each year. Students who participate in instrumental or vocal ensembles also have the opportunity to perform several other times during the school year. See the Music page for more information about the Middle and Upper School music programs.
Upper School students produce a musical each fall that includes two performances -- The musical for Fall 2014 was Legally Blonde, and students rehearsed and built sets for months leading up to the performance. The Fall 2013 musical was Bye Bye Birdie. This video includes a portion of that performance:
Visit TJ's OnDemand Video Archive page to watch the entire musical.
Upper School Musical productions at TJ for the last nine years include Legally Blonde in 2014, Bye-Bye-Birdie in 2013, Beauty and the Beast in 2013, Hello Dolly in 2012, Curtains in 2011, Anything Goes in 2010, Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2009, The Secret Garden in 2008, and Music Man in 2007.
Recent Middle School Musical productions at TJ include Xanadu, Annie, and Dear Edwinna.
Lower School students also produce a musical each year. The Lower School musical is part of the Summer Discovery Academy, and preparations and performances take place over a two-week course. The students in grades 1-5 performed Disney's Aristocats in 2008, Disney's Jungle Book in 2009, Disney's 101 Dalmatians in 2010, The Lion and the Mouse in 2011, Disney's Sleeping Beauty in 2012, Disney's Cinderella in 2013, and Dinosaurs Before Dark in 2014.
Visit TJ's OnDemand Video Archive to see past performances of the Lower School musical.
Additionally, the Music Department performs several concerts per year --
from the Early Childhood/Lower School Divisions, to the Middle and
Upper School Divisions.