Music Department

Mission/Vision

Mission: The goal of the Seneca Valley HS Music Department is to provide all students, regardless of prior experience or ability, the chance to explore musical expression in an engaging and meaningful way.

Vision: The vision of the Seneca Valley HS Music Department is to offer a range of courses which reflect our school community’s interests and needs.  By doing so, we hope to increase participation and improve the student experience within the music program.

Choral Groups

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Seneca Valley offers a total of four different choirs for students:  two non-auditioned classes including Voci di forza (beginning choir) and Voci volanti (intermediate choir) and two auditioned choirs including Vox Musica (advanced treble choir), and Chamber Singers (advanced co-ed choir).  Any member of the student body may sign up for Voci di forza or Voci volanti.  Auditions for the two advanced choirs occur during Spring Semester for the following school year.  The SVHS choirs have been known to perform high energy, diverse music, and have consistently received superior ratings at county and state festivals as well as national competitions and festivals.   The choirs have also been recognized for connecting with their music and bringing movement, energy, and emotion to their performances!

Contact Ms. Walker for more information.

Instrumental Music

Seneca Valley High School offers a variety of instrumental music courses to meet the needs of students of any experience level.  Participation in a music class throughout high school is a great way to develop lasting memories and a lifelong passion for music! 

No student is required to own a personal instrument to participate in any instrumental music course.  

Course Offerings

Piano 1: This course is for those that are interested in learning how to play the piano and have little to no experience.  Learn to read music while playing a wide variety of music on the piano.  No audition or experience is required!

Piano 2: This course is a continuation of Piano 1, and is meant for developing piano players who are interested in learning to read and perform increasingly more challenging music.  This course is appropriate for early intermediate to advanced piano players.  Successful completion of Piano 1 a/b OR director recommendation based on previous experience is required.

Concert Band: This course is for wind and percussion students with previous experience in band.  Students will perform in concerts throughout the year and learn about music performance, theory, instrument technique, and music history through the performance of repertoire.  This course is repeatable for credit; students are encouraged to continue concert band throughout high school in order to maximize their instrumental skills.  Previous experience or director recommendation is required.

Concert Orchestra: This course is for string students with previous experience in orchestra.  Students will perform in concerts throughout the year and learn about music performance, theory, instrument technique, and music history through the performance of repertoire.  This course is repeatable for credit; students are encouraged to continue orchestra throughout high school in order to maximize their instrumental skills.  Previous experience or director recommendation is required.

Jazz Band:  This is a select group of instrumental music students that perform in concerts throughout the year and learn about music performance, theory, instrument technique, and music history through the performance of repertoire.   Students in jazz band have a strong interest in music and are some of the top wind and percussion players in the instrumental music program.  This course is repeatable for credit.  Audition or director recommendation is required as needed to fill instrumentation of the group (standard big band instrumentation).

If you have questions about any of the Instrumental Music courses offered at Seneca Valley, please email Mr. Adam Stephens, Instrumental Music Director.