Woodberry offers a wide variety of instrumental music groups, including the Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Chamber Music, and Pipe Band. Ensembles meet daily and include weekly private lessons or sectional rehearsals to prepare for many performances on and off the boarding school campus throughout the school year. At Woodberry you’re given the chance to showcase your musical talents to the community.
The Chapel Choir provides music for Woodberry’s weekly chapel services. As a choir member at the boys’ boarding school in Virginia, you will learn solid vocal technique and performance practice in a variety of styles, ranging from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony to English cathedral music and some contemporary and world music. There is a big emphasis on choral diction in several languages and on music reading in both Gregorian and modern notation.
The Dozen, Woodberry’s premier choral ensemble and one of its treasured traditions, specializes in acapella music from all periods of music history, especially the renaissance and modern popular music. The Dozen strives for choral excellence by emphasizing vocal technique, sight singing, performance practice, and music theory. As a member of The Dozen, you will be involved in creating original arrangements to be sung by the group.
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.