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Midlothian High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

PERFORMING ARTS

The Trojan Band Program offers students a robust and multifaceted musical experience. From large concert bands to small ensembles and solo opportunities, we encourage students to continue the musical journey they started in middle school. Students learn and develop skills that serve them well in life no matter what career path they choose and make friends that can last a lifetime. Our number one goal is to help students develop a life-long love of music.

Concert Bands – The core of the Band Program is the concert band. We offer two “leveled” concert bands, the Trojan Symphonic Band and the Trojan Wind Ensemble. All students in a band class are a member of one of these ensembles. The bands perform at least four times a year.

Trojan Marching Band – This 100+ member ensemble is the competitive arm of the Band Program and has been described as “Music in Motion.” Membership is open to any student in a Band class as well as those who try out and join the Color Guard. The TMB rehearses during the summer and after school and performs at football games, competitions, and parades through September and October.

Trojan Jazz – The Jazz Band rehearses after school beginning in November and is open to any Band student who plays a traditional “big band” instrument. (If there is sufficient interest we sometimes offer a second jazz band.) Students learn a variety of styles and perform at concerts, assemblies, festivals, and community gigs.

Trojan Percussion Ensemble/Midlo Metal – Students in the Percussion class pull double duty as members of the concert bands AND as members of the Percussion Ensemble and Midlo Metal. We perform a wide variety of percussion music and instruments from all over the world including (but not limited to) steel drums, Taiko drums, mallet percussion instruments, hand drums, rock and roll, ska, and reggae.

Winter Guard – When marching band is over for the year, the members of the Color Guard have the opportunity to perform with the Winter Guard. Winter Guard is like a marching band in a gym without the musicians. Members learn to handle all pageantry equipment including flags, rifles, and sabres, and the group competes in the Atlantic Indoor Association circuit. Membership is open to any student who wants to try out.

Other Performance Opportunities – Other opportunities present themselves with regularity. Students are encouraged to participate in Show Choir Band, Pit Orchestra for our top notch Musical Theatre, Indoor Percussion (when we’re able to offer it), and any number of small ensemble opportunities that pop up from time to time. Members of the Band Program are also encouraged to sign up for All-County, audition for All-District and Senior Regional Orchestra. Some students choose to participate in the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble or the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra. Each year the Band Director nominates students for the Central Virginia Wind Symphony and Honor Bands at Virginia Tech, Shenandoah Conservatory, and James Madison University.

No matter your level of interest and ability, the Trojan Band Program has a place for YOU! For more information please see our contact information below…

Gordon Rawls, Director of Bands
www.MidloBand.org
​www.FaceBook.com/MidloBand

The Midlothian High School Orchestra program has been growing rapidly over recent years.  The success of our orchestra program is rooted in our commitment to excellence both in and outside of school. As a member of the MHSO you will develop relationships and team-building qualities essential to the program. While every orchestra student is not expected to become a virtuoso musician, we do expect every student to establish both short and long range goals for improvement on his/her instrument. I expect mature, focused and responsible attitudes and actions, and lots of hard work from everyone. This commitment to a community of excellence and hard work is the foundation of successful leaders and lifelong learners no matter what their intended profession or career.

The Orchestra program is supported by the MOB (Midlo Orchestra Boosters).  Please contact the MOB with any questions about becoming a member to support our orchestra program!  midloorchboosters@gmail.com 

Concert Orchestra (O and H):

Entry level orchestra for all Freshman and students who are not in the chamber orchestra.  We play mostly VBODA grade IV music and focus on fundamentals of the successful high school orchestral musician (vibrato, rehearsal techniques, bow control, etc.).  We also perform regularly for the fall, winter, and spring concerts along with participating at our state Assessment every year.  This class is available for an Honors option that includes more in depth study of the orchestral curriculum. This class is fun, community driven, and filled with students of all grades and multiple ability levels.

Chamber Orchestra (O and H):

The Midlothian High School Chamber Orchestra is our premier orchestral group at Midlothian High School.  Students face a rigorous audition process to get into the group and consists of select instrumentation.  Students are required to participate in regional and state events.  The Chamber Orchestra plays VBODA grade V/VI music and focuses on the higher levels of musicianship.  The majority of students take the class for Honors credit and are challenged to their fullest potential.

Chorus/ Piano Lab

The Midlothian Choral Program is dedicated to providing a positive and enriching musical education that is focused on building connections with students. We have a variety of course offerings for students of all ability and comfort levels, ranging from concert choir to competitive show choir. One of the best aspects of chorus is anyone can do it and there are no prerequisites! Even if you’ve never sang or taken a chorus class before, you will learn how to sing in an ensemble, learn how to use the voice, how to breathe properly, and much more!

Vocal Ensemble: Vocal Ensemble is a class consisting of freshman girls. This class teaches the basics and fundamentals of choral singing, proper diaphragmatic breathing, and the foundation of reading music. This is a concert choir style course, which performs four times a year at our concerts. Requires no outside commitment aside from the concerts and concert dress rehearsals. No prerequisite required!

Mixed Chamber Ensemble: Mixed Chamber Ensemble is a combination of two classes: boys 9-12 and girls 10-12. For boys, this is a class where you learn the basics and fundamentals of choral singing, proper diaphragmatic breathing, and the foundation of reading music. This is a concert choir style course, which performs three times a year at our concerts. Requires no outside commitment aside from the concerts and concert dress rehearsals. No prerequisite required! For girls, this is a more advanced class where students will work on more difficult musical repertoire and develop more musical literacy skills. This is a concert style course, which performs three times a year at our concerts and has the potential to perform at concert choir competitions throughout the year. No prerequisite required!

City Lights: City Lights is our top competitive 10-12 grade women’s ensemble at Midlothian High School. Students in this class work on achieving good group singing practices at the highest level. This class also has a choreographic component where students will learn choreography for their twenty minute competition set. Students will learn the aspects of performing with facials, impeccable choreographic movement and vocal performance. This is a competitive show choir/ concert choir course and requires afterschool commitment in the form of the following: four mandatory after school choreography rehearsals, mandatory Monday night rehearsals, multiple recruitment opportunities, and various competitions during the show choir season in addition to our five curricular concerts every year. This class requires an additional show choir fee. Prerequisites include a vocal audition and a choreography audition.

Just For Show: Just For Show is our top competitive 10-12 grade mixed ensemble at Midlothian High School.  Students in this class work on achieving good group singing practices at the highest level. This class also has a choreographic component where students will learn choreography for their twenty minute competition set. Students will learn the aspects of performing with facials, impeccable choreographic movement and vocal performance. This is a competitive show choir/ concert choir course and requires afterschool commitment in the form of the following: four mandatory after school choreography rehearsals, mandatory Monday night rehearsals, multiple recruitment opportunities, and various competitions during the show choir season in addition to our five curricular concerts every year. This class requires an additional show choir fee. Prerequisites include a vocal audition and a choreography audition.

Piano Lab: Piano Lab is a course designed to teach students applied keyboard methods using a combination of music theory and literacy curriculum in addition to a technique and methods keyboard curriculum. Students will use class time to work on their music and practice their skills. This class contains three various levels: level 1: for students who have no experience playing the piano and are completely new to the experience; level 2: for students who have taken level 1 or who have some piano skills and some musical literacy at a basic level; level 3: for students who have taken levels 1 and 2 or have taken private piano lessons, are advanced, and are fairly musically literate.

The Midlothian High School Guitar program has been growing rapidly over recent years.  We currently have three levels of guitar at Midlothian High School: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.  Both intermediate and advanced guitar can be taken for Honors credit.  Beginning Guitar is for anyone at Midlothian High School who is looking to learn the basics of guitar.  It is a very entry level course that teaches the basics of how to strum all basic chords and read tabs and standard notation.

The Midlothian Theatre Program is an engaging multifaceted theatre-making course of study! The program offers fun in-class and after-school opportunities in both Theatre Performance and Technical Theatre. Through the program, students grow in the art of acting, strengthen their life skills, and develop an appreciation for theatre. Whether trying theatre for the very first time, or having already studied theatre for years, there’s a place for you in Midlothian’s Theatre Department!  

Theatre Performance: Students have the opportunity to take Theatre Performance one or all four years of their high school career! Theatre Performance is an acting-based class where you learn theatre skills, and build upon the concepts already acquired in previous years. You will participate in the creative process of producing and performing theatre through a variety of ways! There will be many opportunities in class for you to collaboratively showcase your theatrical experiences. Throughout the course, you will continue to refine your artistic abilities and appreciation of theatre arts!

Theatre Productions: While in Theatre Productions, students will have the opportunity to learn about and explore further the various aspects of technical theatre. Some aspects we will explore are Lights, Sound, Hair and Makeup, Set Design, Set Building,  Props, Costumes, and so much more. Students will also have the opportunity to build various pieces for our school productions. 

Honors Theatre: Honors Theatre Performance 3 & 4 and Honors Theatre Productions 3 & 4, is offered for students who have previously taken Theatre Performance 1 & 2 and Theatre Productions 1 & 2, respectively. In order to receive Honors credit, students will be required to complete additional theatre-based projects throughout the school year. Honors Theatre Performance and Honors Theatre Productions, is recommended for those students who have displayed enthusiasm and dedication in Theatre Performance 1 & 2 and Theatre Productions 1 & 2!

IB Theatre: Midlothian is the only high school in Chesterfield County to offer IB Theatre! In IB Theatre, students will experience theatre from the view of creator, director, designer, performer, and spectator. Students do not have to be in the IB Program to take IB Theatre! 

Other Theatre Opportunities: Want to be involved with even more theatre opportunities at Midlothian?! Our program has many additional activities! Students are encouraged to audition or work crew for the After-School Productions. By participating on-the-stage or behind-the-scenes in after-school productions, students can incur points for the school’s esteemed Center Stage; Midlothian’s distinguished and well-respected version of International Thespian Society. And for the very first time, Midlothian is also starting a Drama Club! On top of that, there is a monthly Coffeehouse where students perform in front of their peers during their lunch in the Blackbox Theatre. If you are not interested in performing, then you are always welcome to join Stage Crew, where we work after school to build the set and manage all the technical aspects for the school productions.

Have questions? Contact one of the two theatre teachers at Midlothian, Mrs. Doan or Mr. Dorman.