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Performing Arts

From theatre to dance and orchestra to band.

Lower School

Woodward students playing violins


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Prescilla Chang

Teacher - Orchestra

Orchestra Groups


Fifth and sixth graders of any ability may choose to join Lower School band classes. Students learn to read music and play woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Bands prepare for two full ensemble performances each year, and classes meet three times weekly. Honor Band, available for sixth graders who audition, meets twice weekly during lunch period and performs a more advanced repertoire.

Woodward student playing flute

Valerie Morgan

Director of Lower School Band


Chorus classes are an option for students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Classes meet three times per week, and students perform in December and May. The performance repertoire spans time periods and represents music from diverse cultures and origins. Students receive instruction in reading music and develop good habits for healthy singing, both individually and in ensemble settings. Fifth graders learn to play handbells, which enhances rhythm and note-reading.

Woodward lower school chorus performing

Allison Englert

Teacher - 5th & 6th Grade Chorus, Ensemble & Handbell Choir Director, Teacher - 4th grade Choral Accompanist

"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." Helen Keller

Mary Lou Swann

Teacher - 4th Grade Chorus
Lower School

"I love working with children and choirs and children's choirs! My family, friends, and community are important to me. I enjoy travel, learning, reading, watching Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, and spending time with the family at the beach!"

Choral Groups

Woodward lower school dance team


Dance at the Lower School includes an introduction to ballet and modern dance, and all dance students perform in a spring concert. Students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade may opt to take dance instead of P.E. twice a week. Fifth and sixth graders may audition for Honors Dance, which meets once a week after school.

Dawn Axam

Teacher - Dance