La Salle Academy offers its students a unique and demanding secondary school performing arts program.
The goal of the program is to empower its students to succeed not only on stage, but to provide them with the confidence to excel in many endeavors with the positive self-image developed through participation in the arts. These outcomes are fostered in a variety of ways. In an effort to provide co-curricular activities that support our academic offerings in the performing arts, La Salle offers its students membership in many after school activities. These performing arts opportunities include participation in: The Internationally Recognized La Salle Players (our theatre company), the La Salle Concert Choir, Boys and Girls A Cappella, two sections of Dance Club, and Voices Inc., our performance poetry group.
The Celtic Arts Club offers students the opportunity to explore the music and dance traditions of the Celtic world. Members who play a musical instrument form the Ceili Band which rehearses regularly in preparation for scheduled performances.
The La Salle Chorus invites all members of the La Salle community (students, parents, faculty and friends) to participate. The chorus sings at school liturgies, at Christmas at La Salle, and at other functions. No experience is necessary.
The Dance Club meets weekly for the entire school year. Everyone is welcome to join whether he/she has dance experience or not. Students will learn techniques in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap and Ballroom Dancing and will also have the opportunity to perform at Christmas at La Salle and the Spring Collage Concerts.
All students are welcome to audition and perform in the wide variety of plays and musicals presented at La Salle each year. Another great opportunity for students is to work on the stage crew where students learn everything from building a set to working in the box office. Rehearsal schedules vary according to the show, but generally each show rehearses from six to eight weeks.
This club will meet to screen films and to have follow up discussions. Films will be screened every other week in the TV studio with follow-up film talks happening at the next meeting. The group will determine films to be screened by their importance in cinematic history as well as their impact upon American culture. The Film Society will also host special topics symposiums throughout the year. The symposium topics will include “Race and Film”, “Women in the Media, “Celluloid Politics”, and “The Suburbs, from Sitcoms to The Simpsons”.
The band is unequaled with its spirit and huge wealth of songs to play, all of which will get even the laziest spectator howling. Pride, dedication and spirit are what the band is all about. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the students that the band continues to grow stronger every year. This musical group adds support and spirit to home and away sporting events and in-school pep rallies. Participation is open to all students who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. All levels of musical ability are accepted.
Concert Band The La Salle Academy Concert Band currently maintains an annual enrollment of approximately 100 musicians. The ensemble examines music at one of its most important levels – performance. Students enrolled in this course will develop concepts and skills necessary to accurately and effectively perform various styles of music. They will develop their own individual musicianship as well as their ability to be a contributing member of a large ensemble. This award winning ensemble performs at all school concerts as well as at various music festivals from Boston, Ma. to Williamsburg, Va.
Jazz Studies The La Salle Academy Jazz Studies program consists of two extracurricular ensembles: The Jazz Band strives to maintain the traditional “Big Band” Era instrumentation. The group performs music from the “Big Band” Era as well as Latin, funk, jazz-rock, and contemporary jazz. This group is open to all wind players; rhythm section members are admitted by audition only. The Jazz Ensemble is an ensemble rooted in the jazz combo tradition. The group consists of four to six serious jazz musicians and is open by audition or invitation only. Students deeply explore arranging and improvisation. Both ensembles perform at all school concerts as well as performances in the local community, at various school functions, and at music festivals from Boston, Ma. to Williamsburg, Va.
String Orchestra The La Salle Academy String Orchestra examines music at one of its most important levels – performance. Students enrolled in this course will develop concepts and skills necessary to accurately and effectively perform various styles of music. They will develop their own individual musicianship as well as their ability to be a contributing member of a large ensemble. This award winning ensemble performs at all school concerts as well as at various music festivals from Boston, Ma. to Williamsburg, Va. Open to all students who have prior experience on an orchestral string instrument.
Wind Ensemble The La Salle Academy Wind Ensemble maintains an annual enrollment of approximately thirty musicians. The ensemble, made up of mostly juniors and seniors, examines music at one of its most important levels – performance. Open by audition or invitation only, we strive to perform music on a deeper and more serious level. This award winning ensemble performs at all school concerts as well as at various music festivals from Boston, Ma. to Williamsburg, Va.
The Photography Club offers students the opportunity to engage in various photographic activities and projects. Students are introduced to traditional wet darkroom processes and may also choose to edit their digital photographs. Members are able to share and discuss their work and are encouraged to enter high school photography competitions.
WLSA is La Salle Academy’s broadcast journalism club which runs an online broadcast network. Shows on the network will alternate between a sports shorts “sports wrap” program and the WLSA bi-weekly morning news show.