Sandi Chasson, Department Head of Music, says students who participate in the Music program not only develop technical facility and musical literacy, but they also leave the program with a love and appreciation of music.
It’s not only about academics and athletics; St. Andrew’s has a vision of excellence for the School, which includes incredible support for the Arts. They’ve established a place where kids have an opportunity to explore their own music,” says Chasson.
Boys, from grades 5 through 12, are invited to explore all kinds of music at St. Andrew’s, including curricular instrumental band classes (wind and percussion), or regimental piping and drumming classes.
The Pipe and Drumming program, which continues to thrive and cultivates a wealth of musical talent, is one of the leading programs of its kind in Canada, and is a unique and age-old tradition of the School. Double gold medalist, Jim McGillivray, Director of the Piping program, and touted to be one of the world’s best all-round pipers ever, inspires a high level of musicianship. Many students go on to perform in the world’s leading pipe bands.
Strings, Jazz and Choir are also offered as extra-curricular options for the boys outside of class time, and there are many opportunities to perform throughout the year both on and off campus.