All CDS students have the opportunity to perform at venues including The Paramount, The Jefferson Theater and Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Dickinson’s Theater.
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Music Opportunities for Middle School Students
This award winning ensemble meets two times a week before school and performs several times a year including an end of the year jazz band dance. Students work on standard jazz repertoire, style and improvisation.
This ensemble meets twice a week and is composed of the more advanced instrumentalists at CDS. Many of these students have placed in the Virginia Band Director Association All-District Band Festival. This group performs at least twice a year.
This ensemble meets twice a week and is composed of newer players in the CDS middle school. They also perform twice a year.
String players are introduced to the joy of orchestral playing, while developing music reading and collaborative skills.This ensemble meets twice a week during the school day, and performs twice a year, with an annual trip to King’s Dominion.
This award winning ensemble meets twice a week during the school day, and performs at least twice a year, including an annual trip to Kings Dominion. They further develop sight reading, aural, and collaborative skills, while performing music from a wide variety of styles.
All middle school students sing twice a week with Mrs. Kelly in a choral setting. Two, three and four part songs are learned throughout the year with at least three performances.
Glee Vocal Ensemble
This award winning ensemble meets once a week before school and is composed of the most serious singers in the CDS middle school program. They have at least four performances a year and compete once a year at music festivals in Virginia.
Several members of Glee and the CDS choirs have also been chosen for the All-District choir festival as well as for the Virginia All-State choir festival.
Beginner and Advanced Guitar Ensemble with Mark Kramer
These ensembles meet twice a week to work on songs developing guitar skill sets including rhythm, lead work, songwriting and singing together. They along with their instructor choose songs to be performed twice a year as well.