The Bishop Hendricken High School Music Program offers an exceptional instrumental program for young musicians, along with academic courses in theory, history, and technology for both musicians and non-musicians. Young instrumentalists perform, compete and enjoy playing music within the variety of outstanding ensembles offered throughout the year.
Both the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble meet as part of the morning Arts Academy while the Academy Jazz Band and Jazz Techniques Ensemble meet as part of the afternoon Arts Academy. The Hawk Marching Band is an extra-curricular, co-educational group (female students from other school districts may participate) that performs for football games and competes regionally. Many of the members continue throughout the year as part of our competition Percussion Ensemble or in the Basketball Pep Band.
The String Ensemble is an extra-curricular group that includes talented players both from Hendricken and from local schools. We also offer an in-house program with qualified teachers providing on-on-one instruction as well as a beginner program in a group setting. Ensembles perform and compete throughout the country in events such as the RIMEA and Berklee Music Festivals, NESBA, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and Lincoln Center.
The Vocal Program
The Vocal Program at Bishop Hendricken High School provides student with exceptional opportunities to develop talent and vocal ability. Our young men have opportunities to participate in several vocal courses and ensembles, including our Arts Academy Chorus class, Young Men’s Chorus, Select Chorus, and the Hawkafellas, our new a cappella group.
All choral ensembles meet as extracurricular groups and involve approximately 60 talented singers from the school community. Our choruses have become a vital part of our school community, actively participating in all liturgies as well as various concerts in-house and throughout the state of Rhode Island.
The chorus participates in many festivals and competitions throughout the year, taking home numerous awards such as “Grand Champion” and “Best Soloist.” Members of our Young Men’s Chorus have also traveled on Pilgrimages to Ireland in 2008 and Italy in 2010, where they performed for Pope Benedict. Members of our Young Men’s Chorus are currently preparing for their third Pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal in February 2012.