Choral Music Program
The Elizabeth Seton High School Choral Music Program provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills as singers and musicians through classes within the daily academic schedule and through performing opportunities on and off campus in a school community that respects and supports the arts.
In a culture in which all kinds of music is instantly available for listening, it’s easy to become simply a music consumer. The opportunity to participate in choir, on the other hand, enables its members to become music makers as they learn to focus their vocal and interpretive skills. The vast array of choral literature provides access to historical eras, cultural expressions, poetry, foreign languages, sacred works, and popular songs. We are proud of the strong tradition of women's choral music at our school and constantly strive to maintain high standards of musicianship.
8th Grade Applicants - Vocal Music Auditions
Elizabeth Seton High School offers scholarships to dedicated vocal music students. Students can audition before our vocal music instructor to receive a music scholarship. Scholarships range from $300 - $1,200.
Fundraising through the Music Boosters organization enables interested choir members to take private voice lessons at reduced fees via a reimbursement policy, working with a private teacher of their choice, including the option for lessons on campus after school. Choir students have gone on to pursue music and music-related degrees at Temple University, Catholic University, East Carolina University, Winston-Salem University, Towson University, and the University of Maryland.
Music Lesson Reimbursement
Students enrolled in music ensembles who take private music lessons (voice for choral music students, their band/orchestra instrument for instrumental music students) are eligible to receive partial reimbursement for their lesson fees, whether their lessons take place on campus or in a private studio. Please click here find out more about Lesson Reimbursement.
Choral Music Director: Dr Kathleen Vadala
Dr. Kathleen Vadala joined the Seton faculty in 2000. As the director of choral music, Dr. Vadala has been a vital part of the development and expansion of the choral music program, which now comprises two auditioned choirs and a developmental group, which all explore the vibrancy and variety of women’s choral repertoire. She regularly serves as accompanist for the Maryland All-State Choirs, the American Youth Chorus, and the Congressional Chorus. In preparation for the 2015 visit of Pope Francis to the US, she served as an audition judge for the Archdiocesan Choir and also sang with the group at the Mass at the Basilica. Dr. Vadala holds degrees in piano performance from Connecticut College (BA), the Hartt School of Music (MMus), and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland School of Music.
Beginner: ESHS Chorus
Open by registration to all students at Seton. Participation is highly recommended to ninth graders interested in choral music, since it serves as the foundation for the auditioned ensembles.
Intermediate: Seton Choral
Open by audition to students in rising grades 10-12 who display pleasant singing voices, understanding of basic music notation, and demonstrated ability in part-singing.
Advanced: Concert Choir
Open by audition to students in rising grades 10-12 with at least one year in the Seton Chorale or Chorus. Members display solo-quality or substantial sectional voices and are able to work with considerable independence at a rapid pace.