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Performance builds confidence, in oneself and in the power of a team working together. Music taps into the soul in a way no other discipline can.The McCallie Music Department is home to an impressive, diverse and critically-recognized collection of musical groups. Offerings include guitar ensemble, wind ensemble, strings and orchestra, handbells and more than half a dozen choirs and choral ensembles.

Every year, some 300 Upper School boys participate in McCallie's annual Christmastime musical event called "Candlelight" which is highly anticipated and sold-out every year. 

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Musicians at McCallie collaborate meaningfully, think critically and creatively, and communicate effectively. Those skills are useful in any career, academic pursuit or area of life. MICHAEL AKE, MCCALLIE PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN

Course Descriptions

Music Department Faculty

Michael Ake

Michael Ake

Chair, Department of Performing Arts, Music Teacher
Brent Alverson

Brent Alverson

Director of Instrumental Music, Music Teacher
James Harr

James Harr

Class of 1992
Director of Choral Programs, Music Teacher
Michael McCallie

Michael McCallie

Director of Guitar Programs
Nichole Pitts

Nichole Pitts

Orchestra Director


UVA Men's Glee Club in Concert
McCallie Chapel
Symphonia Brumalis

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McCallie Theater

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