What's next in Music at Saint John's!

High School Fall Recital

A new year calls for new creativity! The Fine Arts Department is looking for artists of all kinds.
Saint John's annual Fall Recital will be released online at 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 15th.
Any high school age Saint John's student, grades 9-12 is welcome to participate. Interested
students should contact Mr. Colby, ncolby@stjohnshigh.org . All forms and styles of music
are welcome. Students can be currently enrolled in person or remote and are not required to
be currently participating in a school ensemble. Submissions of videos or recordings are due by
October 2nd. We also hope to feature some visual artists during this event. If you would like
to submit your artwork for consideration please contact Mr. Colby, ncolby@stjohnshigh.org .

Music at Saint John's

Recently, members of the Saint John's Fine Arts Department were particularly struck by archival photos of a large orchestra and drama society from the early part of the last century at Saint John's High School.

While always known for academic rigor, the school gained its deserved reputation for excellence in arts as well. Eventually, interest in music and theater began to grow at Saint John's with activities like the wildly popular Spring Shows under the leadership of Mr. Joe Hayes, Mr. Bob Brady and Bro. Stephen Comeau. There was a renewed interest in theatre and music owing to the pioneering work of several faculty and alumni. 

Things were looking up for the arts even more as the school community moved into the Ryken Center in 1999. At that time a semester requirement of Fine Arts study was added the curriculum to help fulfill the school’s mission to educate the whole person, including his aesthetic awareness and growth.

A fledgling instrumental program grew to three instrumental ensembles and a chorus under the direction of Mr. James McCluskey and Mr. Richard Monroe.  As the school now moves into Founders Hall with a state-of-the-art theatre and performing space, band and chorus rooms, and a light-filled art studio, it is exciting to witness how the program is continuing to grow for the future. Mr. Nathan Colby now teaches theatre production along with an introductory course in theatre arts.

With all of these developments we can all look forward to the day a hundred years hence from now when students will be looking at photographs of our visual arts displays in the theatre lobby, large-scale musical ensembles and Broadway-quality theatre productions.

Music Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Richard Monroe

    Mr. Richard Monroe 

    Fine Arts Chair
  • Photo of James McCluskey

    Mr. James McCluskey 

    Faculty

Opportunities for Students

AUDIO PRODUCTION

The Audio Production club runs sound for many events on campus.  Most notably Audio Production is responsible for the setup and operation of all sound for Saint John's Masses and Prayer Services  Contact Mr. Bill White for more information, bwhite@stjohnshigh.org.



LITURGY MUSICIANS

Students interested in performing vocally or instrumentally at school masses and prayer services should contact Mr. Monroe. rmonroe@stjohnshigh.org



PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES


Many after school opportunities are available for students interested in a variety of musical styles. Please see Mr. McCluskey, Mr. Monroe, or Mr. Colby if you're interested in getting involved with the music program.