Students sing during choir practice.

Performing Arts

Our Middle and High School Girls Shine on Stage

Creative communication is important in all forms, and Oak Knoll’s performing arts groups allow our middle and high school girls to develop myriad skills that enhance self confidence and serve to enrich the culture of our community.

At Oak Knoll we embrace the five essential principles of fine and performing arts: creative passion, belief in self, a strong work ethic, a cooperative spirit, and a giving nature.

Select Dance Troupes

student playing violinDancers is a select group of students (Junior Dancers – 7-9th grades; Senior Dancers – 10-12th grades) who are required to audition. The group rehearses and performs classical ballet (including pointe), jazz, modern, contemporary, and Broadway show dance selections for a winter showcase and the annual spring dance concert. After-school dance classes (including choreography) are offered in all genres for interested and talented students.

Our Award-Winning Ensemble

The Ensemble at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a by-audition only, female vocal group comprised of students from our all-girls high school. Committed to providing excellence in vocal performance, the Ensemble presents a repertoire of diverse styles, including madrigals, spirtuals, jazz, and contemporary music. Songs are performed both a capella and accompanied by piano.

The Ensemble also serves as the core of the Bel Canto liturgical choir at Oak Knoll. This choir provides music for prayer servies and liturgies, as well as weddings and memorial services, both on and off campus.

Our Ensemble has been honored to work with the Continuo Arts Foundation and Music Contact International enjoying a number of notable performances including:

  • Prague’s Young Bohemia International Festival of Choirs and Orchestras, 2019
  • Melk Abbey, Vienna, Austria, 2017
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland, 2015
  • The Vatican, Rome, Italy, March 2011
  • Carnegie Hall, December 2009

Middle and High School Performance Groups

Bel Canto is a select liturgical choir that leads the community in song at Masses and prayer services.

This emerging program provides a forum for instrumentalists of varying abilities to play together weekly and to collaborate on performance pieces. The chamber orchestra accompanies the choir during the Christmas and Spring concerts. All students with experience playing an orchestral instrument are encouraged to join this group. Private lessons are available.

Chimes is a select seventh- and eighth-grade vocal group comprised of talented members from Concert Choir II. Auditions are held in September and January. Regularly scheduled morning rehearsals occur in preparation for the Fall Choral Consortium, an annual event founded and hosted by Oak Knoll. This event features vocal performances from neighboring middle schools. The Chimes also perform in the Spring Concert. Members of this group master the art of three-part harmony, learn and perform songs in a variety of styles, and incorporate show-choir techniques.

The concert choir is an in-school chorus that meets two times per cycle from September to June. The choir performs two concerts each year, in December and in May. This group has the opportunity to perform various styles of women’s choral literature while learning fundamentals of vocal technique and sight reading. Styles of choral literature include: classics, madrigals, art songs, spirituals and contemporary works.

Junior Dancers is a select dance group comprised of students from grades 7 through 9. Senior Dancers belong to grades 10 through 12. Students audition for membership which requires participation in numerous after-school and occasional weekend rehearsals. The groups perform classical ballet (including pointe), jazz, modern, lyrical, theatrical and Broadway show pieces at school productions and Dance Concerts. A group called Apprentices is open to any interested student. These developing dancers should attend group rehearsals as frequently as possible.

Dramatica is an exciting after-school drama offering that explores stagecraft in its various forms: acting techniques, improvisation, lighting, and stage presence. Students in this process-oriented activity rehearse and perform a scripted play to which the Oak Knoll community is invited. Auditions are held in September and February followed by two performances scheduled in the Fall and Spring trimesters.

Ensemble is our select women’s choir representing grades 9-12. Auditions are held at the beginning of the school year. The group provides an opportunity for students to achieve extraordinary levels of performance and excellence in a diverse repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary. The Ensemble performs in two major concerts and tours the local area supporting foundations and charities. Rehearsals take place twice per week from September to June.

Every spring, Oak Knoll supports a full-scale musical production. Some of the recent performances in our repertoire include, “A Little Princess,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Anything Goes,” “Once on This Island,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “The Wiz.” Participation in the school musical provides theatrical opportunities for students talented in music, drama, and dance, but also gives experience and training to students interested in staging, directing, lighting, set design and construction, costuming and make-up, publicity and ticket sales. Auditions for the musical usually occur in early fall.

The Stage Crew is a group of technicians responsible for planning and executing all tasks related to backstage work—sound, curtain, props, and set coordination. The Lighting Tech Crew is responsible for designing, programming, and executing the lighting for all school performances and assemblies. Members of the teams must attend periodic training sessions, learn how to operate the computerized light board, and dedicate the hours required for rehearsals and performances. Both crews are responsible for the annual calendar of events and collaborate closely with the directors for each production.

Our Performing Arts Team

Carlee BennettCarlee Bennett 

Upper School Dance Director/Lower School Dance Apprentice Director

Lisa BodolloLisa Bodollo

Upper School Theater and Drama Teacher and Director​

Teresa GotancoTeresa Gotanco

Upper School Music Teacher and Director​