Choral music has been a part of every civilization on earth, and Porter-Gaud values the choral music tradition. It is arguably the purest form of music, using our human voices as the instrument. Our students are encouraged from a young age to join together in singing, whether in chapel or in music classes. Porter-Gaud begins teaching choral music very early in the academic careers of our students. Students begin singing in first grade and begin organized choral singing in 4th grade. All students in the Lower School will participate in choir.
In the Middle School, choir becomes an elective. Our Middle School Choir is comprised of 20+ unauditioned singers in grades 5-8. The Leading Tones is an auditioned girls ensemble in the Middle School, comprised of 9 to 12 girls singing advanced SSA literature.
The Upper School has three vocal ensembles. The Upper School Choir is a group of 30+ unauditioned singers from grades 9-12. The Chamber Singers is an auditioned choir made up of singers from the Upper School Choir. The PorterBellas is an a cappella group comprised of a select group from Chamber Singers.