Middle School

Gina Calloway leading orchestra

Orchestra

Orchestra is a year-long course for students with experience playing string instruments. Auditions are required to participate. Seventh and eighth graders study under a classically trained program director who performs as a professional musician and previously played for symphonies and opera companies around the United States. Beginning instrumentalists may be accommodated through private lessons available at an additional cost and given during the school day by professional musicians from the Atlanta area.

Gina Calloway

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School, Middle School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Orchestra

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1489

Education

Degree(s)
B.A., University of Cincinnati

Other Information

Employed Since
2002
Personal Motto
Carpe Diem
Ms. Calloway holds double bachelor’s degrees in music education and viola performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Masao Kawasaki of the Juilliard School. Read More

Band

Our band program is one of the largest and broadest of any independent school in the nation with more than 350 students in grades five through 12 and offerings including symphonic bands, marching band, jazz bands, small ensembles, and private instruction. Middle School students are grouped by ability level. Our band program strives to maintain exemplary performance while also being inclusive of any student with the desire to study instrumental music.

Woodward student playing clarinet

Aaron Hill

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Middle School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Director of Middle School Bands

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1487

Education

Degree(s)
B.M., Christopher Newport University
M.S., Troy University

Other Information

Employed Since
2014
Personal Motto
“I believe when one stops learning, one starts dying. So, I always advise students to never let a day go by without learning something substantive. My greatest reward in teaching is watching my students think and explore beyond the classroom to discover greater knowledge and possibilities.”
After returning from the U.S. Army Band Program in 1997, Mr. Hill began a teaching career that led him to become Dean of Students and Head of Upper School at Hampton Roads Academy in Virginia, later returning to his love for music. A semifinalist for the 2015 GRAMMY Music Educators Award, he came to Woodward in 2014. Read More

Band Programs

Seventh & Eighth Grade Advanced Band

Advanced Band is offered to students with a high level of musical competency on their instrument. Performance and event opportunities include concerts, festivals, All-State Band, and honor bands at the University of Georgia and University of Tennessee.

Seventh & Eighth Grade Cadet Band

Cadet Band is offered to students with a moderate level of musical competency on their instrument. The band gives winter and spring concerts.

Jazz Band

Auditions for Jazz Band are held in the fall for this ensemble, which meets primarily after school. Students learn various jazz styles and are introduced to improvisation.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available at an additional cost, and beginning instrumentalists may be accommodated through private lessons giving during the school day by professional musicians from the Atlanta area.
Woodward middle school student chorus singing

Choral Music

Students in our Middle School take choir as an elective throughout the year, meeting in daily rehearsals for musicianship training. Seventh and eighth graders in choral music develop skills in sight-reading, learn about music from around the world, and gain practice in the discipline of teamwork.

Suzanne Woodruff

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Director of Choral Music - Upper and Middle Schools

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1495

Education

Degree(s)
B.Mus., University of Georgia
M.Mus., Georgia State University

Other Information

Employed Since
1994
Class Of
1977
Personal Motto
I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.
Mrs. Woodruff has taught at Woodward for more than 20 years. She is a certified music educator in Orff and Kodaly methods and serves as the repertoire and standards chair for middle school choirs for the American Choral Directors Association. Read More

Stephen Rotz

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Chorus

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1494

Education

Degree(s)
B.M.Ed., Shorter College
M.M., University of Alabama

Other Information

Employed Since
2007
Personal Motto
Stay soapy, my friends.
An active soloist, Mr. Rotz has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. His choirs have been selected to perform at conferences in Georgia and the Southeast. Read More

Choral Programs

Seventh & Eighth Grade Men’s Choir

The choir rehearses together throughout the school year in this daily class, performs twice during the year, participates in the 5th District Choral Festival, and travels to a national festival in the spring.

Seventh & Eighth Grade Treble Choir

This choir for girls rehearses together throughout the school year in this daily class, performs twice during the year, participates in the 5th District Choral Festival, and travels to a national festival in the spring.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available on all string instruments at an additional cost. Lessons are taught by professional musicians from the Atlanta area during the school day.

Dance

Our Middle School dance program trains young dancers in the beginner and intermediate levels of ballet, modern, and jazz techniques. The program is designed to build strong dance bodies, develop discipline, enhance confidence, and inspire creativity. Students learn dance vocabulary and history and participate in choreographic exercises, creating dance pieces and a final dance concert performance.

Woodward middle school dance performance

Jenny Gould

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Middle School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Dance

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-2873

Education

Degree(s)
B.F.A., SUNY at Purchase
M.Ed., Lesley University

Other Information

Employed Since
2002
Ms. Gould taught at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, performed in the San Francisco cast of the Broadway production “Phantom of the Opera,” in the national touring company for “Brigadoon,” and with the New York City Opera as well as the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Read More
student actors on stage

Theatre

Our Middle School drama program introduces students to national standards for drama education with an emphasis on acting, directing, and dramatic literature. We offer a nine-week course in which students explore creative games, dramatic readings, and vocal skill exercises while developing a deeper understanding of character. In our year-long course, students have the opportunity to develop advanced skills and receive the training and experience necessary for live theatrical performance. All students are encouraged to audition for the Middle School spring production.

Ticket & Performance Information

Kathleen McManus

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Middle School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Associate Director of Theatre

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1544

Education

Degree(s)
B.A., University of Georgia

Other Information

Employed Since
2007
Ms. McManus holds a bachelor’s degree in drama from the University of Georgia and has been teaching theatre arts in Atlanta since 1986. She has appeared on many Atlanta stages and was a company member and education director with Georgia Shakespeare Company, where her department was recognized with awards for excellence in arts education. Read More

General Music

In the Middle School, General Music class is offered as part of a nine-week short course rotation. Short courses meet daily during the nine-week period. The class is designed for students to learn more about music in a classroom setting.

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