Woodward student violinist

Orchestra

Our Upper School Orchestra program immerses students in daily training, allowing them to advance their skills and fully develop their musical talents. They 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.

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

Orchestra Programs

Woodward Chamber Orchestra

The chamber orchestra is open to students with prior playing experience who apply previously learned concepts to advanced music in year-long, daily classes. Three public performances are given annually. An audition or permission from the director is required.

The String Machine

This ensemble is an audition-only group of students playing violin, viola, cello, and bass, who have previous experience at an advanced level of playing. The String Machine gives five performances each year, and students must commit to a year of involvement.

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.

Band

Our band program is one of the largest and broadest of any independent school in the nation. The Robert W. Woodruff Band is named in honor of the former chairman of The Coca-Cola Company. As its name implies, the band has a storied history, having performed at presidential inaugural parades and in concerts throughout Europe and China. Our band program is one of the reasons that Woodward ranks as one of the best performing arts schools in Georgia.

Woodward student marching band

Ken Beard

Faculty Information

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

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1486

Education

Degree(s)
Bachelor of Music, Music Education, Georgia State University
Master of Performance and Literature (Clarinet), Eastman School of Music

Other Information

Employed Since
2007
Personal Motto

Mr. Beard taught in Georgia public schools for 30 years, including stints with Forest Park High School, Newton County High School, and 26 years in Fayette County. An eight-time recipient of the National Band Association (NBA) Citation of Excellence, Mr. Beard is a member of Who's Who Among American Teachers, and his bands have been selected to perform at Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) State Conventions, Southern Division Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Conventions, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Southern Division of the National Band Association Conference, the Lord Mayor of London's New Year’s Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Mr. Beard is a member of MENC, NBA, Phi Beta Mu, and GMEA, for which he served as the State Band Chair. He has also served as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Band Chairman. Mr. Beard currently serves as a Board Member of the National Band Association as a High School Representative.


Mr. Beard taught for 30 years in Georgia public schools before coming to Woodward. His bands have performed at conventions and band festivals around the Southeast as well as the Lord Mayor of London’s New Year’s Day Parade and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Read More

Lauran Hunt

Faculty Information

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

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1488

Education

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

Other Information

Employed Since
1982
Personal Motto
An accomplished jazz musician and music educator, Mr. Hunt has performed with orchestras and jazz bands all around the world—at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and many others.
An accomplished jazz musician and music educator, Mr. Hunt has performed with orchestras and jazz bands all around the world—at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and many others. Read More

Band Programs

Marching Band and Dance Team

Marching Band is a co-curricular activity with frequent rehearsals and performances during the fall season. In addition to Woodward football games, the band has performed at many events, including the Lord Mayor of London’s New Year’s Day Parade, and during a tour of China. Students must be enrolled in a music class to join the band.

Concert Bands

Concert band is a class for intermediate level instrumentalists. Students perform in fall and spring concerts and at the annual State Band Festival in mid-winter. Class placement is by audition with the band director.

Symphonic Winds

Symphonic Winds is a class for advanced musicians, with a heavy emphasis on performance. Symphonic Winds performs at many of our school’s ceremonial events, including graduation. Membership encourages private lessons and personal dedication. Class placement is by audition with the band director.

Jazz Bands

Our jazz program is a co-curricular activity offering student musicians opportunities to join ensembles including the 17-piece Woodward Academy Big Band, the Jazz Combo for advanced students, and Lab Bands. All jazz ensembles perform music from the various eras and genres of jazz and popular music.

Private Lesson

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.

Woodward student chorus singing

Choral Music

Students in choral music study secular and sacred repertoire of various time periods, from the Renaissance through contemporary music. Students learn choral techniques, the ability to sing at sight, linguistic skills, and collaborative artistry while gaining practice at performance.

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 Program

Choraliers

Choraliers is a choral instruction and performance class for beginning through advanced-level students. Enrollment requires audition, and students who participate in Jazz Choir or Camerata may receive Honors credit.

Camerata

Camerata is an advanced chamber choir consisting of 20-24 auditioned voices. Although the group performs music of all eras, it maintains a tradition of specializing in music of the Renaissance era. This ensemble represents Woodward Academy at performances for the Georgia Music Educators Association as well as the American Choral Directors Association.

Festival Singers

Festival Singers is a choral instruction and performance class for advanced musicians in grades 11 and 12. Students are strongly encouraged to take regular private lessons in voice or piano during the term. Enrollment requires audition, and students may receive Honors credit.

Jazz Choir

Jazz Choir is an auditioned group of Upper School students. This group, specializing in pop and jazz music, incorporates choreography in their presentations.

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.

Private Piano Lessons Policies & Application

Private Voice Lessons Policies & Application

AP Music Theory

This course for students in grades 11 and 12 provides continued development for students who are preparing for a career in music, with concentration on the study of harmony as well as ear training, terminology, and music notation. Enrollment requires the recommendation of a faculty member and permission of the instructor, and students must be active in a choral, strings, or instrumental program.
Woodward students dance performance

Dance

The Upper School dance program is based on a fundamental belief in the intrinsic artistic capacity of human nature and the value of expression through creative arts. Our goals are to develop the body, stimulate the imagination, challenge the mind, cultivate an appreciation for beauty, deepen and refine emotional responses, and support the pursuit of dance as a future career or continuing component of a life well-lived.

Patti Herring

Faculty Information

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

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1542

Education

Degree(s)
B.A., University of Akron
M.Ed., Georgia State University

Other Information

Employed Since
1982
Personal Motto
"Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort." Walt Disney
Mrs. Herring has taught at Woodward Academy since 1982. She teaches Upper School dance and directs the Dance Ensemble. Read More

Dance Program

Beginning Level Dance

Beginning dance is open to all students in grades 9-12. The year-long course builds a strong foundation in techniques of ballet and modern dance and introduces improvisation, composition, and dance history. Students perform in a spring dance concert.

Intermediate Level Dance

In intermediate dance, students learn more advanced techniques in ballet, jazz, and modern dance and continue their study of improvisation, composition, and dance history. Students perform in a spring dance concert, and seniors are required to complete an independent study project.

Advanced Dance: Woodward Dance Ensemble

The Dance Ensemble class teaches a limited number of dedicated students an advanced level of technique. This course is designed for students who have demonstrated a serious commitment to striving for a professional level of dance technique and knowledge.

Theatre

Upper School students develop their creative skills while learning the technical aspects of theatre in three main-stage productions during every school year—two fall productions and a spring musical. Our instructors of dramatic arts have many years of experience on stage, in the roles of actor, director, and playwright, in addition to years of experience teaching theatre arts.


Tickets & Performance Information

Woodward students theatrical performance

Levi Kaplan

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Theatre Director

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1493

Education

Degree(s)
B.F.A., Auburn University
M.R.A., DePaul University

Other Information

Employed Since
2008
Mr. Kaplan holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Directing Program at The Theatre School, DePaul University. Prior to his conservatory training, he received a B.F.A. in acting from Auburn University. Read More

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

Joel Williams

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Technical Theatre Director

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1492

Education

Degree(s)
B.A., Ottawa University

Other Information

Employed Since
2014
Mr. Williams holds a bachelor's degree from Ottawa University and has more than 10 years of experience as an educator in the theatre. Teaching at the collegiate level for most of his career, he has been the technical director, scenic designer, and/or lighting designer for more than 50 theatrical productions. Read More

Theatre Program

Theatre Appreciation

This survey course on all aspects of theatrical development covers terminology, drama and its analysis, elements of design, and principles of performance theory.

Intermediate Acting

This course focuses on the critical development of the actor through contemporary performance literature and scene challenges.

Advanced Acting

Offered each semester to eligible students, this scene study course introduces the student to playwrights and genres not covered in Intermediate Acting and prepares students for dramatic competition.

Performance Ensemble

This course for eligible juniors and seniors hones the skills of student performing artists through development of projects showcased in the Black Box Theatre.

Shakespeare at Woodward

Visiting artists from The Atlanta Shakespeare Company are in residence every few years to cast and produce one of Shakespeare’s famous works entirely with Woodward Upper School students.
Woodward students conducting interview

Woodward TV

WATV is the Academy’s multi-camera, closed-circuit television station. Students write, produce, and host segments broadcast to the Upper School, learning video production through hands-on experience and cultivating their talents in directing, script-writing, editing, and producing.

Trevon Broad

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts
Title(s)
Teacher - Director of WA Live

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
404-765-1491

Education

Degree(s)
A.A., Art Institute of Atlanta

Other Information

Employed Since
1993
Class Of
1992
Personal Motto
"When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all."
Mr. Broad holds a degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta. He has taught at Woodward since 1993, instructing students in our video classes and serving as director of WALive, our live video streaming program.

Video Program

Beginning Video I

This course introduces video as an art form. Students learn to use video cameras, microphones, editing, and production skills while experiencing a variety of location shooting. Some students produce documentary or feature pieces as well as interviews.

Advanced Video 2

Advanced Video provides opportunities to apply technical, expressive, and compositional principles to video production, with emphasis on hands-on studio production. Students are responsible for every aspect of producing taped and live broadcast shows over closed-circuit television.

Independent Video Studies

This course is designed for serious video production students who have taken previous video courses. Student and teacher will devise independent study assignments using a variety of equipment. Emphasis is on editing techniques and principles as well as problem-solving and risk-taking.
Woodward student playing violin

Music Production

The Electronic Music Lab class introduces students to fundamental aspects of using synthesizers, digital samplers, computers, and other electronic instruments to create music. Students learn fundamentals of music structure, form, rhythm, and melodic composition. The course is open to all Upper School students and requires no previous music experience or knowledge, and it teaches technical skills useful in other types of multimedia presentation, from instructional films to boardroom presentations.

Guitar

Students can learn the basics of the world’s most popular instrument. Classical and electric guitars are provided, so students are not required to bring instruments. The Guitar I course provides a general background in note-reading, chord forms, and basic guitar literature while teaching a combination of classical and popular techniques. In Guitar II, students explore techniques more deeply and delve further into the classical repertoire. Advanced classes are available for students wishing to continue studying guitar.

Woodward students playing guitar
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