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From theatre to dance and orchestra to band.

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

Director of Orchestra


Ms. Calloway holds a double bachelor's degree in Music Education and Viola Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Ms. Calloway has played professionally in the Detroit Symphony, New World Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, Huntsville Symphony, and Columbus Symphony. She is a freelance violinist/violist and has performed with various artists, including Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Wynona Judd, and Roger Daltry. Ms. Calloway is a former student of Masao Kawasaki of the Juilliard School.

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

Greg Miller

Director of Middle School Band
Performing Arts, Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts


Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. While there he studied bass trombone from Dr. Joshua Bynum and conducting with Dr. John Lynch. Mr. Miller is an active performer and clinician in the Metro Atlanta Area, and has presented at the GMEA In-Service Conference. His professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and the International Trombone Association.

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.

Stephen Rotz

Chorus & Music Theory Instructor, Director of Festival Singers, Camerata, and MS Men�s Choir � Upper and Middle Schools


Prior to Woodward, Mr. Rotz was a charter faculty member at Creekland Middle School in Cherokee County, Ga., and his choirs there were recognized for their excellence. He has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and is currently the director of the chamber choir Sounds of Faith at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead. Active as a soloist, Mr. Rotz was featured by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in their American Music Concert in July 2013. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association�serving on the board of directors for its Georgia chapter�as well as a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, for which he recently completed a term as chair of the standing committee for LGPE repertoire. Mr. Rotz pioneered GMEA�s transition to the use of public domain literature for the first All-State Chorus audition, effectively reducing the cost of the audition for thousands of students throughout Georgia. Under his leadership, Woodward Academy�s Camerata was accepted to perform at the GMEA In-Service Conferences in 2009 and 2014 as well as the Southern Division ACDA conference in 2012. Two of his arrangements performed by Woodward choirs have been published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Suzanne Woodruff

Class of 1977
Director of Choral Music - Upper and Middle Schools, Performing Arts Department Chair


Before arriving on Main Campus, Mrs. Woodruff taught general music and chorus at the Busey Campus of Woodward Academy (1994 � 2005). Previously, she taught choral music in Clayton County at Riverdale Junior High School. Her choirs have performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Convention, and in January 2015, her Middle School Treble Choir was selected to perform at the GMEA Convention in Savannah. Mrs. Woodruff is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Middle School Choirs. She has served as a guest conductor for the Georgia 6th District Honor Chorus and the Fayette County Elementary Honor Chorus. Mrs. Woodruff also is a certified music educator in Orff and Kodaly methods.

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

Veronica Cato

Director of Dance
Bachelors of Dance, New World School of the Arts
Performing Arts, Faculty/Teacher, Performing Arts


Ms. Cato is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from New World School of the Arts where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude from University of Florida in April of 2012. After graduating Ms. Cato had the honor of working three full-time seasons with Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, a Contemporary/Afro-Brazilian company based in Miami, FL. During her years in Miami she is proud to have performed multiple times in the world renowned art festival, Art Basel, hosted in Miami each year. Since moving to Atlanta in 2015, Ms. Cato has become a freelance artist working with companies such as; The Atlanta Dance Collective, Dawn Axam Dance Theater Experience, Dance Canvas, and Black Nativity. Her passion for dance has allowed her to travel, perform, and teach in such places as Prague, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Los Angeles and New York. Ms. Cato has been able to channel all of her incredible dance experiences into her teaching_imparting the wisdom she has learned onto her students.

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

Associate Director of Theatre


A Suzi Bass award-winning actor, Ms. McManus has been active in Atlanta�s theater community as a performer, director, and teaching artist since 1979. She was Education Director of Georgia Shakespeare in its prime from 1996 to 2004 and received an Abby award for her excellence in arts programming from Atlanta�s Chamber of Commerce. She is an associate artist at Theatrical Outfit�one of the oldest theater companies in the city�and vice chair of the board of directors at Aris Theatre, Atlanta�s stage for Celtic culture presenting the plays, poetry, and music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales.

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.