CLASSES

We offer a range of music class types and levels at Nathan Hale.
If you're just beginning or if you have lots of experience, there's a place for you to make music.
If you have questions about any of the classes, don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Sibicky or Ms. Ewell.

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GUITAR LAB

Non-Ensemble, 1 Semester,
No Pre-Requisite

Students in Guitar Lab will learn the necessary skills and concepts to gain a foundational proficiency at the acoustic guitar. This course is designed for students with little to no musical experience

Piano Lesson

PIANO LAB

Non-Ensemble, 1 Semester,
No Pre-Requisite

Students in Piano Lab will learn the necessary skills and concepts to gain a foundational proficiency on the piano keyboard. This course is designed for students with little to no musical experience.

Gospel Group

CONCERT CHOIR

Year-Long, No Pre-Requisite

Students in this year-long course participate in a beginning to intermediate choral performing ensemble that performs quality choral literature from a variety of genres and cultures. Students learn vocal technique and musicianship skills. Students perform in school concerts and regional festivals. If you’re new to singing or have always wanted to try, Concert Choir is for you!

Choir Performing

VOCAL JAZZ

Year-Long, Zero Period, Auditioned

This advanced course is designed for advanced musicians with an interest in jazz music. Vocal Jazz is a small mixed-voices ensemble for advanced singers and rhythm section. Students learn about various jazz styles and concepts, including improvisation and jazz theory. Students perform in school concerts and regional festivals. Freshmen enrolled in Vocal Jazz are required to sing in a second ensemble during the day.

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JAZZ BAND

Year-Long, Zero Period, Auditioned

Students in this year-long performing ensemble learn about various jazz styles and concepts, including improvisation, jazz theory, and jazz history with traditional wind and rhythm section instrumentation. Students participate in all Jazz Band performances and activities during or outside the normal school day, including participation in festivals and trips.

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SYMPHONIC BAND

Year-Long, No Pre-Requisite

This year-long performing ensemble is designed for advanced students who play traditional woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Students develop skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, advanced technical skills associated with one’s instrument, and correct posture. Band students learn and perform a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods. Students perform in school concerts, regional festivals and athletic events.

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WIND ENSEMBLE

Year-Long, Auditioned

This year-long performing ensemble is designed for advanced students who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Students continue to develop skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, advanced technical skills associated with one’s instrument and correct posture. Students learn and perform a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods. Students perform in school concerts, regional festivals and athletic events.

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PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Year-Long, No Pre-requisite

Students in this year-long performing ensemble course learn skills and technique on pitched and non-pitched instruments. Students participate in performances with Wind Ensemble and activities during or outside the normal school day, including participation in festivals and trips.

Violin

CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Year-Long, No Pre-Requisite

This year-long performing ensemble is for intermediate to advanced students of String instruments, and may also include Wind, Brass, and Percussion instruments. Orchestra students play a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods and perform in school concerts and regional festivals. Students develop skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, and the advancement of technical skills.

Cello

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Year-Long, Auditioned

This year-long performing ensemble is for advanced students who play violin, viola, cello, and bass. Orchestra students play a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods and perform in school concerts and regional festivals. Students develop advanced skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, and the advancement of technical skills such as shifting, vibrato, bow control, and posture.

 

MEET OUR DIRECTORS

Ms. Sibicky (Band/Orchestra) and Ms. Ewell (Choir/Non-Ensemble) are the proud directors of the
Nathan Hale Music Department. Learn more about them below.

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KATRINA SIBICKY

A native of Philadelphia, Mrs. Sibicky holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School and a Master of Music in Music Education with a Conducting Emphasis from Colorado State University. She started her teaching career as a middle school orchestra director in Groton, CT. During her time in Connecticut, Mrs. Sibicky was involved in several community bands and orchestras as both a player and conductor. She played flute and piccolo in the Connecticut College Band, was a cellist and assistant conductor of the Colchester Civic Orchestra, and was a flutist and co-conductor of the Norwich Arts Council Symphonic Band. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, Mrs. Sibicky has been working for Seattle Public Schools as an instrumental music teacher at several elementary schools throughout the city. In addition to teaching at Nathan Hale High School, she continues to teach at Jane Addams Middle School. When not teaching, Mrs. Sibicky is an active musician, directs the Seattle Flute Society Flute Choir, and performs with the Emerald Flute Quartet.
Education
Colorado State University, M.M., Music Education, Conducting Emphasis, 2011 –2013
University of Hartford, B.M., Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis, 2000 – 2004

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ERICA EWELL

Erica Ewell is the director of choirs at Nathan Hale, teaching Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, Piano Lab, and Guitar Lab. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre Performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy LA, and a bachelors in Music Education from Western Washington University. Erica spent her time at Western heavily involved in the Bellingham arts and music community. She was a program director at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (a nonprofit children’s theatre), as well as an after school elementary drama instructor through BAAY’s sister program EduArts. Erica also served on the board of directors and as the music director of Bellingham Girls Rock Camp for five years.

Education

Western Washington University, BFA Music Education, 2013-2017

American Musical and Dramatic Academy LA, BFA Musical Theatre Performance, 2009-2012