Music at Shipley is:

  • At every grade level, students engage in active music making.
  • We engage the school community through performances at assemblies, divisional concerts and open mic nights.
  • We engage the broader community by performing at local nursing homes, churches, state and national music festivals, community events and exchange trips.
  • Foundational technique and theoretical understanding are reinforced in each class and rehearsal.
  • Excellence is modeled for students by our highly trained faculty. These experienced educators and performers each hold advanced degrees and multiple certifications in their applied field of study.
  • Whether the student is just making their first sounds or already musically fluent, instruction is tailored to the needs of the individual in the context of the ensemble.
  • Students have the opportunity to study their instrument during the day or after school with a private teacher on campus. Our highly skilled private lesson faculty, represent each of the major instruments.
  • Collaboration at all levels allows us to engage our students in topics of cultural relevance. In Lower School, music is studied and rehearsed for culminating events such as Desert Zoo, Westward Ho, and Greek Day. In Middle School, our students learn what it means to be active listeners in their ensembles and to present on a musician and composition of their choice. In Upper School, our Music Theory and Composition students write pieces that get performed and recorded by our own Upper School ensembles. Students from all three divisions join together in performance throughout the year.
  • Every student at Shipley participates in a performing art and every Lower or Middle School student participates in a music ensemble.
  • In addition to singing in Choir, every Fourth Grader learns to play an instrument of their choice.
  • Students maintain digital portfolios for reflection on growth and progress.
  • No matter the point of entry, each music student at Shipley will be challenged to take creative risks in a supportive environment.
  • Through practicing consistency and employing creative problem solving techniques, students develop skill in their area of musical interest.

Music at Shipley

Ensemble Program

Lower School
  • Cantare (a choir for 3rd - 5th graders)
  • Hand Chimes Ensemble
  • Beginning Strings
  • Chamber Strings
  • 4th & 5th grade Band, Chorus, & String Ensembles

Middle School
Sixth Grade ensembles meet separately from Seventh/Eighth Grade ensembles. Occasionally they collaborate and perform together.
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Handbells
  • Strings

Upper School
  • Chamber Orchestra (woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings)
  • Glee Club (large unauditional choir)
  • Handbell Ensembles
  • Jazz Band
  • Honors Combo (auditioned jazz combo)
  • The Shipley Singers (auditioned chamber choir)

Ensemble Music Program

Meet the Team

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Carlos Casilla

    Carlos Casilla 

    Director of Choirs
    Phone/Extension: 4141
  • Photo of Harley Givler

    Harley Givler 

    Director of Bands
    Phone/Extension: 4149
  • Photo of Taylor Kroma-Wiley

    Taylor Kroma-Wiley 

    Lower School Music Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4748
  • Photo of Jhonnatan Mata

    Jhonnatan Mata 

    Director of String Ensembles
    Phone/Extension: 4143
  • Photo of Christian Oatts

    Christian Oatts 

    PK-12 Music Teacher
    Phone/Extension: N/A
  • Photo of Austin Wagner

    Austin Wagner 

    Percussion & Handbell Ensemble Director
    Phone/Extension: N/A
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.