A variety of music offerings are available at St. Edward High School. Instruments are available through the school for student use at no cost - students pay only for personal accessories such as reeds. Pervious experience is not necessary. Lessons are available at the school for students who wish to begin instruction on an instrument. Each year several of our graduates pursue music in college and beyond - as performers, recording technicians, teachers and composers.
St. Edward students who participate in all our music ensembles receive academic credit. Those who wish may opt to receive a grade of pass/fail rather than a letter grade. Pass/fail grades are not factored in to grade point averages. Students who wish this option should see the ensemble director for a pass/fail option form prior to the first grading period.
The St. Edward Symphonic Band performs a variety of music from traditional and contemporary band repertoire to Broadway and film music at several concerts each year.
The band meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:30-5:45 in winter and spring, following the football/marching season. Many students are also members of marching and/or jazz band. Any student who attends St. Edward High School, Magnificat High School or St. Joseph Academy may participate.
The St. Edward Orchestra was established in 2012-2013 school year. String players and select wind and percussionists will combine forces to perform classical and contemporary music performed at our concerts.
The orchestra meets as a class during the regular school day. The orchestra rehearses every other day, alternating with a study hall during this class period. There is an additional rehearsal on Mondays from 6:30 until 7:10 in winter and spring. Rehearsals for the Pit Orchestra, a volunteer group which performs for our musicals, are after Monday's rehearsals from 7:15 until 9:00pm. The Pit Orchestra also rehearses Sunday afternons from 3:00 until 5:00. Students who are not able to take Orchestra as a class during the school day and wind/percussion players who will attend the after-school rehearsal may audition to be add-ons for these groups.
The St. Edward Men's Choir sings a wide variety of music rangin in styles from 15th Century Madrigals to Barbershop, Traditional and Contemporary, Sacred to Broadway and Pop to Spirtuals and Concert selections. They are featured at the annual Christmas Concert and provide music for school liturgies, special occassions and school concerts.
The choir meets as a class during the regular school day. There is an additional rehearsal on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:25 until 4:20. Due to difficulty in scheduling electives, upper-class students who attend choir camp in July and have had at least one year of choir during the day may participate in choir by attending the after-school rehearsals only.
The St. Edward Jazz Band performs a variety of musical styles, ranging from dixieland and swing to jazz/rock fusion and funk at concerts. They are also a popular additin to several special school events, incuding the annual Academic Award Night. In addition to performing a variety of contemporary styles, members also learn to improvise.
The band consists of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar and drum players who attend St. Edward. The “green” jazz band meets as a class during the regular school day. The “gold" jazz band, a “by audition only" group for upperclassmen who are unable to schedule an additional elective, meets after school. These rehearsals are on Monday from 4:30-5:45, and Wednesday and Friday from 3:25 until 4:20.
The St. Edward Marching Eagles performs rousing music to get the crowd going at football games as well as a more refined "corp style" competition show. The band has earned the highest posible "Superior" rating in Ohio Music Eductaors Association State Marching Band Finals ten times in the past sixteen years.
The marching band forms during the summer and rehearses Monday through Friday in fall. Most rehearsals are on the front parking lot from 3:45 until 5:45, with one per week (usually Tuesdays) rescheduled on Coughlin Field behind the school from 6:30 until 9:00. Any student who attends St. Edward High School, Magnificat High School or St. Joseph Academy may participate.
Mr. Angelo Kortyka
Associate Director of Performing Arts
Angelo Kortyka, St. Edward Class of 1998, is the band director at Saint Edward High School. His duties include directing the Marching Band, Concert Band, Green Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra and teaching Music Technology and Music Theory. Prior to this appointment, he was director of bands at Chattanooga Central High School in Harrison, TN. Mr. Kortyka has also worked as faculty at Pecos High School, Woodward High School, Sul Ross State University, Lee University, and Xavier University. Furthermore, he has worked with numerous school band programs in Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia, and had an active career as a tuba player with numerous ensembles.
Mr. Kortyka attended Tennessee Technological University (B.M.), University of Cincinnati – C.C.M. (M.M) and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 2013, he received the status of Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Some of his primary teachers and mentors include: R. Winston Morris, Joe Herrman, Dr. William Lee, Tucker Jolley, and Dr. Timothy Northcut.
Since beginning his career as a band director, Mr. Kortyka has been an active arranger and drill writer for marching bands, has initiated commissions for new concert band works, and has been an advocate for the arts in schools. He has been an active member of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association, and the Tennessee Bandmaster’s Association. He strongly believes in the power of an education steeped in the arts, and the value of teaching aesthetics to people of all ages.