The Sounds of Self-Expression
Moravians have always seen music as a necessity rather than a luxury. We have enjoyed a long tradition of vocal and choral music that dates back well before Bethlehem, PA was settled in 1741. It was a fact of life then: everyone sang. Meetings began and ended in song. Families and congregations expressed their grief and their joy by lifting their voices to God above. Singing and making music was a way of spending “quality time” together, a way of enjoying each other’s company, a way of connecting with one’s community. For the early settlers in Bethlehem, music wasn’t so much intended for performance as it was a way of worshiping, a way of being together as a community—a way of living.
The choral and vocal music program at the Upper School shares its philosophy with the early Moravians. All students are encouraged to sing at school events and Chapels, whether it is through hymns, the alma mater, or a rousing chorus of a pop song to close our annual Coffeehouse variety show. We believe that everyone has a voice to share, and finding one’s own instrument and the confidence to use it is a form of community building that helps us to break down self-imposed walls and connect to those around us.