Chorus

choir director guides student choir, keyboard and music stand in front of rows of students

Picture football players, lacrosse players, and basketball players standing on the risers in choir next to the lead in the school musical. Thanks to Mr. Sherrock they all found their “voice” in the chorus. And when you’re provided that type of environment, you naturally can grow as a person. Catherine B., Mom to Spartans, Classes of 2017 and 2018

Music Production

Students will become familiar with and utilize various programs including Finale (for notation), Ear Master (for ear training), Pro Tools (for recording, mixing and mastering), and Reason (for studio and audio production).

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The vocal music program at De Smet Jesuit High School offers a variety of opportunities for young musicians to develop their skills in a fun and supportive environment.

De Smet Jesuit Chorus is open to all and no audition is required.

Advanced Chorus can be taken after successful completion of De Smet Jesuit Chorus or with the approval of the director, Mr. Sherrock. The Black Robe, our select ensemble, is a group of highly-motivated vocalists who form a tightly knit ensemble while earning honors credit. Motivated students have the chance to participate in the St. Louis Metro 8 All-District Honors Choir and the opportunity to audition for the Missouri All-State Choir.

All choirs tour St. Louis at Christmas and in the spring, entertaining audiences at grade schools, retirement homes, and other high schools. The choirs also provide music for school Masses, and often sing the National Anthem at home games.

Fine Arts Faculty

Mike Callahan

Mike Callahan

Teacher, Kairos Director
PHD, Philosophy & Film, St. Louis University
MA, Media Literacy, Webster University
BA, Theology, St. Louis University
Kurt Knoedelseder

Kurt Knoedelseder

Drama Director/Theater Manager
MA, Educational Leadership, Maryville University
MA, Theater, Lindenwood University
BS, Theater & Journalism, MacMurray College
Laurie Kohler

Laurie Kohler

Teacher
MA, Fine Art, Webster University
BS, Fine Art, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Emily Ledbetter

Emily Ledbetter

Teacher
BA, Fontbonne University
Ray Sherrock

Ray Sherrock

Teacher, Choir Director, Library Resources
BA, Music Education, New Mexico State University
Chris Welling

Chris Welling

Teacher
LLM, De Paul University College of Law
JD, St. Louis University
BA, St. Louis University School of Law