St. Andrew's instrumental music program is a robust component of the school's arts curriculum and culture. Students at any level of experience can participate in a variety of instrumental music opportunities, some for-credit and others extracurricular. Students who complete introductory coursework in instrumental music and music theory may choose to further their study by “majoring” in instrumental music in the senior year. Majors take a full-credit Advanced Study course during the senior year in which they will produce original works on a monthly basis. More than a third of our students take private lessons with instrumental music instructors, and also perform with our two instrumental ensembles: Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. Students exhibit their work and mastery at concerts held for the school community throughout the year.
In addition to the busy schedule of student performances, numerous guest artists performing a variety of genres (from classical to pop; from jazz to world music) visit St. Andrew's each year to perform and work with students. The endowed Haroldson Music Fund, established in 2012 by Katherine and John Haroldson in honor of their daughters, Sarah ’09 and Katherine ’12, provides students with an annual masterclass and guest performance by renowned string ensembles, with a goal of enhancing the skill and understanding of our student musicians and to broaden appreciation for music among all students.