The Gift of Song

Eliza Kravitz ’19 reaches back to Middle School to inspire the next wave of GDS performers.
This fall, Eliza Kravitz ’19 has brought her considerable experience in vocal performance and arranging to the Middle School in the form of an after-school a cappella class. Middle School choral and musical theater teacher Keith Hudspeth notes, “It's a great way for students to get experience in an a cappella group that they can use when they audition in the High School.”

This new High School-to-Middle School program is just the sort of cross-divisional opportunity that a unified GDS campus will facilitate. Students––not only of music but also from all disciplines––will have the chance to learn from, teach, mentor, and provide feedback to their counterparts in other divisions.

"I'm thrilled that Eliza is offering an a cappella opportunity for our Middle School students,” said Head of School Russell Shaw. “We have such a robust a cappella culture in the High School (I don't know many high schools of our size with four a cappella groups!), and I'm eager for our Middle Schoolers to experience this form of music. The possibilities for cross-divisional student interaction will be boundless in two short years when we are on a unified campus. When a 12th grader just has to walk across the street to help coach a Middle School basketball team or design sets for a 5th grade play or read to a kindergartener, we'll be realizing one of the many exciting benefits of school unification."

Even those of us who wish we could enroll in Eliza’s class but are unable due to our somewhat more advanced age can still plan to attend the student showcases that will be held during the final class meetings in the fall (October 25) and spring (May 2).

Eliza has promised that students will learn harmonizing, vocal independence, familiarization with the a cappella genre, and general singing and performance techniques. Eliza has partnered with auxiliary programs in the Middle School to provide structured exposure to a type of musical engagement she herself did not find until High School. “If we start acclimating singers to small, instrument-less ensembles in Middle School,” she said, hopefully, “we will have an even stronger base of high schoolers with the vocal independence, performance skills, and arranging experience to make our program truly thrive.”

Eliza carries with her the institutional experience that will inform the way she guides her students. “Having known her since kindergarten,” says Danielle Soto ’19, “I know she will do everything that she can to make the program a fun experience for the Middle School students.”

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Staff writer Danny Stock tells the stories of teaching, learning, competing, creating, and performing at Georgetown Day School. He is a former GDS second grade teacher and current parent.


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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.