Campus Life


Spalding Music

The Archbishop Spalding music program aims to provide its members with the opportunities necessary to become well-rounded musicians by establishing an educational environment that respects diverse learning styles, performance styles and practices. The Music Department holds in high regard the concepts of self-discipline, hard work, commitment, and determination. Through performing and responding to music, students develop individual skills, realize a sense of belonging, and establish connections to the community. This active participation encourages students to strive for musical excellence and become life-long participants, intelligent consumers and active patrons and advocates for the arts.

Scholarship Information
Freshman students may apply and audition for instrumental (brass, wind, percussion, strings), vocal, and piano (choral accompanist) scholarships.  Students who wish to be considered for a music scholarship must submit a music scholarship application and letter of recommendation from a music teacher by the Application for Admission deadline
(December 16, 2022). Please visit the Scholarship section under the Admissions tab for more details on how to complete this process.

Academic Credit

One credit in the Arts is required for graduation from Spalding. Students can receive credit in the following Music classes that meet each day:

  • Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble & Honors Wind Ensemble
  • Chorus 101, Mixed Chorus, Honors Mixed Chorus
  • Beginning Strings, String Ensemble, Honors String Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Guitar I, Guitar II, Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz & Commercial Improvisation
  • Exploring Musical Theater
  • Music Theory, AP Music Theory 

Extracurricular Vocal Groups

  • Advanced Womens Chorus
  • Chromosome Y
  • Girls Chorale
  • Jazz Harmony
  • Vocal Ensemble

Extracurricular Instrumental Groups

  • Jazz Cavs
  • Monster Big Band

Music Festivals

Each year Spalding Music bands, ensembles, and vocal groups travel to compete and perform at local and national festivals.  Spalding student-musicians consistently receive 'Superior' ratings.  They've brought home Championship trophies from:

  • Boston, MA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Nashville, TN


  • Shawn Heming - Guitar Program Director, Music Department Chair
  • Debra Curry - Administrative Assistant
  • Bill Sturgis - Band & Strings Director
  • Brian Shatt - Director of Choirs 

One in Christ

Archbishop Spalding High School

8080 New Cut Road
Severn, MD 21144