Strath Haven Middle School Music Department
    2021 - 2022
    Ms. Sarah Elsheakh - 8th Grade General Music; 7th & 8th Grade Choirs
    Mr. James McLaughlin - 7th Grade General Music; 6th Grade Choir; Basie Jazz Band
    Mr. John Shankweiler - 6th Grade General Music; 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra
    Mr. Nicholas Pignataro - 6th Grade General Music
    Mr. Henry Pearlberg - 6th Grade General Music, 6th Grade Orchestra, Bands, Ellington Jazz Band


    Welcome to the SHMS Music Department.  There are many opportunities for your child to participate in the many ensembles offered.  Approximately 50% of the Strath Haven Middle School student body participates in one or more of the music department ensembles.  The Music Department publishes a monthly calendar that includes information about rehearsals, concerts, and special events.  The calendar can be found on our school’s website, in the Friday Flash, and on calendar handouts.

    All of the large music ensembles ( with the exception of 6th Grade Orchestra) meet for rehearsal in the morning on a three-day rotation.  Rehearsal time is 7:00 am - 7:45 am.  Please drop your child off in the Copples Lane Parking Lot entrance to the building by 6:55 am so they have ample time to enter the rehearsal room and be ready to start promptly at 7:00 am.  All of the music rooms are located on the 1st floor of the Copples Lane Entrance to the building.    Many parents choose to carpool to help with the transportation to the morning rehearsals. 

    SEPTEMBER 2021

    • 6th Grade Band  ( C128), 7th Grade Chorus ( C125) - Music Day 2:  7:00 am - 7:45 am 
    • 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Chorus - Music Day 1: 7:00 am - 7:45 am 
    • 8th Grade Band, 6th Grade Chorus - Music Day 3:  7:00 am - 7:45 am
    • 6th Grade Orchestra - Mondays: Connections - 3:00 pm  ( students can take the 3:00 pm  Activity Bus ) 
    • 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra - Tuesdays:  7:00 am - 7:45 am