Musical Arts

The choral music program at Bishop Seabury Academy is integral to the school's liberal arts mission. The lower school students learn basic sight-reading skills and three-part singing, and they enjoy multiple performances as well as competitions, being an award winning ensemble, throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to be part of the prestigious award winning upper school choir where students study and perform a wide range of music, from classical chamber music to modern jazz, Broadway musical to traditional opera.

Ensembles:      6th Grade (required) Voci Sesto

                        7/8th Grade (required) Shea Maris (Ladies), SeaHawk Ensemble (Men),

                        Academy Ensemble (Combined)

                        9-12th Grades (Elective) Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, Chamber Singers

Course Objectives

Courses will help the student develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of vocal music. The Choral Music Program takes students to a high level of performance and musical knowledge. Students will use listening, performance, written, creative, and analytical exercises to develop their aural, sight-singing, written, compositional, and performance skills.

In this pursuit, this course will emphasize:

• Standard rhythmic and metric notation 
• Standard musical notation 
• Diatonic scales, melodies, and harmonies 
• Musical structure and form 
• The Vocal Instrument- Technique and Physiology
• Sight-singing and personal performance strength
• Music History and Composers 
• Audience etiquette and response 
• Ensemble and solo performance skills

Field Trips and Events
Field trip and event opportunities will be available throughout the year. Each ensemble competes in Choral/Solo Festivals within the state of Kansas. Ensembles also perform throughout the community of Lawrence.

Honor Choir Opportunities
Honor Choir opportunities will be available to students during the year with the Kansas Choral Director’s Association and the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Headed by Choral Director Margie Lawrence, school related performances include the Fall Concert, Bishop Seabury Academy Convocation, Lessons & Carols, KSHSAA Competitions, Worlds of Fun Music Festival, Spring Concert, Baccalaureate and Graduation.


  • Margie Lawrence
  • B.A., Music Education/Choral Conducting Emphasis, California State University Fullerton, CA.
  • Date appointed: 2009


Lawrence graduated from California State University-Fullerton studying under Howard Swan, Harold Decker, Gordon Paine, and John Cooksey. She continued her studies post Bachelor's with conductors and professors as Helmuth Rilling, Roger Wagner, Robert Shaw, Paul Salamunovich, Helen Kemp, and Charlene Archibeque. She has served as a clinician and adjudicator for events with American Choral Directors Association, Hawaiian Island Ministries, Chorister’s Guild, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Mount Hermon Music Conference, and Bay Area Churches.

Professional affiliations: ACDA, KCDA (Board Member-Membership Chair), MENC, NATS and the National Charity League.

Her husband of 32 years, Doug Lawrence, is a CEO Presentational coach and a reknowned concert artist. Margie and Doug moved to Lawrence in July 2008 to be near their grandchildren, Thomas and Emma Silvestri. Their daughter, Annelise Lawrence, is 28 and lives in Lawrence.