The Gibbons Music programs allow students to express themselves in vocal and instrumental music genres, with regular performances throughout the year.
All Ensemble Classes can be found on the course description pages.

Music Courses of Study

Band at Gibbons

The Cardinal Gibbons Band Program provides students the opportunity to explore the genres of Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band and Chamber Music in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere.

The program seeks to foster individual interests in conjunction with the full ensemble, while educating students in the mediums of self-confidence and self-discipline.



Chorus at Gibbons

The Cardinal Gibbons High School Choral Department provides students the opportunity to experience vocal music in a variety of styles. Gibbons Chorus offers participation in Women's Ensemble, Men's Ensemble, Mixed Ensemble, and A Cappella Choir.

All Chorus participants receive academic credit and attend daily rehearsals, perform annual concerts, and sing in selected contests and competitions. Gibbons Chorus students have the opportunity to share their God-given talents by providing the music for all the school masses.


Guitar at Gibbons

The Cardinal Gibbons Guitar Program is a pre-college, professional program that emphasizes guitar education and performance. The guitar program is one of the only programs of its kind in the state of North Carolina with over 100 students.

Students learn about all areas of guitar including music reading, music theory, music history, scales, improvisation as well as playing bass, drums, and keyboard. The program also strives to help students learn self-confidence and self-discipline.


Music Theory - Advanced Placement Course

The Cardinal Gibbons AP Music Theory Class is designed to allow for creativity and composition of large choral and instrumental works. Students in this class will learn techniques in composition, form, and analysis of major works from all major Western musical periods and genres. Students will also become proficient on music notation software, aural skills and theoretical knowledge. This class is designed to prepare students for the AP exam with the goal of testing out of college freshman Music Theory courses.

Percussion at Gibbons

The Cardinal Gibbons Percussion Program takes students with no experience and teaches them the basics of playing drums and mallet percussion including sections on drum set, marimba and steel pan. The emphasis is students playing and have fun doing it! Students also learn team work within a small ensemble, how to be leaders, and stage presence. Piano students are encouraged to take this class!

String Orchestra at Gibbons

The Cardinal Gibbons String Orchestra Program is a multi-level string ensemble experience, where members of any skill level have the opportunity to become involved. Classes are divided into three levels, with no audition experience necessary for the beginning strings ensemble. 

Additional Music Experiences

Music Clubs at Gibbons

In our Music Department, Cardinal Gibbons Music Clubs inspire and enrich the music education offered in our department curriculum. Clubs are open to all Cardinal Gibbons students who possess talents, with parameters set forward by their individual instructors.

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Pit Orchestra at Gibbons

The Cardinal Gibbons Pit Orchestra is an auditioned group of students from the Music Department who accompany the Drama Department musicals. These groups vary in size and instrumentation, depending on the performance.

Our Music Family!

2019 - 2020 Concert Series

6:30 PM - Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 String Orchestra Movie Music Concert

Sunday, December 8th, 2019 - Brother Michel Bettigole Christmas Music Festival

Brother Michel Bettigole Christmas Music Festival
December 8, 2019 - Gibbons Theatre, Studio Theatre & Lobby

  • Time/ Location/ Group
    • 12:30 - 1:00 PM - Lobby - Flute Ensembles
    • 1:00 - 1:45 PM - Theatre - Percussion Ensembles
    • 1:45 - 2:30 PM - Theatre - Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble
    • 2:00 - 4:30 PM - Studio - Guitar I (5 Classes)
    • 2:30 - 3:00 PM - Lobby - Guitar 3/4
    • 3:00 - 4:00 PM - Theatre - String Orchestra
    • 4:00 - 4:30 PM - Lobby - Jazz Club
    • 4:30 - 5:30 PM - Theatre - Guitar 2/3/4 Ensembles

Sunday, February 9th, 2020 - St. Francis Jazz & Chamber Music Festival

Cardinal Gibbons Jazz & Pops Music Festival
February 9th, 2020 - Gibbons MainStage Theatre

  • 1:00 - 3:30pm
    • Cardinal Gibbons Advanced Percussion Ensemble
    • Diocesan Middle School Concert and Jazz Bands
    • Cardinal Gibbons Jazz Club
    • Cardinal Gibbons Wind Ensemble

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 - String Orchestra Chamber Concert

Cardinal Gibbons Chamber Strings Concert
March 11th, 2020 - 7:00PM - Gibbons Studio Theatre


Sunday, April 26th, 2020 - Sisters of Notre Dame Spring Music Festival

Sisters of Notre Dame Spring Music Festival 
April 26, 2020 - Gibbons Theatre, Studio Theatre & Lobby

  • Time/ Location/ Group
    • 1:00 - 2:00 PM/ Theatre/ Percussion Ensembles
    • 2:00 - 2:30 PM/ Lobby/ String Quartet
    • 2:15 - 4:15 PM/ Studio/ Guitar I (4 Classes)
    • 2:30 - 3:30 PM/ Theatre/ Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble
    • 4:00 - 5:00 PM/ Theatre/ String Ensembles
    • 5:00 - 5:30 PM/ Lobby/ Jazz Club
    • 5:30 - 6:30 PM/ Theatre/ Guitar II, III, IV/V Ensembles
    • 3:00 - 5:30 PM: AP Art Exhibit and Artist Reception


Monday, May 15th, 2020 - Spotlight Music Concert

Cardinal Gibbons Spotlight Music Concert
March 15th, 2020 - 5:00PM - Gibbons Studio Theatre

Ensemble Placement Information

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Music Programs Faculty

Music Programs Faculty

  • Stewart Aull: Guitar II, III, IV & Pit Orchestra
  • Mark Cashin: Band, Percussion and AP Music Theory
  • Andrew Hawks: String Orchestras
  • Dave Spencer: Guitar I and Guitar Club
  • Martha Zaldivar: Vocal Ensembles
Mr. Stewart Aull

Mr. Stewart Aull

Degrees: B.A. Communication Media
Mr. Mark Cashin

Mr. Mark Cashin

Degrees: Bachelor of Music
Masters of Arts in Teaching
Mr. Andy Hawks

Mr. Andy Hawks

Degrees: Bachelor Degree
Masters Degree
Mr. Dave Spencer

Mr. Dave Spencer

Ms. Martha Zaldivar

Ms. Martha Zaldivar


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