Vocal music develops artistry and brings the experience of a variety of musical styles to student singers and the school community.
The Chorus, a volunteer, non-auditioned organization of around 40 young women, is the oldest ensemble on campus. Chorus members meet during Cub period. Traditional choral singing is stressed, and music of all styles is performed. The group performs at concerts throughout the year, as well as for Masses and other school functions.
Visitation's Gospel Choir welcomes all, including musicians. Vocalists focus on the rich traditions of Gospel music while infusing contemporary worship music. The Gospel Choir performs at school Masses and off campus events.
The Madrigals is an auditioned chamber choir and members are musical ambassadors for the school. Members of the Madrigals are also part of the Chorus and rehearse three to four hours each week and perform frequently, both on and off campus. Vocal skills are emphasized and all musical styles are performed.
Visitation's vocal music program is dedicated to artistic excellence, commitment, discipline, personal fulfillment, and meaningful service to our community.
Each year Visitation welcomes talented musicians to our school community. The goal of the instrumental music program is to provide performance opportunities that enhance musical repertoires and advance technical skills.
Recognizing varied musical interests and levels of experience, Visitation's musicians perform as chamber ensembles, woodwind groups, and as the pit orchestra for the school's musical productions. The repertory explores a variety of musical styles and traditions.
Alum Profile: Maggie Rose '06
Recording Artist, Songwriter
Co-owner and Operating Manager of Maggalicious Entertainment and Emrose Touring; Owner/Operating Manager of Dreams2Dollars Publishing and Not A Hobby Publishing
Tell us a little about your career journey?
Here is my best "Cliff Notes" approach (although “Cliff Notes" would NOT cut it at Visitation, of course). Making the very unconventional decision to leave college before graduating was difficult. However, I was blessed with a supportive family and knowing early on in life that I would have a career in music and entertainment, and those who knew me well empowered me to follow my convictions.
I was learning about my new surroundings in a "baptism-by-fire" method. In the years that followed, I tried to navigate the choppy waters of country radio politics, which were largely not favorable to female artists at the time. Despite that, I enjoyed success with my first album, “Cut To Impress.” In 2015, my career as a writer blossomed and I began writing not only for myself but for other artists from all genres—the catalyst for the most creative time of my career so far. I released “The Variety Show: Vol. 1” independently in April 2016, two months before marrying my husband, Austin Marshall.
What does your job entail?
My job is to create! On any given day I need to be writing new music or recording in the studio. I must continuously generate content with my team that is on-point with my brand for online and television platforms. Keeping my band rehearsed and up-to-date is a continuous effort that we all have to maintain. I think of my work as something that is never finished, which really is the nature of art. It takes a great deal of discipline to stay this focused, a trait I practiced all through my Catholic-school education and especially at Visitation.
What skills did you build at Visi that continue to help you today?
Excellent writing, logic, and faith in God and in myself. I am a prolific writer. My writing skills are put to the test daily in writing sessions which I will describe: A writing appointment is three hours of the most awkward dating session you can imagine. There’s a lot you can tell about someone in three hours: Are you confident enough to throw your ideas out there? Are you comfortable enough with yourself to be vulnerable? Is your idea any good? Are the lyrics any good? That is why I lose sleep before a big writing session. Because all of these things come into play, and you’d better be good at them.
What’s your favorite thing about Visi?
As odd as this may sound, I love how challenging Visitation is. It is challenging in the academic sense, of course, but also in the expectation that every student should contribute to the Visi community in some unique way. I think it forces all of us who are lucky enough to enroll there to ask ourselves how we can surpass the already high bar set for us, and do so in a meaningful way. I think back on every activity-packed Gold-White Week, when we celebrated our school pride and traditions enthusiastically while still meeting our academic demands. Those weeks encompass what it meant to me to be a Visi girl. I was being primed for handling the aggressive schedule that I have now.
What impact has the all-girls educational environment had on your life?
Visitation taught me how important it is to support my peers, especially other women. Although we are all inherently competitive as Visi students, even in our efforts to do our best we are nurturing of one another. My respect for women was galvanized while I was at Visitation. I admired my peers; I didn't envy them. It was always "cool" to work really hard and I loved being around other young women who embraced that. I feel like the community of female artists that I am part of now adopts a similar way of thinking.
How did Visitation prepare you for your career?
I came to Visi from a smaller school with the best grades and all the co-curricular activities I could manage and then WHAM! I was suddenly in a class of 133 of the best and brightest from all over the area, and I could barely stay awake after a full day of classes and tennis practice—let alone tackle hours of homework comfortably. When I first got to Visi, I told my mom I felt mediocre among so many outstanding classmates...but I soon realized every student was special with something very unique to offer, including me. I eventually hit my stride, but only after humbling myself and redefining what it meant to be excellent.
When I moved to Nashville, I was in a comparable situation but on a bigger scale. I was a transplant in a city full of the best musicians, vocalists, songwriters, and entertainers. From experience, I let these realities motivate me and I used them as studying tools, not deterrents.
Maggie attended Clemson University for three semesters as a Vocal Performance major before moving to Nashville at age 19. She is a recording artist at Starstruck Entertainment, home to Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, and has produced her own albums, as well as projects by The Morrison Brothers Band. Learn more about Maggie on her website or follow her on social media @IAmMaggieRose.