Update for Columbia Graduation and Goff Elevation Celebration

In response to further changes to New York State guidelines for outdoor gatherings announced earlier this week, Columbia High School has consolidated its three graduation ceremonies and will instead host one graduation for the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25 on the CHS turf field at 4:00 p.m. Howard L. Goff Middle School will follow the plan for Columbia Graduation and also host one Elevation Celebration for all 8th grade students on Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHS turf field. Each student may be joined by up to four guests.

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Students drum at spring concertAll students take music in elementary and middle school. Students take general music in grades K-5. Additionally, all fourth grade students take chorus and fifth grade students have the opportunity to join the school chorus, band or orchestra program.

Grades K-5

  • General Music (required for all students)
  • Chorus 4 and 5
  • Band 5
  • Orchestra 5
  • Teachers – Maggie Glennie, Bob Halek, Jacqui Nagy, Lawrence Perez, Megan Scolaro, Jon Tario

Grades 6-8

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • General Music (for students not in a performing group)
  • After school opportunities – jazz band, drama club, guitar club
  • Teachers – David Bresnahan, Hannah Decker, Lorrie Lavoie, Nathan Lawrence

Grades 9-12

Chamber Singers at 2018 Choral FestivalColumbia graduates have attended prestigious music universities including:

  • Berklee College of Music
  • College of St. Rose
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Hartt School of Music
  • Hartwick College
  • Ithaca College
  • Juilliard Pre-College
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam
  • SUNY Purchase

Click here for more information about the East Greenbush Music Program.



2021 Music Awards image Video: 2021 CHS Music Awards - The Columbia High School Music Department recognizes its award winning students at the 2021 CHS Music Awards. Enjoy!
Tyler Davis and Brigid Mack Tyler Davis and Brigid Mack Selected to All State Music Festival - Two Columbia High School students were selected to this year's NYSSMA All State Music Festival. Tyler Davis '21 was selected to All State Jazz Ensemble on Saxophone and Brigid Mack '21 was accepted to All State Treble Choir as an alto. Additionally, Ms. Mack was accepted into All Eastern. Congratulations!
Genet music class with social distancing Board of Education Adopts Changes to K-12 Music Program - The Board of Education adopted proposed changes to the K-12 music program guidelines at its public meeting on Wednesday evening that will allow music classes and ensembles for band and chorus to perform together in-person. The Board of Education supported new guidance for shortening the social distancing requirement from 12 feet to 6 feet as long as bell covers are used for all wind instruments, masks are worn by all students when singing, and there is at least 6 feet of distancing between students at all times.