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The Arts

Our yearly musical play production is performed by our 5th-8th grade students. Plays are directed by art teacher Mrs. Dawn Naazarro. Some past musical performances include The Lion King Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., the Little Mermaid Jr., Bugsy Malone Jr., and Annie Jr. In these productions, students learned all about the theater and what important steps cast members, stage crew members and directors need to go through to produce a successful show. Mrs. Nazzarro has been directing children's musicals for more than 18 years. She has worked in Philadelphia, West Virginia, internationally in Europe, and here in Calvert County. She has experience directing elementary school students, middle school students, and high school students in musical theater. Locally, she has produced and musically directed shows at Mt. Harmony Elementary, including Oklahoma, Beauty and The Beast, Willy Wonka, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, and Peter Pan Jr. She has worked with Northern Middle school as their Choreographer in shows, including Alice in Wonderland, High School Musical, Suessical, Hair Spray, and Shrek Jr. The Musical, The Lion King Jr., and Mary Poppins. She is a professional vocalist and has been in a few shows of my own throughout my career. She has even sang backup for Barry Manilow and performed with Doc Scantlin and his Palms Springs Orchestra throughout the DC Area.
Our band is conducted through the ADW Music Program and directed by Ms. Neena Roderick. The band performs twice a year for the community at the winter and spring concert. Students also can compete locally in festivals. The music program seeks to play an equal part with the rest of the educational process in the development of the students so that they will grow into mature, Christian adults. It is not a vocationally oriented program, although many of our students have gone on to become professional musicians and music educators. Our primary position is not that of a "feeder" program for the secondary schools. Rather, we try to impart to as many children as possible the unique experience which can be attained only through an instrumental program; to teach the techniques of performance and the fundamentals of music and music making. The program strives to serve the needs of the schools, the parents, and the students. Music Director Neena Roderick is originally from Cumberland, Maryland, where she received her early music training. In 2009, she obtained a BA in Music Education from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virgina, where she was an active member of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Orchestra. In 2005, she performed with the Shepherd Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2009, she also toured with the group in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Ms. Roderick has been teaching in the Archdiocesan Music Program since August 2011. She continues to perform as a clarinetist with the Chesapeake Symphonic Winds and the Southern Maryland Concert Band. She is looking forward to continuing her work in this wonderful program!You can reach Ms. Roderick at 301.904.6160 for more information. For more information, visit To register, families can visit
Handbells are offered to Middle School students and are unique to Cardinal Hickey Academy. The students perform twice a year at the winter and spring concerts.