Music is a science as it engages acoustics and includes graph reading. It is mathematicl in regard to rhythm and the subdivisions of time into fractions. Music is a foreign language that also teachers history through a contest of artistic interpretation of events. Music is physical education as it requires coordination of the fingers, hands, artms, diaphragm, chest and back.

Program Goals

  • Encourage each student's giftedness.
  • Provide opportunities for students to share their God-given talents with the community.
  • Allow students to grow intellectually and aesthetically.
  • Enable students to think critically.
  • Teach students to communicate effectively.

After School Opportunities

  • Instrumental and Vocal private lessons
  • All-School Musical
  • Solo-Ensemble Contest
  • Christmas caroling in the community
  • Performance trips
  • All Catholic Band at DePaul University
  • IMEA District Auditions
  • MiniConcerts
  • Piano Lab experience in Music: Bach to Rock

Classes: *denotes honors level option

Students attend Illinois Theatre Fest

Performing Arts faculty and students traveled to Theatre Fest at Illinois State University, where they had the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops, classes, and performances! One of the highlights of the trip was the 2024 All-State Production, She Kills Monsters in which Amelie Villasenor '25 performed!

2023 Recap!

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to recap all of the MAC-TASTIC accomplishments of 2023! It was such a special year, and we are MIGHTY grateful to everyone who helped make it possible.

Tis the Season for Christmas Concerts!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 99th Street for our Choral Concert, Orchestra Concert, and Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Band Concert! We love celebrating the season with you!

Get into the Christmas spirit!

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Macs. Admission to all concerts is free with general admission seating!

Alumnae are invited to join us in singing the Hallelujah Chorus during the Choral Concert at 2:00pm!

Join us for the Not-So-Haunted House!

This annual spooktacular event hosted by our Clubs and Organizations is geared towards kids ages 2-8. Enjoy games and activities led by our students! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
4:00 - 6:00pm
Low-sensory time to accommodate children with special needs from 3:30 - 4:00pm
$3 per child, adults are free
Register today!


Join us for Open House

Join us for Open House on Thursday, November 2 from 6:00-8:00pm! 

There will be presentations about academic programs, electives, athletics, financial aid, scholarships and transportation, You will also have a chance to meet students, athletes, coaches, teachers and administration. 

Learn More & Register Today!

ABC 7 visits Mother McAuley

WOW, it was a MIGHTY special morning on 99th Street! ABC 7's Terrell Brown sang Taylor Swift with Acapella, sipped Starbucks in the Kitty Mac Cafe, played volleyball with the State Champs, crowd-surfed with MacNation on our turf field, and officially became a Mighty Mac when he threw on the M costume himself.

Our girls truly showed ABC 7 what McAuley is all about, and we did it all before the sun came up!

In case you missed the live broadcast, be sure to check out a few highlights

Rise to the Challenge for Mercy Day of Giving

We know McAuley women are unafraid to face challenges head on. They lead with conviction. They advocate for others with compassion. They set weighty goals and exceed their own expectations.

This Mercy Day of Giving, September 22, we are asking our alumnae, family and friends to Rise to the Challenge and help us reach our goal of raising $150,000 from 600+ donors for Mother McAuley.

This day of giving has a far-reaching impact as we continue our commitment to invest in our students.

It's not too early to support McAuley!
Learn more and donate today!

Rising junior selected for All State Show

Congratulations to Amelie Villasenor '25 who was selected for the All State Show, "She Kills Monsters!" We are so excited and proud! The All State Show rehearses over a series of weekends throughout the year and then is performed at the 2024 Theatre Festival!

Summer camp fun!

We have had so much fun with our future macs this week! On the court, in the chemistry lab, on the golf course and our very own stage! We are so happy to have you with us at MACNATION!

McAuley Night at Sox Park

What a great night celebrating two Southside traditions: Mother McAuley & the Chicago White Sox!

Join us for our Spring Choral Concert

Join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00pm for our Spring Choral Concert in the Auditorium! Tickets are $5 general admission and can be purchased online.

Theatre students take on NYC!

Over Spring Break students and teachers from our Performing Arts Department visited New York City! Every minute of the trip was filled with exploring the city, seeing shows, and sharing their music!

Theatre in Our Schools Month donut breakfast

We had a Theatre In Our Schools month donut breakfast this morning! Students who wore a show shirt got donuts and we recognized all the amazing accomplishments of our incredible D-wing!

Cart ride celebrates theatre students

A special cart ride just in time for the end of Theatre In Our Schools Week. This week we celebrated Erin Curran and Ava Petrowski, who were chosen to be members of the crew for the 2023 All State Theatre Production of Shrek the Musical! 

Second semester Macs with Merit announced

Congratulations to our second semester Macs with Merit! These students were selected by a teacher or staff member to receive this award based on their honorable character, diligent work ethic and notable contributions to the McAuley community. We are very proud of these young women!

McAuley holds spring play

Mother McAuley's spring play, Trap, ran on March 9 and 10. Congrats to the cast and crew for a great performance!

Performing Arts students hold Sacred Concert

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Sacred Concert last night. It was so special to gather with many of our neighbors at Mercy Circle and share an evening of sacred music in the beautiful Mercy Chapel.

Sophomore to perform with All-State Orchestra

Congratulations Amanda Schuler ‘25 for being recognized as an All-State Selection by the Illinois Music Education Association! We celebrated this incredible accomplishment in classic Mighty Mac style with a cart ride! Amanda will be performing with the All-State Orchestra this weekend and we are MIGHTY proud!

Tune in to Christmas Day Mass

This Christmas, our very own Liturgical Choir will be joining Cardinal Cupich in celebrating Christmas Day Mass. You can watch the televised Mass this Sunday at 8a.m. on ABC!

Christmas Prayer Service

What a special Christmas Prayer Service! Thank you to everyone for participating in this joyous occasion and making McAuley a magical place this Christmas season.

Celebrating the season with Christmas Concerts!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Choral Concert, Strings Concert and Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Band concert! There is no better way to get in the spirit than our Mighty Mac Christmas performances!

Join us for our Christmas Concerts!

Join us for our Christmas performances this season! Admission to all concerts are free with general admission seating. Get into the Christmas spirit with the Macs!

All alumnae are invited to come back and sing the Hallelujah Chorus at the Choral Concert.

The Little Mermaid makes a splash!

Congratulations to every member of this year’s all school musical production, “The Little Mermaid” on a sold out weekend of incredible performances!

A MIGHTY night at our November Open House!

Thank you to everyone who attended Open House! We had a great time showing you around our school and sharing the wonderful academics and activities we have to offer! We hope to see you again soon.

Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Every day at McAuley we celebrate girls. On International Day of the Girl we especially celebrate the opportunity McAuley provides for young women to become empowered leaders that change the world.

Happy Mercy Day!

Yesterday, we had such a wonderful all school ceremony celebrating the legacy of Catherine McAuley.

Register for Summer Camps 2022!

We are very excited to announce that registration is now available online for McAuley Summer Camps! From sports to art to theatre to science, we have a camp for you! There are camps available for ages K - 12!

Learn More & Register!

Mac Melody places 2nd in Division at Show Choir Showdown

Mac Melody competed in the Show Choir Showdown in El Paso, Illinois on Saturday, February 19. They placed 2nd in their division and 8th overall, and Lydia Long ‘22 was the overall solo champion with her performance of “On My Own.”