All instrumental students are eligible for this full-year advanced course and may take the class by permission of the director. Members should be committed to serving God and others through music, and to pursuing individual and ensemble excellence. Students will play challenging music of all styles appropriate for band. Besides performing three major evening concerts each year, the band will participate in state band and solo and ensemble festivals, and high school and junior high assemblies. The band may also provide music for church and civic functions. The band marches in parades, including the Kalamazoo Christmas Parade, and, possibly, the Memorial Day parade. Attendance at all band functions is mandatory. If desired by band members and if appropriate instrumentation and scheduling allows, a jazz band may be formed which will perform in various venues. (Fees: $20.00 - $40.00 for shoes, shirt, etc.)
ChoraleThis is a non-auditioned, full-year course for juniors and seniors, with some exceptions made for outstanding
sophomores. Continuation of sight-reading skills and good vocal production will be emphasized in this course. Music of a more challenging and diverse nature will be studied and performed. Students will have four concerts per year as well as other outside opportunities such as the Festival of Trees and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival.
This is an auditioned group for 12-16 outstanding singer/musicians. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to audition. Students selected for this group will be those who demonstrate a high level of accomplishment as singers, sight-readers and as committed choir members. There will be many outside performances including, but not limited to, Sunday evening church services, senior citizen gatherings, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, the Festival of Trees, District 11 Solo & Ensemble, District 11 Pop and/or Chamber Festivals, school sporting events, and other opportunities as they present themselves. Music chosen for this group will range from Renaissance and other types of classical, to modern vocal jazz and gospel music. Students chosen for this group will meet as a class but will also be part of the Chorale. All students chosen must have a flexible schedule and a high level of commitment to the group.
Basic Art is a one-semester introduction to the concepts and techniques used in creating works of art. The main emphasis of the class is on good composition, along with a lesser emphasis on art history and criticism. Students learn about the elements of art and the principles of design and work on a variety of small projects as well as three major projects in drawing, painting, and ceramics. Fee: $5
Digital Media is a semester course focused on the creative possibilities of video, animation, and digital photography. Students will learn the fundamentals and techniques of using a camera, as well as photo manipulation and retouching. Students will also learn video production and post-production, including editing and enhancement. Students will use these skills to make creative, professional-looking productions.
Drawing is a one-semester course designed to expose students to a variety of techniques, media, and subject matter in drawing. Different types of media include pencil, ink, and oil pastel. Still life, nature, and human figure drawing are some of the different subject matters covered. While developing good technique is the main emphasis of the class, students will also develop their own style and will begin to explore what it means to be a Christian artist. Prerequisite: Basic Art.
Ceramics and Sculpture is a one-semester course focusing on 3-dimensional artwork. Most work is done in clay, but other media may be explored as well. Sculpture techniques, hand-built pottery, and throwing on the wheel are all a part of this class. Students will also learn the basics of working with clay as a material, including firing and glazing. Prerequisite: Basic Art.
Painting is a one-semester course focusing on a variety of painting techniques and subject matter. Watercolor and acrylic will be the main types of media used. Students will learn to use color to create contrast, depth, and texture in their composition. Students will also explore the historical context of painting in order to better understand and develop their own style and creativity. Prerequisite: Basic Art.
Advanced Art is a semester course for seniors who have taken at least two upper level art classes and want to explore certain media further. This class is intended to be more of an individual study for those students who excel at art and who may be interested in taking art courses at the college level. Students will design their own course of study and can choose to focus on a certain type of media or they can experiment with new things. Students taking this course must be self-motivated and have a strong work ethic. All materials will be provided by the instructor except for special projects which use materials that fall outside of our normal course of study.
The primary objective of this full-year course is the production of the yearbook. Through this, students gain a general knowledge of the business, planning, writing, photography, layout, and design of publishing the yearbook.