High School Choir
Choir is a high school elective for our 9th through 12th grade students. The group participates in several public performances during the school year. These events include our Christmas Music Festival, our Spring Concert, Graduation, and other school related occasions. The highlight of the year comes in early March when the choir competes with other ACSI Christian school choirs. This 2-day event, Musicale, culminates in a public mass choir performance that is exciting and inspiring.
K-6 Music Program
Our K-6 instrumental music program provides Kindergarten through 6th grade students the information necessary to perform at a rudimentary level on instruments. Kindergartners are introduced to rhythm instruments while older students work with recorders, mandolins, violins, woodwinds, and guitars. The various classes concentrate on correct posture and hand position, the development of note-reading skills, aural skills, rhythmic patterns, intonation, and tonality. The importance of sustained group and individual effort is stressed.
On Stage is a program studying and implementing the basics of stage performance including choral singing, singing in parts, stage presence, choreography, and staging. The 5th through 8th grade participants perform at the annual Christmas Music Festival, the Spaghetti Banquet fundraiser, and the Spring Concert.
Jr. High Orchestra
The orchestra program seeks to unite all types of students as one team in one great purpose of bringing glory to God through music. Each member is encouraged to recognize and acknowledge that his/her talent is a gift from God to be used for the Kingdom of God. The orchestra includes flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, bass, and synthesizer. Throughout the year, students work on large ensemble music and small chamber music, as well as music theory, rhythm, and technique studies. They also learn about the different historical and cultural contexts of classical and contemporary music.
Each student in the school, from Kindergarten on up, memorizes a poem for competition within his or her class. Students are judged on poise, memorization, clarity, and interpretation. The top three students in each class then recite their poems at our annual Poetry Contest in November. The purpose of the competition is to train our students in public speaking, to encourage their love of poetry, to build their confidence and poise, and to entertain and edify those who come to the contest.
In addition to our organized music programs, CCS encourages students with musical talent or ambition to perform at weekly chapel services, the Christmas Music Festival, or at our Spring Concert. In addition, any K-12 student who is currently taking lessons from a qualified piano teacher may participate in the annual ACSI Piano Festival.
Our high school drama class presents two plays a year, a fall/ winter play (November/December), and one in the spring (March-May). Both plays are of the same high caliber, though the spring production tends to be more elaborate. Cornerstone Christian School’s drama performances are quite impressive especially when one considers our limited resources and small student population.