“Through music, we are able to do what we were created to do – worship the one who created all things. Teaching in a private Christian school, I am blessed to express this reality on a daily basis with my students. Being a following of Jesus, it is my daily obligation to teach so fluently and so passionately that I develop in them a curiosity for the One whom they may not yet know.” - Mrs. Witty
High School Choir
Concert Choir is a full-year class. No previous choral experience or auditioning is required. Students will learn various musical concepts, explore sight-singing, sing a variety of genres, and be encouraged to pursue excellence in their musicality. Concert Choir will expose students to singing and performing while continuing to build musical skills and confidence. Concert Choir participates in various competitions as a part of the class.
Voces Vitae A Cappella
A full-year course that requires prior choral experience of at least one year, an audition process, and an interview with the director. This class will emphasize sight-reading and ear-training. Voces Vitae participates in various district and state competitions every year (in large and small ensembles) and has the potential to tour St. Louis area and/or travel out of town, as well.
High School Worship Band
Each year, high school students have the opportunity to lead worship during our weekly chapels. Students for the worship band are chosen through an audition and application process that emphasizes a heart for worship along with musical skill. The band is student-driven with guidance from several teachers and focuses on song selection to include praise, worship, emotion, doctrine, exhortation, and more. This is a great opportunity for students to lead their peers, and it is amazing to see how God uses worship to impact our community.
Middle School Choir
6th Grade Choir
The 6th Grade Choir is a vocal ensemble dedicated to exploring God’s gift of music in a fun, positive, and educational way.
7th Grade Choir and 8th Grade Choir
The 7th and 8th Grade choirs are both non-audition vocal ensembles that provide a safe and comfortable space for young people to explore music in a way that is honoring to the Lord, encourages positivity, and builds unity.
All three choirs have two required evening semester concerts (Christmas and Spring) and a Nursing Home/Assisted Living Caroling Concert (during the school day). In addition, the 7th and 8th Grade Choirs participate in the evaluative Music in the Parks Festival in April or May of each year.
Middle School Worship Band
Christian Middle School offers a worship band for 6th-8th grade students to have a safe and comfortable place to improve upon musical and leadership skills, and most importantly - an outlet to learn to serve, worship, and honor our wonderful Lord and Savior with all that we are.
The MSWB meets weekly in the band/choir room during advisory and will lead worship for the all-school chapels twice a year (January and April). Students will have opportunities to practice their instruments together, lead devotionals, learn about what worship is, and discuss and explore topics related to worship such as song choice, harmony and melody, lyrics, and what it looks like for a young person to lead worship.
Auditions typically take place the second Tuesday of the school year, and each student interested in auditioning must obtain a packet of info from Mrs. Witty to be signed and turned in on the audition date.