The Performing Arts at NCCS are comprised all of our instrumental, visual, vocal, theatrical, and dance programs. These programs exist before, during, and after the school day whether they be auditioned ensembles, classroom ensembles, or part of a private lesson program.
In a way that nothing else really can, the Performing Arts bolster self-confidence in students and help them understand how and why they are made. Further, students come to realize that their individual gifts fit within a larger context of their ensembles and that all of these individual gifts are coordinated for the success of the ensemble. Each member of the group is responsible for each other member.
As such, the Performing Arts are a perfect example of God's sovereignty and the corporate nature of the Church. There are many "hands" every day that wish to be "feet" and even more still "priests" who want to be "teachers." The Performing Arts at NCCS help students understand that they were made, on purpose, to fill a certain role and once they have found it, play at it with all of their soul to joy of the One who put them there!
For information on specific branches of the Performing Arts please clink of the respective links below:
- Vocal Arts
- Instrumental Arts
- Theatrical Arts
The Vocal Arts Program begins from the moment a child walks in the doors at NCCS. Starting in K3, students are introduced to General Music classes where they learn the skills necessary to start a life in music. As they matriculate into Middle and Upper Schools the vocal program follows them with choral offerings every year. In the vocal arts program, we consider music and song gateways to the soul. Singing is powerful and we want to help students recognize their abilities and harness that power! There are six independent performing choirs at NCCS - one in Lower School, three in Middle School, and two in Upper School. These choirs perform at various events through out the year such as Grandparent's Day, Fall Festival, Fall Concerts, Veteran's Day, State of the School Address, Christmas Concerts, Disney World, Dollywood, and our spring fundraising concert, and Arts on the Lawn.
The Academy of the Arts offers a track in the Vocal Arts. This a track for students who are keenly focusing on singing and want to make it a part of their lives after leaving high school and even college. For more on that, please click on the Academy of the Arts link.
The Instrumental Arts Program is comprised of our Band and Orchestra Programs. Beginning in the fourth grade and continuing all the way through graduation, students are given the wonderful opportunity to be a part of an award-winning program. Medals, trophies, and nominations are great accomplishments, but in the tradition of the Reformation and along with great composers like Bach and Handel, we believe that God alone is worthy of the glory...and we're more than happy to point people to him through any one or all of our ensembles!
There are nine independent performing ensembles at NCCS, four of which are orchestras and five of which are bands - one in Lower School, four in Middle School, two in Upper School and a Pep Band that spans both Middle and Upper Schools. These ensembles perform at various events through out the year such as Grandparent's Day, Fall Festival, Fall Concerts, Football Games, Veteran's Day, State of the School Address, Christmas Concerts, Disney World, Dollywood, and our spring fundraising concert, Arts on the Lawn.
The Theatre Arts program desires to see students develop confidence, poise, and presence through both scripted and improvised activities and rehearsals. Beginning in 5th grade our students are exposed to "being on stage" in some form or fashion. The Theatre program begins by teaching basic speech and movement skills in and progressing into more complicated and difficult stagecraft as the students enter Upper School.
There are two shows put on each year by the Theatre Arts department - an Upper School One-Act Play in the fall and a Musical in the spring that is often open to students from all three schools. Middle School Theatre students perform several in-class pieces each year, as do Upper School and Academy Acting Students.
The Academy of the Arts offers a track in the Theatre Arts in Upper School. This track is for students who are keenly focusing on acting and want to make it a part of their lives after leaving high school and even college. For more on this academy, please click on the Academy of the Arts link.
There aren't many more images that are more powerful than that of King David dancing before his God. From the Exodus to the empty tomb, Scripture is full of people who were able to find no other way to worship their King than through dance. Grace and beauty, strength and balance all come together to create something that is worthy of His attention and requires our diligence.
The Dance Program at NCCS begins with our after school lesson program starting in K3. There are three classes - K3 & K4, K5 & 1st grade, and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. More information about these classes can be found on the Private Lessons Page. In Middle School, dance is offered as a fine arts elective during the day, with three classes a week for 5th and 6th graders and four times a week for 7th and 8th graders. Genres taught include jazz, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre, and others. As with any other discipline, each progressive year builds on the talents and skills learned the previous year.