Many Christian schools are looking for opportunities to prepare well-rounded students. Students should be well rounded in Bible knowledge, academic strength, physical health and fitness, and fine arts such as music and speech. We have always had a focus of having elementary music and have offered choir, ensembles, and handbells in the junior-senior high. We believe that music is so important to Scripture and our worship of God. In helping students have a knowledge and love for music, we help them prepare for a continuation of singing praises to God throughout their life. Having a love and appreciation for fine arts also helps to polish a student for standing in front of people and having a composure and poise in pressure situations.
Recently our students have had several opportunities to use their abilities to minister and develop their talents for the Lord. Our elementary students worked on music and speeches to minister to the elderly at Julia Ribaudo and Ellen Memorial just before Thanksgiving for Missions Outreach. The elementary did an excellent job and each student had a part to develop their abilities for Him and to serve others.
Another opportunity was for a group of nine high schoolers who prepared music for entries at a High School Festival at Bob Jones University. Emily Hughes entered piano competition and Hannah Chapman entered flute competition. We also had two groups participate in small vocal ensemble and a large vocal ensemble. The students went for the week, performed and were critiqued to sharpen their abilities and to observe what other young people are doing from around the rest of the United States. The week ended with the students participating in a large Festival Choir and Band.
Also, nine young people auditioned for the KCEA All-State Choir and were accepted to be a part of a 135 voice choir. The students worked throughout September and October to prepare the music and worked with a guest conductor the weekend before Thanksgiving. The students performed two concerts in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg on November 18th. What a great opportunity to develop their abilities and work with other Christian young people from around the state.