Drawing on the rich contributions the Catholic Church has made throughout history in the areas of music and art, the Pinecrest Academy Music and Theatrical Arts Program is top notch. As an integral part of our curriculum from PreK through 12th grade, music and theater become a way for students to discover, develop, and share their God-given talents, while advancing in the areas of critical thinking, creative problem solving, and self-confidence.
Beginning in Lower School, Pinecrest’s youngest students are introduced to the fundamentals of music, such as melody, rhythm, and harmony. Students learn from doing, with opportunities to sing, play instruments, and experience a variety of music through listening examples. They showcase their skills through a number of performance opportunities.
Middle School students, through vocal studies and theater training, explore their creativity and learn to enjoy and appreciate the arts, gaining a deeper understanding of key music and theater elements. They learn the basic forms of theatrical presentation, from character development to improvisation, as well as strengthening their vocal talents through choral singing.
In the High School, a student’s performing arts education increases in sophistication. The Theatrical Arts Program is designed to promote creativity and imagination and provide opportunities for growth in a student’s artistic talents. Students refine their acting skills and production talents preparing and presenting staged musicals in which they execute all elements, including sets, costumes, props, lighting, sound, publicity, and front of house. Students also benefit from the opportunity to learn from industry professionals in the area of acting, singing, sound engineering, and more. Through Pinecrest Academy’s Guest Master Class Program, students learn from and work with a variety of professionals in the areas of the arts.
Theatrical Arts hosts six main events a year to showcase the many artistic talents of our students, in addition to numerous smaller performance opportunities. Students have the opportunity to earn a Varsity Letter for their hours of dedication and participation in the Theatrical Arts, as well as the opportunity to be part of the International Thespian Society, a nationally renowned theater honor society. Additionally, outstanding vocalists and musicians are invited to participate in District and GISA Honor Choirs each year.
The Music and Theatrical Arts Program is proud to present quality performances that showcase the impressive talent development of our students. This program truly allows students the opportunity to build lasting connections with their classmates through hard work and a common goal of artistic excellence in their performances.