Fine and Visual Arts

Many Westminster students enjoy the opportunity to participate in our Fine Arts program.

Depending on their interests, students may join the Drama Club, practice and audition for All-State Honor Band or Choir, spread school spirit at athletic events as part of the Pep Band, take a yearly trip as a member of the Concert Choir, or prepare for local art competitions using skills gleaned from classes and teachers’ guidance. From creating and designing to collaborating and praising, see how the fine arts come to life at Westminster.

Productions

At Westminster, we believe that we are made in the image of God. Therefore, by nature, we are drawn to discover, invent, and create. Each year, Westminster produces several plays and musicals in one of our two venues – our flexible Black Box Theatre or our state-of-the-art, 600-seat main Theatre. Our productions are an important part of our creative process and a chance to share the skills that we have learned. From the building of sets to costumes, lighting, dancing, acting, and singing, our productions seek to develop a collaborative spirit with all of the fine art’s disciplines.

2017-18 Production Schedule

A Collection of One Acts
September 29, 7 p.m.
September 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This year’s one acts, two serious and one comedic, have the common theme of how we deal with what life throws at us. In Trifles, we encounter two friends as they stumble upon the truth and must decide whether to reveal or hide it. In The Freeway, two ladies must deal with the state taking away their homes and all they’ve built their lives upon. And in The Actor’s Nightmare, we see an absurdist attempt to deal with the same problem, though in a nightmarish situation–how to handle a situation when nothing makes sense.

The Diary of Anne Frank
November 16-18, 7 p.m.

An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”

The Music Man, Jr.
January 12-13, 2018, 7 p.m.

The Music Man, Jr. follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize–this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. Don’t miss this engaging and classic musical.

The Wiz
April 12-14, 2018, 7 p.m.

In The Wiz, Dorothy finds herself in a magical world called Oz and makes some fantastical friends while looking for a way back home. This beloved musical won seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Score) and sets Frank Baum’s story to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music. It’s fun and heartwarming and not to be missed!

Audition Schedule: Theatre Season 2017-18

Auditions for Music Man Jr. will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 16 and 17 after school in the Black Box Theatre. See Mrs. Eichelberger for information. (Open to 7th- 9th graders.) Students cannot participate in The Diary of Anne Frank and this production due to overlap in rehearsals.
Production will be January 12, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. and January 13, 7 p.m.

Auditions for The Wiz will be held on Thursday and Friday, January 18 and 19 in the Theatre. See Mr. Schwamb for details. (Open to upper school and middle school students.)
Production will be April 12-14, 7 p.m.

Becoming Better: Journalism at Westminster

Over the past two decades, the way we consume our news has dramatically changed. In a world of mass media, Westminster students are keeping pace with professional journalism under the guidance of journalism teacher Scott VonderBruegge and A/V Coordinator Han Kim. Beginning in 2015 – 16, the journalism program’s newspaper class will expand to include a broadcast journalism facet, which will allow students more opportunities to explore video production of the news story.

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“I know of few areas that have been more disrupted by innovation and technology than journalism,” says Mr. VonderBruegge. “The lines have blurred between writing, photojournalism, broadcasting, and other forms, yet one thing has not changed: the influence that the media has on our society. Journalism is still about telling the stories of the world around us, and I believe the sooner kids learn how to tell those stories using all the tools of today’s media, the better. The journalism classes at Westminster are, at their core, about kids learning to find their voice and say something significant with it. The ways to say it never stop changing.”

Band

Students learn the basics of instrumental music and develop the art and practice of musical performance.

Middle School students improve technique, learn theory, and gain experience in performance, while upper school students demonstrate proficiency in basic musicianship, musical technique, and understanding of their instruments.

Choir

The vocal performance program trains students in the basics of choral singing, including musicianship, sight singing, vocal production, and performance.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an auditioned SATB group, the members of which learn a variety of diverse music over the course of the year. This music includes hymns, folk songs from all over the world, gospel pieces and spirituals, Broadway repertoire, and various accompanied and a cappella choral works. This choir generally takes a concert tour in the spring and sings at a number of school events throughout the year.

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Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is an auditioned SATB small ensemble made up of members of Concert Choir. They sing jazz, chamber music, and contemporary a cappella and take advantage of many opportunities for solo work and development of musical style. This choir practices before school.

Mixed Chorus

Mixed Chorus is a non-auditioned group for those who aren’t yet able to take Concert Choir or who are new to choral singing. This choir performs in main concerts with the Concert and Chamber Choirs but focuses on the development of choral tone, development of music reading skills, and part-singing.

Drama

Students learn the basics of acting using voice, body and text. Using their inner resources, basic movement, and motivation, students develop voice and diction, character development, and blocking.

They become familiar with a live audience, radio theatre, stage makeup, and improvisation. Public performances are expected each semester as a ministry, particularly in children’s theatre, while comedic or dramatic monologues are practiced in class performances.

Improv

Students who want to pursue improvisation learn teamwork, game playing, and Harold – a structure used in longform improvisation.

Throughout the semester, students participate in four performances, always eagerly anticipated by the Westminster community.

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Media & Broadcasting Center

The Westminster Christian Academy Media & Broadcast Center is a three-room suite comprised of a waiting room and small and large production studios. This dynamic space is furnished with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment including video cameras, lights, iPad-based teleprompters, monitors, and editing equipment, a professional audio-visual working environment – all available for students and staff on a daily basis.

The Media and Broadcasting Center was established with the help of a $15,000 grant from the Innovative Technology Education Fund (ITEF), a St. Louis based charitable foundation that promotes innovative education through technology integration. Although a media center is not new to academia, the creation of a partnership between a teacher of a specific course and A.V. professionals brings an innovative concept and cutting-edge element to Westminster’s academics.

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Media Coordinator Han Kim says, “Functioning much like a production studio environment, the space allows students and teachers to utilize the available tools and resources – along with our guidance, knowledge, and collaboration – to create and produce a variety of media genres.”  Coursework is, in turn, enhanced and teachers are supported by utilization of the space. “The studio is designed to support and extend our curriculum, giving students an opportunity for authentic learning experiences,” says Mr. Kim.

Art classes regularly use the backdrops and lights for photography projects; drama classes create old-time radio shows; and Bible teachers plan to have their students practice their presentation skills using a teleprompter while in front of a microphone and camera. Students’ learning experiences are propelled as projects are recorded, reviewed, and analyzed.  Although the equipment is still in its testing phase, it is the school’s intent to offer a Broadcast Journalism class. With this class will come a regular student-led production that will give students valuable broadcasting experience and an opportunity to keep classmates updated on current events. To better prepare students for college and careers, this state-of-the-art media center exposes students to technology that will be available to them in college and the professional world.

The media and broadcasting center is already helping to foster the school’s goal to continually build community. In addition to enhancing coursework, the center is used by the Audio-Visual Club, which serves as a supporting agency for many campus activities, including weekly chapel services and theatre productions. The center also provides the ability to live-stream campus activities, such as the annual Spirit Week, to the St. Louis community and world. Westminster desires to impact the community and other Christian ministries by sharing this center with others and plans to make this technology available to groups outside of the school in the future.

Orchestra

The instrumental music program strives to build musical abilities through performances, the study of music theory, history, musicianship, and appreciation of diverse musical styles.

Students in this class are expected to go on the spring tour. Students will:

  • Improve their musical technique and understanding.
  • Learn the theory and history of music.
  • Perform at school and community concerts and festivals.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts students learn to see and engage the wonders of God’s creation, and discover ways to communicate the fullness of human experience through a wide range of media and methods.

Middle School
7th Grade Art
8th Grade Art

Prerequisite
Intro to Art

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Media-Specific Study
Drawing
Watercolor Painting
Oil Painting
Ceramics I
Photography
Graphic Design
3D Design

Advanced Study
Ceramics II
Advanced Studio Art
AP Studio Art
AP Art History

Piano Lab

Piano Lab is a mixed-level class for all those who play or desire to play piano. Its students include beginner, intermediate, and advanced pianists. Students work both on their own and in groups to improve their knowledge of the piano and music theory, as well as their piano-playing skills.

History To Our Ears

The Westminster Christian Academy Jazz Band applied for and was accepted to perform in the Missouri History Museum’s “History To Our Ears” recital. From classical to jazz, the evening’s performances reflected the diversity of Missouri and the strength of its young musicians.

Chamber Choir

The choral performance program offers students a range of performance opportunities, both in-school and off-campus. Watch as members of Westminster’s Concert Choir spread Christmas cheer, caroling for family, friends, and guests gathered in the Grand Entry.

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