Make a joyful noise.
The objective of WC’s music program is to expose every child to multiple aspects of music, to enrich the WC community with a healthy and vibrant artistic culture, and to glorify God as we strive for excellence in the development of musical gifts He has given. In addition to general music classes within the curriculum, there are numerous opportunities for further participation in this area of the arts.
Opportunities abound for students to be involved in instrumental music beginning in third grade with the string orchestra. A full band is introduced in middle school.
Renee Johnson, orchestra teacher and director, says a highlight of the program is the collaboration and positive relationship between performing arts groups. We are happy to share the students between our groups. This means it gives more opportunities for our students to be in more than one performing group which only strengthens and improves our students’ musicality and talents. The strings students range in abilities from beginner to advanced, with some taking private lessons from various teachers throughout the area. Middle and high school students consistently receive superior and excellent ratings in local competitions, and many strings students participate in their church orchestras or worship teams, using their gifts to serve the Lord.
Band Teacher and Director Julie Nathan adds that band members learn to play within and as part of the larger group. This commitment to teamwork, discipline, dedication, and mastery of an instrument all combine to develop life skills that will help your child form lasting relationships and grow into an adult.
Middle school and high school students in the WC band have received superior and excellent ratings in city-wide Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) competitions and have been chosen to participate in various Honor and select bands throughout the Columbus including Capital Junior Winds, District 15 Honors Band, OSU MS and HS Honors Bands, Brass Band of Columbus, and others.
Performing Arts Department Chair Karen Rugg-Klapheke is proud that WC’s quality arts program affords students valuable opportunities to interact across grade levels, fostering a sense of community. Vocal music, which is open to students when they reach sixth grade, boasts numerous choirs and ensembles. As students get older, the focus shifts primarily to performance skills with repertoire becoming more advanced. Students continue to learn more advanced music theory concepts as well as music history and solfege and are given many opportunities to perform and sharpen their skills by participating in various performances including music ministry opportunities to local nursing homes and WC’s annual Christmas and spring concerts. The high caliber program is on par with surrounding public schools and earns superior ratings in competitions through organizations like Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).