At the very heart of our choir is worship. Again, Jesus Christ is at the center of our very purpose. It is our desire to be atmosphere changers everywhere we sing. If the music has not “moved” us, it will not move the audience. Our teachers are intent on cultivating a culture that will produce unity, fellowship, preference for one another, and worship. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of musical styles.
Berean Academy offers vocal music to all students kindergarten through twelfth grade. First through sixth grade elementary students meet daily receiving instruction in basic music theory, history, singing, and performance. Students perform three times a year in a Grandparents Day program and in winter and spring concerts.
All students in 7th and 8th grade learn to sing in a mixed-voice choir and have elective opportunities for guitar or music theory. In these classes, students learn theory, sight-singing, musical expression, and quality singing tone. Students perform four times a year, in fall and spring concerts, at the league music festival, and at eighth grade promotion. Last year they achieved a 1+ rating at festival, the highest rating available. The men and women's ensembles also received 1 ratings. Several junior high soloists also competed, all receiving “excellent” or “outstanding” ratings.
High school choir students refine sight-singing skills as well as unaccompanied (a capella) singing. Students perform multiple times throughout the year at fall, winter, and spring concerts, special events, and state contest. In addition to securing a wonderful reputation at local and state music festivals, last year our high school choir also had the privilege of performing in Carnegie Hall.
Achieving excellence for God’s glory is a central theme in Berean Academy’s vocal music department. In addition to the multiple home concerts performed each year and large group festivals, choir students in grades 7-12 audition and are selected for league, district and state honor choirs.The high school choir, small ensembles and soloists participate in the KSHSAA regional and state festivals where they regularly receive 1 ratings.