Performing Arts

Southwest Christian Academy is committed to partnering with parents to help students realize their God-given potential whether it be academic, athletic or artistic talent.  With this in mind we have structured our Performing Arts Department to grow our students abilities beyond collegiate entry-level.  We want our students to qualify for and achieve music and drama scholarships because of the preparation they have received at SCA.  Of course, it takes dedication by the student.  

Our goals are:

1. To offer varied performing ensembles.

2. To remain academically strong.

3. To perform technically challenging material.

4. To make opportunities for students to use their talent for ministry. 

5. To be flexible as to allow students to participate in both the arts and athletics.

Performing Arts Classes and Ensembles:

SCA Singers (Concert Choir Class) is SCA’s mass choir elective course and is open to young men and women grades 7-12.  Students learn to read music and sing 3 and 4 part harmonies using both traditional and modern choral works.  A one-on-one audition with the choir director is required to participate, however only basic singing ability is required.  Same-year participation in SCA Singers is required for anyone who plans to participate in any other musical ensemble.  A annual $40 book/supply fee is required.

Drama is an elective course which is open to up to 20 students grades 7-12.  In Drama students will learn the skills of acting and stagecraft.  A one-on-one audition with the drama teacher is required to participate, however only basic acting ability is required. Because of the limit of 20 students, enrollment preference is given to students who are in the SCA Players and Jr. Praise Team. Same-year participation in drama is required for anyone who plans to participate in The SCA Players.  An annual $40 book/supply fee is required.

Competition Choir will be made up of 3-8 young men and women grades 7-12.  Only the very best of those who audition are selected for this group.  This ensemble represents SCA at outside events, will participate in vocal competitions and will travel and perform locally.  To qualify for this ensemble a student must be currently enrolled in Choir, women must be in the Women’s Chorus, and all members must commit to take a free 30 minute weekly individual voice lesson at school.  (These voice lessons represent a value of $100 or more per month.) Rehearsals will be after school and the rehearsal schedule will be decided upon after we know who has made the ensemble as to accommodate their other activities and responsibilities.  Students will NOT be expected to choose between athletics and participation in Competition Choir.

Jr. Praise & Worship Team is open to young men and women grades 7-12 who display remarkable Christian character and can be trusted as role models for our younger students.  The 5-15 members of this team lead worship and perform skits for the preschool and elementary students during their chapel services.  Rehearsals are all during school hours.  To qualify for this ensemble a student must be currently enrolled in Choir or Drama.

The SCA Pride is a drum corp consisting of 2-8 young men grades 7-12.  The SCA Pride represents SCA at outside events, will participate in drum corp competitions, and will perform at home and some away sporting events.  To qualify for this ensemble a student must be enrolled in the SCA Singers.  Regular rehearsals will be during the school day, although there will be after school rehearsals prior to sporting events.  Students may audition if they are also in athletics, however they must be able to play at a majority of sporting events.  Students will be required to purchase sticks and practice pads for use at home.

The SCA Players is a drama troupe consisting of 3-8 young men and women grades 7-12.  The SCA Players represent SCA at outside events, will participate in drama competitions, and will perform in chapel.  While most rehearsals will be during the school day, some after school rehearsals will be required.  Students will NOT be expected to choose between athletics and participation in The SCA Players.

Sr. Praise & Worship Team is a musical ensemble of young men and women grades 7-12 who display remarkable Christian character and can be trusted as role models for the rest of our students.  This group of singers and instrumentalists must be auditioned by the Praise & Worship Team director, and must be currently enrolled in Choir to participate.  Rehearsals begin during the summer to prepare for the new school year.  Regular rehearsals are first period and after school once each week.  Participation in both men’s basketball and Sr. Praise & Worship is difficult due to the first period rehearsal requirement.

Women’s Chorus is open only to young women grades 7-12, will consist of 9-12 members, and will perform especially challenging music written for women.  Some rehearsal time will be during the normal choir period, however the majority of the preparation required must be done on the students own time with rehearsal CDs and sheet music.  There will be occasional after school rehearsals, but we will coordinate these rehearsals around athletics.  Students will NOT be expected to choose between athletics and participation in the Women’s Chorus.

For more information contact Jamie Stewart at jamie.stewart@swchristian.com.