Visual arts are a strong part of our high school with a dozen courses to develop artistic talents, from drawing to painting to clay, as well as photography, videography, and Advanced Placement art.
Musical training begins in the primary grades <link to elementary section of performing arts page with general music classes. In grade four, students are introduced to performance instruments with instruction in the recorder, and grade five students are introduced to band and string instruments through weekly lessons and ensemble rehearsals.
Our Middle School program <link to middle school section of Performing arts page> offers the greatest breadth of opportunities to explore music and discover students’ talents with band, choir, guitar, and string ensembles. These music classes present a formal concert each quarter as well as other less-formal performances around the campus and community. Drama and Visual Art classes are also available for grades 7 and 8. Teams of middle school students take turns leading the music for worship in their weekly chapels.
Musical skills are developed in the High School’s Concert Band, Chorus, Concert Choir, and String Orchestra <link to High school section of Performing Arts page> classes. These music ensembles present concerts for the community quarterly, as well as occasional ministry in school chapels and in local churches. Beyond the class setting, students may audition for after-school ensembles such as Soli Deo Gloria (SDG) Honor Choir, and Elkanah Chamber Strings Ensemble.
Drama and Stagecraft
The Drama and Stagecraft classes prepare students for involvement in the school’s co-curricular theatrical productions. Each year, the Senior class produces a fully staged drama. The Junior class hosts a Talent Night in January which draws talent acts from the whole community. Our main theatrical production of the year is open by audition to both Middle and High School students as a second semester activity with performances in mid-April. This is often a Broadway-style musical which involves nearly 100 students and staff. Occasionally, smaller-cast dramas featuring the underclassmen are included in the performing arts calendar.
Faith Academy opened the Cadd Performing Arts Center in 2008. The arts complex has a 900-seat theater, a 300-seat general auditorium/banquet hall, three multi-purpose rooms meeting general needs of the school and of the theater as back-stage spaces, visual arts classrooms, and a small prayer chapel.