Our Fine Arts Department is dedicated to excellence in the visual and performing arts. The purpose of musical performance at Wilmington Christian School is to provide an outlet for students to glorify God through the arts while excelling in their chosen discipline. At the beginning levels, students are taught the basics of music and proper etiquette both as a performer and as an audience member. As the students advance, these fundamentals are built upon through work in the classroom and the rehearsal process. Students will experience many different artistic styles both Christian and secular. The desired outcome is to inspire and instruct students to become independent performers and technical artists.
WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ANNOUNCES
HOCKESSIN, Del. – Wilmington Christian School today issued a call for local and regional artisans to participate in its first-ever Fine Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. The event will be held on Wilmington Christian’s 15-acre campus, located at 825 Loveville Road in Hockessin. Admission is free at this family-friendly event, and all are welcome.
The festival will feature fare ranging from Mexican foods to gourmet sandwiches to
cool desserts, the school announced. Wilmington-based vendors Mojo Loco, Wild Wich, and Cajun-Sno are booked to serve guests throughout the festival.
“This is going to be amazing, and our students are so excited about hosting the public and showing the community just how many wonderful artists and musicians attend school here,” said Barbara Schiller, Wilmington Christian School’s Fine Arts Director. “We have a beautiful new parking lot to accommodate our food trucks, and abundant space for artists and vendors to showcase their work. We look forward to the completion of a brand new Fine Arts lobby in time for the festival, and we have more than 300 young instrumentalists, singers, and visual artists from elementary through high school who cannot wait to kick off the festival.”
In addition to the student performing groups, the Diamond State Concert Band has also been booked to entertain at the festival.
Jerry Polman, Wilmington Christian’s Upper School Choral Director, said his ensembles are preparing modern and familiar repertoire for the event. “We’ll be singing a wide variety of popular hits from the 20th century through today. My singers are enjoying a fresh take on these enduring tunes. From familiar Disney favorites, to up-tempo pop, to timeless ballads and love songs, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”
The school’s Visual Arts students will display two-dimensional and three-dimensional work in multiple media, ranging from paintings, to wearable art, to sculpture in a variety of forms. “Our families and friends are astounded when they come to school for holiday and spring events and see the work their children produce – we are eager to share it with the public in the festival,” said Gabrielle Bradley, exhibitor liaison for the festival and high school visual art teacher at Wilmington Christian.
Performances include selections by elementary choir and instrumental ensembles, a middle and high school orchestra, two Upper School choruses, a barbershop quartet, and the Jubilee Singers. Wilmington Christian School’s fine arts students regularly are invited to participate in Delaware’s All-State Chorus and Instrumental ensembles, and the school is home to 2011 and 2012 Poetry Out Loud State Champions. Wilmington Christian students have been selected for The Governor’s School for Excellence in the Arts, scholastic art awards, and local and national art contests.