High School Arts
Wind Ensemble is the most advanced level of the bands at Wesleyan. In Wind Ensemble students develop concepts of ensemble balance, musical interpretation, and music appreciation through rehearsals covering theory, history and performance proficiency. The Wind Ensemble presents three concerts during the school year, as well as regional festivals. This class may be taken for honors credit.
Servant is the combined voices of Men of Servant and Faith who enjoy regular performance opportunities in concerts, chapel services, local churches, community events, and District Festivals. Building on concepts cultivated in elementary and middle school, this group holds to a high standard of excellence that includes multi-part choral pieces, memorization, confident musical expression, and embracing a passion for ministry. These students have an opportunity to sing in three concerts per year, participate in District Festivals, and sing at homecoming and graduation.
FAITH / HONORS FAITH
This vocal ensemble is comprised of auditioned girls in grades 9-12. The varied selections of treble choir music provide an opportunity for confident musical expression and a standard of excellence in vocal production and performance. These young ladies have an opportunity to sing in three concerts per year and participate in District Festivals.
mEN OF SERVANT / hONORS MEN OF SERVANT
This vocal ensemble is comprised of auditioned young men in grades 9-12. The varied selections of TTBB music provide an opportunity for confident musical expression and a standard of excellence in vocal production and performance. These young men have an opportunity to sing in three concerts, sporting events, local churches, civic organizations and participate in District Festivals.
The Praise Band learns the intricacies of playing as a rhythm section and facilitating worship music for the student body in chapel services and for local churches from time to time. To join the band, students must audition on drums, keyboard, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or vocals. Throughout the year, each member is taught performance techniques that are appropriate for their instrument and complementary to the ensemble as a whole. Even as they enjoy playing in contemporary styles, students are encouraged to make their music a personal love expression to God. These students have an opportunity to lead worship on a regular basis..
Dramatic Arts is a developing program for students with outstanding drama skills. This course of study offers and introduction to drama and oral interpretation, including theatrical vocabulary, acting techniques, and learning to use the voice and body effectively in performance. At least one formal production is done, and short productions are performed for student chapels. Students have the opportunity to take both Drama I and II in High School. Honors credit is available for these classes.
High School students can elect to take Art I, Art II, Honors Art III and Honors Art IV. Four disciplines contribute to the scope and sequence of standard level art classes. These include art history, aesthetics, art criticism, and art production. At the Honors level, ownership shifts from teacher to learner as students explore ideas and personal interests in the art media of their choice. A Choice-Based Art classroom provides the Honors student the ability to learn through authentic art making and interaction with visiting artists. A community art initiative is designed yearly for upper level art students to collaborate with community artists.