The Performing Arts at NCCS are comprised of our instrumental, vocal, and theatrical programs. Students participate in these programs through auditioned ensembles, classroom instruction, and via our private lesson program.
Performing arts bolster self-confidence in students and help them understand how and why they are made. Further, students come to realize that their individual gifts fit within a larger context of their ensembles and that all of these individual gifts are coordinated for the success of the ensemble. Each member of the group is responsible for each other member.
The Theater Arts program desires to see students develop confidence, poise, and presence through both scripted and improvised activities and rehearsals. Beginning in 5th grade our students are exposed to “being on stage” in some form or fashion. The Theatre program begins by teaching basic speech and movement skills and progressing into more complicated and difficult stagecraft as the students enter Upper School.
There are four shows put on each year by the Theatre Arts department in Upper School: the Academy Actors’ One Act in the fall, a full-length production in the winter, the Academy Showcase in the spring, and an oft-acclaimed spring musical. We also produce two shows each year in Middle School: a musical each fall and a one act in the spring. Lower School students also produce a show annually: the very popular Lower School Play.
The Academy of the Arts offers a track in the Theater Arts in Upper School. This track is for students who are keenly focusing on acting and want to make it a part of their lives after leaving high school and even college.
The Instrumental Arts Program is comprised of our Band and Orchestra Programs. Beginning in the fourth grade and continuing all the way through graduation, students are given the wonderful opportunity to be part of an award-winning program. Medals, trophies, and nominations are great accomplishments, but in the tradition of great composers like Bach and Handel, we believe that God alone is worthy of the glory … and we strive to point people to Him through all of our ensembles!
There are 16 independent performing ensembles at NCCS, two in Lower School, six in Middle School, and eight in Upper School, including a Pep Band that spans both Middle and Upper Schools. These ensembles perform at various events throughout the year, such as Grandparent’s Day, fall concerts, football games, Veteran’s Day, Christmas concerts, Disney World, Dollywood, community ribbon cuttings, and many other special events.
Upper School students also have the opportunity to participate in the Academy of the Arts, which offers an Instrumental track for students interested in more intense exploration of the arts.
The Vocal Arts Program begins from the moment a child walks in the doors at NCCS. Starting in K3, students are introduced to General Music classes where they learn the skills necessary to start a life in music. As they matriculate into Middle and Upper Schools the vocal program follows them with choral offerings every year. In the vocal arts program, we consider music and song gateways to the soul. Singing is powerful and we want to help students recognize their abilities and harness that power!
There are six independent performing vocal ensembles at NCCS – two in Lower School, two in Middle School, and two in Upper School. These choirs perform at various events throughout the year such as Grandparent’s Day, Fall Festival, Fall concerts, Veteran’s Day, Christmas concerts, Disney World, Dollywood, community events, and our spring fundraising concert, Arts on the Lawn.
Upper School students also have the opportunity to participate in the Academy of the Arts, which offers an Academy Singers track for students interested in more intense exploration of the arts.