Music Opportunities Abound at FCSshare
Friendship Christian School provides a broad-based fine arts program to supplement its outstanding academic curriculum. Students can receive instruction in art, speech, and music at all levels of their education experience. Performance and competition avenues enhance the fine arts experience.
There is a special emphasis on music at Friendship flowing from the belief that musical expression is of particular importance to the Christian. Students are offered private music instruction in piano, voice, and orchestral instruments. Friendship Christian has had a choir and band program for over thirty years. Along with excellent facilities and a growing emphasis on music technology in the classroom, the music menu is rich, varied, and growing.
New this year at Friendship is an elementary select vocal ensemble called “Jubilation.” Open to 3rd through 5th graders by special audition, this group receives special vocal instruction, has increased performance opportunities, and learns to sing music of the highest quality under the direction of the new fine arts coordinator, Debi Brondyke. Mrs. Brondyke brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role and has directed several award-winning ensembles.
Band is not offered in many private schools, but it has a rich tradition at Friendship. Under the direction of Kevin Elston and Barbara Walston, Friendship bands have been award-winning ensembles for years. A special benefit to the music program at Friendship is the support of the North Carolina Christian School Association which hosts a variety clinics and competitions throughout the school year. One such event is the NCCSA All-State Honor Band. Each year Christian schools from around the state send their finest musicians to Raleigh for a three-day clinic. Under the direction of outstanding guest conductors from across the country, the students practice for three days before presenting a fine concert.
This year Wake Christian Academy and Hilltop Christian will host the NCCSA All-State Honor Band on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14-15. On Saturday, November 16 the event will conclude with a concert at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. Nearly 20 Friendship Christian students will participate in this outstanding event.