Music has always been an important part of our students' education. Our students continue to pursue musical excellence and perform at a high level. At the 2017 Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament (LEST), our middle school musicians made me proud as our ensembles, choir and most soloists received the highest honors. Our high school musicians competed in their first-ever jazz festival in the spring of 2018 bringing home a 1st place trophy. We also began a music tour for our high school students in the spring of 2018. They performed at multiple schools in Washington and Oregon, sang on the boardwalk in Seaside and received master-level instruction from Dr. Bill Kuhn at Concordia University-Portland.
As a music director, my goal is to place challenges in front of our students that are not scaled down to match our school's size. Music has a way of leveling the playing field between large and small programs. I want to give our students all the experiences and challenges they would receive in a larger school, while still retaining the unique personal focus and benefit of our school’s size. I am blessed to serve in this role, and I feel that I have a unique opportunity to be a blessing to our music students as they reach farther than they thought possible.
Elementary Music Program
Music at Concordia is fundamentally a language to praise and thank God, to express what is deep in our hearts, and to share joy individually and as a community. Beginning with matching pitch and keeping a beat, we progress through music of different cultures, eras, instruments, folk dances and creating our own songs. Along the way, students discover that practice, focused attention and listening result in beautiful performances. Students feel proud of their work and carry the emotional and cognitive benefits of music to other parts of their studies and lives.
Classes range from general music for K-2nd grade, recorders 3rd grade. K-8 musicals are performed at Christmas and in the spring.
Students at CCA join Band in 4th grade as the next step in their musical journey. Both 4th and 5th graders learn basic instrumental concepts in Chamber Band. In middle school, students have the option to join Concert Band, where musicianship and listening are emphasized. In high school, members of Wind Ensemble explore various genres of music and have the opportunity to perform in 3 ensembles: Concert Band, Pep Band & Jazz Band. High schoolers compete in various festivals throughout the year and also participate in the annual Music Tour in the spring.
Singing is an essential part of every student's life at CCA. From classroom songs to chapel singing, we are always making a joyful noise! Our middle schoolers are invited to join Chamber Choir, where they learn singing mechanics and the basics of harmony. In high school, students join the Vocal Ensemble, where we expand harmonies and explore various vocal styles. Our Vocal Ensemble also performs as a Jazz Ensemble for festivals and performances. They join the Wind Ensemble for our annual Music Tour in the spring.
Marimbas (Middle School)
This fun group works hard in rehearsal and brings smiles at every performance, be it school lunch or function, church potluck or retirement facility. Through a simple audition, students show their ability to play a steady beat, listen and focus carefully. Our five marimbas were built in 2001 by Tom Bourne and are a blessing to our school and greater community.