Thursday, January 18, 2018

Day School Music Program

Music is an important part of our Lutheran Day School curriculum. All students in grades Preschool through 8th grade receive classroom music instruction and sing in a choir or ensemble. Children make beautiful music, and at Saint Luke, we encourage them to “Make music to the Lord!” (Psalm 96:13)

All students participate in a choir which rehearses during the school day.  All school choirs sing for either the 5:30pm Saturday worship service or 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services approximately once a month. They also lead a mid-week Advent worship service, participate in a yearly operetta or fine arts festival, and sing for special events such as Lutheran Schools Week celebrations, Grandparents Day, and Graduation.

ANGEL CHOIR: Mrs. Kirsten Schnabel, Director
SONSHINE CHOIR: Mrs. Peggy Schoenfuhs, Director
CHRISTUS CHOIR: Mrs. Peggy Schoenfuhs, Interim Director

2016-2017 school Choirs Schedule

Our school handbell groups currently play on three octaves of Schulmerich handbells and four octaves of Malmark handchimes.  Rehearsals are held before or after school. Handbell choirs ring for either the 8:00 or 10:30 worship services approximately once a month, as well as for a mid-week Advent worship service, and special events such as Lutheran Schools Week celebrations, Grandparents Day, and Graduation.  In addition to the extracurricular groups, handchimes are integrated into the classroom music curriculum at the fourth and fifth grade level.

Jubilate Ringers IJubliate Ringers is an extra-curricular handbell group for students in grades 7 and 8.  Rehearsals are Thursday afternoon at 3:00 PM.  This advanced group plays for many special events, such as the Itasca Community Christmas concert, Senior Valentines Dinner, chapel at the Lutheran Home, and other church events, and usually attends one handbell workshop or festival a year.

2016-2017 Jubilate Ringers

In addition to participating in the worship life of the congregation, all choirs and handbells perform “on stage” in the spring, as we showcase fine arts at Saint Luke for our Grandparents’ Day celebration.  The highlight is the program is the performance of the yearly operetta.  All students in grades 1-8 make up the chorus for the operetta, with fifth and sixth graders auditioning for speaking and solo roles.  Opportunities abound for exploring the technical side of the production as well.  Students are encouraged to participate in set construction, and help with costumes, props, makeup and many other areas.

Walther Lutheran High School provides band instruction for students in grades 4-8 for a participation fee.  A Walther instructor comes to Saint Luke for weekly individual and small group lessons, plus a full band rehearsal.  More advanced students are invited to participate in Walther’s Monday Night Band program, held at Walther.  Students play in several concerts a year, and have the opportunity to attend the bi-annual Band Fest at Walther.

Students in grades 1-8 may participate in the Walther Grade School String program.  Instruction in violin, viola, cello, and string bass are offered during the school day at Saint Luke by a Walther instructor.  Opportunities for performances are scheduled twice a year.

Piano lessons are conveniently offered at Saint Luke by Mrs. Beverly Baumann, a member of our congregation.  Times are scheduled after school and on Saturday mornings.  She also offers a summer piano camp and summer organ camp.  Please contact Mrs. Baumann directly about signing up for lessons through the School Office at 630.773.0509.