As Christians, one of the ways we worship God is to use our God-given artistic talents to reflect His beauty, goodness and truth. At Whittier Christian High School, we recognize the value of cultivating the artistic abilities of our students — whether they’re painting a canvas, playing a violin or dancing across a stage.
At a time when many schools are losing arts funding, the thriving fine arts program at WCHS offers a number of outstanding opportunities to excel in both the visual and performing arts. In addition to excellent technical training, our talented team of coaches and directors guide students to use their God-given talents to honor our Lord and Savior.
Art classes are offered at beginning through advanced levels, and each level includes drawing and painting, with a focus on understanding the principles, elements and history of art. Hands-on production of artwork makes up a good percentage of the class time, and careful craftsmanship is emphasized.
Art I, Art II, Honors Art, Advanceed Placement Studio Art (drawing and design), Art Design, Digital Art Design, Digital Photography
the WCHS Dance Program offers two levels of coursework that provide opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills in the genres of ballet and jazz. Through dance technique training, mock auditions, guest teachers, and performance reviews, students are able to grasp the athleticism and artistic quality of dance.
Each year, students are given two performance opportunities: the Christmas Fine Arts Celebration and the Spring Dance Recital. During the Spring Dance Recital, students are able to showcase their choreography and have the option of performing solos, duets, or in small groups. Dance classes also spend time watching and critiquing professional dance companies each semester, which allows them to enhance their writing skills as well as viewing different forms of dance.
Another opportunity open to all dancers on campus is Dance Ensemble, a dance ministry worship team. Dance Ensemble focuses primarily on learning repertoire and reaching out to the community to spread God’s message through dance.
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The WCHS Instrumental Music Department offers several levels of coursework, providing excellent education and performance-training in a wide variety of instrumental music. Classes offer an intensive yearlong process, in which students increase their knowledge of their instrument, music theory, and performance in a wide variety settings and genres. Classes also focus on the different eras of music history across a wide variety of cultures. Students learn how to critically listen and think about music, and become responsive musicians in writing, speaking, and playing.
Music opportunities at WCHS include:
Each year, students are showcased at four major concerts on campus (Fall, Christmas, Spring, POPS) and dozens of other venues across Southern California. Several opportunities for growth are offered over the summer, some of which are optional and some are mandatory, depending on the ensemble. All wind and percussion students participate in a two-week intensive band camp at the end of each summer to kick-start the fall semester. During the year, all students attend required weekly sectionals run by professional musicians and educators for specific instruction on their instrument.
The Band department encourages private, one-on-one study with qualified music educators. Private lessons are a requirement for the top groups at WCHS.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23
The program provides four levels of coursework for students to hone their acting skills. Through instruction in a Theatre Arts class, students will develop an understanding of aesthetics, of historical and cultural awareness, and are able to recognize the interconnections between theatre arts and other disciplines. Students are trained in the fundamentals of theatre, including improvisation techniques, body control, voice, diction, pantomime, learning of lines, creation of character, projection of ideas and emotions and preparation and acting of scenes from plays. Acting projects will provide positive groups experiences in collaborative assignments, developing self-discipline, evaluating the performances of others, and accepting constructive criticism.
Instruction develops language skills and appreciation through reading dramatic literature; using written critiques; writing dramatic scenes, character analyses, play reports, and introductions; observing with sensitivity; listening critically; and speaking effectively.
"Act well your part; there all the honor lies" -Alexander Pope
WCHS Theatre classes include:
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The WCHS Vocal Music Department's goal is to develop students’ joy and love for music while developing their skills and understanding of musical styles, cultures, and genres. As we pursue perfection together, the ensemble programs emphasize the “team concept,” with the result that the group sound is more important than the individual.
Opportunities for students include:
Each year, students sing at a variety of events on and off campus:
Fall Concert, an on-campus concert of sacred and folk music.
Christmas Celebration Concert, a concert with seasonal music performed by the choirs in combination with other fine arts classes.
ACSI Musicale and Command Performance, a two-day choir festival in Pasadena, giving the students opportunity to sing with 20–25 other Christian high school choirs. Events include six classical songs as combined choirs, individual choir adjudication, combined choir rehearsals, solo and small group adjudications, and a Friday evening Command Performance.
Spring Concert, an on-campus concert of sacred and classical music.
Off Broadway, a variety show compiled from many various Broadway musicals, giving students the opportunity to sing theatrical music in group and individual settings.
Many other events, including singing at local nursing homes, WCHS chapels, elementary and middle school chapels, Disneyland, SCVA Festivals, the Azusa Pacific University Invitational Festival, the La Habra High School Invitational Festival, City of La Habra events, and local church services.