Performing Arts on the Rise at SVC

When Mr. Streelman joined SVC as Head of School, he identified building a vibrant Fine Arts department as a vital component of his strategic plan for our school. In 2017, Octavius Womack (“Mr. O”) took the reigns as Fine Arts Director and, in less than two years, has taken Mr. Streelman’s dream and turned it into a REALITY!

In 2018-19, the second year for the performing arts area of the overarching Fine Arts Department, the theater program produced and performed four musicals: Grease, The Greatest Showman, Sister Act, and Annie Jr. (our first all-Elementary musical). Students had the opportunity to audition for lead roles, be cast as ensemble members, and work in production areas, such as on the stage and technical crews.

The vocal program at SVC was also elevated during the 2018-19 school year. Our community was treated to three concerts, including one with students performing their own original songs. Add to that the outstanding program in Elementary and Junior High (led by accomplished teacher and recording artist Kim Johnson), and the vocal arena at SVC has reached a whole new level. It’s a platform where novice artists can explore their interests and more seasoned singers can hone their technical skills.

The dance team nearly tripled in size in 2018-19, and we welcomed new dance coach, Caitlin Brophy. Dance classes are offered in both Junior High and High school, and there is an after-school dance program for Elementary students. Recitals take place for the collective group of dancers (Elementary – High School) in the fall and spring.

In February, students enrolled in a High School Fine Arts course had the opportunity to travel to New York, spending nearly a week in one of the epicenters of the development of the Arts.

Even more opportunities are on the horizon for students beginning in the 2019-20 school year. One which Mr. O is particularly excited about is the development of a drumline in Junior High and High School.

It’s definitely “encore” time at SVC!

To learn more about the SVC Fine Arts Department and Mr. O’s vision for it, please click here.

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