When it comes to vocal instruction, “the company you keep” is vitally important. SVC High School students have the remarkable blessing of being led by Octavius Womack, affectionately known at SVC as “Mr. O.” A former touring member and Associate Director of Young Americans, he has performed extensively across the globe, and he has shared the stage with other gifted artists, including John Legend and Brian Stokes Mitchell. He is a prolific YouTube artist, whose cover of Bill Wither’s 1970’s hit, “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has over 1.7 million views.
Vocal instruction takes place both in the classroom and on the stage. Each year, the community is treated to three concerts, including one with students performing their own original songs. Students who have a heart for worship are invited to audition for the High School worship team, “Warriors of Praise.” A concert choir course is open to all students and provides an opportunity for them to use their God-given talents while also developing skills as vocalists, musicians and performers. This course develops each student through disciplined rehearsals which include sight-singing, basic theory, and introduction to vocal and choral techniques.