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Fine Arts at Minnehaha Academy

In Upper School, students have opportunities to excel in choral groups, bands, orchestra and theater. Our extensive visual arts program includes drawing and painting, graphic design, photography, film, sculpture, and ceramics. The arts are thriving at Minnehaha – and so are our artists.

Minnehaha’s Fine Arts program has long been celebrated for its excellence, and our Upper School is home to one of the finest performance venues in the Twin Cities. Performing groups involve students at every age and experience level. The school calendar is filled with concerts and theater events throughout the year. More than half of our students take part in these programs. Minnehaha Academy also arranges national and international touring experiences for students.

 

The Artist Within

Being part of Fine Arts at Minnehaha is not just about fostering talent. It’s about experiencing art, enjoying art, and developing an appreciation for art that will last a lifetime. Students gain from the instruction and inspiration of highly trained and skilled faculty. The curriculum is designed to foster self-worth and creative expression as it integrates faith and learning.

Choral Music
Singers

This select choir develops vocal skills, including sight-reading, tone quality and artistic interpretation. The Singers perform locally and in alternate years take an extensive concert tour. Music of all periods is studied and performed including a cappella and accompanied literature. Students must have a good sense of pitch, a basic knowledge of music and the ability to read and carry a part. Grading criteria include basic theory, concert attendance, and concert reports.

 

Mens’ Choir

Music sung in the Men’s Choir will represent a wide variety of styles and periods. Development of vocal methods and musicianship will be emphasized. In addition to Christmas and Spring Concerts and the Madrigal Dinner, the ensemble may also lead in worship and/or perform at other various functions. This class is a prerequisite for Singers and auditions are held each spring. Students may repeat this class as often as they wish. Depending on enrollment, Men’s Choir may be combined with Women’s Chorale.

 

Women’s Chorale

Music sung in the Women’s Chorale will represent a wide variety of styles and periods. Development of vocal methods and musicianship will be emphasized. In addition to Christmas and Spring Concerts and the Madrigal Dinner, the ensemble may also lead in worship and/or perform at other various functions. This class is a prerequisite for Singers and auditions are held each spring. Students may repeat this class as often as they wish. Depending on enrollment, Women’s Chorale may be combined with Mens’ Choir.

 

Madrigal Singers

Hear ye! Hear ye!

The Minnehaha Madrigal Singers provides a fun challenge for eighteen of the school’s finest vocalists. We explore many of the beautiful songs from the Renaissance period and work to develop a superior vocal blend and performance ethic. The main focus of the group is the annual Madrigal Dinner held each February. The gym is transformed into Minnehaha Manor and 700 guests enjoy an authentic feast, play and concert over the two performances. Members of the three MA choirs also participate fully in this showcase event. The Madrigal Singers serve at various community and school events which afford us the opportunity to explore different a cappella styles of music.

Rehearsals are held each Tuesday and Thursday 7:40 – 8:30 a.m. in the choir room. Although our main focus is the madrigal dinner we also participate in homecoming activities, choral concerts, contest, and several community events throughout the year.
Any student enrolled in Singers is eligible to audition each May. Vocal Skill, sight-reading, dramatic readings and improvs make up this audition.

Director
Karen Lutgen
lutgenkaren@MinnehahaAcademy.net


Instrumental Music

Symphonic Winds

Students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble are selected by audition to participate in this upper level music course.  Class time is focused on mastering advanced band literature and applying music theory and history lessons that inform the way this repertoire is learned.  Each student is further challenged by taking 6 individual lessons each semester that focus on learning techniques specific to their abilities and needs.  Performance is a key aspect of this course; all students play in  Pep Band, formal concerts and school chapel services.  The group takes a concert/study trip on alternating years.

 

Orchestra

Advanced chamber groups meet before school. These groups perform a wide variety of music and stress good musicianship. Chamber orchestra participation is determined by audition. Other string ensembles, as well as private and group lessons, are also available.

 

Pep Band

The Minnehaha Academy Pep Band performs for fall and winter varsity home athletic events. All members of the Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble are also members of the Pep Band. Band members commit to a set number of events each season from a list provided by the band directors. Pep band is a terrific way to support our school, play fun pop tunes and have a great time in the stands. Go Big Red!

 

Jazz Band

Minnehaha Academy Jazz Bands provide the opportunity to play a variety of musical styles ranging from swing to Latin to rock. In addition to learning the fundamentals of playing in different styles, students learn the basics of improvisation. Any student enrolled in Concert Band or Symphonic Wind Ensemble is encouraged to participate. Minnehaha Academy currently has two jazz bands and placement is determined by audition.

Both Jazz Ensembles rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:40 – 8:25 a.m., in the band room and chapel. We perform for Homecoming Coronation, Fall Band Concert, Jazz Festival, Pop Concert and other special events throughout the school year.

 

Concert Band

Concert Band is open to all instrumental music students. Requirements include commitment to individual practice, rehearsals and performances and participation in Pep Band. This group studies the fundamentals of good technique and musicianship and performs a wide variety of quality literature. Grading requirements include lessons or sectionals, concert reports and participation in all band events.

 

Directors

Diane Hallberg
hallberg@MinnehahaAcademy.net

Ryan Larson
larsonryan@MInnehahaAcademy.net

 


Theatre

Theatre

We strive to do excellent work that honors God and serves our students. We make use of each student’s God given talents to put on the most exciting, rewarding and often times thought provoking shows possible. Theatre is about the process and working collaboratively to help one another discover their artistic voices and become leaders to those around them. We tell stories that help teach and hopefully inspire audience members to think twice about choices in their lives.

2017 Spring Play – Much Ado About Nothing

April 20,21,22

 

Past Productions

  • Urinetown, Fall 2016
  • Godspell, Spring 2016
  • The Miracle Worker, Fall 2015
  • Treasure Island, Spring 2015
  • 5th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee , Fall 2014
  • Seussical the Musical , Spring 2014
  • Anatomy of Gray, Fall 2013
  • Twelfth Night, Spring 2013
  • Big River, Fall 2012
  • Honk!, Spring 2012
  • Dear Finder, Fall 2011
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Spring 2011
  • Little Shop of Horrors, Fall 2010
  • Into the Woods, Spring 2010
  • The Diviners, Fall 2010
  • Fools, Spring 2009
  • Proof, Fall 2008
  • Beauty and the Beast, Spring 2008
  • Sabrina Fair, Fall 2007
  • Dearly Departed, Summer 2007
  • As You Like It, May 2007
  • And Then There Were None, October 2006
  • Singin’ In The Rain, May 2006
Director

Nicholas Freeman
freemannicholas@MinnehahaAcademy.net


Visual Arts

Upper School students may select from a wide variety of Visual Arts including drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture, film and photography.

 

 

Upper School Fine Arts Courses

Fine Arts

Fundamentals of Art and Design
.5 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Fall and Spring Semester
Students will learn a variety of artistic techniques and gain experience in various art mediums through exploring the elements of art and design: Line, Color, Shape, Space, Form, Texture and Value. Students will learn art fundamentals through assignments in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Shortened Monday periods are used to explore Art History and the context of visual ideas.

Drawing
.5 credit

Open to 10, 11, 12
Fall Semester
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Art and Design

Students will explore the wide range of artistic possibilities in the subject of drawing, and will create works in pencil, charcoal, ink and pastel. The course will include units in line drawing, portraiture/figure drawing, still life, abstract and perspective technical drawing. Students will keep a regular sketchbook.

Ceramics
.5 credit

Open to 10, 11, 12
Fall Semester
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Art and Design

This challenging course will introduce students to the wide range of techniques involved in creating functional pottery. Students will use the pottery wheel to create bowls, plates and mugs, as well as create large-scale hand built pots. They will also work with glazes and firing techniques to develop colored finishes.

Painting
.5 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Spring Semester
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Art and Design

Students in Painting class will learn how to control color and advance their skills across a wide range of mediums and techniques. Assignments in the course are designed to teach the importance of good composition and use of the elements and principles of art and design. Students will make paintings using watercolor, acrylic and oil paint. They will also get to stretch their own canvases. We will also study famous paintings in art history.

Sculpture
.5 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Spring Semester
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Art and Design

This class will explore art in the 3rd dimension. Students will learn about sculpture through a range of assignments, including figure sculptures and portrait heads in clay, the assemblage of sculptures from found objects, and carvings in wood and stone. Other materials used in sculpting throughout the semester are cardboard, wax, wire and sheet metal. This class promises to be challenging and fun.

AP Studio Art (Drawing, 2D Design or 3D emphasis)
1 credit

Open to 11, 12
Prerequisite: Fundamental of Art and Design and at least 2 medium courses. Application process and approval of art teacher

This class is closely modeled after a college-level art course. Students develop their own unique ideas and express them in a series of artistic works. These works fulfill the portfolio requirements of the AP College Board, and are submitted for judging at the end of the year. Students choose the media and subject matter themselves, work one-on-one with the instructor and receive weekly class critiques. This class is especially recommended for those students with interest in pursuing an art related career or college program.

Digital Photography
.5 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Students must provide their own DSLR camera
Digital Photography will provide an overview of photo composition and photo editing. Projects will mix artistic and journalistic subjects, including both candid and posed portraits, nature, sports action and photo essays. Other topics include: using Photoshop software; working with natural and artificial light; experimenting with aperture, shutter speed and manual SLR settings; using different lenses; cropping images; choosing and evaluating compact and digital SLR cameras; creating portfolio websites and displaying work in online portfolios; copyright protections and using watermarks; creating online slideshows; and finding resources for independent learning. Student work may be published in the school newspaper, yearbook and online media website.

Exploration of Theatre
.5 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
This course may be taken more than one semester.

One thing you can be sure of if you take this class: you will rarely sit in a desk! Daily exercises will challenge your imagination and lead you to understand the cornerstones of performance. Also, a comprehensive study of theatre history will show how the past affects the present.

Acting
.5 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of “Exploration of Theatre” course or involvement in theater program or teacher approval. This course may be repeated.

Students in this course will learn the fundamentals of acting through study and performance. Students will learn how to study a text, find a sub-text, create authentic characters, play action rather than emotion, and discover their capacity to portray a range of character types and styles. Performance and Script Analysis will be the assessment used.

Beginning Filmmaking
.5 Credit

Open to 9,10, 11, 12
A hands-on class where students explore and experiment with how to tell (direct) stories visually. Students will learn the basics in making short films: grammatical visual language, shooting plans, screenwriting, directing and editing. In addition, students will gain an understanding of film history and evolution of the moving image. Students will shoot their short films on digital video cameras and edit them on iMovie. During the course of the semester, students will complete (write, shoot, direct and edit) one class group film, one silent film (three to five minutes), one sound exercise (30 seconds), and one dialogue film (three to five minutes).

Intermediate Filmmaking
.5 credit

Open to 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Beginning Filmmaking

In this second level course, students will build on the basics learned in Beginning Filmmaking. Students will explore different genres of filmmaking and analyze how these genres can affect their own film work. Students will film and edit 5 films during the semester: a stop motion animation film, a documentary short, a mood piece, an experimental film, and a final film. The final film for this class must be entered in a local film festival for judging.

Advanced Filmmaking
.5 credit

Open to 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Beginning Filmmaking and Intermediate Filmmaking

This course is the highest-level course in the filmmaking series for students with strong interest and ability. Students will identify a national festival or contest at the start of the semester, and they will write, film, and edit a script for that competition. Special attention will be paid to the process of revision in all stages of filming.

Beginning Graphic Design
.5 credit

Open to 9, 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Art and Design. Students will need access to a digital camera with a removable media card. The school cannot provide digital cameras.

Graphic design is essentially about problem-solving. The core of this course is the skillful combining of images and text through computer-aided page design in order to communicate a given message. Through demonstrations, guided practice, and projects, students learn to use the MAC-based software programs Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Students study basic design concepts, including typography, layout, space, color and form, and apply these to the creation of informative and persuasive materials. Students shoot their own photographs that are then used in the projects that require images. Specific assignments include creating posters, CD covers, brochures, and magazine layouts.

Advanced Graphic Design
.5 credit

Open to 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Art and Design and Beginning Graphic Design

The course is a continuation of Beginning Graphic Design, expanding to projects that are larger and more complex in scale. Students learn the business and marketing side of design, and create digital art and designs using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign software programs. A final project consists of creating an original brand and all the parts of the brand’s visual identity.

Women’s Chorale
1 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: approval of instructor

This course is designed for freshmen sopranos and altos or any upperclass student without prior choral singing experience. It is an introduction to music literacy, vocal technique and the choral art. Special focus is placed on the needs of the developing adolescent voice with repertoire and methods specific to the female instrument. The choir sings for chapel services and may participate in appropriate festivals in the metro area. The choir sings music of all time periods and performs both a cappella and accompanied literature. This class is a prerequisite to Singers. Auditions for Singers will be held each spring. Students may repeat this class as often as they wish. Grading criteria include daily theory work, concert performances, individual lessons with instructor and concert review papers.

Men’s Choir
1 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: approval of instructor

This course is designed for freshmen tenors and basses or any upperclass student without prior choral singing experience. It is an introduction to music literacy, vocal technique and the choral art. Special focus is placed on the needs of the developing adolescent voice with repertoire and methods specific to the male instrument. The choir sings for chapel services and may participate in appropriate festivals in the metro. The choir sings music of all time periods and performs both a cappella and accompanied literature. This class is a prerequisite to Singers. Auditions for Singers will be held each spring. Students may repeat this class as often as they wish. Grading criteria include daily theory work, concert performances, individual lessons with instructor and concert review papers.

Singers
1 credit

Open to 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Women’s Chorale or Men’s Choir, and audition. (Exceptions may be made for students with at least one year of high school instrumental music.)

This select choir develops the skills of music literacy, vocal technique and artistic interpretation. The Singers share their music in four major concerts a year and in alternate years take an extensive concert tour. They sing for chapel services and frequently participate in festivals and church services throughout the metro. The choir sings music of all time periods and performs both a cappella and accompanied literature. Membership is granted through an audition process where students must demonstrate a good sense of pitch, a basic knowledge of music theory and the ability to read and carry a vocal part. Grading criteria include daily theory work, concert performances, individual lessons with instructor and concert review papers.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
1 credit

Open to 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: audition required

Students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble are selected by audition to participate in this upper level music course. Class time is focused on mastering advanced band literature and applying music theory and history lessons that inform the way this repertoire is learned. Each student is further challenged by taking 12 individual lessons per year that focus on learning techniques specific to their abilities and needs. Performance is a key aspect of this course; all students play in Pep Band, formal Concerts and school chapel services. Wind Ensemble students are invited to take a concert/study trip on alternating years.

Concert Band
1 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11
Concert Band is open to all students that have played a band instrument through middle school. Students in this course will study the fundamentals of good technique and musicianship through performing a wide variety of quality band literature in various styles. Each student receives 6 individual lessons per semester tailored to their specific musical development and participates in band rehearsals. Students have many performance opportunities in addition to formal concerts, including pep band and chapel services. Students will also gain a basic understanding of music theory and music history relating to the pieces they perform.

Orchestra
1 credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Orchestra is open to all Upper School string players. Students play a variety of orchestral literature representing different styles and time periods. In addition to class rehearsal time, students participate weekly in one full orchestra rehearsal with winds, brass, and percussion. Student solos and ensembles are encouraged, and all students have the opportunity to compete at state competition. The Orchestra takes an extensive concert tour in alternating years.

Symphony Orchestra
non-credit

Open to winds, brass, and percussion students by audition and recommendation from Band directors.
Symphony Orchestra is a co-curricular ensemble opportunity for band students. Wind, brass, and percussion students join the string orchestra to perform advanced repertoire in a full orchestra setting. These musicians gain solo-quality playing experience, while exploring a variety of symphonic literature.

Madrigal Singers
non-credit

Open to Singers members, audition required
This 18 voice elite group of singers is auditioned out of the current Singers class. Auditions are held each Spring for the following school year. Rehearsals are held during zero hour twice a week from 7:30-8:20am. The Madrigal Singers are the featured performers in the Madrigal Dinner and Musical Revue that occur on alternating years in February. Typically comprised of upperclassmen, this ensemble features the highest caliber vocalists in the choral program. The Madrigals act as ambassadors for the school, They frequently appearing in school events like assemblies, chapels, open houses, the Heritage and Hope scholarship fundraiser, sporting events and special awards ceremonies. The small size of the ensemble enables the group to specialize in chamber music, vocal jazz, and madrigal repertoire.

Jazz Band
non-credit

Open to 9, 10, 11, 12
Jazz Band is a co-curricular course that is open to all students enrolled in the band program, grades 9-12. Jazz Band meets two times per week during zero hour and focuses on learning to play different styles, including swing, blues, funk, rock, bebop, and latin. Students also grow in their knowledge of music theory and apply that knowledge in particular through improvisation.

Pep Band
non-credit

Pep Band is required of all members of Concert and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The Pep Band performs at selected home games of football, soccer, hockey, and both boys and girls basketball.

Vocal Studies (offered as available)
non-credit
Open to all students on an individual basis. Special fee.
These optional 30 minute lessons, which may be taken during the school day or after school as the student’s schedule permits, are especially valuable for choir students. Concentration is on basis techniques for good vocal production, poise in performance and development of musicianship.

Orchestra Ensembles
non-credit

Advanced chamber groups meet before school. These groups perform a wide variety of music and stress good musicianship. Chamber orchestra participation is determined by audition. Other string ensembles, as well as private and group lessons, are also available.