Marching Royals & Concert Bands
The CVCA Band Department has four bands to progressively advance students’ ability and performing experience.
Handbells have a long and proud tradition at CVCA. We currently offer three handbell choirs that meet during the school day.
The CVCA Orchestra is involved in many different and exciting activities such as attending Harry London’s Chocolate Factory, Cedar Point, the Cleveland Orchestra, CVCA’s graduation ceremony, and even traveling to Bergen, Norway.
The Choral Department at CVCA is proud to offer five choirs during the day to students in grades 7-12 and one extra-curricular Show Choir.
Marching Royals & Concert Bands
The CVCA Band Department has four bands to progressively advance students’ ability and performing experience. The Marching Band performs throughout the fall at football games and area band shows. This group is open to all high school bands. After marching season ends, the group moves inside as the Symphonic Band. This group performs several concerts throughout the year at CVCA, area elementary schools, missions, and retirement communities. The group also goes on tour every other year.
Seventh and eighth grade students perform in the Concert Band. This group performs several concerts throughout the year at CVCA and occasionally plays at area elementary schools.
Our final group is the Beginning Band, open to students in all grades interested in learning to play a band instrument. This band teaches basic fundamentals on an instrument with the goal of moving students to other bands when the basic skills are met. The CVCA Band Department is under the direction of Mr. Scott Isaacs and Mr. Ben Weber. Either of these directors would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the band program.
Handbells have a long and proud tradition at CVCA. We currently offer three handbell choirs that meet during the school day. Students are challenged at every level to reach their full musical potential while focusing on using music as an act of worship. The groups are under the direction of Mr. Scott Isaacs.
The Beginning Ringers is open to students in grades 7 and 8. Students must be proficient in reading music in both bass and treble clefs. Auditions are not required to enroll, but may be required during the first week of school to determine group placement or due to a lack of available openings. Because of the popularity of the handbell program, available openings may be limited. This group performs several times during the school year.
The Intermediate Ringers is open to students generally in grades 9 and 10. An audition or director approval is required. Open positions are generally filled from students with experience in the Beginning Ringers group. Because of the popularity of the handbell program, available openings may be limited. This group performs several times during the school year.
The Royal Ringers is the premier handbell performing group at CVCA. The group of twelve players perform many times throughout the school year. The Royal Ringers travel and perform on a major concert tour every two years. They have been featured locally on the Fox 8 morning show “Kickin’ It With Kenny,” and have performed in cities such as New York and Toronto. The group is open to students in grades 11 and 12. An audition or director recommendation is required. Positions are generally filled from students with experience in the Intermediate Ringers group.
Orchestra is involved in several different activities. In recent years, the orchestra has been involved with the STEP Norway Program. In the first few months of one school year, the orchestra went to Harry London’s Chocolate Factory, a corn maze, Cedar Point, and the Cleveland Zoo with the Norwegian exchange students. They have also gone to the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame, Hale Farm and Village, IMAX, and Tower City. Last year, the CVCA Orchestra sent a group of students to Bergen, Norway for two weeks to play concerts at amazing places and learn about the Norwegian culture. Many of the students skied in the Norwegian mountains and still hold amazing memories of the ferry trip on the beautiful fjords.
The orchestra also plays for CVCA’s graduation ceremony, which requires going to the graduation dress rehearsal. Every few years, the ensemble goes to VCA to play with and recruit orchestra students. In 2009, they had the chance to hear the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra play together at Severance Hall where 2008 CVCA graduate Ryan Fox was featured as viola soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra. Orchestra is a great way to spend the beginning of a day. The opportunity to travel and play a variety of pieces is appealing to many. If you are looking for another way to get your Fine Arts credits, take a good look into the CVCA Orchestra.
“Music is one of the fairest and most glorious gifts of God, to which Satan is a bitter enemy, for it removes from the heart the weight of sorrow, and the fascination of evil thoughts.” – Martin Luther
The Choral Department at CVCA is proud to offer five choirs during the day to students in grades 7-12 and one extra-curricular Show Choir. We currently have over 210 students participating in the vocal department.
Choir Tours & Events
In March of 2017, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Royal Ringers had the opportunity to visit Nashville, Tennessee. They spent three days exploring various sights and experiencing the history of the music capital, including touring Sound Check Studios, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry. The students learned a lot about the history that made Nashville the musical city it is today.
The trip was also a mission opportunity as the students visited and performed at two homeless missions. It was easy to see God working as the students sang and served the people. Despite being homeless, the people had so much joy and were extremely appreciative. Many of the mission people knew the songs and hummed along with the choir. Those who did not know the songs were still reached. A few people had no desire to hear the music and message, but by the end of the performance they were wanting to know more. A few students had the chance to sit down with a man and talk to him about Christ. It was a very special moment, and the work of God was clearly evident. The trip was a great time of both fun and ministry.
2014: Fall Worship Choir Concert
On October 9, 2014 five of CVCA’s six choirs held their annual Fall Worship Choir Concert. The concert featured selections from all styles of music – Christian Contemporary, Sacred Choral, Latin Chorale, and some pop selections focusing on the theme of “Connecting with Christ and Others.” Many students shared testimony and scripture in between songs presented by the The Royal Vision Show Choir, Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, and Chamber Singers.
2014: New York City
Members from The Royal Ringers, Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir groups traveled to New York City on tour. While there they performed for the Nishuane Fine Arts School in Montclair New Jersey and the Morgan Stanley Presbyterian Children’s Hospital. They toured Times Square, the Empire State Building, the 911 Memorial, and ate at some fun restaurants like Bubba Gumps, Hard Rock Café, Ellen’s Stardust Diner, John’s Pizzaria, and Carlos’ Bakers from TLC’s show, “The Cake Boss.” They also saw the Broadway shows “Newsies” and “Wicked.” The students took a Broadway class with performers from Wicked where they learned about life as a Broadway performer and met many of the leads from the shows.