Marching Band and Concert Bands
CVCA has four bands to progressively advance students’ ability. The Department is under the direction of Mr. Scott Isaacs and Mr. Ben Weber. Either would be happy to answer any band questions you may have.
The Marching Band performs throughout the fall at football games and area band shows. This group is open to all high school band musicians. After marching season ends, the group moves inside as the Symphonic Band and performs several concerts throughout the year at CVCA, area elementary schools, missions, and retirement communities. The group also goes on tour every other year.
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 perform in the Middle School Concert Band. This group performs several concerts throughout the year at CVCA and occasionally plays at area elementary schools.
The Beginning Band is open to students in all grades interested in learning to play a band instrument. This band teaches basic fundamentals with the goal of moving students to other bands when the basic skills are met.
Handbells have a long and proud tradition at CVCA. We offer three handbell choirs with students challenged at every level while focusing on using music as an act of worship. Because of the popularity of the program, available openings may be limited. The groups are under the direction of Mr. Scott Isaacs.
The Beginning Ringers is open to middle school students proficient in reading music. Auditions are not required, but may be needed during the first week of school to determine group placement.
The Intermediate Ringers is generally open to students 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.
The Royal Ringers, CVCA’s premier handbell group, consists of players from grades 11 and 12. They perform many times throughout the year and travel on a major concert tour every two years to cities such as New York and Toronto. An audition or director recommendation is required.
The CVCA Orchestra consists of the school’s most advanced string players. The group performs many times each year, including for CVCA’s graduation ceremony.
In recent years, the orchestra has been involved with the STEP Norway Program which has included visiting the Harry London’s Chocolate Factory, a corn maze, Cedar Point, and the Cleveland Zoo with the Norwegian exchange students. The CVCA Orchestra has also sent a group of students to Bergen, Norway for two weeks to play concerts at amazing places and learn about the Norwegian culture.
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 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 and 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. 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.