God himself is a creator and creative. Man, made in God’s image is also creative. The talents and abilities God has given us are expressed through the Arts. The visual, vocal, instrumental and performing abilities are developed and expressed in a reflection of God.
The goals of the fine arts department are to:
- Glorify Christ through excellence in artwork and performance
- Promote participation in the graphic arts and music performance through participation in ACSI and other fine arts contests
- Encourage students to explore their God-given talents and fellowship with like-minded students in a supportive and affirming group
The philosophy of the ECS Music Department is to give the student the opportunity to serve the Lord, the student body, and the community through music. This is done through teamwork, dedication, musical excellence, and cooperation toward a successful music ministry.
Vocal Arts – Choir
ECS students receive music instruction from kindergarten through fifth grade which includes participation in the annual spring elementary program. ECS offers Joyful Noise, an after-school elementary choir available for students in grades 3-5. This is excellent preparation for the middle school choir (grades 6-8) and the high school choir (9-12).
Christmas Caroling has become a tradition for the choir students at ECS. High school students have caroled at the Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo, St. Anne’s Hospital, Sunset House, Flower Hospital Goerlich Center, and Wildwood Metropark’s Christmas at the Manor House. The middle school choir travels to several retirement homes in the area and lights up the faces of many seniors. The fifth graders traditionally sing at retail establishments in the area such as The Anderson’s, Hobby Lobby, and Kroger’s.
Instrumental Arts – Band
Emmanuel band begins in fourth grade. Elementary band students advance to middle school band and finally to our high school band. There are also opportunities to be a member of the praise band, which leads the music in school chapel. The high school band also performs as the Warrior Pep Band at home basketball games. Warrior fans look forward to hearing the pep band each basketball season.
Additional Musical Opportunities
Part of a well-rounded music education is the opportunity to perform. Students in band and choir have the opportunity to participate in various performances throughout the school year:
- Winter Concert (December)
- End-of-Year Concert (May)
- Ohio Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble – High school and middle school band and choir students have the opportunity to perform as either a soloist or in a small group.
- Music Festivals – The elementary, middle and high schools bands and choirs participate in either the Ohio Music Educator’s Music Festival or the Association of Christian School’s Music Festival. Students may also perform in a solo or ensemble at the ACSI events.
- High School Honors Band and Choir – Each year the best and brightest of our high school band and choir students participate in a number of honors band and choir events, including the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Cedarville University, and the Ohio Music Education Association All-State Band or Choir (also open to elementary choral students) .
High School Drama
Each year students at ECS present a spring play. The 2012 spring play was “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” the first full-length musical ever enacted by the students of Emmanuel. Propelled by that success, the students produced “The Wind in the Willows,” a musical based on the book by Kenneth Grahame, in March of 2013.
The play focuses on the adventures of Mr. Toad, a rich, irresponsible, and ultimately very likable character. His good friends the adventurous Rat, the shy but loyal Mole, and the stern but kind Badger try to keep Mr. Toad in check as he pursues one reckless pastime after another. The classic children’s book comes to life on stage with bouncy tunes, brightly colored sets, and true joy of friendship.
Thank you to all who have supported the ECS Drama Department! Check back in the fall for information on next year’s play!
Emmanuel Christian School offers art as a full-year elective for high school students. Middle school students participate in six weeks of art instruction each year as part of an enrichment curriculum.
The school has a well-equipped, well-supplied art studio with appropriate lighting and up-to-date technology. In addition to traditional tools such as pencils, charcoal, and paint, students may take advantage of school resources such as laptop computers for design work, a SmartBoard for group activities, and digital cameras for recording the artistic process.
Lucas County and the surrounding area offer a great variety of activities suitable for extension learning for art students. Field trips each year include the Toledo Museum of Art, The Mazza Museum of Children’s Book Illustration in Findlay, Ohio, and other outings as time permits. The school campus is in close proximity to the Stranahan Arboretum, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, and the Toledo Botanical Garden, which provide additional subjects for open-air nature photography, painting, and drawing during the late spring through early fall.
Would you like to help support the music department at ECS?
We have two major fundraisers each year with the coupon car sale in October and the cookie dough sale in February. The funds raised help purchase music, instruments, and other music department expenses. These two fundraisers also provide the music students with the opportunity to raise funds for their personal music department expenses, such as rentals, concert attire, music tour, etc. Watch the school calendar for the dates of these events or contact the music department.
If you would like further information about the ECS music department, feel free to contact the ECS music director, Yvonne Youngblood, by calling the school office at 419-885-3558.
The ECS Music Department has partnered with boonli.com to sponsor the lunch program at ECS, which is available every day except Thursday and is completely run by parent volunteers. For a complete menu and to order, see the link below. There will also be fruit, chips, drinks and a variety of ice cream available on a cash basis that does not have to be ordered in advance. Prices vary from $.50 to $.75. The MS/HS lunch will also have some other higher priced items like Izzi Sparkling water ($1) and Starbucks Frappuccino ($2).
If you are an ECS parent that would like to volunteer to help with the lunch program, please contact Lois Vick at firstname.lastname@example.org