“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to Your name, O Most High, to proclaim Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For You make me glad by Your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” Psalm 92: 1-4
Students in 9th or 10th grade develop their singing abilities by learning to sing quality 2-, 3-, and 4-part music. Students will study sight-reading skills and basic music theory. Students perform at the Christmas and Spring Concerts. No audition is required. For more information, contact Ms. Katie DeVries. This is offered as an elective course and will fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.
An ensemble of upperclassmen studies advanced works of music that incorporate a high level of theory and skill. Eligible students have the opportunity to perform in Regional and State Honors Choirs as well as District and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals. All students perform at the Christmas and Spring concerts, at the District Choral Festival for ratings and feedback, in a variety of community performances, and at school functions throughout the year. For more information, contact Ms. Katie DeVries. This is offered as an elective course.
A percussion ensemble that is open to anyone who wants to play percussion. We start from the beginning and teach techniques so that anyone who wants to learn can participate. Students learn drum patterns, cadences, and full percussion ensemble pieces that are performed for concerts, sporting events, and more. Rehearsals are on Tuesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mr. Chad Rozema.
Available to 9th and 10th graders. Students study intermediate levels of band literature and techniques. Students are encouraged to use and develop their talents so that they not only can enrich their lives but also be of service to their Creator and others. Band members may also participate in Pep Band or Lab Band, with the permission of the Band Director. Students are encouraged to participate in Solo and Ensemble. Students will also perform at a Christmas and Spring Concert. For more information, contact Mr. Chad Rozema. This is offered as an elective course and will fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.
A select group of auditioned instrumentalists from grades 9-12 experiment with, rehearse, and perform all different types of music: contemporary, jazz, swing, rock, pop, and ethnic music. You must also be a member of one of the school’s bands to be eligible. The Jazz Band performs at concerts, the Connections banquet, and occasionally jazz festivals. Practice is normally on Tuesday nights. For more information, contact Mr. Chad Rozema.
Auditioned chorus that meets once a week on Monday nights to rehearse. This group often performs at other schools, festivals, and churches outside of school hours. For more information, contact Mrs. Holly Baar.
Students from all grade levels study intermediate string ensemble techniques and will perform works representative of several musical styles, eras, genres, and cultures. Students will be challenged to expand their level of technique and musicianship in a setting where the musical study is considered an act of worship to God. Students will perform at a Christmas and Spring Concert, as well as at additional community and/or festival events. For more information, contact Ms. Ashley Kooistra. This is offered as an elective course and will fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.
Members of the Symphonic Band (and sometimes Freshman Band) come together to support the football and basketball games with their music. Fun, energizing music is played for crowds to enjoy and give energy to the games. The marching band rehearses one time per week. For more information, contact Mr. Chad Rozema.
Students from the 11th and 12th grades come together to continue to develop their God-given skills by studying more advanced band literature and techniques. Student skills will be challenged and rewarded with participation in Band Festival and Pep Band. Students are eligible for Lab Band, Solo and Ensemble Events, and Honors Band (regional band at Calvin College). Students will also perform at a Christmas and Spring Concert. For more information, contact Mr. Chad Rozema. This is offered as an elective course
Each year, South Christian Drama presents two major productions: a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Students are encouraged to audition and be involved in a number of significant ways. After the spring production, students also have the opportunity to participate in student-directed plays called Playbills. SCHS Drama is open to all students. For more information, contact Mr. Ryan Vanden Heuvel, Mrs. Rachel Westra, or Mrs. Reba Ezell.
There are a variety of “off-stage” opportunities that are vital to the success of our fall and spring dramatics. Students can be involved in set construction, sound, lights, hair and make-up, and other drama-related activities. For more information, contact For more information, contact Mr. Ryan Vanden Heuvel, Mrs. Rachel Westra, or Mrs. Reba Ezell.
Visual Arts Program
We offer a vibrant visual arts program dedicated to equipping all students to develop their artistic skills for general appreciation of the arts or pursuit of an artistic career. Outside of class, special care is given to enabling students to put together an art portfolio for college admissions. In addition, participating in competitions that promote the advancement of students in the arts is cultivated. Overall, students’ abilities are exercised so that they are enabled to develop their creative confidence and become better prepared for endeavors beyond the high school experience that demand creative thinking skills and innovative ideas.
Through our art classes, students come to understand their place in God’s world and how to use their God-given gifts to live and work out that mission.
Introduction to Art
Drawing and Painting
Ceramics and Sculpture
Graphics and Printmaking
For more information, contact Mrs. Roberta VanHaitsma, Mrs. Kim Koetje, or Mrs. Amy Slotsema.
The South Christian Music Program is committed to equip students to live Christ-centered lives and serve God to their greatest potential. With this in mind…
The goals of the South Christian Music Boosters are to instill and maintain an enthusiastic interest in the various aspects of the Music Program, to lend financial support to its related activities and to provide support and encouragement to the directors of the Music Program.
For more information, contact Ms. Katie DeVries or Mr. Chad Rozema.