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Ca lva r y Ch r i s t i a n High School

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT

www.cchs.us/arts.aspx CALVARY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 110 N. McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, Florida 33759


MR. MICHAEL MARTELL DIRECTOR OF FINE ARTS / BAND DIRECTOR

My name is Michael Martell and it is my honor to serve as the Director of Fine Arts and Band Director at Calvary Christian High School. I have been involved with Christian education both as a student and as a teacher for as long as I can remember and I am passionate about Christian education because of the impact it has had on my life.  I have served at Calvary since the 2011–2012 school year. Prior to my time at Calvary, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Clearwater Christian College and in 2017 I earned my Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida. It is my joy to lead and serve alongside our talented fine arts faculty as we seek to provide students with a college preparatory fine arts education rooted in a Christian worldview. In our fine arts department, discovering God’s truth and worshipping Him through artistic expression is a core value. Although receiving recognition for an outstanding performance or product is an encouragement to our students, it is not the highest aim of our department. Rather, our goal is to use the arts as a means of worshipping God and furthering His kingdom. This goal stems from Matthew 6:33 which says “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” It is our hope that you will consider joining us as we seek to use the arts to bring glory to our Creator


“The mission of the Fine Arts Department at Calvary Christian High School is to provide a challenging college preparatory fine arts education that inspires and equips students to become lifelong practitioners and patrons of the arts, rooted in a Christian worldview.�


IN THE CLASSROOM Calvary students have many fine arts courses to choose from including Visual Art, Marching/Concert Band, Choir, Dance, Drama, Yearbook, and Creative Writing. Additionally, our fine arts faculty offers a wealth of experience to our students who are interested in studying the arts at the college level. With their diverse backgrounds, our fine arts faculty is able to successfully prepare students for college auditions and portfolio submissions. Our fine arts faculty members hold degrees from a variety of post-secondary institutions including state universities, Christian colleges, and conservatories. With this diversity of post-secondary experiences, our faculty is well-equipped to help students find the best place to study the arts at the college level


OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM CCHS fine arts students have the opportunity to be a part of the Warrior Marching Band, Calvary Choir, Fall Play, Spring Musical, Christmas Concert, and Worship Team. The best of our Visual Art students’ work is displayed in our Ruach Art Gallery throughout the year. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in several festivals and competitions such as the FBA and FVA music performance assessments, the ACSI Choral Festival, FMBC Marching Band Competitions, FMEA All-State Music Ensembles, PCMEA All-County Music Ensembles, Disney’s Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, ITS District and State Competitions, and the Scholastic Art competition. The International Thespian Society (ITS) and Film Society are extra-curricular clubs that encourage our students to think critically about the arts from a Christian worldview. Our students serve their community by performing at senior living facilities and exchange performances with other local middle and elementary schools


PERFORMING ARTS COURSE OFFERINGS PERFORMING ARTS • BEGINNING
 BAND • MARCHING BAND / CONCERT BAND * • DIRECTED STUDY IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC • BEGINNING GUITAR • BEGINNING CHOIR • CALVARY CHOIR* • MUSIC THEORY HONORS • COLOR GUARD • CHOREOGRAPHY / DANCE BASICS • STORYTELLING THROUGH MOVEMENT • DRAMA I • DRAMA II • MUSICAL THEATER • PRAISE AND WORSHIP* * Course Placement Audition Required


VISUAL ART, JOURNALISM, AND COMMUNICATION COURSE OFFERINGS VISUAL ART • ELEMENTS OF ART • PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN • AP STUDIO ART DRAWING • AP STUDIO ART 2D • AP STUDIO ART 3D

JOURNALISM & COMMUNICATION • CREATIVE WRITING • YEARBOOK I • YEARBOOK II


MR. MICHAEL MARTELL

DIRECTOR OF FINE ARTS / BAND DIRECTOR

EMAIL martell.michael@cchs.us

DEGREES

Master of Music in Music Education University of Florida Bachelor of Science in Music Education Clearwater Christian College

CCHS COURSES • Marching / Concert Band

BIO

As a band student at a Christian High School, God provided me with the opportunity to be the drum major of my marching band. Through that experience, God called me to use my love of music as a way to reach students for Christ. It is my joy to serve in my role at Calvary teaching students to pursue musical excellence and a vibrant relationship with the Lord

SCRIPTURE

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 (NIV)


BAND PROGRAM PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The band program at Calvary Christian High School prepares students to be effective Christian producers and consumers of instrumental music in college and beyond. The band program’s course offerings: Beginning Band, Directed Study in Instrumental Music, and Marching/Concert Band are designed to equip instrumental music students to achieve their best according to their skill levels. Students in the Marching/Concert band class have numerous opportunities to perform throughout the school year including FMBC competitions, FBA assessments, jazz band, pit orchestra, FMEA AllState Band, PCMEA All-County Band, and the FBA solo and ensemble festival. The band program emphasizes excellence in performance, glorifying God through performance, and having fun within a family atmosphere.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Highly regarded in the region, the Warrior Band has earned a reputation for excellence. The following are just a few recent examples of their accomplishments: • Back-to-back top seven finishes at the FMBC Marching Band State Championships, 2016-2017 • Superior rating at the FBA Concert Band Assessment, 2016-2017 • Superior rating at the FBA Marching Band Assessment, 2015-2017 • Superior Rating at the ACSI Concert Band Assessment, 2012-2017

THE NEXT LEVEL

Several of our band graduates are currently pursuing or have earned undergraduate degrees in instrumental music and music education and many are currently participating in a college marching band.


MR. BRANDON MARTELL CHORAL DIRECTOR EMAIL martell.brandon@cchs.us

DEGREES

Bachelor of Music in Music Education Eastman School of Music Bachelor of Music in Applied Music Eastman School of Music Performer’s Certificate Eastman School of Music

CCHS COURSES • Calvary Choir • Beginning Choir • Music Theory Honors

BIO

Mr. Martell is a well-rounded musician who is skilled in the arts of music performance, music composition, music arranging, and music pedagogy. He performs professionally as a member of The Dickens Carolers, and has performed with The Florida Orchestra. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous high school and college ensembles, including ensembles at the University of South Florida and the Eastman School of Music. As a music pedagogue, his appointments have included positions at the Salvation Army, Eastman Community Music School, Clearwater Christian College, and Calvary Christian High School

SCRIPTURE

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5


CHORAL PROGRAM PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Choral Program at Calvary Christian High School provides a comprehensive Christian vocal music education for all students that equips them to become effective producers of vocal music in our society. Designed to meet each student’s individual learning needs, the program has two classes: Beginning Choir and Calvary Choir. Both choirs perform at various events during the year: at concerts, school events, and community outreach performances. Throughout the year, students are selected to participate in smaller vocal ensembles and solo performances, and are offered extra curricular vocal music opportunities such as All-County and All-State auditions. The Choral Program operates within the larger realm of the Fine Arts Department, and frequently collaborates with other classes at our school, such as the Concert Band, Drama program, and Praise and Worship Band.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Superior with Distinction Rating in Sight-Reading (Calvary Choir) at the FVA Music Performance Assessment, 2018 • Superior Rating in Performance (Calvary Choir) at the ACSI Choral Festival, 2016–2018 • 6 Total students making FMEA All-State Choirs, 2017–2018 • 10 Total students making PCMEA All-County Choirs, 2017–2018 • Superior Rating in Performance (Warrior Voices) at the FVA Solo & Ensemble Festival, 2017

THE NEXT LEVEL

Graduates of the Choral Program are currently pursuing vocal performance and music education degrees at institutions such as Liberty University, Vanderbilt University, and Toccoa Falls College.


MRS. ANNE MARIE GAIGE

DRAMA DIRECTOR / DANCE CHOREOGRAPHER EMAIL gaige.annemarie@cchs.us

DEGREE

Bachelor of Science in Education University of South Florida

CCHS COURSES • Dance (Storytelling Through Movement) • Musical Theatre • Drama I & II

BIO

Mrs. Gaige has been dancing and performing since age two and has followed her passion in life. Today she owns a local dance studio and is one of the most well respected choreographers in the area. She has studied under and worked along side some of the top choreographers and directors in the country and has directed and choreographed several award winning shows. Mrs. Gaige has a love for all genres of theatre and dance and believes that the best performers are well-rounded ones who know how to perform with a purpose, have a strong technique foundation and give honor to the One who gave them their gift!

SCRIPTURE

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)


DANCE AND DRAMA PROGRAMS DANCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW Dance class at Calvary has a storytelling focus. We learn how to move in a way that engages the audience on a story and glorifies God. Storytelling through Movement students participate in the annual Dance Revolution Showcase, where they take classes from some of the best Christian choreographers across the country and perform in the showcase. Past dance students at Calvary have gone on to join respected college dance teams and have joined professional dance ministry programs reaching the nation in dance.

DRAMA PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Drama program at Calvary Christian High School provides a comprehensive, Christian worldview based theatre and musical theatre education for all students. Drama 1 is designed to meet each student at their current experience level and increase their confidence and vocal/physical/emotional performance skills. Drama 2 is for students who wish to take their dramatic study further and includes audition technique, scene study, and college/professional level actor theory and training. Musical theatre gives that student who is looking to be the triple threat a place to increase their knowledge and performance in musical theatre. Theatre students perform at many events throughout the year, including: the fall play, the Spring musical, and solo/ensemble performances at the district and state levels. Past CCHS drama students have gone on to receive scholarships to respected college theatre programs and perform in local or regional theatrical productions.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS Both the dance and drama programs have received top honors at district and state festivals including critics’ choice two times and honorable mentions at the district level. Students have received many superior ratings at the district and state levels as well as showcasing their talents to glorify Christ and reach a nation!


MS. KRISTIN NEUFARTH VISUAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR EMAIL neufarth.kristin@cchs.us

DEGREES

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Ceramics; Education and Reading Validation Ohio University

CCHS COURSES • Elements of Art (Art I) • Principles of Design (Art II) • AP Drawing • AP 2D • AP 3D • 3D Design

BIO

I cannot remember a time when I have not made art!” states Ms. Neufarth. Her passion for visual art grew during high school as she attended classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the evenings and then went on to earn her multifaceted degree in art at Ohio University and continued with master level courses at Ohio State. Ms. Neufarth is originally from the mid-west first teaching in Columbus, Ohio and then at Loudon County schools outside of Washington DC. She was a School Bell award winner in Ohio (School’s Teacher of the Year award) and also a Golden Apple award winner (Teacher of the Year) for the county in Virginia. In addition to teaching at Calvary, she maintains an active studio practice and continues to work with art galleries that exhibit and sell her original works of art in Southwest Florida and Maine

SCRIPTURE But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22–23


VISUAL ART PROGRAM PROGRAM OVERVIEW Calvary Christian High School’s visual art program exists to provide college preparatory training in the field of visual art with a Christian purpose. We aim for students to have the knowledge and skill sets they need to succeed while exhibiting the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and Christian values. Our visual art department’s philosophy is that we believe art is an intellectual and God inspired process. We stress visual thinking, creativity, skill development, and critical analysis. Our program emphasizes the skills of seeing and drawing, problem solving, persistence, and personal expression. Learning to take informed risks and being inventive in making images and objects are central to the program. We use the critique process regularly to clarify conceptual issues and to celebrate the uniqueness of personal vision. Students will be able to recognize and become successful at using the elements of art and principles of design in their work. Fundamental and advanced levels of design, drawing, painting, art history, and contemporary art are pillars of the curriculum. Students will work through a wide variety of mediums, and see works of art live with the field trip opportunities offered in the Tampa Bay area’s nationally recognized museums and galleries. Students have the opportunity to compete in local, and area competitions. Advanced art classes are designed to equip students with the foundation that will position them to move to the next level of art education. For those who have satisfied all requirements, three AP courses are offered to develop their own portfolio of work- AP Drawing, AP 2-D, and AP 3-D.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS Ms. Neufarth’s Advanced Placement Studio Art students have an impressive ninety-percent pass rate, one of the highest in the country. Students in the visual art program routinely receive Best of Show awards at our regional ACSI Art festival and have been the recipients of the Young Arts Award, and Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Arts program.

THE NEXT LEVEL Our visual art alumni have continued their art education at such universities as Samford University, Ohio State, University of South Florida, Savannah College of Art and Design, Flagler College, and many others and have earned degrees ranging from architecture, art therapy, art education, film, and photography.


MR. STATHIS LINARDOS MUSIC TEACHER EMAIL linardos.stathis@cchs.us

DEGREE

Bachelor of Science in Music Education University of South Florida

CCHS COURSES

• Beginning Guitar • Beginning Band • Directed Study Instrumental Music • Color Guard Assistant • Calvary Choir Assistant

BIO

Mr. Linardos is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Music Education. After joining the band in middle school, his passion for music grew throughout high school as he joined the marching band and praise team at his high school.  He has held a variety of positions teaching and performing music throughout his career and is delighted to be serving in Christian ministry at Calvary. Mr. Linardos has worked with the Calvary Christian High School Warrior Marching Band as the drill writer and visual coordinator since its inaugural season in 2011.  In addition to working with the Warrior Band, Mr. Linardos has toured nationally performing with and teaching for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps as well as the Heat Wave of Florida Drum and Bugle Corps

SCRIPTURE Make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—shout for joy before the Lord, the King. Psalm 98:5–6


MS. EMILY SAARI

COLOR GUARD DIRECTOR EMAIL

saari.emily@cchs.us

DEGREES

Associate in Arts St. Petersburg College Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences University of South Florida (Candidate for May 2019)

CCHS COURSES • Color Guard

BIO

Emily’s passion for the arts began as a band member. She was introduced to color guard after joining her high school’s marching band, and later began spinning in their winter guard program. Emily is now a three-year veteran of the Herd of Thunder Marching Band and of the award-winning winter guard program at the University of South Florida

SCRIPTURE Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

COLOR GUARD PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Color Guard program at Calvary Christian High School explores visual expression through movement and use of equipment. In the color guard class, students learn, rehearse, and memorize technique and choreography as it relates to the marching band show.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Best Color Guard Award at FMBC Regional Competitions, 2014–2017


MS. TAYLOR FRY

FINE ARTS ASSISTANT EMAIL fry.taylor@cchs.us

DEGREE

Bachelor in Journalism; Minor in Graphic Design Palm Beach Atlantic University

BIO

During Taylor’s time at Palm Beach Atlantic she worked as the Editor-in-Chief for the student publication. Her responsibilities included managing a team of 20 reporters and overseeing every area of the publication (website, print, video and social media). Additionally, she was an intern and employed by PBA’s marketing department. In this role she wrote articles and photographed various events. Ms. Fry has been photographer for many years and she is very passionate about all areas of fine arts

SCRIPTURE

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6–8. This passage means a lot to me because it shows that even though we are all imperfect and powerless, Christ chose to love us and die for us. Even when people hurt us, we should have this mindset as we go through life. We should always choose love.


RUACH GALLERY RUACH GALLERY is a 1000 sq. ft. space located on the third floor of Calvary Christian High School. The gallery exists for students to learn valuable lessons through exhibiting their work and hosting guest artist exhibitions. Ruach Gallery serves the community by offering local, emerging, and established artists a place to exhibit. Ruach, a dynamic Hebrew word, literally means spirit, wind or breath as it relates to the Creator God who powerfully and actively filled all living creatures with His breath of life. Ruach does not exist outside of God. It is our desire to honor and please the Creator through our own creations. It is the Ruach that enables us to participate in that creative process. This gallery shows artwork created through Ruach to honor our Creator God.


The mission of the Fine Arts Department at Calvary Christian High School is to provide a challenging college preparatory fine arts education that inspires and equips students to become lifelong practitioners and patrons of the arts, rooted in a Christian worldview.

CALVARY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 110 N. McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, Florida 33759

www.cchs.us/arts.aspx

CCHS FINE ARTS OVERVIEW BOOKLET  

Inside you'll find all the information that our Fine Arts department offers here at CCHS! We have a talented group of arts faculty, staff an...

CCHS FINE ARTS OVERVIEW BOOKLET  

Inside you'll find all the information that our Fine Arts department offers here at CCHS! We have a talented group of arts faculty, staff an...