Indian Rocks Christian School encourages its students to discover and cultivate all of their God-given gifts and talents related to the arts. Through thoughtful guidance and instruction, art becomes the means in which students express the beauty and imaginative power of our creator God. Students learn about the arts in our classrooms and experience the arts through field trips and participation in the band, choir, drama, and many special presentations throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to lead worship during our Chapel services. Here is an overview of our programs.
Instrumental Music Program
Ben Futoran has been the director of the instrumental music program since 2005, and in that time the program has garnered many awards and placed highly in statewide competitions.
Band instruction begins in the fourth grade where students explore different instruments. In the fifth grade, they pick one instrument on which to focus and they spend the entire year learning and developing their skills on that instrument. In both years they meet for instruction twice a week and have two concerts each year.
Middle school band rehearses five times a week during the school day and performs five to six times per year. Students are also encouraged to perform in the solo and ensemble performance that is offered either through the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) and/or the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
High school band, or Regiment, is an advanced ensemble that rehearses five days a week and performs six to seven times a year. Students are also encouraged to perform in the same solo and ensemble performance that is available to middle school band students.
The IRCS Instrumental program offers several extracurricular ensembles which students can audition to join.
The IRCS Marching Band is a high school competitive ensemble that performs at each home and some away football games as well as five Marching Competitions. This ensemble rehearses twice a week after school with a few Saturday rehearsals. Students do NOT have to be a member of the high school band in order to march. The marching band also includes a color guard which is a fantastic outlet for dance and visual performers. The marching band season begins with band camp which is usually a few weeks before school starts. This is a great way for new students to get plugged in at IRCS. The marching band also uses piano-keyboards and guitars.
The Battery Ensemble is a drum line that performs at each home and some away football games, pep rallies and a few other school events. Battery membership is NOT restricted to percussionists. Any musician can audition although basic percussion knowledge is required. This ensemble rehearses two mornings a week before school.
The IRCS Jazz Band is a new ensemble that is student-led and rehearses once or twice a week with two or three performances a year. This ensemble also uses bass guitar, drum set, electric guitar and piano.
Vocal Music Program
The Vocal Music Department is under the direction of Mrs. Rhonda Farver, a twenty-year veteran teacher at Indian Rocks. Her choirs have performed for such venues as Florida All State Chorus, Pinellas All County Chorus, Steamboat Festival (Nashville), Peach Festival (Atlanta), as well as invitations to perform annually in Orlando at Epcot’s Disney Candlelight Processional and Music USA Festival at Universal Studios.
IRCS is a member of the Florida Vocal Association and Association of Christian Schools. Both middle and high school choirs perform at choral festivals each year receiving ratings of “Superior” or “Excellent” by collegiate adjudicators.
Middle school and high school choirs rehearse in a separate time block daily. A uniform lease fee is collected from each student for use during all performances.
Middle School – High School Visual Arts
Visual Arts instruction is led by Maggie Szabo who has been teaching art since 1992. She teaches a daily art class which is offered as an elective. She also works closely with the classroom teachers to integrate art into their subjects which enhances the learning process. Student work is on display throughout the year and their work is exhibited at the Florida State Fair and other venues where they are recognized and often win prizes for their art. All classes work with a variety of styles including painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed-media, ceramics, and much more.
Drama instruction and production are under the direction of Mrs. June-Marie Rhine, a veteran of the stage herself and a teaching director since 1991. Drama class is available at the middle school level. Students are introduced to the dramatic arts through activity-based instruction. The exercises and lessons engage the use of imagination, employ character development techniques and encourage self-confidence. Students are both literally and figuratively expected to take an active role in the classroom. High school classes are available by demand.
Musical Theater allows the student to explore the performing arts through varied media. The selected school musical provides a forum for middle and high school students to develop and showcase their abilities in voice, dance and acting. Students are also trained in production roles such as stage management and technical support. From page to stage students are led by a team of experienced directors that afford them avenues of Christ-centered artistic expression. This extracurricular experience is available by an audition process and followed with an agreement of commitment to excellence.