St. Paul's provides a strings program for students in grades 2-8. Our strings instructor, Mr. Ervin Orban, brings extensive experience to the classroom as a long-standing member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

All 2nd graders participate in the "Exploratory Strings Program", which is a two week program held during school hours, designed to acquaint second graders with the violin, and determine if there is interest to continue training/instruction.

Beginning strings students (regardless or grade level) will have two 20-minute lessons per week. Advanced strings students will have one 40-minute lesson per week. This program offers a great opportunity for individual ability-specific instruction.stpaulstudentstrings

In addition to the choral, instrumental, classroom music, and art instruction as part of our regularly scheduled curriculum, St. Paul's students may also participate in full length plays and/or musicals, seasonal concerts, grade-specific Drama Presentation 9-4-12productions/presentations,  art & music festivals, as well as community productions (as hosted by the Embassy Theater and/or Performing Arts Center).  This fall the Windy City Players from Chicago, IL came to St. Paul's to perform "Beauty and the Beast" for the students.  It was a great performance and the students enjoyed being part of the interactive audience!

One noteworthy "fine arts experience" which deserves special recognition is our children's Christmas Eve service, held annually (December 24th, 7:00 p.m.).  A significant amount of rehearsal time & preparation is spent from the week after Thanksgiving until the students are dismissed for Christmas vacation.  This service has become a Fort Wayne treasure/tradition over the past century, since the first singing of "The Ungemach".  This service is truly a gift of music offered by our children, giving "glory to God in the highest!" 

A rather new tradition, made possible through the PTL, is the One Book, One School experience.  Undertaken in the fall, One School, One Book is a program designed to create a shared reading experience within the entire St. Paul's community. A chapter book is chosen, every family in St. Paul's receives a copy, and every family reads that book at home over the course of a single month. BallerinaActivities at St. Paul's coordinate, promote and enrich the shared reading experience.  The students enjoy sharing this unique reading experience!  

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Art work by St. Paul's students.

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St. Paul's provides weekly art instruction for grades K-8. Two art teachers are on staff to provide lower grade (K-4) and upper grade (5-8) art instruction. The lower grade art classes are designed to give all our students a basic understanding of the "elements" of art (line, color, texture,...), allowing them to explore many art mediums. The upper grade art program exposes our children to various art mediums at a more advanced level, challenging them with more "sophisticated" longer term projects. Famous artists are highlighted at all levels, with certain projects geared toward a particular artist's style/genre. Student artwork is displayed throughout the school building during the year, with opportunities for many of the students' work to be publicly displayed at the annual fine arts festival held at Concordia Lutheran High School in the Spring.

This school year we welcome professional artist Joni Walker to our faculty!  Mrs. Walker has been drawing and painting her entire life and in 2003 began writing and joniwalkerart4illustrating for Concordia Publishing House. 

Music and singing are a big part of the fine arts at St. Paul's.  We have many fine musicians on staff which enable us to expose our students to beauty, truth and goodness.  Music Theory is taught at each grade level.  Hymns are mstpaulstudentssingemorized and sung each week in classrooms and during weekly chapel.  St. Paul's also offers Choir.

GRADES 3-4 CHOIR:

Choristers is our 3rd / 4th grade choir. All students in grades 3 and 4 are required to participate in the choir, which rehearses once a week during the school day. Our goal is to provide students with basic, fundamental choral skills in the classical tradition, preparing them for the next level of choral training (Youth Choir). All 3rd and 4th graders are expected to participate in our 8:30 a.m. worship service once a month (typically the fourth Sunday, but check the calendar). Each month, their rehearsal/training culminates in singing for this worship service, therefore it is considered part of the "academic experience" (the quarterly report card grade is affected by attendance/participation on those Sundays).

GRADES 5-6 and 7-8 CHOIR:

Youth Choir is split into our 5th -6th grade choir and 7th-8th grade choir. Students in grades 5-8 may choose to participate in choir (not mandatory), or they enroll in a Music Appreciation (1 semester) and Art Appreciation (1 semester) for the year. While this choral experience is voluntary, the students are expected to follow through with their commitment to the choir for the school year once they have enrolled. The Youth Choir experience is an extension / expansion of the skills learned in Choristers. Students will be challenged (vocally & musically) to develop their skills in range, tone, harmony, and theory as they work through increasingly more difficult musical selections throughout the year. They will be exposed to a variety of sacred and secular music, singing in a number of different settings (i.e. worship services, choral workshop demonstrations, concerts, music festivals, possible CD recording sessions, other).

Both Youth Choirs practice once a week during the school day. All choir members are expected to participate in our 8:30 a.m. worship service once a month (typically the second Sunday, but check the calendar). Each month, their rehearsal/training culminates in singing for this worship service, therefore it is considered part of the "academic experience" (the quarterly report card grade is affected by attendance/participation on those Sundays). Youth Choir members are also expected to be present for any other "special singing engagement/performance" during the year.

 

 

St. Paul's Band program is offered to students in grades 4-8. The directors for our various band levels are highly qualified musicians whose primary work is at Concordia Lutheran High School (directing and conducting a number of different instrumental groups at the high school level). They are also affiliated with other musical organizations in the community. All band students will have group and/or private instruction 3 days/week during the school day. More detailed information for those interested in our band program is available at school registration and/or the school office.

Beginning Band:

At the beginning of the school year, all 4th graders are introduced to the different instrumental opportunities offered through our band program (presentation by our band directors during the school day). With parent guidance and approval, the 4th graders may then choose if they would like to participate in beginning band and what instrument to play. This is a very fundamental level of instruction for our students, providing the necessary foundation to continue band at the intermediate and advanced band levels. NO INSTRUMENTAL EXPERIENCE or TRAINING is required. All 4th graders are invited to participate.


Intermediate Band:

This group typically consists of students in grades 5 and 6, and continues group instrumental/musical training at a noticeably higher level than beginning band. Intermediate Band equips our students to continue at the Advanced Band level in grades 7 and 8.


Advanced Band:

While this group is typically comprised of our more advanced instrumental musicians in grades 7 and 8, at the band director's discretion, some younger, more proficient musicians may be invited to participate in Advanced Band. This is a high school band preparatory program that challenges students in a wide variety of musical styles and performance levels.


All band levels participate in a Christmas and Spring Concert, as well as having the opportunity to perform at the annual fine arts festival held at Concordia Lutheran High School in Spring.