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Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  

I Peter 4:10


 

It is upon this premise that the Pisgah Arts faculty provides students with a myriad of opportunities in each of the major disciplines: Chorus, Band, Orchestra, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Performances, productions, and exhibits are held throughout the year to showcase the talents that our students have been given.

Each year, talented Pisgah student artists compete in art exhibitions, band and choral competitions, as well as theatre showcases. AP Studio Art students spend countless hours creating portraits for underprivileged children in third world countries through The Memory Project. Pisgah has a thriving chapter of the National Art Honor Society and the National Thespian Society. Student creations have been featured at the U.S. Capitol, Disney World, local art galleries, and on university and city stages. Click on the play button below to enjoy the sights and sounds of Pisgah's creative student artists.

 

 

Mount Pisgah Chorus and Orchestra Win Big at Southern Star Music Festival

 
Mount Pisgah Chorus and Orchestra students won big at the Southern Star Music Festival, a nationally recognized music festival where performance groups perform and are adjudicated by professional musicians.
 
Every ensemble has the option to receive comments only, ratings (blue, bronze, silver, and gold, which are based on a point system), and ratings and competition. The school which earns a gold rating and the highest number of points in each division, wins the sweepstakes trophy. Our Middle and Upper School chorus both received the Gold standard, while orchestra received the Gold standard. Based on the points accumulated in each division, Mount Pisgah's Upper School students took home this year's Sweepstakes trophy in the choral category!
 
To celebrate this accomplishment, about 45 chorus and orchestra students went to Six Flags on Saturday for the awards ceremony along with Choral Director Audriana Johnson and Orchestra Director Grace Parsons.
 
"The chorus and orchestra students worked very hard in preparation for Southern Star and demonstrated a passion for the arts and a commitment and dedication to honing their craft as musicians," Parson and Johnson said. "Hours of personal practice and rehearsal were invested in preparation for this competition. The students take great pride in their performances, and they performed and represented Mount Pisgah very well on Friday. We are incredibly proud of them."
 
 
 
 

Pisgah Arts Is In Tune

Bryan Hatmaker, Fine Arts Dept. Chair, Lower, Middle, Upper Schools Band Director

 

Pitch, depending on your background, can have many different meanings. For example, in athletics it is the action of the pitcher throwing the ball to the batter. In sales, it refers to the marketing strategy of a product or service. In music, we deal with pitch on many levels. In the beginning, it is nothing more than putting down the right fingers at the right time or singing the right notes at the right time, hopefully at the same time and place as our neighbor. When this happens, we begin to create music.

As student musicians grow, their responsibility to pitch grows too. It isn’t enough to merely play the right notes at the right time; musicians must be aware of how their pitch fits within the overall blend of the ensemble. So what happens when all the players aren’t playing on the same exact pitch? In the words of American Idol's Randy Jackson, “It's a little pitchy, dawg.” Essentially, the sound is good, but not great. Additionally, pitchy sound lacks the same power and clarity of pitch-centered sound.

Why the music lesson? The answer is that the growth in musicianship—going from pitchy to playing in tune—closely parallels the growth of Mount Pisgah Arts. Eight years ago, the Fine Arts Department was a gathering of unconnected programs with lots of hopes, dreams and aspirations.  One by one, our goals are being met.

  • We have a drum line at football games and pep rallies

  • We have a full-time orchestra program

  • South Hall has been renovated into a top-notch performance space

  • Students have earned spots on All-State Jazz, Band and Orchestra

  • Our chorus was selected to perform at Epcot

  • Drama students performed at One-Act Regionals, won first place and qualified for State

In eight years, Mount Pisgah Arts has progressed from a loosely-connected group of programs to a department in tune with one another and focused on providing the best possible education for our students. And we will always continue to improve and instill a love for the arts in our students. While some of them will continue on to major in the arts, many will continue to pursue them as a hobby. Ultimately, the goal of our program, like any strong arts program, is to produce life-long purveyors and participants in the arts.

Thank you for your support that has helped us get in tune.


 

The Future of the Arts

Bryan Hatmaker, Fine Arts Dept. Chair, Lower, Middle, Upper Schools Band Director

 

As part of Pisgah’s ongoing investment in professional development, I attended the five-day National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National In-Service Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The conference couldn’t have come at a better time. Earlier in the week, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) released their unified standards for the five core arts. These new criteria in music, visual arts, theater, dance and media arts, represent a renewed commitment to nurturing the development of artistic ability in all students.

This was the first time the national standards for music have been addressed since 1994. A lot has changed in education since that year; a greater importance has been placed on pre-kindergarten education, the use of the internet as a teaching tool and students having nearly instant access to information in the palm of their hands. For many of us in music, the phrase, “You are still teaching the way you were taught 20, 30 or 40 years ago,” became a rallying cry for us to look at things differently. But how will an arts classroom look in the future?

With the introduction of technology, it becomes much easier for the students to become involved in the learning process and to reflect on what they are learning. Pisgah Arts already uses both of these methods.  For example, Mrs. Tiffany Searcy’s art students spend a portion of their learning time displaying their work digitally and creating blog posts reflecting on their work methodologies. Mr. Daniel Glenn’s middle school theater arts students are writing their own middle school play, "Alex in Wonderland," which will debut later this month.

It’s never been a more thrilling time to be part of the arts community. Exciting changes are ahead of us, both nationally and here at Pisgah. Stay tuned for what is to come.