Students engage, grow, and expand their God-given talents through the fine arts programs at Valley Lutheran. Between drama, music, and visual arts, your student has plenty of paths to pursue their artistic passions and interests.
Repertoire is catered to the unique abilities of each ensemble from year to year, with a focus on excellence in performance. Musicians have various opportunities for performances, including concerts, athletic events, festivals, small ensembles, and our annual Lenten Tour. Leaders are intentionally developed within our department and students are encouraged to take ownership of their ensembles.
Symphonic Band is Valley Lutheran’s premier instrumental ensemble, open to students in 9-12 grade by audition. Repertoire is selected from traditional wind band music and contemporary symphonic band settings, ranging from advanced high school to collegiate level music. In the spring, along with the Golden Voice Choir, it tours the Midwest, bringing the message of Christ crucified to hundreds each year. The Symphonic Band is also Valley’s Pep Band, performing at football and basketball games throughout the year. Symphonic Band has developed a reputation of excellence and has earned many top accolades in recent years. However, the goal of the group is always to bring glory to Christ through every rehearsal, practice time, and performance.
Wind Ensemble serves as a transition from grade school band to high school band. Students at all grade levels may be a part of this group, with no audition required. The goal is to build upon the basics the students have mastered and to introduce them to high school level music. Students are also exposed to music theory and history.
Jazz Band introduces students to a different style of instrumental music, including improvisation and solo playing. Music ranges from a wide variety of styles including rock, Latin, blues, swing, and big band. Jazz Band is open to all VL students, and performs at both the fall and spring concerts, and other VL events upon request.
Brass Ensemble members are chosen from interested participants in Symphonic Band. Brass Ensemble regularly performs at events such as the Christmas concert, the annual Good Friday service, and other worship and community opportunities. In addition, Brass Ensemble will participate in the District Solo & Ensemble festival.
Junior Symphonic Band Program
regularly attends District and State Festivals. Members are selected by audition.
The Art Department at Valley Lutheran High School seeks to foster in students an appreciation for various artists and styles, to encourage them in their artistic pursuits, and to train them in their own artistic productions. Throughout three course levels students study the elements of art, art history, techniques, and various media. More independence is given as students progress through the courses, growing in their personal creativity and motivated by their emerging personal styles. Fourth year art students may choose to follow Advanced Placement curriculum guidelines and submit a portfolio to the College Board for their review and possible college credit.
Drama & Theater
Students in the theater program participate in a wide variety of theater experiences. Opportunities include acting roles, light crew, sound crew, pit orchestra, make-up, costumes, stage crew, and even assistant directing opportunities.