Performing Arts

Robb Barnard, Department Head

The Performing Arts department offers courses in both music and theatre. Our curriculum offers many options to assist students in finding varied ways of communicating creatively through performance, as well as the study of the theory and history of our musical and theatrical traditions. We believe that actively studying the arts enriches the lives of our students in and out of the classroom, and enhances their learning in other disciplines at the same time.

Each year the department mounts a number of theatre productions and concerts in our Ebner, Elson, Hart Music Center. Recent theatre offerings have included

Skrek, The Women, Bye Bye Birdie, Comic Potential, Big River, Into The Woods, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a student directed Ten-Minute Play Festival. Music performances include the annual harvest, winter, and spring concerts.

Music

Vocal Ensemble

Fall Semester/Spring Semester—Open to Grades 9–12

Vocal Ensemble is open to all Upper School students. Experienced and new singers will discover and develop their voice through breathing and vocalizing techniques. The group performs a wide variety of music including classical repertoire, jazz standards, spirituals, and pop music. Students will have an opportunity to perform at Lincoln concerts and at events and competitions outside of Lincoln.

Prerequisite: none

Lambrequins

Fall Semester/Spring Semester—Open to Grades 9–12

The Lambrequins perform a challenging repertoire of music from all periods in music history. Auditions for current students are held each year in the spring for the following year, and new students may audition at the beginning of the year. The group covers a wide repertoire from all time periods and styles. Students are offered many opportunities to perform in this elite ensemble at Lincoln concerts and functions, as well as events and competitions outside of Lincoln.

Corequisite: concurrent enrollment in Vocal Ensemble and the recommendation of the department based on demonstrated skills and motivation

Music Theory

Fall Semester/Spring Semester—Open to Grades 9–12

Often looked at as the vocabulary of musical notation, music theory combines both the understanding of written music with the aural skills needed to hear and decipher what is being played/heard. In this class students will learn to read and write musical notation, recognize and “spell” all major and minor scales, key signatures, intervals and triads, be able to play individual notes on a piano keyboard, and be able to take aural dictation of simple rhythms and diatonic melodic phrases.

Prerequisite: none

Beginning Handbells

Fall Semester/Spring Semester–Open to Grades 9—12

This course in English handbell ringing combines classroom learning with some homework-based study of handbell history, practice, and technique. While not a performance-based ensemble, this class may perform in concerts during the school year. Preference for enrollment is given to students who have a basic understanding of music notation and who can count simple rhythms.

Prerequisite: none

Advanced Handbells

Fall Semester/Spring Semester—Open to Grades 9–12

This course is a performance-based ensemble, and, as such, participation in all concerts (fall, winter, and spring Upper School concerts, as well as Lumina) is mandatory. The ensemble may perform outside of school as schedule and repertoire allow. Music is significantly more complex in this course, and selections will come from multiple periods of music history, including some modern pieces. Significant outside-of-class time will be needed to master the music; students should expect extra rehearsal time in order to fully engage in this class.

Prerequisite: successful completion of Beginning Handbells and/or the approval of the department.

Chamber Ensemble

Fall Semester/Spring Semester—Open to Grades 9–12

This course will challenge students to learn to listen to themselves and others, develop their own individual sense of musical expression, and collaborate to produce challenging works. Chamber Ensemble is open to strings, brass, and woodwind instruments (with exceptions made in certain circumstances). Students will have an immersive musical experience in a collegial ensemble setting. Performance and ensemble techniques will be taught. Students will refine their sight-reading skills as they learn to perform works ranging from Mozart to the Beatles. Students will have an opportunity to perform at Lincoln concerts and at events and competitions outside of Lincoln.

Prerequisite: at least one semester of private study on an instrument; concurrent private study is highly recommended.

Rock/Jazz Band

Fall Semester/Spring Semester—Open to Grades 9–12

This course uses keyboards, electric and acoustic guitar, bass, and drums to explore the vast world of music in an interactive learning environment. Students will play one or more instruments over the course of the year, with opportunities to present their work in performances in and outside of school. Repertoire reflects current trends in rock music and explores the history of the rock and jazz traditions. Chord theory, applied instrument skills, group performance and rehearsal techniques are all covered over the year, as well looking at the history of rock and jazz and how it applies to current musical genres.

Prerequisite: none, however some musical knowledge and familiarity with an instrument is recommended.

Theater Workshop I/II/III/IV

Fall Semester/Spring Semester—Open to Grades 9–12

This course engages students in all aspects of performing theater. Topics covered each year may include improvisation, mime, stage combat, monologues, auditions, directing, playwriting, scene study, and producing. Students will explore a range of classical and contemporary material with a focus on understanding the significance of works from a range of historical periods. This course is repeatable, and will cover topics on a rotating basis.

Prerequisite: none for Level I; each subsequent level indicates an additional year of study

Technical Theater I/II/III/IV

Fall Semester/Spring Semester—Open to Grades 9–12

This course will focus on the elements of production needed to mount a performance other than the actual performing and direction. Students will have hands-on experience working with our computerized light board and sound system, using hand tools, both electric and human powered, building new sets and altering existing sets, learning stage management and stage crew skills, and putting those skills to work over the course of the year on projects happening at Lincoln. This course may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: none for Level I; each subsequent level indicates an additional year of study.

Performing Arts Senior Symposium

Yearlong—Open to Grade 12

This course is designed for serious students who have immersed themselves extensively in the performing arts. Students are required to enroll in at least two semester electives concurrent to their enrollment in this course. Throughout the year students will develop an independent performing arts project that culminates in a capstone performance. Students will plan, direct, and implement performances with the support of the performing arts faculty.

Prerequisite: recommendation of the department based on demonstrated skills and motivation


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