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Fine & Performing Arts

Department Philosophy
Seton Catholic’s Fine and Performing Arts program provides a creative outlet in various media for students during their rigorous courses. The Concert Band and Choir provide students musical training and education as well as performance opportunities in our community. All students are required to take 1.0 credits of Fine & Performing Arts. 
 
Course Offerings
Concert Choir (1 credit)
Grade Levels: 9-12
This class is designed for students of music who are interested in developing both choral and individual singing technique through ensemble singing. Students will develop sight-reading, harmonization skills, basic music theory and vocal techniques through the application of acquired skills to a wide range of choral music. Students will be expected to participate in all choral events, assemblies, and some liturgical services.
 
Chamber Choir (1 credit)
*Not offered every year*
Grade Levels: 9-12
Prerequisite: Concert Choir or approval of the instructor based on singing auditions.
Building on the techniques and lessons learned in Concert Choir, this course will focus on mastering more complex pieces to further the student’s growth as a singer. Students will sight-read, enhance harmonization skills and vocal techniques through the application of acquired skills to a wide range of choral music. Students will be expected to participate in all choral events, assemblies, and some liturgical services.
 
Concert Band (1 credit)
Grade Levels: 9-12
This class is designed for students of music who are interested in developing musical technique through ensemble playing. Students will develop sight-reading, harmonization skills, basic music theory and instrumental techniques through the application of acquired skills to play a wide variety of music styles and genres. Students will be expected to participate in all band events.
 
Introduction to Visual Arts (1 credit)
Grade Levels: 9-12
This course is an overview of basic art principles, methods, and media. This course is divided into four major areas of exploration: drawing, painting, design and mixed media. Projects may include drawing techniques, color theory, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and more. Art materials fee: $25 per semester.
 
Drama 1 (1 credit)
Grade Levels: 9-12
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of acting for stage and film. This includes the study of: basic stage language, focus exercises, improvisation, physical and vocal awareness and expression exercises, and beginning character study, monologue and scene analysis mainly based on the Stanislavski system. Emphasis on the extensive study of action as the key word is fully explored. Theater exercises and physical action concepts will be taught and applied to all work in class. Semester finals are the performance of a scene and a completed packet that includes scene and play analysis, character study and script work. 
 
Advanced Acting (1 credit)
Grade Levels: 10-12
Prerequisite: Drama or approval of the instructor.
Building on the techniques and lessons learned in Drama, this course will focus on character and monologue work to further the student’s growth as actors. Period styles of acting will be introduced (including ancient Greek, the comic impulse/Commedia Dell’arte, Renaissance/Elizabethan, 17th Century French farce, Restoration/Georgian Comedy of Manners and Early Modern repertoires). Intent, strategies, tactics, and motivational behavior will be explored and concepts learned will be applied to the students’ final monologue and scene work.
Faculty
Michael Frazier
Band Director
mfrazier@setonhigh.org
Linda Scheurman
Drama/Art Director
lscheurman@setonhigh.org
Ashley Tuhy
Choir Director
atuhy@setonhigh.org