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Performing Arts

The performing arts department at Denbigh Baptist Christian School strives to empower students to experience music and drama through a Biblical perspective as a source of personal enrichment, an outlet for Godly expression of emotion and as a unique intellectual discipline. DBCS high school choirs have had a variety of opportunities to experience music as a tool for personal growth and as an avenue for ministering to others. They have sung at 4 NBA games, received superior and excellent ratings as well as "1st Place" and "Best Overall High School Choir" at multiple music festivals. In December 2009 they received a commendation from American Musical Salute for their performance of "Handel 250 Years – Christmas at the Lincoln Center" in New York City. DBCS choirs have travelled the east coast from New York to Florida singing in churches, schools and retirement homes. In March 2011 they flew to Honduras with Orphan Helpers where they visited 2 cities, singing and ministering in churches, orphanages and juvenile detention centers. Over the years, Denbigh choir students have been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Conference honors choirs and the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference honors choirs. In addition to travelling, the choir students participate in sharing their music at home via chapels, seasonal concerts, special shows, local churches and retirement centers. The music department also provides an opportunity for students to utilize their instrumental skills through participation in the high school praise band. This group leads the Thursday student-led chapels in worship each week.

In performing arts DBCS also strives to allow students to gain knowledge of music and drama through the production of a musical each spring. Drama classes focus on acting, building sets, creating costumes, practicing and gathering of props for such productions. Through improvisation and practice times, students learn the art of putting a musical together and how to express themselves artistically on stage. Choreography and vocal practices go hand-in-hand to help students gain confidence and learn their parts. The culmination of hard work is evidenced in three nightly performances in May where the public is invited. Such musicals have included: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Calamity Jane, Seussical, and Beauty and the Beast.


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