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Arts

Christi Ebenhoch answered the call when she was asked for talented young singers. She sent a group of Grace Brethren Elementary students and ALL were selected for the America's Got Talent Christmas Show. It will be aired on December 19th.Check out the photos of auditioning and homework on set!


 

Purpose

The Grace Brethren Junior/ Senior High School Fine Arts Department is dedicated to preparing young people to be skilled artists with a heart for God. Whatever level of talent or desire on the part of any student, we strive to fully nurture and develop it into an appreciation of the arts. Recognizing individual accomplishment and abilities is encouraged but always accompanied with a balance of humility and glory to our Creator. We strive to incorporate the technological advances of our time so to expand the variety and creative possibilities of creative expression through Performing and Visual Art.

Philosophy

All of the Fine Arts – whether music, art, or drama – are not only gifts from the Lord, but throughout history He has used them to communicate His truths to the world, and to glorify Himself and His creation. Psalm 33:3 commands that we perform skillfully and with enthusiasm. The Fine Arts Department of Grace Brethren High School applies that command to every artistic discipline.

While we delight in those students in whom special talent resides, our primary goal as Christian educators is to promote the understanding that the arts and our love for them are God’s unique gifts to all. Whatever level of talent or desire on the part of any given student, part of our duty is to nurture that desire and develop the gift and appreciation of the arts to the fullest. We teach that the object of the student in developing their artistic gifts is to glorify God in a uniquely personal and creative way.

In each discipline ethnic diversities will be reflected, both to appreciate the variety of God’s creation, and in order to be equipped to make an impact for the Lord in any cultural setting. As a Department, we also strive to encourage interdisciplinary study and understanding, giving students a wider perspective of how God has used artistic expressions of man in every period of social history and development.

We strive to add and incorporate the technological advances of our time, so to expand the variety, and creative possibilities of artistic expression in all disciplines, and to prepare students as fully as possible for career and stewardship opportunities in all the arts.

We encourage the students to develop their gifts, and align their choices, morals, and attitudes as that of an artist with a heart for God.


Department Chair - Christi Ebenhoch

Christi Ebenhoch: Dept Chair/Choir

Studio Singer in LA Entertainment Industry; Masters in Teacher Education; Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Azuza Pacific University; Choir Adjudicator; Choreographer and Producer of Christian and Secular Music Production; Elementary and Youth Choir Development; 15 years teaching in Christian Education. SAG/ AFTRA

Faculty

Faculty:

David Carter: (Drama) BS Biblical Studies from The Master’s College; BS English from William Jessup University; Grace Brethren since 2011

Anneke Bernardo: Assistant to the Performing Arts Chair; Grace Brethren since 2011

Barry Tolli: (Film) BA from Cal Lutheran University; Film and Commercial Acting five years; SAG/ AFTRA; Grace Brethren since 2011

Jeff Patterson: (Band) BA Music Education and Teaching Credential from University of California Los Angeles; director of Young Masters Performing Arts Academy; Grace Brethren since 2012

Tiana Fries (Advanced Placement Art and Graphic Arts): MA Arts Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College; BA in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach; Italian Academy of Fine Arts, Florence Italy; Biblical Studies, Eternity Bible College; Grace Brethren since 2012

Rebecca Ryan: (Junior High Drama)
B.A. English Literature, Hope International University, Educational Leadership, California Lutheran University, Clear Credential Single Subject English/Language Arts, California; Grace Brethren since 2009

Austin Smith: Ceramics and Technical Theater: 
B.A. Fine Arts, California State University Northridge 2013; Grace Brethren since 2015

Courses Offered

Courses Offered:

  • Band
    • Jr High Beginning Band
    • Jr High Advanced Band
  • Choir
    • Junior and Senior High
  • Drama
    • Junior and Senior High
  • Technical Theatre
  • Film Production and Industry
  • Art
    • Junior and Senior High
  • Advanced Placement Art
  • Graphic Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
    • Junior and Senior High

Special Projects & Productions

  • Christmas and Spring Choir Productions
  • International Thespian Society
  • Senior High Musical (Music and Drama combined)
  • Fall and Spring Plays
  • Industry Matinee
  • Visual Arts Gallery
  • Senior High Worship Band
  • Junior High Band
  • Pep Band
  • Drum Line
  • National Art Honor Society
  • Senior High Art Media
  • Advanced Placement High School Studio Art- Drawing

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