Fine Arts Showcase

Welcome to the Fine Arts 2020 Showcase

Our faculty and students have worked hard to find innovative ways to collaborate and create unique opportunities to share their work with the CCS community. Our Fine Arts theme this year is “At the Table,” which illustrates our calling to reflect the beauty, truth, and goodness of our Lord as we come together to create new things.

The challenge of isolation as we shelter in place has been a weighty experience for our student performers who are used to working in person as a cohesive community, and we’ve had to reimagine what it means to “come to the table.” And yet, amidst the brokenness of a pandemic, our faculty have faithfully found ways to inspire student learning, collaboration, and support of our brothers and sisters in the arts who are impacted by COVID-19. To that end, we are eager to share both our
final virtual performances and our student collaborations with professional artists including notable Broadway artists, CCS alumni currently working in New York, and local and regional alumni and faculty.
The CCS Fine Arts Department and these committed students hope to offer a bright spot of creativity and joy for you and your families in this challenging time.

Advanced Ensemble

The CCS Advanced Ensemble, along with a few special guests, performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor 1st Movement,” arranged by Scott Stanton. St. Louis professional musician Vera Parkin accompanied on the piano and also met with the students beforehand to share about Beethoven’s life and music while also giving them direction on performance technique and interpretation. A few CCS alumni and staff were included in the project.
Teacher/Director: Kirk Ward

Choir MasterClass

While many professional musicians are currently unable to perform, we had the rare and wonderful opportunity to host them virtually. Rachael Zatcoff, a current Broadway actress and singer, and Sarah Shafer, currently on the international opera circuit, spent two weeks in virtual MasterClasses and private lessons with our Middle and High School choir students.
Teacher/Director: Christa Tahere

MasterClass Biographies

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  • Sarah Shafer

    Praised by the New York Times for her "luminous voice" and "intensely expressive interpretations," and named "remarkable, artistically mature" and "a singer to watch" by Opera News, American soprano Sarah Shafer can be heard on leading stages across the world. She performs with opera companies including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Glyndebourne, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Opera Philadelphia. Equally at home in standard and contemporary repertoire, she has created leading roles in world premiere productions with San Francisco Opera, and debuted works by renowned American composers Richard Danielpour, John Harbison, and Poul Ruders. A frequent concert artist, Shafer sings with orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Mexico, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician and recitalist, she regularly collaborates with pianist Richard Goode, and is sought after at chamber music societies throughout the United States. She spent five summers as a resident artist at the Marlboro Music Festival. Recordings include the debut of Richard Danielpour’s chamber work, Talking to Aphrodite and Poul Ruder’s opera The Thirteenth Child.
  • Rachel Zatcoff

    Rachel Zatcoff recently completed a year and a half run Off-Broadway as Tsaytl in Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish) directed by Joel Grey. She made her Broadway debut as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. She has also performed with the International Tour of West Side Story in the role of Maria. Rachel made her New York City Opera debut in Candide directed by Hal Prince. She later made her principal debut at the company with the new jazz opera, Dear Erich, in the role of Lili. Other favorite performances include A Little Night Music at Syracuse Opera, The Secret Garden at TUTS, and Street Scene at Opera North.

Jazz Band

The CCS Jazz Band worked with a group of professional musicians to produce a new hip hop track that captures the realities of our collective experiences with the Coronavirus quarantine. CCS Jazz Band alumnus and producer, Carl Cadwell ('01), created the track using samples from student performances. CCS Lower School Art Teacher and professional drummer, Josh Green, provided the drum part as well as edited the video. Local hip hop artist, Nabil Ince, aka Seaux Chill (Covenant College '18), composed and performed the rap for the piece.
Teacher/Director: Kirk Ward

Eurydice by Theatre ll

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl is a beautiful play about love, death, and memory; it is based on the classic myth Orpheus and Eurydice and told from Eurydice’s perspective. After choosing this as a spring play, the advanced Theatre II class designed the set, costumes, lights, and sound for the production early this semester and became deeply connected to the project. Their beautiful designs centered on the underworld being a corrupted, dark, and empty version of the real world. They were determined to perform the play, which is when the concept of an audio play came up. Using podcast technology, the students learned new skills to tell this story: voice acting, soundscaping, editing, marketing, and creating a visual presentation to accompany audio. 
Teacher/Director: Mary Catherine Schimpf

Visual Arts

Each year our AP Art students craft a final portfolio for submission to the AP College Board. This year we are pleased to share the 2020 AP students’ culminating artworks. Jolie Adams, Charity Armao, Rileigh Timmerman, Ellie Thompson, and Jungho Bae give an audio presentation of their artworks, walking the viewer through their process and the concepts that shaped their body of work. 
Teacher: Shaun LaRose

Combined Choir

“Be Still My Soul” is a hymn very dear to the heart of Choral Director, Christa Tahere. It was chosen for the virtual choir project because of the poignant text, pointing us to our Creator in times of uncertainty or loss. Each student learned this piece of music entirely while working virtually and performed it in his or her home.
Teacher/Director: Christa Tahere