MUSIC, THEATRE, AND DANCE

At the Murray Arts Center of Mount Paran Christian School, students in grades five through twelve learn performance skills in band, chorus, dance, drama, and orchestra. In addition to these disciplines, students also participate in chapel band, technical theater, audio engineering, and commercial music.

Throughout the year, the students perform musical theater productions, dramatic plays, orchestra and band concerts, choral concerts, dance concerts, and more. View a complete list of this year's productions!

 

Middle School orchestra

 

QUALITY ARTS TRAINING

In addition to traditional arts training, students receive training in the LeFevre SoundLab (professional recording studio) and technical theater instruction in the "Fox-calibre" Kristi Lynn Theatre. Chapel band also takes advantage of the studio to record compilations and background tracks. 

For students who wish to pursue a more intensive experience in the performing arts, the Murray Arts Center at Mount Paran Christian School is home to a unique performing arts magnet program of study, the Dozier School of the Arts. After-school arts education programming is offered through the Murray Arts Academy in music (voice and instrumental), dance, and drama. These classes and private lessons are open to students and everyone in the community.

 

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Band

The MPCS band program, under the leadership of Billy Flood, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round performance and competitive ensembles after school. Curricular band offerings include fifth grade band, middle school bands (grades 6-8), and high school band.
 
These curricular band classes culminate in four on-campus performances per year. In addition, middle and high school bands participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations each spring.

Extracurricular band activities include

  • Competition marching band (The Soaring Eagle Marching Band)
  • Competition indoor drum line (Genesis)
  • Competition winter guard (Uplift)
  • Blues ensemble
  • Basketball drum line (Knockmen)
  • District and All State Bands
  • Solo and ensemble festivals
  • University of Georgia Honor Band Nominations ("MidFest and JanFest")
  • Educational performance trips (off campus)
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Chorus

The MPCS chorus program, under the leadership of Julie Duncan and Sarah Cole, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains extracurricular year-round performance opportunities. Curricular chorus offerings include fifth grade chorus, middle school choruses (grades 6-8), and high school chorus.
 
These curricular chorus classes culminate in three on-campus performances per year. In addition, middle and high school choruses participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations each spring. The Lower School choruses are consistently rated as "Superior" through the annual Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations.

Extracurricular chorus activities include

  • Third and fourth grade honor chorus
  • Middle school show choir (Rhapsody in Blue)
  • High school vocal jazz ensemble
  • High school honors chorus
  • District and All State Honor Chorus
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Orchestra

The MPCS orchestra program, under the leadership of Jennifer Davenport, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round performances and ensembles after school. Curricular orchestra offerings include fifth grade orchestra, middle school orchestras (grades 6-8), and high school orchestras.

These curricular orchestra classes culminate in three on-campus performances per year. In addition, the Eighth Grade and High School Orchestra participates in the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations each spring.

Extracurricular Orchestra activities can include

  • Solo and ensemble performances
  • Music in the Parks Music Festival
  • Bluegrass Ensemble
  • District and All State Orchestras
  • GISA All Select Orchestra

 

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Dance

The MPCS dance program, under the leadership of Lynne Brague, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round extracurricular learning opportunities. Classes are held in the dance wing of the Murray Arts Center in three dance studios. Curricular dance offerings include middle school dance classes (grades 6-8), high school dance classes (four sections leveled by ability), and high school dance and health. Extracurricular dance activities include classes with the Murray Arts Academy in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, pointe, and tap, and through collaborative participation in dramatic and show choir productions. The dance program presents two on-campus performances per year that combine curricular dance classes and Murray Arts Academy dance classes.

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Drama

The MPCS drama program, under the leadership of Jennifer Fitzpatrick and Meagan Williams, supports robust activities during the curricular school day and maintains year-round extracurricular learning opportunities. Curricular drama offerings include middle school drama classes (grades 6-8), high school drama classes, and costume design and fabrication classes in a fully-equipped costume shop (offered in grades 7-12).

Extracurricular drama activities include

  • Dramatic and musical productions for lower, middle, and high school
  • Middle and high school show choirs
  • Work-calls to design and create costumes for MPCS theatrical productions
  • Opportunities for assistant stage management and direction
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Technical Theatre

The technical theater program, under the leadership of David Morgan, offers high school students opportunities in the foundations of theater tech, hands-on learning of light design, set design and construction, and other elements and principles of technical theater. Extracurricular theater tech activities include work calls to build theatrical production sets and high-level tech crew work to assist with scene change management, lighting design, audio design, and implementation during productions.

 

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Recording Arts

The recording arts program, under the leadership of Marshall Young, gives students the opportunity to train in audio recording and production skills using state-of-the-art technology and soundboard mixing in the LeFevre Soundlab. Skills are developed in various courses that include audio recording, songwriting, production, and with student groups such as the chapel band and other contemporary commercial music ensembles. Extracurricular internship-style opportunities in the Lefevre Soundlab provide students with real-world experiences, preparing them for careers in the field of audio engineering.

MPC Band
Dance class

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Shuler Award Nominations
SHULER HENSLEY AWARDS

The Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards-Shuler Hensley Awards celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre. Each year, 75 schools (both public and private) are selected to participate in the program. Only six out of the 75 participating schools receive nominations for each category. MPCS has been nominated 51 times and has earned several Shuler awards for staff and students. Among those recognitions, MPCS dance has earned five consecutive nominations for choreography and has won the category twice. Costuming has been nominated three times and won the category once. An MPCS student was nominated and won the category for best technical execution.


MPCS Shuler Hensley Award Nominations:

  • Best Choreography
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Technical Execution
  • Best Lighting Design
  • Best Sound
  • Best Scenic Design
  • Best Costumes
  • Best Performance by a Leading Actress
  • Best Performance by a Featured Performer
  • Best Showstopper
  • Honorable Mentions for Overall Production