The Fine Arts Department enhances the academic curriculum by offering students many opportunities to explore the joys of the visual and performing arts. Our middle school students have the option to join one of our Band, Strings, or Choral Ensembles and take Visual Art and Theatre classes. These opportunities continue into our high school, where students can choose from one of these programs as well as additional opportunities in dance classes and/or after-school Stage Crew and Theatre Production.
The SJCS Fine Arts Department, founded in August of 1999, seeks to enhance the academic curriculum by offering students an opportunity to explore the joy in the visual and performing arts. The department sponsored several events this year, including its seventh annual departmental fundraiser, Jubilate Knight, featuring student, parent, and faculty performances as well as featuring student artwork and community donations. Additionally, the student-run coffeehouses met with great enthusiasm again this year, with the addition of a Middle School Coffeehouse. Seniors were awarded college acceptances and scholarships to pursue their love of art, drama, and music to many schools including Furman University, Catawba College, College of Charleston, and Belmont Abbey.
The Middle School Dance team performed at the Christmas concert and led a finale dance at this year’s Jubilate Knight. The team also led and organized the first annual All Saints Day Square Dance event for the middle school.
▪ The theatre program produced four full-length productions, two student-directed one-act plays for state competitions, and sponsored two summer camps and a shop safety certification class.
▪ The school year ended with the performance of the fourth annual Improvisation Knight competition.
▪ Students attended college auditions at the SC Theatre Association Convention, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the International Thespian Festival.
▪ In preparation for the fall play, Shakespeare in Hollywood, students participated in a Shakespeare workshop led by actors from Warehouse Theatre.
▪ The Band Ensemble, Strings Ensemble, and Choral Ensemble were introduced into the daily eighth grade curriculum and the middle school and high school Chorus, Strings and Band Ensembles performed two full-length concerts.
▪ The High School Chorus prepared music for the school’s weekly Mass and performed a production of Godspell.
▪ Members of the strings, band, and choral ensembles provided a variety of musical entertainment at the school’s annual Gala.
▪ Nine students auditioned for the SCMEA All State/All Region Band. Claire Andrew earned second chair French horn in the Senior Region Band and Brian Graham earned eighth chair Trombone in the Junior Region Band. Both participated in the Region Band Clinic.
▪ Band students performed at the Carowinds Festival of Music.
▪ Two students participated in the state NATS competition.
▪ The Fall Art exhibit featured the work of ten student artists and five faculty members.
▪ Student artwork was represented in local and state art competitions, including the annual Greenville Technical College High School Art Show and the Congressional Art Competition.
▪ The Art Department hosted its ninth annual Spring Art Show.
▪ Twelve art students and three faculty member participated in the Memory Project, drawing portraits of Ghana orphans, extending love and concern around the world.
SJCS students are eligible for membership in the International Thespian Honor Society Chapter 6388, the Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter 3535, and the National Art Honor Society Chapter 2647. The goal of these organizations is to promote high standards of scholarship and character, reward artistic achievements, stimulate interest in the study of the visual and performing arts, and promote and perpetuate cooperative efforts in the arts. Each organization has specific minimum standards for induction. Senior members are recognized at graduation with the cords of their society.
▪ At the South Carolina Theatre Association Secondary School Festival held in November, the student-directed one-act play, Wait, Wait…I Can Explain, was performed, and freshman Joey Pelicano was recognized as an All-Star Cast Member. Additionally, the SJCS Tech Challenge team placed second in the state, with two of the six events ranking first place. Also at the festival, two students were selected to participate in the staged readings of new 10-minute plays.
▪ At the South Carolina State Thespian Festival held in February, sophomore Katherine Sokol was recommended to compete in the Solo Acting individual performance event at the International Thespian Festival. In addition, the student-directed one-act play, The Man in the Bowler Hat, received the following accolades: Honorable Mention for play production, Excellence in Acting (Sydney Hyer), and Excellence in Student Directing (Jessica Weaver).
▪ Katherine Sokol participated in the Solo Acting Individual Event competition at the International Thespian Festival.
▪ The St. Joseph’s Chapter of the International Thespian Society participated in multiple fundraising and service projects this year:
– In conjunction with the SJCS Student Council, they led a food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.
– In order to benefit the Greenville Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, society members sold seat cushions for bleacher seating at the summerstock production of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, sold “Walk of Fame” stars at the fall production of Big Fish, and led a holiday craft project for patients and their families at the hospital.
– The students also led a theatre workshop with the Roper Mountain Science Center’s Xplorers after-school program.
▪ The St. Joseph’s Chapter of the International Thespian Society hosted guest artist, Jeffrey Parker, in a day-long Fitzmaurice vocal workshop.
▪ Nine students were inducted into the society during the 2014-2015 school year.
▪ The graduating senior members were Abby Anderson, Glenn Andrew, Philip Coburn, Luke Coffey, Cameron Cummings, Zoey Gerstner, Lizy Hernandez, Joseph Kiser, Jen Lapinski, Andrew Schatteman, William Tierney, and Jessica Weaver.
▪ The St. Joseph’s Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society participated in local charity fundraisers:
– A “Walk for the Homeless”, sponsored by United Ministries of Greenville
– The “Pinwheel Walk” for Prevention, donating to Greenville First Steps
▪ Twenty-eight students were inducted into the society during the 2014-2015 school year.
▪ The graduating senior members were Abby Anderson, Claire Andrew, Glenn Andrew, Caroline Baer, Matt Bauer, Philip Coburn, Jimmy Fountain, Zoey Gerstner, Mary Ellen Grosskopf, Joseph Kiser, Jen Lapinski, Paul List, Josh Reidt, Andrew Schatteman, Amy Schemitsch, Robert Schmidt, Caleb Smith, Bridget Swartz, and Jessica Weaver.
▪ Society members took part in this year’s “Frozen” Gala, donating their artwork to the silent auction. Frankie Malafronte’s artwork was submitted as the live art for the live auction event.
▪ Faculty moderator, Deborah Pickard, and six Art Honor Society members worked with mural artist, Angie Young, to complete a mural for the Center for Developmental Services in downtown Greenville.
▪ Eight students were inducted into the society during the 2014-2015 school year.
▪ The graduating senior members were Luke Coffey, Thomas Fawcett, Frankie Malafronte, Andy Pelicano, and Deanna Zimeri.