Performing Arts

Theater Arts

Theater at Fountain Valley School is as much about culture as it is about performing. An artistic laboratory, it is a place to discover and refine your talents both on the stage and behind the scenes. It’s about teamwork, creative collaboration, respect and helping others shine. Actors hone their skills through character analysis and developing onstage presence while studying classic and modern works. There are classes during the academic day to work on technique, as well as the after school program which produces three plays a year, including the winter musical.


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  • Theater I

    The Theater 1 technique class will have an in-depth study of mental acting practices with brief chapters in vocal and physical theater practices. Students will perform monologues and duets while confronting human thought process and switching tactics. They will discover their most engaging physical stage presence and vocal techniques. Between monologue and duet performances, they will explore stage combat, Suzuki theater, Improvisational acting and several other practices to make them an overall well‑seasoned actor.
  • Theater II

    Prerequisite: Theater I
    Theater II is for the student to wishes to go further in-depth with their studies from Theater I and is highly recommended for those students wishing to pursue larger roles in the after school theater program. Often the Theater II class is where the actor truly blossoms into lead role material. While Theater I is about learning the skills themselves, Theater II is about honing those skills and becoming able to execute them with ease onstage. Summative grades consist of duet and monologue performances, while daily grades are made up of homework assignments, memorization and in-class participation.
  • Theater III & IV

    Prerequisite: Theater I and II and approval from instructor.
    Theater III and beyond is a joint advanced class that is run similarly to a college scene study course. Students interested in our after-school program should stay enrolled in theater for these advanced courses to expand their character range, hone their mental, vocal and physical skills and to become the most empathetic and engaging actors as possible. Students will delve into modern theater and the latest Pulitzer winning plays to choose the scene selections that will evoke the most educational class discussions on human thought process. Summative grades consist of duet and monologue performances, while daily grades are made up of homework assignments, memorization and in-class participation.

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    Katy McCormick 

    Fine Arts Faculty - Music Educator
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    Hollie Marine 

    Fine Arts Faculty - Theater, Ballantine House Director
    (719) 391-5291
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    Katheryn Baker 

    Science Faculty, Interim Co-Director, Technical Theater Director
    (719) 391-5329

Concert Choir

Sing with a fun and joyful choir team. This performing ensemble focuses on the enjoyment of choral singing with an emphasis on vocal technique and style interpretation. You’ll learn and sing music from many music styles while focusing on performance and note reading. 
 

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  • FVS Concert Choir

    This performing ensemble focuses on the enjoyment of choral singing with an emphasis on vocal technique and style interpretation. Students rehearse and perform music from a variety of different genres, focusing on performance practice and note reading. The overall emphasis is on improved singing qualities and the advancement of individual skills in the ensemble setting. Public performance is required.
     

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    Katy McCormick 

    Fine Arts Faculty - Music Educator

Instrumental Music

As a Symphony Orchestra musician, enjoy a full symphonic experience including working with an accomplished teacher and professional performers who coach and guide you to play at a high level. For those of you who want to pursue music in a collegiate setting, the Fountain Valley Symphony Orchestra experience helps pave the way. The select Chamber Ensembles invite accomplished musicians to audition. Small ensembles such as a horn trio, a brass quartet with percussion, or a string trio are among the exciting possible combinations formed.

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  • Symphony Orchestra

    Prerequisites: At least three years private instruction, previous band and/or orchestral experience or approval from instructor.

    The Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band will combine to form the exciting Fountain Valley Symphony Orchestra. The merger lends greater potential to a diversified repertoire and a wider variety of possible sounds and colors. The musicians will have a full symphonic experience which is very rare in a high school setting. In order to ensure the ultimate success of the student enrolled in the Symphony Orchestra, professional coaches from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and other local professional groups will be invited on a regular basis to coach and guide the students. This unique opportunity to work with professional musicians will help students become more confident in their playing abilities and create a group capable of performing at a very high level. If the musician should choose to pursue music in a collegiate setting, the Fountain Valley Symphonic Orchestra experience will help pave the way. Students will also learn how orchestral values such as punctuality, preparation, and quality participation not only contribute to the success of their symphony but will help carry them triumphantly through college and beyond.
  • Select Chamber Ensembles

    Audition required. Students may audition as a preformed group. Select Chamber Ensemble students must also be members of the Fountain Valley Symphony or Concert Choir (at the director’s discretion).

    The Select Chamber Ensembles are comprised of the elite musicians of Fountain Valley School. Highly qualified students must audition and be accepted to participate in the Select Chamber Ensembles. All exceptional wind, brass, percussion (including piano), and string players are encouraged to audition. Auditions will take place before the start of the next school year or semester. Once accepted, small ensembles such as a horn trio, a brass quartet with percussion, a string trio with oboe or saxophone, and a piano trio are all exciting possible combinations. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, two to three select ensembles will be assigned (unless performed) for the duration of the semester. Music for the ensembles will range from classical to contemporary to classical jazz. Professional musicians from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and other professional groups will be invited to coach and teach the art of ensemble playing. The ensembles will prepare music to a very high level in order to perform throughout the community. Concert attendance will be an important and life-changing part of the learning experience. 
  • Advanced Music Theory

    Advanced Music Theory is for the aspiring musician who aims to grasp the exciting in-depth workings of music and to apply the acquired knowledge to the student’s desired discipline. The basic premise of this course is that understanding harmony is the key to musical expression either as a composer or performer or both. Therefore, advanced theory students will study the purpose of harmony and form while having opportunities to ask questions about theory and composition in live interviews with contemporary composers and performers. Aural skills, orchestration, and the extensive exploration of different styles of music will also be learned during the year. Students will be able to hear and see all the components of music theory come together through the concert attendance of local professional groups such as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, various Jazz ensembles, and new music at UCCS. A final group project and/or performance will showcase Advanced Music Theory knowledge acquired during the semester.

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    Shauna Smith 

    Fine Arts Faculty - Music Educator
    (719) 391-5367
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