Great Lakes Adventist Academy Department of Music

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart.” —Psalm 9:1

Great Lakes Adventist Academy seeks to bring its students a broad education that will prepare them for a life of Christian service. As part of this education, we offer the opportunity to participate in a variety of choral and instrumental music experiences, including our Advent Herald Singers, Advent Herald Symphony, Wind Symphony, and our Handbell Choir. Each group is dedicated to personal musical improvement, performing quality music, and most importantly, sharing the gospel through their music. Each year GLAA music ensembles perform around Michigan. Our touring schedule includes a yearly week-long tour out of state. Previous tour destinations include Chicago, Indianapolis, New York City, Alabama, Atlanta, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Louisville, Dallas, St. Louis, and Washington, DC.

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Department of Music 2017-2018 Performing Schedule

Great Lakes Adventist Academy Department of Music is committed to ministering and serving others through music. Each year it is our desire to reach as many people as we can with the wonderful God-given gift of music. If your school or church would like to schedule a performance please go to the “Contact Us” tab.

ADVENT HERALD SYMPHONY AND SINGERS

Aug 26 Special Music Cedar Lake SDA Church
Sep 1-3 Small Group Only Tour (10 students) TBA
Sep 16 Performance Cedar Lake SDA Church a.m., Grand Haven SDA Church 4 p.m.
Sept 25-Oct 24 Small group performances-Unlock Revelation Various sites
Sept 29-Oct 1 Fairplain Church (Friday 7 p.m.), Kalamazoo (11 a.m., 2 p.m.) Grand Rapids Central Church (7 p.m.)
Oct 7 Tour (Open weekend–Only students that stay at GLAA) TBA
Oct 14-15 Alumni Weekend Fitness Center
Oct 31 Reformation Anniversary Concert Village Church SDA Church, Berrien Springs, Michigan
Nov 10 Tour Mt. Pleasant SDA Church
Nov 11-12 Tour Lake City SDA Ch 10:30 am, Lake City Library 2 pm, Traverse City 7 pm
Nov 19 Parent Visitation Day Performance GLAA Chapel
Dec 1-2 Tour Gobles SDA Church, Holland SDA Church, Ionia SDA Church
Dec 9 Christmas Concert 7 p.m. GLAA
Jan 18-21 Filming Trip TBA
Jan 27 Performance Cedar Lake SDA Church
Jan 28 Filming (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) TBA
Feb 21 Michigan Conference Choral Clinic GLAA
Mar 2-4 Tour TBA
Mar 9-10 Tour Berrien Springs, Michigan
Mar 30-31 Michigan Conference Youth Rally GLAA
Apr 13-14 Filming Trip TBA
Apr 22 Academy Days Performance GLAA
Apr 23-29 Long Tour New York, Washington DC, Virginia
May 4-5 Music Weekend GLAA

Note: Calendar is subject to change. Information will be updated as activities are confirmed.

CHAMBER SINGERS, WIND SYMPHONY, BELL CHOIR

Oct 14 Performance Fitness Center
Nov 10-11 Tour Holly SDA Church, Grand Blanc SDA Church, Burns SDA Church
Nov 19 Parent Visitation Day Performance GLAA Chapel
Dec 1 Tour Cadillac
Dec 2 Tour Traverse City
Dec 9 Christmas Concert 7 p.m. GLAA
Jan 19-21 Tour Michigan’s Upper Peninsula–Escanaba and Wilson
Feb 24 Tour Grand Rapids, Michigan
Feb 28-Mar 4 Music Festival Andrews University
Mar 9 Tour Howard Arts Performing Arts Center
Mar 10 Tour Village SDA Church, Berrien Springs, Michigan
April 22 Performance GLAA Chapel
April 23-29 Long Tour TBA
May 4-5 Music Weekend GLAA

Note: Calendar is subject to change. Information will be updated as activities are confirmed.

GLAA Department of Music

Students must have a 2.0 GPA from the previous semester to try-out or join a touring group and maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester to continue in any music organization. Touring group credit does not count as part of a student’s minimum class load. If a student drops a touring group after the first 4 weeks into the semester, the student will receive a ‘WF’ on their permanent record. Only 2 units of music credit may apply toward diploma requirements.

Handbell Choir

A course designed for those wishing to develop fundamental and advanced techniques of handbell ringing. Regular rehearsals are held five days per week. Students perform in numerous on-campus concerts and church services, as well as attending the annual Ring Fest held in Toledo, Ohio. All performances, extra rehearsals, and related activities are obligatory. Admission by audition only.

Instrumental & Vocal Lessons

A course providing individual instruction to singers and instrumentalists. Instrument lessons include: all string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments from beginning to advanced levels. Emphasis is placed on proper tone production and techniques necessary to enable students to perform musically. One lesson per week with four periods of practice is required. Students are accepted on the basis of their interest and commitment.

Piano Lessons

Lessons are given on proficiency from beginning to advanced. One individual lesson with four practice periods per week is required.

Piano Lessons: Hymnology

A study of music from the protestant (particularly, Seventh-day Adventist) churches, including hymns, gospel songs and contemporary praise and worship choruses. This course will help the student improve their ability of worshipping God on the piano through the explanation of the main features and musical analysis of the church musical compositions and their performers.

Piano Lessons: Piano Accompanying

A course to help the student develop essential skills in piano accompaniment, to build musicianship through interaction and collaboration with other musicians, such as pianists, instrumentalists and/or singers.

Piano Lessons: Piano by Ear

This course will provide the student with basic piano skills needed to perform music heard from live performances or recorded medium. It will involve ear training, music analysis and fundamentals of music theory, as well as development of musical imagination through improvisation.

Singers

An organization for those wishing to minister through choral music, who desire to develop skills in vocal music, including the study of various styles of choral literature, music theory and expression. Regular rehearsals are held five days per week. The organization performs in conjunction with the Advent Herald Symphony (see below for details). Admission is by audition only.

Symphony

An organization for those wishing to minister through instrumental music, who desire to develop advanced skills in instrumental music, including the study of various styles of instrumental literature, music theory and expression. Regular rehearsals are held five days per week. The organization performs in numerous on-campus events and church services. Members participate on scheduled weekend tours as well as our yearly performance at the Howard Performing Arts Center in Berrien Springs and our yearly out-of-state week-long tour in the spring. All performances and traveling are obligatory once accepted into the organization. Admission is by audition only.

Wind Symphony

An organization for those wishing to minister through instrumental music, who desire to develop advanced skills in instrumental music, including the study of various styles of instrumental literature, music theory and expression. Regular rehearsals are held five days per week. The organization performs in numerous on-campus events and church services. Members participate on scheduled weekend tours as well as our yearly performance at the Howard Performing Arts Center in Berrien Springs and our yearly out-of-state week-long tour in the spring. All performances and traveling are obligatory once accepted into the organization. Admission is by audition only.

Contact Us!

The Great Lakes Adventist Academy Department of Music enjoys a full touring schedule each year. If your church would like to schedule a performance, please contact Craig Cleveland at (989) 427-2409 or via email below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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GLAA Department of Music thanks you for your financial support and prayers. If you would like to donate to our ministry, please click here or contact us at:

Great Lakes Adventist Academy
Department of Music
P.O. Box 68
Cedar Lake, MI 48812
Phone: (989) 427-2409

Thank you so much and may the Lord richly bless you!