The FVL Middle School Band is comprised of students in grades 5-8 who are enrolled at any of the FVL Schools. Students are able to obtain private instrument lessons during the school day at St. Mark School. Instruction is provided by lead director, Mr. Jim Neujahr. The website for the FVL Schools band is http://fvlschools.org/fvl-schools-band.
Group band instruction takes place at Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton on Saturday mornings. Currently about 100 students comprise the Cadet Band (first year students) directed by Robert Kramer, Wind Ensemble directed by Amy Nogar, and Senior Winds directed by Jim Neujahr.
Student musicians participate in 2 annual concerts (during December and May). Students also are offered many other opportunities to grow in their musicianship such as Solo/Ensemble Competition, Christian Band Festival, St. Norbert's Honors Band, Valley 8 Honors Band and Music in the Parks competition.
St. Mark's piano program exists to develop student’s maximum keyboard potential through quality instruction and to encourage students to use their God-given gifts of music in the classroom and in worship.
Ms. Abigail Gotstein is our piano instructor.She has her music education degree with piano emphasis from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has been teaching keyboard at St. Mark since 1991.Her participation has shown in many additional courses, clinics, and workshops as well as judging at area piano festivals.Affiliation with the Northeast Wisconsin Piano Teachers Forum and WELS Piano Teachers Association also is to her credit.
Piano lessons during school hours are available for students in grades 3-8.Other arrangements can be made for younger students.
Ms. Gotstein will offer a string program this year teaching violin and cello.Her music degree includes instrumental instruction, and she has studied cello herself since 7th grade.This was her minor instrument at UW-Madison, and she studied with Lowell Creitz of the Pro Arte Quartet.She has performed with the University Symphony and others since then.
The program will start with beginner lessons in 20-minute increments.Rental information for instruments is available on School Kickoff Night.
Debbie Drumm offers voice lessons to St. Mark students in grades 3-8 during the school day. Debbie has her BA in K-12 Choral/General Music Education from UWGB.She taught choir at Bay View Middle School in Howard Suamico for 6 years before deciding to expand her private studio to a full-time job.She is an active adjudicator for the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) as well as a member of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA). Weekly or bi-weekly lessons are available.There is no requirement to purchase books or other materials.
Students in 5th-8th grade have the opportunity to participate in Junior Choir.Students learn to use their voices to sing praises to their Lord in a group setting.Musical abilities are broadened as students learn to read and make music.Through a commitment of time and talents, a desire for excellence and a team approach to singing is fostered. Junior Choir participates in St. Mark worship services, mid-week chapel services and occasional school and community events.