Music - Middle & High School

Middle School students take music one semester per year, during which they explore the fundamentals of music theory and history, basic vocal technique, and handbell ringing. Middle School students perform at both the Christmas and spring concerts. Students who are eager to pursue music at a higher level may join the Middle School Chorus, which meets twice weekly during the lunch period. These students dig deeper into good vocal technique and choral singing. They may also have the opportunity to compete at a regional choral competition.
HCA has two award-winning high school hand bell choirs, Prelude and Allegro. The choirs perform in concert and as guests in community events and outreaches. Both hand bell choirs have been first place winners in ACSI competitions. Performances can be viewed on YouTube at http://youtube.com/user/HCAMusicProgram.
We have an exciting instrumental program for students in the fourth through eighth grades that offers instrumental lessons on brass, woodwinds and percussion. In addition to effectively teaching our students the fundamentals and rudiments of instruments, we make humorous videos for parents and play games that motivate and encourage students. In May, the students showcase their abilities at the annual Conservatory.

What better way to worship the Lord than with music. Our middle school and high school worship teams for HCA’s weekly chapel. The middle school team averages fifteen members, representing a variety of talents. It is not uncommon to have all fifteen playing and singing praises to God during chapel. In addition to coordinating their rehearsals and song choices, our instrumental music director supports them by singing and accompanying them on piano or guitar. In addition to the traditional drums, guitar and keyboard, we add instruments like the sax, xylophone and violin. God has gifted these amazing kids and they are a great blessing to the school. Their worship can be viewed on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/user/HCAMusicProgram.

The high school worship team is fairly autonomous with song selections and rehearsal coordination. They have learned how to communicate during worship and take the lead when called on. Our high school students bring worship to a whole new level. They no longer depend on their faculty to lead, as they did in middle school, but take on a leadership mindset. Their instrumental and vocal abilities improve as their heart for worship grows. There is nothing more exciting than seeing our high school students blooming into the leaders God has called them to be.

HCA’s award-winning Chorale is open to students in grades 9-12. The Chorale performs in two concerts per year (Christmas and spring), as well as in an occasional ministry concert in the community. Chorale also performs in HCA’s Annual Dessert Theatre and participates in a competition during the spring semester. Repertoire ranges from classical to sacred to theater music. Videos from our most recent competition can be found on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/user/HCAMusicProgram.

Recent awards include: First place, 2015 Music in the Parks Choir Competition (Mixed Choir 1 Category), Hershey Park, Hershey, PA; First Place, 2014 Music in the Parks Competition (Mixed Choir I Category), Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ; First Place, 2013 Music in the Parks Competition (Mixed Choir I Category), Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ; Best Overall Choir, 2013 Music in the Parks Competition, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ; First Place, 2012 ACSI Fine Arts Festival, Lancaster, PA; First Place, 2011 Fine Arts Festival, Lancaster, PA; First Place, 2010 Fine Arts Festival, Lancaster, PA.

Servants of the King is an audition-only vocal ensemble open to students in grades 9-12. This choir performs fifteen to twenty ministry concerts per year and often serves as the face of Hawthorne Christian Academy to the community. Students are chosen based on musical ability, character and spiritual maturity, and academic stability. Servants of the King explores a wide variety of music – from Mozart to Broadway to rhythmic world music. In addition to ministry concerts, Servants of the King performed at Carnegie Hall and the NY Mets CitiField. Videos from our most recent competition can be found on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/user/HCAMusicProgram.

Recent awards and honors include: Participation in the 2016 National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall; Most Outstanding Choral Group; Choral Sweepstakes Award; Gold Medal, Mixed Choir; Gold Medal, Men's Choir; Gold Medal, Women's Choir; Spirit of San Diego Award (for the group that best represents their school, community, and country); Outstanding Soloist Award; Ovation Award (for the student who displays determination, inspiration and service) – all at 2015 Heritage Festival, San Diego, CA; First Place Mixed Choir, 2015 Music in the Parks Competition, Hershey Park, PA; Best Overall Choir, Music in the Parks Competition, Hershey Park, Hershey, PA; Four students placed in the top 20 in the state in the 2015 NJ All-State Opera Festival. First Place, 2014 Music in the Parks Competition (Mixed Choir II Category), Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ; Best Overall Choir, 2014 Music in the Parks Competition, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ; Participation in the 2014 National Sacred Honor Choir at Carnegie Hall; First Place, 2013 Music in the Parks Competition (Mixed Choir II Category), Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ; Participation in the 2013 National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall; Gold Medal, The 2012 Heritage Festival, Boston, MA; Spirit of Boston Award (for the group that best represents their school and community), The 2012 Heritage Festival, Boston, MA; First Place and Best Overall Choir, 2011 Music in the Parks Competition, Hershey Park, Hershey, PA;  First Place, 2010 Music in the Parks Competition, Hershey Park, Hershey, PA.

Those involved in Chorale and Servants of the King are encouraged to pursue music in outside venues. Our students have been accepted into the NJ All-State Chorus, the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program, and the Boston Conservatory Summer Program.
High school students present an annual Dessert Theatre in the spring. Both nights of this popular  performance are typically sold out. This highlight event of the school year involves students and parents in script writing, stage production, costuming, make-up, set design and staging. For more information, and a teaser of a past performance, see our Dessert Theatre page.
HCA offers a variety of music courses. Freshmen and sophomores can take Music and Culture, which explores music in our lives, in the media, and around the world, as well as Introduction to Theatre, a discovery course about the production and performance aspects of live theatre. Juniors and seniors are eligible to take both Music History, in which they experience music from the Middle Ages through the 21st Century, and Music Theory, learning the mechanics of music, as 5-credit major courses, as well as an elective Voice Class for students who wish to learn a healthy vocal technique in a small-class setting.

Our Comp and Recording Class is a unique gem. During the first part of the course, students are taught how to formulate and structure songs, collaborate their ideas, create lyrics, and experiment on different instruments. The second part of the course encompasses learning about different types of recording equipment and how to use each component while recording their compositions. The class meets in our rehearsal room, which includes a studio that is perfectly conducive for song creation.

Our studio is home to a complete digital recording studio with professional grade equipment. Our main studio contains an IMac, Tascam DAW, KRK V8 speakers, Roland RS5 keyboard, Casio Privia Keyboard, Pro AKG headphones, Shure 32 Condenser microphone, Senheiser Dynamic Mics, acoustical foam-lined studio, and enough professional recording software (Logic 9/X) to make the process run incredibly smooth. During the recording process, students learn how to mix and master their tracks using digital software.

Our rehearsal room has two additional Apple recording stations, three acoustic guitars, electric guitars, basses, two keyboards, a Roland electric drum set, full PA sound system, LED lights, and two professional deejay units for those interested in learning how to deejay. This room is also where the worship teams practice and instrumental lessons are given.Following project completion, songs and pictures are posted on our blog (www.hcastudios.wordpress.com) and pushed to our iTunes Podcast. To find the podcast, type “HCA” in the iTunes store search bar. We are HCA Studios on iTunes.

The Music Booster Club supports HCA’s dynamic music program by organizing volunteers, supporting performances, and raising funds for competition and ministry trips. See our Music Booster Fellowship page for more detail.

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