PERFORMING ARTS

Portrait of Mr. Steven Kunka

Band – Mr. Steven Kunka
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Portrait of Ms. Cathern Hazelwood

Chorus – Ms. Cathern Hazelwood
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Portrait of Ms. Jodi Austin

Orchestra & Guitar – Ms. Jodi Austin
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Portrait of Mr. Skye Whitcomb

Theatre – Mr. Skye Whitcomb
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Band Courses:

Band courses are directed by Mr. Steven Kunka
To contact Mr. Kunka, email him at [email protected]

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE JAMES RIVER BAND WEBSITE

PA319H – WIND ENSEMBLE HONORS
PA319O – WIND ENSEMBLE (One Credit)
The Wind Ensemble is the premier, auditioned band at James River High School. The typical enrollment of this group is Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, however interested Freshman may enroll by audition. Students in the Wind Ensemble can expect five to six performances during the school year. These performances include both in-school and out-of-school functions. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Students in the Wind must provide their own instrument (If available, large or expensive instruments will be loaned by the school.) Pre-requisites: Audition by and permission of director; attainment of proficiency of Symphonic Band; instrumentation at the discretion of the director.

PA313H – SYMPHONIC BAND HONORS
PA313O – SYMPHONIC BAND (One Credit)
(Course may be split into Woodwinds and Brass)
The Symphonic Band at James River High School is the group that all Freshman join. Upperclassmen who do not successfully audition for Wind Ensemble are also welcome to enroll in the Symphonic Band. Students enrolled in this course are expected to attend mandatory rehearsals and performances and provide their own instrument (large instruments will be provided if available). Special clothing is required for performances.
Prerequisites: Instructor evaluation

PA316H – INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE HONORS
PA316O – INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE (One Credit)
The Instrumental Ensemble (Percussion Ensemble) at James River High School is the course that all percussion players join. Students enrolled in the course have the opportunity to dive deeper into perfecting percussion techniques and to perform by ‘staffing’ the Symphonic Band. Students enrolled in this course are expected to attend mandatory performances and rehearsals and provide their own drumsticks and mallets. Special clothing is required for performances.
Prerequisite: Instructor evaluation

MARCHING BAND (James River Regiment)
The REGIMENT is a competitive extracurricular activity that is the most visible organization at JRHS. The Regiment rehearses during the summer and afterschool, performs at all home football games, and competes on a few Saturdays between August and October. Students who are involved in the Regiment enjoy a sense of community and belonging with their fellow members. Membership is open to any student in a Band class as well as those who try out and join the Color Guard.

James River ‘Rapid’ WinterGuard
When marching band is over for the year, the members of the Color Guard have the opportunity to perform with the Winter Guard. Winter Guard is like a marching band in a gym without the musicians. Members learn to handle all pageantry equipment including flags, rifles, and sabres, and the group competes in the Atlantic Indoor Association circuit. Membership is open to any student who wants to try out. If you have any questions about the JRHS WinterGuard, please reach out to Mrs. Erica Eaton (Robious Middle School Band Director) who coordinates the JRHS WinterGuard.

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Chorus Courses:

Chorus courses are directed by Ms. Cathern Hazelwood
To contact Ms. Hazelwood, email her at [email protected]

PA411H – TREBLE CHORUS HONORS
PA411 – TREBLE CHORUS (One Credit)
This course is for freshmen with treble (unchanged/upper) voices. Upperclassmen who consider themselves beginners are welcome to start here as long as they have a treble voice. In this class we will learn beginning theory and sight reading and learn music in two parts. This ensemble will perform in concerts throughout the year and sing at district assessment. A concert uniform is required for this course.

PA414H – MIXED SHOW CHOIR HONORS
PA414 – MIXED SHOW CHOIR (One Credit)
This is an audition only group for all voice types. Students will learn five songs and corresponding choreography during a camp week over the summer before school begins. They then spend the school year cleaning and refining the show to prepare for competition season in February-March. In addition to competitions, students will perform in various other JRHS sponsored concerts and events. This group requires a heavy time commitment and an occasionally high monetary commitment but is incredibly rewarding in the end.

PA416H – GIRLS SHOW CHOIR HONORS
PA416 – GIRLS SHOW CHOIR (One Credit)
This is an audition only group for all treble (unchanged/upper) voices. Students will learn five songs and corresponding choreography during a camp week over the summer before school begins. They then spend the school year cleaning and refining the show to prepare for competition season in February-March. In addition to competitions, students will perform in various other JRHS sponsored concerts and events. This group requires a heavy time commitment and an occasionally high monetary commitment but is incredibly rewarding in the end.

PA417H – VOCAL ENSEMBLE 1 HONORS
PA417 – VOCAL ENSEMBLE 1 (One Credit)
This course is the starting place for lower voices and an intermediate course for treble voices. This non-auditioned group is open to all students except freshmen with treble voices. In this course we review beginning theory and sight reading to prepare students for more advanced groups such as chamber or show choir. This ensemble will perform in concerts throughout the year and sing at district assessment. A concert uniform is required for this course.

PA418H – VOCAL ENSEMBLE 2 HONORS
PA418 – VOCAL ENSEMBLE 2 (One Credit)
This courses the most advanced of the chamber ensembles. It is open to sophomores-juniors of all voice types. Members are hand-selected by the director and are considered the most musically advanced. This group will learn advanced music theory and sight reading and will perform at district assessment as the school’s blue ribbon ensemble. This group will perform in various JRHS concerts and events throughout the school year as well as competitions in the spring. A concert uniform is required for this course.

Orchestra Courses:

Orchestra courses are directed by Ms. Jodi Austin
To contact Ms. Austin, email her at [email protected]

PA612H – CONCERT ORCHESTRA HONORS
PA612O – CONCERT ORCHESTRA (One Credit)
Concert Orchestra provides an opportunity for student musicians of varying skills to develop musicianship on bowed strings or harp while performing orchestral literature through grade level 5. Students enrolled in this course are expected to attend mandatory rehearsals/performances and to provide their own instrument or rent one from the school for $50 per year. Special clothing is required for performances. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of middle school orchestra or audition scheduled with the director.

PA318H – STRING ENSEMBLE HONORS
PA318O – STRING ENSEMBLE (One Credit)
JRHS’s auditioned orchestra also known as Varsity Strings. Members will develop advanced musicianship including position work covering a 3-octave range in a variety of keys, advanced rhythm reading in multiple meters, thorough understanding between classical and baroque style (bowing, phrasing, and music theory elements), and advanced articulations such as spiccato, sautillé, and martelé . Varsity Strings will perform alongside Concert Orchestra on school orchestra performances; however, there will be additional performance opportunities available through Varsity Strings membership. Students enrolled in this course are expected to attend mandatory rehearsals/performances and to provide their own instrument or rent one from the school for $50 per year. Special clothing is required for performances. Prerequisite: Audition with the director, covers=ing position work in a 3-octave range, vibrato, rhythm reading, and nimble position work including extensions (cello only). Varsity strings members are expected to be able to sight-read grade 3 literature with a high level of accuracy.

Guitar Courses:

Guitar courses are directed by Ms. Jodi Austin
To contact Ms. Austin, email her at [email protected]

PA521O – BEGINNING GUITAR (One Credit)
This introductory course is designed to give the beginning guitarist an opportunity to develop the
fundamentals of guitar. The course study will include note reading, chord structure, scale
patterns, fingerings, strumming rhythms, fingerpicking, flatpicking and performance. Students
must provide their own instrument and method book, or it may be rented from the school for $50 per year. Please note: participation in the winter concert, the spring concert, and two after school rehearsals for each are REQUIRED. Additional optional performing opportunities are available for highly motivated students.

PA523O – INTERMEDIATE GUITAR (One Credit)
This course will build upon the skills learned in Beginning Guitar. Students will further develop and refine guitar techniques and musical skills, These will include multiple note reading, complex chords, scale patterns, fingerings, strumming rhythms, finger picking, flat picking, and improvisation (soloing). Students must provide their own instrument and Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Vol 1, or they may be rented from the school for $50 per year. Pre-requisites: successful completion of high school level PA521O Beginning Guitar or audition and music literacy test. Please note: successful completion of 8th grade guitar is not sufficient for acceptance into high school intermediate guitar. Students wishing to skip Beginning Guitar must schedule an audition.

PA522H – ADVANCED GUITAR HONORS
PA522 – ADVANCED GUITAR (One Credit)
In this course, students will further develop and refine guitar techniques and musical skills,
These will include multiple note reading, more complex chords, scale patterns,
fingerings, strumming rhythms, finger picking, flat picking, and improvisation (soloing). Some students will prepare for university level auditions. Students must provide their own instrument and method book, or they may be rented from the school for $50 per year. Pre-requisites: Intermediate Guitar PA523O. This course may be repeated for credit by fourth year guitar students.

Theatre Courses:

Theatre courses are directed by Mr. Skye Whitcomb
To contact Mr. Whitcomb, email him at: [email protected]

PA111 – THEATRE 1 (One Credit)
This is an introductory survey course which is open to all students at all grade levels. In this course, students learn the basics of theatre performance and theatre production, using set texts to study dramaturgy, directing, technical theatre design, theatrical criticism, and acting. Students will also study the evolution of theatre throughout different time periods and cultures. Auditions are not required for this course.

PA112H – THEATRE 2 HONORS
PA112 – THEATRE 2 (One Credit)
This course requires the successful completion of Theatre 1 or instructor permission, and focuses on acting technique for stage, film, and voice acting. As part of the course, students will examine period movement, vocal technique, and kinesthetic awareness. Students will also examine the performance styles of non-Western theatrical traditions, as well as the twentieth- and twenty-first century playwriting and performance styles.

PA113H – THEATRE 3 HONORS
PA113 – THEATRE 3 (One Credit)
This course requires the successful completion of Musical Theatre, Theatre 2, or instructor permission. The class focuses on specific acting theorists, including Stanislavsky, Chekhov, Meisner, Hagen, and Adler. This course is intended for young artists who are interested in pursuing theatre as a professional career, addressing the audition and callback process, the use of agents and managers, and the theatrical and film unions.

PA114H – THEATRE 4 HONORS
PA114 – THEATRE 4 (One Credit)
This course requires the successful completion of Theatre 3 or instructor permission. The class primarily focuses on the art of stage direction, drawing from the work of Clurman and Kazan, as well as film direction and cinematography, drawing from Kurasawa and Kubrick. Students will learn how to create a directorial analysis, to cast and block a production, and to direct actors in the creation of an ensemble. The course also examines stage management and production management.

PA171 – MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP (One Credit)
The Musical Theatre Workshop requires the successful completion of Theatre 1 or instructor permission. This course examines musical theatre as a specific art form, tracing its evolution from Rodgers & Hammerstein through contemporary productions such as Strange Loop and Hadestown. Students will focus on vocal technique, basic dance steps, and musical theatre acting. Students will also study the audition and callback process for musical theatre.

PA121 – THEATRE PRODUCTION 1 (One Credit)
This introductory course requires an instructor interview prior to admission. Theatre Production 1 covers basic shop safety and the use of both power and handheld tools. The course focuses on the design aspects of technical theatre, including scenic, lighting, sound, properties, and costume/makeup design. Students will also discuss careers in technical theatre and production.

PA122H – THEATRE PRODUCTION 2 HONORS
PA122 – THEATRE PRODUCTION 2 (One Credit)
Theatre Production 2 requires instructor approval and the successful completion of Theatre Production 1. Students enrolled in Theatre Production 2 will study advanced techniques in scenic design and construction, as well as scene painting. Students in this course will be involved in the scenic design and construction for the fall play, the winter one-acts, and the spring musical.

PA123H – THEATRE PRODUCTION 3 HONORS
PA123 – THEATRE PRODUCTION 3 (One Credit)
Theatre Production 3 requires instructor approval and the successful completion of Theatre Production 2. Students enrolled in Theatre Production 3 will focus their studies on costume design, costume construction, and makeup techniques, including prosthetics and latex. Students in this course will be involved in the costume and makeup design and construction for the fall play, the winter one-acts, and the spring musical.

PA124H – THEATRE PRODUCTION 4 HONORS
PA124 – THEATRE PRODUCTION 4 (One Credit)
Theatre Production 4 requires instructor approval and the successful completion of Theatre Production 3. Theatre Production 4 focuses on lighting and sound design. Students will design lighting and sound plots, hang and focus instruments, and learn sound mixing. Students in this course will be involved in the lighting and sound design for the fall play, the winter one-acts, and the spring musical.

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