Conservatory of the Arts


The Conservatory of the Arts is another example of our commitment at VCS to connect students’ God-given talents with extraordinary opportunities for growth and service. We have expanded our course offerings by entering into strategic partnerships with internationally recognized art institutions, such as the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Steinway Corporation. College and admissions committees look favorably on undergraduate applications that show four years of concentrated involvement in a specialized program, and the Conservatory program graduation standards in certain disciplines are above and beyond the requirements for traditional graduation. Conservatory graduates are formally recognized for their achievements by a notation on their transcripts for colleges, an honor cord to be worn at graduation, and a framed Conservatory diploma. With unmatched resources and talented faculty, the Conservatory fosters an environment where students master their talents in preparation for admission to internationally renowned collegiate institutions.

While the Conservatory was created to provide individualized, advanced training for fine arts students, we are pleased to extend excellent training in state-of-the-art facilities to all VCHS students. Any student may discover his/her God-given talents through full participation in Conservatory classes while fulfilling the fine arts requirement for graduation.

VP/Director of the Conservatory

Imagine a community characterized by continual creativity and a performance environment that encourages exploration of endless possibilities. Couple that with exceptional facilities and “top-flight” instructors who evoke excitement and a passion for the arts. Welcome to Valley Christian Schools’ Conservatory of the Arts, an exciting K-12 program that is committed to discovering and cultivating the extraordinary God-given talents of young artists!

I invite you to explore the incredible breadth of options offered for all ages through the Conservatory. From Kidservatory, to Junior Conservatory and, finally, the high school Conservatory of the Arts, our engaging faculty nurture artistic talent throughout the traditional school day and during after-school enrichment offerings and private lessons.

Our commitment to excellence has paid off over the years as Conservatory programs and students have been honored with numerous awards and recognitions and have earned admission into prestigious institutions of higher learning. During their time at VCS Conservatory, students have also been blessed with extraordinary opportunities, including participating in the 2013 Tournament of Roses as well as performing and competing in the 2014 Jimmy Awards for Theatre on Broadway in NYC. Many Conservatory groups have also traveled to Europe, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Thailand, serving as school ambassadors through their performances and outreach activities.

While external recognition is evidence of our students’ success, the true spirit of the Conservatory is found in the Psalms, as the writer celebrates the creative works our Master Designer: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalms 139:14). At the Conservatory we believe it is the Creator who continues to innovate in us and through us as we unlock the potential in every student at VCS.

Come join us as we celebrate and explore the infinite beauty of God’s creative world together!
Troy Gunter

 

 

 

Kidservatory

The Kidservatory program, the elementary branch of the Conservatory of the Arts, introduces elementary students to the exciting world of creative art. Throughout the school day, experienced and engaging Conservatory faculty lead pull-out classes in music, art, theatre, and dance. Upper-elementary students also have the opportunity to participate in the 5th Grade Kidservatory, which provides an integrated curriculum with a full range of visual and performing arts classes.

Additionally, VCES students have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the arts after school through the Kidservatory program. Experienced high school Conservatory faculty members provide exciting offerings such as Musical Theatre, Fun with Drums, Adventures in Art, Heavenly Harps, and Dance Express. The Conservatory also offers private lessons in a variety of instruments and voice, for further individualized instruction.

Junior Conservatory

The Junior Conservatory allows VCJH students to develop their God-given talents within a full range of visual and performing arts courses in music, art, theatre, and dance. Budding young artists hone their skills in an environment that delivers unmatched quality, instruction, and breadth of offerings. The Junior Conservatory effectively prepares students for matriculation to the high school Conservatory, and provides unique performance opportunities along the way in outstanding venues such as the California Theatre in downtown San Jose and Disney’s California Adventure.

Conservatory of the Arts

The Conservatory of the Arts offers high school students the opportunity to further refine their God-given artistic talents by majoring or minoring in one of seven disciplines, including Music, Visual Arts, Dance Arts, Cinematic Arts, Theatre Arts, Integrated Arts, or Theatrical Design and Technology. We have expanded our course offerings by entering into strategic partnerships with internationally-recognized art institutions such as the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Steinway Corporation. With unmatched resources and talented faculty, the Conservatory fosters an environment where students discover and master their talents in preparation for admission to internationally renowned collegiate institutions.

The Conservatory was created to provide individualized, advanced training for fine and performing arts students, though excellent training in state-of-the-art facilities is extended to all VCHS students. Any student may discover his/her God-given talents through full participation in Conservatory classes while fulfilling the fine arts requirement for graduation.

Testimonials

"I'm the drum major and the field major; we're actually participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade this year in the Rose Parade, which will be viewed all over the world. We were chosen from all these different bands that applied, and we're playing with the Chinese Band from School 57 in Beijing!" (VC student)

"I'm double minoring in music and visual arts. There are so many opportunities to do both; I don't have to choose one over the other. And together, they have helped me really understand what music is." (VC student)

Meet the Faculty

Conservatory faculty come from some of the finest conservatories in the world, including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Peabody Institute.

  • Elementary School 1450 Leigh Avenue
  • San Jose, CA 95125 408.559.4400
  • Junior High 100 Skyway Drive, Ste. 130
  • San Jose, CA 95111 408.513.2460
  • High School 100 Skyway Drive, Ste. 110
  • San Jose, CA 95111 408.513.2400
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