Immanuel has a Comprehensive, Rewarding, & Fulfilling Music Program
And while we may not offer instruction on the harp or the ram’s horn, each of our musical ensembles and every one of our groups’ directors share five goals, which form the heart of Immanuel’s music program. The shared goals of the musical ensembles here at Immanuel are:
- to bring glory and honor to God
- to help each child discover and maximize his/her God-given musical talents
- to develop ensembles that will enrich the educational experience
- to strive for excellence within each musical group
- to create an environment within each group that encourages creativity, cooperation, and a commitment for work
Our Commitment to You
As directors of the musical ensembles here at Immanuel, we promise not only to strive to meet the goals listed above, but also to be fair in our treatment of each student within each of the ensembles. Students who participate in music ensembles are asked to put forth their best efforts and be faithful in both rehearsal and performance participation. Click on the link below to access the Attendance Policy and Covenant for Music Ensembles (band, chorus, and bell/chimes) which is to be signed at the beginning of each school year by the participating student musician and a parent.
Participating in a vocal ensemble is an exciting and fulfilling musical experience. Working together, those who enjoy singing can blend their voices to make music that touches the listener in the way that the spoken word only rarely can. Here at Immanuel Lutheran School, students have the opportunity to participate in various vocal groups, which are described below.
PK and Kindergarten Class Choirs
Students in these classes have a natural love for music and singing — which can be heard as part of their daily activities. Students participate in music activities during regular classes and also have the opportunity to sing songs of praise to their Lord during chapel and worship services at Immanuel. Scheduled dates for Kindergarten can be accessed from the link above. PK students will be signing together at the 10:45am service on January 27th.
Lower Grade Choirs
All students in Grades 1 through 4 participate in a choir class as part of their regular music instruction at Immanuel. Through the singing of fun-filled vocal warmups, folk songs, hymns, song/movement videos, praise songs and more, students learn the fundamentals of singing. Students in Grades 1-2 and 3-4 have the opportunity to share prepared songs by singing praises to our Lord when their group participates periodically in weekend worship services at Immanuel. Click on the first link above for a schedule of dates for the 2018-19 school year. Each time the classes sing in church, children of Immanuel members are expected to participate with their class choir in worship services. Since non-member children are part of the class choirs at school, they are strongly encouraged to participate with their class choir in these worship services. The second link above will take you to a music class introductory letter from Mrs. Kris Bartelt. Students in the 3rd and 4th Grade Choir also perform several selections at the Spring Concert each May, which gives students an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned in choir class throughout the year. Recent selections include “John Had Great Big Waterproof Boots On!”, “It’s in My Desk”, “Happy” and “The Friday Song”– a real favorite that is requested over and over again each year.
This extra-curricular group brings together the voices of interested students in grades 5-8. Its purpose is to praise the Lord through song and further develop the musical talents He has given us. Students are expected to make a commitment to attend practices and performances as scheduled. They meet for rehearsals on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. from August through May in the church music room located in the lower level of the church building. The group is led by Mrs. Cena Becker, Immanuel’s energetic 8th grade teacher, an experienced musician who truly enjoys working with students to help them use their voices to fullest potential. Mrs. Kris Bartelt, Immanuel’s music teacher, serves as the group’s accompanist and assists Mrs. Becker with this group. The Chancel Choir, sometimes also referred to as the School Chorus, typically performs at three concerts during the school year — the Winter Concert, Fine Arts Preview Concert, and the Spring Concert. In addition, the group sings special selections at various church worship services at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Immanuel’s Chancel Choir also prepares music for and participates as a group in the Fine Arts Festival in April each year. Many of the Chancel Choir members participate in vocal ensembles and/or prepare solos for the Fine Arts Festival as well.
Being part of a handbell group is a terrific learning experience which is both challenging and fun! Each student is assigned to play several bells from the musical scale (for example, C and D) and rings a bell each time he/she sees the note representing that bell written on the page of music. Together, the choir of bell ringers makes beautiful music together–but it requires a great deal of teamwork and concentration. It can be said that being part of a bell choir is an experience that is both rewarding and unique at the same time. Here at Immanuel Lutheran School, our older students have the opportunity to participate in several handbell ensembles, as described below.
This group typically includes students in grades 7-8. They meet for rehearsals on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the church balcony from September through May. The group is led by Mrs. Shelly Pieper, an excellent teacher and musician with a wide variety of musical experiences and interests. The Chancel Ringers perform at three concerts throughout the school year — Winter Concert, Fine Arts Preview Concert, and the Spring Concert. They also provide special music for various worship services at Immanuel Lutheran Church and participate in the Fine Arts Festival, a day-long event in the spring during which Immanuel students make music with students from a variety of other Chicago-area Lutheran Schools.
This group typically includes students in grades 5 and 6, and begins at the start of the second semester each January. Students use both handbells and handchimes to create their music. They meet for rehearsals on Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the church balcony from January through May. This group is also directed by Mrs. Shelly Pieper. The Chancel Chimes are scheduled to perform in at least one concert each school year (the Spring Concert in May), as well as during several worship services at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Immanuel offers a variety of band opportunities. For the cost/tuition to participate in band, please contact the band director Mr. Bill Gade, who is Immanuel’s Music Director.
Our Concert Band for grades 5th through 8th performs three concerts — Winter, Fine Arts Preview, and Spring; performs potentially at one or two Immanuel Church services; and participates in the Fine Arts Festival hosted at Immanuel in early spring.
Concert band meets during the school year for rehearsals Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m., with the exceptions being the first Monday after Christmas vacation and weeks when Monday is a “no school day.” At those times the band will instead meet Tuesdays. Notification from the director will be sent home the week before any schedule changes occur.
Our Intermediate Band is for students in 5th and 6th grade and performs at the Winter concert. Rehearsals are held September through January on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. Notification from the director will be sent home the week before any schedule changes occur. Most of the students in Intermediate Band are also in Concert Band.
Our Cadet Band for beginning students, usually 4th or 5th grades, performs first at a mini-concert in March or April, and then at the spring concert. Rehearsals are held February through May on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. Notification from the director will be sent home the week before any schedule changes occur.
Upper Grade Musical
In October of 2017 many of Immanuel’s Gr. 5-8 students worked together to present the musical “Willy Wonka”. We had a wonderful time entering a “world of pure imagination” as we followed the adventures of five kids who’d discovered a golden ticket in their Wonka Bars! This age group will present their next musical in the fall of 2019.
Lower Grade Musical
Students in grades 1-4 performed their musical on May 3rd and 4th, 2019. It was thrilling to see them share the story of “Everyday Heroes” as the kids led us on a journey into the pages of the Old Testament to discover how Gideon, Esther and Nehemiah following God’s leading and direction helped to rescue the Lord’s children from danger and disaster. The students were joined by Joy Man at the end of the show to remind all of us that Jesus lives in our hearts and we get to share His joy with others because the Lord still uses ordinary people like you and me to do extraordinary things.
Each year, Immanuel’s PK students perform a special program featuring their singing, dancing, new knowledge and smiles that receives rave reviews from parents, grandparents and friends. They shared the joy of Christmas in their PK Christmas Program on Sunday, December 9th in Immanuel’s church sanctuary. (Last year’s PK students performed a spring program entitled “All Day Long” in early April 2018) Thanks to our teachers and classroom aides who work so diligently to help these little ones shine and share what they’re learning!
The Kindergarten Showcase
In addition, throughout the school year our kindergarten students learn songs, recitations and more to share at their annual Kindergarten End of Year Program . The kindergarten students sang throughout the months of this school year to prepare for their performance on Friday, May 10th.
The students delightfully recounted much of what they had learned this year including the days of the week, the months and seasons of the year along with counting to a 100 by fives. At their showcase they included favorites such as “Albuquerque Turkey”, and “Pizza Hut”. What a joy it was to watch those little ones sing, dance, tell jokes (“What is a race car driver’s favorite day of the year? April Fuels Day!”), and share their newly learned skills. Great job, students–and thanks to Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Holquist for their wonderful leadership! Thanks for demonstrating how you have “grown up” as you’ve progressed through the months of kindergarten.
FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
Each year, Immanuel music students participate with many other Lutheran school students in this festival at Trinity, Roselle. The music-filled day begins early in the morning and culminates in a grand 7:00 p.m. evening concert featuring performances by the mass bells, mass band, mass choir, and selected student entries from participating schools. What a wonderful opportunity this is for our students to grow in their musical abilities and experiences! The 2018 Fine Arts Festival will be held in Roselle on Friday, April 12th. For more information, download the 2019 FAQ’s document.