For over 40 years, Timothy has had a strong tradition of supporting the Fine Arts. It started when John Harkema, retired TCHS Latin teacher and Fine Arts founder, created a month long festival which allowed students to share their talents and exposed them to many artistic endeavors and genres. Through the hard work of Mr. Judd Rinsema and Mrs. Thelene Tornow, the Fine Arts tradition has lived on. This year, the program has a full slate of events organized by Ms. Renee DeJager.
Fine Arts Month began on Saturday, February 27th with 30 students attending Marriot Lincolnshire’s production of “Sister Act,” the musical comedy. More events are scheduled Monday, February 29th and through March 24th. While most are still for high school student, some will include our middle school students. Events include solo and ensemble critiques for high school instrumental, vocal, and string students and piano critiques for middle and high school students. New this year is the addition of Choral Festival Day, for choir students grades 6-12. They will perform for a graded critique. Renown artists will serve as judges for music events. This year, the following guests arriving on campus include Joanne May, Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra at Elmhurst College; Nick Falco, member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and a cappella jazz ensemble “An Octave Above;” Serenity Fung, Chicagoland accompanist, teacher and performer; Raluca Bojor, teacher, composer, arranger and accompanist in the Chicagoland Area; Steven Klaus, Music Director of Ridgewood High School and Dr. Robert Sinclair, Head of Choral Music at VanderCook College of Music.
Filling the halls of TCHS are the beautiful creations of our art students. At the same time, our gifted writers have been creating works of poetry, satire and fiction for the Poetry and Prose Workshop. Renown artists and writers coming on campus include Michael VanderAa judging the Photography critique and Rachel Hoogstra judging the Visual Art Critique. The Poetry and Prose Workshop will be led by Victoria Popp and Elisabeth Smart, both on the Elmhurst College faculty.
Lastly, through Fine Arts we are offering a Country Line Dance Workshop during 1st through 4th hour PE and study hall classes. This workshop will be led by TCHS’ alumna Janet Gorman Warner, class of 1985. She is an internationally awarded country line dancer and will bring her joy and skill to our students.
Fine Arts Month will culminate with a week of assemblies prior to Spring Break. Guests ensembles coming to campus include the Kaotic Drumline, The Wheaton College Men’s Glee Club guys a cappella group: The Thundertones, The Jesse White Tumblers, and capping off our week, our BEST OF TC assembly which will showcase our 1st and 2nd place winners of our Poetry and Prose workshop, Instrumental Critique, Vocal Critque and String Critique.
Through it all, we hope that all students find joy in the Arts and those that enter their work emerge with encouragement and new skills. We want all students to continue keeping the Arts in their lives. We enter this month focusing on making a joyful noise and creating with excellence. We praise God for the Arts and praise Him in our endeavors to use the talents He blessed us with for His praise and glory.