Here Are Some Of The Things Our SGA Is Involved With:
The Faith Academy DRAMA DEPARTMENT offers several opportunities for students to demonstrate their acting talents each year. The Chapel Drama Team (grades 7-12) presents human videos, musical interpretations, dramatic monologues and short skits for students during chapel sessions and for the general public throughout the year. Through these dramatic episodes, students are able to not only demonstrate their talents, but also to use their talents to positively influence the decisions made by their peers and others in their community. In addition to this chapel drama team, drama students perform at least three plays during the school year. The production types alternate annually between two rotations. Each year, the FA Drama Team (grades 7th – 12th) presents two productions alternating between full-length plays and musical productions. In addition to the Drama Team, the Drama I, II and III classes present various, and often multiple, productions for the student body each year. The Faith Academy Drama Department will have produced thirty plays, three musicals and one short film by the end of the 2012-2013 school year. One of the most intense parts of the school year for the drama department is the preparation for the AISA Drama Competitions. Faith Academy has participated in these competitions for nine years. For the last nine years, twenty-seven students have been named to the All-State Drama Cast. Our students have placed in several different categories in this competition as well. At the state level, they placed third in the solo division in 2007, second in the ensemble division in 2008, third in the duet division in 2010, second in the solo division in 2010, third in the musical ensemble division in 2011, second in the ensemble division in 2011, second in the ensemble division in 2012, first in the duet division in 2012, and one of our students received the overall best actress award for 2012. At the district level, they placed second in the duet division in 2013, second in the musical ensemble division in 2013, and first in the monologue division in 2013. We also placed 2nd in the solo division at the state level in 2013. We are working toward another first place plaque this year.
Each year, Faith Academy offers a drama class during the school day, which can be taken as an art elective by students in grades 10-12. Drama I is designed to educate interested students on the different types of acting, the basics of theater history, and the logistics of play production. Drama II gives talented students an opportunity to further their knowledge in the field of acting by offering an in-depth look at the history and variety of drama and also by providing several opportunities for students to demonstrate their dramatic talents in a variety of styles and for diverse audiences. Drama III provides an in-depth analysis of the great acting teachers and their methods and allows for development in characterization, acting technique, and controlled movement during performance. Students in all drama classes complete a written and a performance assessment for each chapter, and they plan and produce a play for their peers. Those in Drama II are also responsible for producing a short film. Students in drama classes also learn short religious skits and human videos to perform for children in lower levels at Faith Academy. This “Giving Back Project,” as it has been called, provides our high school students the opportunity to “give back” to younger students what they have learned about Christian morals, values, and attributes all while having fun and being good role models for them.
The Faith Academy Band program began in the fall of 1997. The Faith Academy Band program has been under the musical direction of Mr. David Pryor since 1997. The band program has received many honors in the history of existence. Those honors include:
Mr. Joel King
Director of Instrumental Music
Faith Academy Instrumental Program
The instrumental program offers ten major performing ensembles:
As part of the band program Faith Academy offers a string program for grades 5 – 12. The honor string ensemble is a full time string ensemble offered to the top string players in the instrumental program. The band program also offers many small woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles, which are offered at the different grade levels. Many of these ensembles compete yearly at the ABA State Solo & Ensemble Festival. The jazz and percussion ensembles also compete at state and national music festivals.
Faith Academy Choral Department
Mrs. Amanda Goins
Director of Choral Music—Director of Chapel Worship
Mrs. Amanda Goins knew that she wanted to be a choral director in her junior year at Faith Academy when she was a student director under the leadership of Michelle McCormick. After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Mobile in Music Education, she received her opportunity when, in her 8th year of teaching at Faith Academy, her predecessor stepped down and was named the director of Choral Music. Being an alumni in the Faith Academy Music Department, Mrs. Goins had a true vision of what she wanted to accomplish in giving many musical opportunities to her students in the Choral Department.
Mrs. Goins is in her 9th year of teaching. She has been at Faith Academy for all nine years and has taught 7th and 9th grade English, Speech, and has been a teacher in the Resource Department for the past three years, helping children with different learning disabilities. She has been the vocal director for a musical and has been the director of the Faith Academy Chapel Worship Team for the past seven years. Mrs. Goins is a member of the AVA and NafMe, and won the Teacher of the Year at Faith Academy in 2013.
During her time as Choral Director, the Faith Academy choirs have earned superior ratings at their performances at the AISA Choral Festivals, and the Senior Choir and Chamber Singers earned a superior rating at the State Choral Performance Assessment in performance and in sight-reading. The Senior Choir and Chamber Singers both won a superior rating when they performed last year at the Fiesta-Val Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Mrs. Goins has been in worship leadership since the age of 13 and is currently serving with her husband of nine years Michael, who is the Creative Arts Pastor at The River in Semmes, Alabama for the past three years. She has two children, Allie who is 6 and in her fourth year at Faith and her first year of piano lessons at Faith Academy, and Judah who is three and will begin K3 at Faith Academy next year.
The Faith Academy Choral Department consists of many different ensembles—
The Faith Academy Choral Department participates in many different activities throughout the Southeast. The Elementary, Junior, Senior Choirs and Chamber Singers participate in the AISA State Choral Festival every year. The Junior and Senior Choirs as well as the Chamber Singers participate in AVA events with 27 members from the Junior and Senior Choirs participating in the Alabama All-State choir last year and winning five medals in Solo and Ensemble.
The Senior Choir and Chamber Singers have opportunities to travel more as they participate in Fiesta-Val Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last year, Bellingrath Gardens “Christmas in Lights,” the WALA Fox 10 “Sounds of the Seasons,” and the Southern Invitational Choral Conference at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mrs. Goins wants to continue to give opportunities for her students to perform, but is incredibly thankful in this season for the AMEA to give this opportunity for the Faith Academy Senior Choir perform at the 2016 AMEA Conference.
Faith Academy offers basic and advanced art classes for high school students in the form of Art I and Portfolio Development. Portfolio Development is a course specially designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of art or design. In the kindergarten and elementary programs, art is taught in the classroom by the classroom teacher. Upper level art classes often partner with kindergarten and elementary classes to complete special projects. All students from K5-12th grade are able to participate in art competitions at the school, district and state level. In the 2010-2011 school year, more than 300 pieces of artwork were entered by Faith Academy students at our school show. More than 100 pieces of artwork went on to compete against the artwork five other schools in our area at the AISA District II Art Competition. At the district show, Faith Academy had 48 winning pieces of artwork (more than any other school in our area), and 25 pieces qualified to move on to the next level of competition. At the AISA State Art Competition, we brought home 11 ribbons—with students placing in every level of competition from K5-12th grade. Our art program continues to grow and improve with each passing year, as our students continually develop their creativity and choose to continue their artistic journeys even after they leave our school.