Fine Arts Newsletter

This year the Fine Arts Department is doing a Fundraiser selling 1/4 zip FA PLP Sweaters
headed by Ms. Wahl the band director.

How it works - visit the link and customize! 
* For every BAND and/or three lion head logo sold $8 will go to the band department
* For every other fine art shirt sold (such as theatre or chorus) $2 will go to that fine art and the other $6 will go to the band department. 

Order forms are due by Monday 10/19/2015

Please contact for further details 


Academic Advisors: Caley Wahl, Matthew Primm, Ashley Krebs
Upper School Music Students Only

Important information:
  •  Invitations have been sent out the first week of October. Please return these ASAP even if your child is not planning on joining. 
  • $25 membership fee for new members. This is due October 14th. Please pay via Orgs Online
  • Meetings are held the first Monday of each month during lunch. Attendance is taken. 

Induction Ceremony is OCTOBER 14TH @ 6:30 PM in the ACC

All new members are highly encouraged to attend as well as returning members. 

Family and friends are welcome to attend. 

*Inductees and current members must dress formally

The Theatre Department is excited to be presenting "Shrek The Musical" this year!
There are some important dates coming up so be sure and mark your calendars:



Tuesday, Oct 20 -  3 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22 -  6 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28th
Thursday, Oct. 29th
Friday, Oct. 30th

Call Backs:   Saturday, Oct. 31st

You will sign up for your audition slot at your workshop.

And of course, mark your calendars NOW for our show dates:

Friday, Feb. 26th
Saturday, Feb. 27th
Sunday, Feb. 28th
Friday, March 4th
Saturday, March 5th
Sunday, March 6th

US Choral News

Pride Singers
  • Last month the Pride Singers performed "Wagon Wheel" to some Lower School classes for National Arts Education week.
 Click the Youtube icon to see a clip of this performance
View our videos on YouTube
    • Friday October 23rd
    • Star Spangled Banner at the Homecoming Football Game
    • Times and other information will be sent home & posted on edmodo
  •  Ask your singer about lettering/pinning requirements - this is an amazing addition to college applications

Men's and Women's Ensemble

  • We have begun working on our music for the holidays, and wow! They are really picking up on it! 
  • To better help them blend while singing, students were asked to make groups of four and sing "Good King Wenceslas" in unison and in a round then video record their performance. 

MS Choral News
MS Chorus & Music Theater "Highlights" Captured on Film

Celebrity Performer, Composer and Artist's Music Guild Chair, David L. Cook came to the MS Chorus classes to share some "tips" about performing.  The students enjoyed seeing one of his Emmy awards and the Heritage Award he received.

Our Musical Theater classes celebrated "Arts Education Week" by performing for the Lower School music classes.   Choreography from the musicals "The Little Mermaid", "Grease" and "Camp Rock" were shared.  Bravo to these performers and to our awesome audience from the LS!

Band News

Pep Band 
- Friday 10/16 - home football game 
- Friday 10/23 - homecoming game & booster BBQ

Tri M Music Honor Society
-Invitations have gone out and we are excited for all the new prospective members.
-Induction  Monday 10/12 for new members in the ACC @ 6:30 PM

Fall Band Concerts
-Middle School Bands:  Tuesday 10/27 @ 6:30PM (PLP ACC)
-Upper School Bands:  Thursday 10/29 @ 6:30PM (PLP ACC)

PLP Blue Crew T-shirts are ready to order! Any and all band members may purchase. Order forms are due to Miss Wahl no later than Wednesday 10/14

Orchestra News

Mark your calendars!  All orchestra students in grades 4 - 8 will have the opportunity to attend a field trip to see a Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concert. The date of this trip is Thursday, January 14, 2016.  The cost for students and parent chaperones to attend is only $10. More details will be emailed soon.  

Parents of orchestra students: please be on the lookout soon for an email about T-shirts. All strings students in grades K - 12 will be able to purchase a PLP approved orchestra T shirt, and more details will be available soon.  

The new K - 3 Beginning Strings class is well underway and the students are having a great time -- thank you to all the parents who enrolled their children in this class!  In addition to learning the basics of violin/viola playing, we will start preparing a couple of short pieces they can perform at the fall concert on  November 16.  

You are invited to attend the fall orchestra concert -- the students have been diligently preparing and we are excited to share our music with you!

Date: Monday, November 16

6 pm (K - 3 class, 4/5 grade, Beginners)
          7 pm  (Intermediate, Proficient Orchestras)
          8 pm  (Pine Lake Symphony Orchestra) 

Location: Charles Mack Auditorium, Mooresville  

Theatre News


HS Theatre

Theatre 3/4 students have been experiencing an exciting unit on "Food as Props."  Students were asked to choose a play or musical that has food in it and then to create that food from items that are not perishable. If a show is running for years and years can you imagine the cost of providing real food for each production?  Almost all food you see in shows is fake, unless an actor actually needs to eat it.  Then only the small part the actor eats is real.

Here we have some students showing off their completed projects:

Brian and Abi with their freshly grilled steak from the meal for the Beast and Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" and Sammie and Maria with their awesome chocolate cake from "Matilda the Musical." 

LS Music News

For the newsletter this month, we have several pictures instead of a blurb!

3 pics from the Lower School Chorus debut singing the National Anthem at the September 29 Volleyball games... students from our LS Chorus sang for all 3 games and stayed to cheer on the teams! Much fun was had by all.

Grades K-5 celebrated World Peace Day on September 21 by standing up for PEACE together as grade levels during their Encore classes. Students K-2 are completing a Peace Book for each of their classrooms and students in grades 3-5 completed a Post it for Peace as part of our Peace Reflections this year in music classes. 

Last 3 pics are of our Peace Reflection wall outside the LS Music room!

LS Art News

Line - Color - Value - Shape - Texture - Form - Space

Lower School art students are busy learning about the Seven Elements of Art. The

students are currently working on symmetrical mask. During art class each student

works to set artwork goals, meets with Mrs. Clegg to discuss progress and the creative

process. In only a few weeks' students are much clearer when presenting about the

choices and goals set in class. 

To find out more about Lower School Art please check out my webpage.

If you are interested in volunteering to work in the art room please email

Mrs. Clegg at

MS Art News  

8th Grade Name Project

P ine Lake Prep would like to highlight what an amazing job the 8th grade did on their "Name Project".  The focus of this project was that each letter was to be  turned into an object that starts with the same letter.  
These illustrations are currently on display on the second floor art gallery in the Fine Arts Building.  

6th Grade Art

I n 6th grade visual arts the students have been exploring design with using their name. The students finished up a mirror image cut out with complementary colors and are now working on a mirror image name design where they have filled each shape with patterns that represent their interest and hobbies. Through these projects the students have been learning about the Elements of Art and the Prin ciples of Design. They have also been introduced to the artist M.C. Escher, Henri Matisse, and Piet Mondrian who are known for using patterns in their works.

Britta Nelson
JT Sutek

Upper School Art News

Beginning Art students have been working on abstract line patterns, practicing creating contrast using a variety of techniques.  

Drawing and Painting II students are continuing to work on realism with still lifes composed with silverware. (Below are samples of their last project, where each student created a trio of cans being gradually crushed.) 

Advanced Art students are moving on to color work, creating colored pencil candy still lifes. (Below are examples of their recent self-portraits; artists are (clockwise from top left) Will Kwiatkowski, Megan Jackson, Emma Kiral, Alexis Smith, Dylan Perro, Zach Venkus

Be sure to check out Mrs. Hook's Instagram account "@pinelakeart" for even more updates on classes and student work!

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