March 17, 2023

Upcoming Dates

Fri., April 28th

Middle School Class Field Trip

Tues., May 2nd

5th Grade End of the Year Performance

Wed., May 3rd

5th Grade Chapel Performance

Sat., May 13th

Symphony All Day Rehearsal

Wed., May 17th

Conservatory Spring Showcase

Dear families,

Thank you all for the overwhelming support at the first Conservatory Showcase of the year. It was so great to be back at VPAT and see all of our students on stage sharing their hard work before such a large, loving audience. As our mission statement reads, it is our aim that “students’ studies and performances humbly glorify God.” At this showcase, I was delighted to hear our 3rd graders open the evening with the doxology and to see our 4th grade students share the gospel through their own rendition of “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus."

It has been an incredibly busy and exciting week all around the conservatory. As our 3rd graders celebrated Flutophone Promotion on Monday night, they will be receiving their instruments in class based on the order in which forms were received. Please see below for further information for important updates by grade level.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be returning to VPAT for our Spring Showcase on Wednesday, May 17th. This concert will feature our first ever student conductor-composer, David Cassinelli (11th grade), as he leads the VCS Radio Symphony in an original 4 movement piece. Stay tuned for more information!

Allie Knitter

VCS Radio Conservatory Director

707-446-1776 ext.5650

The VCS Radio Conservatory of the Arts exists to integrate all fine arts with knowledge across all disciplines so that students’ studies and performances humbly glorify God.

Middle School SPAEC club continues to meet on Wednesday at lunchtime. Keep your eye out on campus for William Shakespeare, as the first of our club members' "Where's Will" posters is now on display in a secret location. Don't forget to join Miss Knitter in HS104 at lunch on Mondays for Melody Monday! If you want to help write an adaptation of As You Like It, join Miss Reid in M-4 for Thinking-Cap Thursdays. All club members received an invite to join the Schoology page for SPAEC where we will share club resources. Please email or if you are interested in joining Shakespeare club.

Ensemble Updates

VCS Radio Symphony

VCS Radio Symphony will continue to meet daily before school (6:40-7:30am MWF) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this school year. This attendance is required for all MS and HS students, who receive course credit for their participation, with the exception of Wednesday, which students will attend only when a sectional has been assigned that week. Tutoring is now available on Wednesday mornings from 6:40-7:00 am. 

VCS Radio Jazz

Congratulations on an excellent performance of "Fly Me to the Moon" at the Winter Showcase! Please remember that all jazz students should come prepared on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with jazz music. As we continue to add new music, it is important that we also can return to jazz standards to use as warm-ups, etcetera. See you Tuesday morning!

Elementary Music Updates

3rd Grade

Instrument rental agreement forms were due on Wednesday, March 15th to Ms. Knitter or Ms. Jamel. If your student has still not turned in their form, please have them turn it in no later than Monday, March 20th. Please click on this link if you need another form. Instruments will be passed out during band class in the order in which rental instrument forms are received. Any students without a form or a school-approved instrument from home will be given a recorder, and the amount will be billed to the account. Please reach out to if you have any questions regarding how to acquire an instrument for your child to use after our flutophone graduation at the concert.

Extra Help Here!

4th & 5th Grade

Our wonderful 4th and 5th grade band students did a wonderful job at the concert this past week! We are so proud of each and every one of you!

Please refer below for all information about what to do if your child missed the concert on Monday, March 13th.

There will be no morning band on Friday, March 24th. If your student would like extra help, please have them come on Monday morning (3/20).

What do I do if my 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade band student was unable to attend the Winter Showcase?

Students who were absent from the Winter Showcase are asked to perform their songs for Miss Knitter at morning band OR email a video to Miss Jamel ( to receive credit for their performance. Students are also asked to respond to the following reflection questions about music from the performance, depending on their grade level.

3rd - Why do you think this showcase has the name “Heaven and Earth”? Where do you see ideas about “Heaven and Earth” in your songbook?

4th - Which of your concert songs is your favorite to play and why?

5th - Pick one of your concert songs and explain how it relates to American history.

The requirement of a video or attendance at a morning band session is an effort to offer two options to parents for students who need to demonstrate their effort to learn their songs from class in order to receive a grade. The concert gives us an opportunity to assess this, so if a student has to miss, we rely on a video or in-person visit for this part of the assessment. As you can imagine, it would be extremely unfair if students who did not perform multiple songs in a single sitting received the same grade as a student who practiced and performed several songs in a public concert. However, we know that schedule conflicts occur, and want all of our students to have the opportunity to succeed, whether or not they are able to show up on a single day. 

We also believe that beyond being an important aspect of the developing musician, performance offers an experience that in itself is uniquely educational from a community point of view. The performance is more than just a way to assess how well students have learned their songs, as students have the chance to interact with their music in a way that is distinctive from class. Having an audience and student speakers involved in the experience allows students to see their own piece of a bigger picture and helps us approach the big "why" of music class. For this reason, we ask students to use a brief writing assignment to reflect on a question if they are not in attendance. This way, students who are unable to attend are also encouraged to approach their music in a deeper way, by considering aspects that go "beyond the notes", which students encounter organically at an event like our showcases.

KVCB-LP 100.9 FM

The end of March will feature exciting programming on KVCB 100.9 FM.

Head of School Mr. Ben Davis will be interviewed by Middle School radio staff. Mr. Davis will talk about upcoming Spring events at VCS as well as other school topics.

Missionary Josh Heiikila will do a live phone interview from Ghana at a time TBD. Josh will talk about the blessings and challenges of his work in West Africa.

We will start weekly shows with the Sacramento Rivercats' front office members Dylan Rozema and Zac Alfers. The Rivercats are the San Francisco Giants AAA affiliate. 

Positive Newscasts continue at 10 and 11:45 am and Noon. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 9:15 on Wednesday. Newscasts will have a new feature with The Wayward Weatherman giving his forecasts from the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse.   

Special congratulations go to Radin Bell who passed The Radio Operators' Test and is now a Certified Radio Operator. Good work Radin!

Be sure to listen to KVCB 100.9 FM for this and much more.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Gary C. Dreibelbis

Students interested in joining the VCS Radio Student Production Staff as an extracurricular activity should contact Dr. Dreibelbis at 

Helpful Links

Rehearsal / Tutoring Schedule

Elementary Music Practice Videos

Contact Us

Allie Knitter

VCS Radio Conservatory Director

Dr. Gary Dreibelbis

Radio Broadcasting Instructor

Hannah Jamel

Conservatory Administrative Assistant


707-446-1776 ext.5650

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