Fine Arts choices such as Choir, Band, Orchestra, and Theater afford students the opportunity to engage and further develop skills beyond those learned in the classroom setting. As a classical school, Gloria Deo Academy emphasizes education through the arts.

Upper Grades Choir // GDA offers Choir beginning in 7th Grade. GDA’s Choir performs at the Christmas and Spring Concert. Additional past performances have occurred at the Show Boat Branson Bell Dock, Springfield Symphony Orchestra Fundraiser and the Springfield Art Museum.  GDA as had at least one student represent the school in All-District Choir for the past six years. One GDA Senior who participated in All-District Choir stated, “All-District Choir is a great experience for anyone who loves to sing. Last year, hearing my voice blend with 199 others was a truly awesome experience. Coming from a reasonably small school with a small choir, having the opportunity to sing with a large group was a life-changing event. I would highly recommend students from all schools to participate.”

Band // GDA offers three levels of Concert Band. The Band performs at the GDA Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert.

Beginning Band is open to all students in 4th Grade and higher. Beginning Band meets every Wednesday (starting August 25) at 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm or Thursday (starting August 26) at 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm.  Students may start on Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone/Baritone, or Percussion.

Intermediate Band is open to students 6th grade or higher with at least a year of experience. Intermediate Band meets every Monday (starting August 23) at 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm or Tuesday (starting August 24) at 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm.

Advanced Band (7th Grade and older with 2+ years of experience, starting August 11th) meets every Monday and Wednesday at 2:50 pm – 3:40 pm.

Students are required to provide their own band instrument, music stand for home practice, and band book. Have questions? Contact Mr. Dan Updegrave at

Orchestra // Orchestra is available to students in 4th – 12th Grade. Beginning Orchestra (for students with no prior experience) meets on Mondays 3:40-4:40 pm. Intermediate Orchestra (for students with 1-2 years experience) meets on Wednesdays 3:40 pm-4:40 pm.  Advanced Orchestra is available to Upper Grades and meets both Mondays and Wednesdays 2:48 pm-3:30pm. All rehearsals meet at the Golden Campus. For more information, please email Lynette Staswick at

Theater  //  GDA produces an incredible Spring Musical each year. Past performances include Willy Wonka, Church Mouse, Back to the Cross, Alice in Wonderland, and Annie Jr, The Wizard of Oz. The 2022 production is Beauty and the Beast.

Auditions for the upper grades production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be September 13 and 14 at the Golden Campus.  Auditions are open for all GDA students in the upper grades. See the following link for all the details:  Beauty and the Beast 

The Girl with the Golden Locks by Brian D. Taylor

Gloria Deo Academy presents The Girl with the Golden Locks (produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado)! Performances will be on Friday, November 11 at 7 pm and Saturday, November 12 at 2 pm and 7 pm at Gloria Deo Academy (West Building Auditorium) located at 3146 S Golden Ave Springfield, MO 65807.

Enter the world of fairy-tale espionage and intrigue, where top-level spies take on the kingdom’s worst criminal masterminds.  Agent Gold is the girl with the golden locks and the top agent at the FBI, that is, the Fairytale Bureau of Intelligence.  Her partners are a pair of sisters — Rose Red, who is known as Agent Red, and rookie agent Snow White.  With a little help from Agent Wolf, who serves as her “mole,” Agent Gold takes on the biggest mission of her life.  She must save the kingdom from public enemy number one, the Three Bears, who have recently acquired a C.O.W. from a boy named Jack and plan to destroy the entire kingdom with it!  Facing dwarves and witches, porridge and magic beans, giants and double-agents, Agent Gold and her crack team will have their work cut out for them as they race to stay one step ahead of the bears to save the kingdom.

Tickets are $8. To purchase your tickets, an online form will be available soon.

Have questions? Reach out to GDA’s Theater Director, Michael Butcher, at

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