Fine Arts

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. At Gloria Deo Academy, we are helping train students for this important way of glorifying God. Classical education includes a passion for the arts. The fine arts offered at GDA exemplify the values and mission of Gloria Deo Academy while also offering great opportunities and benefits for our students.

2023 Gloria Deo Academy Choir Web

Upper Grades Choir // GDA offers Choir for upper grade students (grades 7-12). GDA’s Choir performed a Christmas Concert and will perform a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert, along with the Band and Orchestra on December 12 and April 30 at 7 PM at Schwitzer Church.

In 2023, the GDA choir performed at the MSHSAA District Music Festival. GDA was the only Class 1A choir in the festival. In its first year to be involved in this huge festival with all 4 and 5A Class choirs, GDA was honored with a rating of a 2, which is the “outstanding” designation given at the festival.

Band // Great music and opportunities await Gloria Deo Academy Band students in 2023-2024!  We’ll be offering Beginning Band for 4th-6th grades (M/W, T/Th 3:35-4:10pm), Intermediate Band for 5th-6th grades (M/W, T/Th 4:10-4:55pm), NEW for 2023-2024: “Advanced Beginning Band” available for 7th-12th grades (during 8th hour T/Th), and Advanced Band for 7th-12th grades (M/W during 8th hour). YES, 7th-12th grade it’s not too late to join band for 2023-2024!  For more information see this flyer.

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  //  Gloria Deo Academy partners with parents to educate students in a historic biblical worldview through a rigorous classical curriculum. The goal of GDA is to develop ethical and wise individuals who will impact their community for the glory of God through service, leadership and character. The art of theatre is one avenue in which our students can learn and engage in service, leadership, and character.  Theatre is multifaceted, and through it, every student has an opportunity to contribute and develop their God-given strengths and talents to live lives of significance for the glory of God.

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, and Beauty and the Beast.

Have questions? Reach out to GDA’s Theater Director, Peyton Gray, at

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