The Maryville Christian School Orchestra was begun in 2005 under the direction of Mr. Michael Bradam. In a very short time, the orchestra has grown to include over 40 members. The MCS Orchestra is unique. Mr. Bradam has developed a curriculum in which he teaches string and wind instruments together from day one. Most instrumental programs teach strings and winds separately. From day one, the students hear the full sound of an orchestra and learn as a team. By learning together, the students are used to each other and develop an extremely well-rounded basis in music instruction, and the students perform better as they are more comfortable with each other.
Students at MCS begin playing in the orchestra in fifth grade, and they can continue playing through middle and high school. Students begin in the orchestra choosing to play violin, cello, trumpet, flute, clarinet, or trombone. As students progress through the program, they can branch out to other orchestral instruments in middle school, and they can choose to learn guitar, drums, and keyboards in the praise band class in high school. Orchestral students benefit from exposure to many instruments and from reading music as they progress in the program.
The orchestra is also unique in its performance style. By adding guitars and drums into the orchestral mix, the orchestra has come up with a unique sound, blending classical and modern music. Adding these instruments to the orchestra makes the music sound more contemporary, which students and audiences enjoy. The orchestra has performed throughout the East Tennessee area and has been highlighted on several locals news programs. Visit this link to see our Orchestra perform on WBIR's Live at Five.
Each year, our orchestra and chorus, along with elementary students, present a Christmas program at one of our area churches. It is always a blessed time for the entire school family to come together and rejoice.
The 2016 MCS Christmas Program will be held on Friday, December 9th at First Baptist Church of Maryville
The program will begin at 6:30 pm. Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!