“This song is special, it’s all about waiting, waiting for Christ to come. Sing it with patient anticipation. Okay, here we go.” It was the day before the big performance and Cathleen Kellerman, our music teacher, wasn’t just leading rehearsal for Cornerstone Christian Academy elementary students, she’s teaching about performance as worship and how it can make an impact on an audience.
On Friday, December 2, 2016, we enjoyed the annual elementary Christmas concert. Cathleen loves having the Christmas program at the beginning of December because it is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the meaning of "God With Us" at the beginning of the Advent season.
Each year, our music program focuses on a different area of music. This year the musical focus has been on lessons from our heritage. CCA students are learning about music from our traditions, our country, and our churches.
Through music focusing on the Christian tradition of Advent, our students were reminded to anticipate the coming of Christ, just as ancient people waited for the first coming of Messiah. We too acknowledge we’re waiting for the return of our Messiah. In this time of waiting we realize because He came, we have a concrete hope that He will return again. Through the study, practice, and rehearsal of music, our students sang songs of both celebration and sadness, mirroring the human experience in our relationship with God.
One of the most challenging parts of putting together this program is also what makes it so special. It is a chance for all of the elementary school to work together to produce something beautiful. It can be tough to get 160 children organized and cooperating at the same time, but the process of doing so is uniquely rewarding. CCA’s elementary band also did an amazing job. This year's group is mostly new to the band, and many have only had their instruments for 4 months. All things considered, they worked really hard and have shown dramatic improvement as beginner musicians.
December 2nd was a night of celebration as students dressed in their festive finery and performed to a packed house. Preschool through 6th-grade students presented drama, recitation, and music giving tribute to our Creator. Their combined effort and enthusiasm produced so much joy, hope, and excitement for this season of our Savior’s birth.