Performing Arts

Whitinsville Christian School provides students of all ages tremendous opportunities to develop their God-given creative gifts through drama, choir, band, orchestra, and various ensembles. We believe that music and art are gifts from a creative God. In all aspects of the performing arts, students are encouraged to use their gifts and talents to bring glory to God as they develop their skills and strive for excellence in their craft.

Director of the Arts – Shari Dunlap
Choir/Band – Baird Lashley
Drama – Mary Dykstra
Strings Program – Jamie Thiesing

Band classes at Whitinsville Christian School begin in 6th grade where students may choose a concert band instrument to join Beginning Band, and then Middle School Band in 7th and 8th grades. Our High School Concert Band often combines with High School Orchestra for a symphonic band experience, including a biennial spring tour. WCS Bands perform classical, big-band, and jazz music, as well as film scores. The bands enjoy several performance opportunities throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert and the Band Concert at the end of the school year. Band students may also participate in pep band, jazz ensemble, and pit orchestra for high school drama club musicals. Private instrumental lessons are available from highly qualified teachers on campus after school.
Band Teacher: Baird Lashley


The High School Drama Club performs two major productions each year, with an average cast of more than 40 students. Drama Club truly represents the body of Christ as we all use our different gifts, on stage or back stage, with costumes, tech, sets, or lights. We believe we have an audience of One, and He is the reason we do what we do. Past productions include: Fiddler on the Roof, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Ella Enchanted, The Sound of Music, Grease, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid.
Advisor: Mary Dykstra

The Middle School Drama Club performs one major production each year. Middle School students learn acting, singing, choreography, backstage management, and more by participating in this high energy, after-school club!
Advisors: Susan Upham and Laurie Baker


The mission of WCS Strings, which began in 1981, is to glorify God through music by working together to develop Christian character and gifts to joyfully serve others. WCS Strings students learn violin, viola, and cello using the Suzuki Method of instruction, which relies heavily on parent participation. Beginning as young as 3 years old, students receive one private lesson and one group class per week, along with other opportunities throughout the year including: Pops concert, Christmas concert, Suzuki concert, community outreach concerts, Night of Music & Art (NOMA), solo recitals, string quartet gigs, pit orchestra for musicals, and a biennial tour. WCS Strings includes several orchestras: Elementary Orchestra, Middle School Orchestra, High School Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. Each year, WCS Strings students participate in the Central District Middle School and High School Music Festivals and often at the Massachusetts All-State Festival in Boston.
Strings Teachers: Gerri Fogg, Tammy Kaye, Peggy Sawyer, Zachary Surapine, and Jamie Thiesing

Strings at a Glance
2018-19 Strings Registration

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Encore Vocal Ensemble showcases the best vocal talent WCS has to offer. Directed by Baird Lashley, Encore performs jazz, pop, r+b, rock, musical theater and gospel…
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Whitinsville Christian School’s choral program features a Middle School Choir and a High School Choir.
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