Each year Rio Lindo Adventist Academy’s music groups perform at various churches, schools, and community service events around the state of California. We have also had the privilege of traveling outside of California to such locations as Nevada, Utah, Michigan, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois. All are welcome to attend any scheduled performance and you may also view videos from some of our past performances on Youtube.
Rio Lindo Adventist Academy has five talented groups of performers who provide music for worship services, concerts, drama/musicals and other events. It is our goal to be used of God as ministers everywhere we go and to bring others closer to Christ through our music. The study of music not only allows students to excel in other academic disciplines, but it fosters a sense of perseverance, teamwork, and community that is valuable in all aspects of life. Here in the Rio Lindo Adventist Academy Music Department students have an opportunity to be a part of a fulfilling musical experience, whether as singers or instrumentalists, by participating in either Drama, Chorale, Lindaires, Wind Ensemble and Sonare Bells.
Drama is an elective class in which students learn about various aspects of performing arts as well as a brief history of theater. Members are selected by audition, but no previous drama experience is required. Stage and acting techniques are taught from the perspective of a Christian ministry. Drama has two major performances during the school year, one per semester, with the possibility of smaller performances at local churches, schools, or at Rio. Selected students can take the class for a full year or just one semester.
This is an instrumental ensemble open to students who have taken at least two years of private lessons on their instrument. Repertoire includes sacred music as well as a variety of classical works and pops music. Featuring winds, brass, strings, and percussion, this group performs at a number of on and off campus events throughout the school year including the annual Spring Music Tour.
The Sonare Bell Choir performs on a five-octave set of English Handbells and three octaves of chimes. Members of this group are auditioned and perfect their musical skills and techniques while learning the value of teamwork in music making. The 10-13 students who make up the choir perform a variety of music for church performances as well as non-church functions. Handbells also participates in the annual Spring Music Tour.
The Rio Lindo Chorale is the largest choir on campus. Membership is by audition only. While the majority of the music sung is sacred, a variety of musical styles and genres are taught. Chorale has a number of performances throughout the year on campus as well as at local Churches, and community service events.
Lindaires is the select touring choir at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. A high level of singing ability and professionalism is expected of group members. Lindaires performs a wide variety of choral music with a higher degree of difficulty. Membership in this group is also by audition. The group performs on campus and also tours around Northern California performing at a variety of locations. They also take part in the annual Spring Music Tour which has taken them to such areas as Utah, Nevada, Southern California, Chicago, and Texas.
For booking information, please contact the Director of Performing Arts Whitney Weems at email@example.com.
New to Rio Lindo Academy, Whitney Weems has been called to serve as Music Director, conducting the select Lindaires, Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, Handbells, and directing the Dramatic Arts. Prior to joining Rio, she served as K-12 Music Director for Paradise Adventist Academy and College View Academy, respectively. A mezzo-soprano, she graduated with a B.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal performance from Pacific Union College in 2018. Mrs. Weems holds current and active memberships in NAfME, OAKE (NCAKE), NATS, and ACDA. She performs regularly with her husband, Zachary Seifert-Ponce, in their jazz combo: Love Squeeze. When not on tour, she enjoys building solid body electric guitars, rockhounding in Northern California, and spending time with her family.
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