At Concordia Prep we certainly want to expose our students to the amazing rich traditions of our art forms. Our goal is to inspire our students to find broad, personal, unique and interdisciplinary solutions to whatever problem they choose to attack.

We want our students to get their hands dirty and their feet wet: to experience contributing one “instrument” in the onrushing orchestration of vocal or instrumental sound that makes compositions on paper come alive. We want them to know what it’s like to bring a script to life by conjuring a character on the stage in a pool of light in front of a darkened house audience. We want them to know firsthand the astonishing power of a puddle of paint to suggest the mood of the sky and the prestidigitation that is manipulating digital effects. We want them to know how to “see” life’s riches that is captured in photography — to learn that a camera is not merely a machine but an instrument for selective presentation.

We want our students to take into their own hands at least one of the instruments that carries culture forward even as they tie us to our glorious human past. We want them to have a chance to enter the great dialogue that IS culture, not just to “read” what has been written in the past, but to experience it firsthand. We want them to exult, to muse and to put it out there while they still have the chance, before they become so mired in the complexities of adulthood that they never realize the possibilities of such experience. It’s what we do; it’s what we love; and it’s what we have to share.