Performing Arts

"Drama, band, choir, pep band, and praise band (to name just a few) are awesome ways to meet new people and improve your acting
“Drama, band, choir, pep band, and praise band (to name just a few) are awesome ways to meet new people and improve your acting & musical skills. Fine arts groups feel like a big family because you work hard together and you laugh together. Faculty sponsors or directors support us and help us learn and improve. It is really satisfying to perform with talented musicians or actors and be part of fine arts at IMS.” –Emma, Class of 2018

Do you sing?

Play? Act? Or just want to give it a try? We offer so many ways to get involved whether for class credit or through extracurriculars. As of 2007 we even have a state-of-the-art auditorium so you can really shine onstage.

80% of our students are involved in performing arts

Winter Fine Arts Update

Director, Alisa Kandel, and the IMS student musicians did a wonderful job performing selections in both English and Spanish. The last number of the afternoon, a combination of the two songs Helpless and Hungry and What Child is This, was especially meaningful as it was sung by all the choirs combined along with the audience.

Alisa shares, “I was extremely impressed with the students and their ability to sound like powerful, large ensembles. Even though there were only 15-20 students per ensemble, they filled Celebration Hall with glorious music. The students have been working on rhythm, blending and projection, which is exactly what they accomplished at the concert. They also gave meaning to the notes and words of the pieces so the audience could experience the intense emotion of the pieces.”

Thanks to the IMS music boosters who treated everyone to homemade chocolate truffles after the concert. Visit our Youtube Channel IowaMennoniteSchool YouTube to hear selections from the concert.

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Fall Fine Arts Update

Our Fine Arts department has been busy as usual already this fall.  We started off the year welcoming our new music instructor, Alisa Kandel.  You can read more about her here: Alisa Kandel.  The fall concert continued the excellence we have come to expect from our music department and you could just tell the students and Alisa were having fun while performing.

Cast and directors

Cast and directors

Excellence and fun also were exuded during the fall drama, Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner.  Two IMS alumni, Megan Miller (2006)  and Allison Yoder (2009), directed the fall production about three geriatric sisters and their antics. Listen to the interview some of the characters on KCII: Crazy Ladies KCII interview. Students involved in the play as cast or crew, as well as IMS administrators, were so grateful to Megan and Allison stepping up and pulling this production together in a short amount of time and for working around their full-time jobs.  The students felt a great connection with the directors and felt cared for as well as challenged in their roles. They also appreciated the volunteer help that Allison’s mom, Carolyn Yoder, provided. If you missed this performance, you missed a good one!

Art continues to be an important part of our school identity.  This fall we have a new art show on campus. An exhibition of a decade’s worth of work by Wellman artist Kay Fleming, entouka:studios, opened on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in the IMS Celebration Hall Gallery. Pieces include “abstract intuitive” as well as representational and whimsical works through which the viewer can “read” about Fleming’s journeys across literal and imaginary landscapes traversing the Midwest, New Mexico, and West Africa, and into spiritual dimensions. Works include watercolor, acrylic, and oil pastel paintings, pencil drawings, and ceramic pieces. Call the office to see the exhibit during school hours through December.  Pictures of the show can be found here: Fall Art Show