Stillwater Christian's Musical Artist Diploma is a special recognition awarded to select graduating seniors who complete a rigorous set of requirements throughout their high school tenure. The distinction is earned by students who have participated at least two full years in an SCS performing ensemble, completed the Music Theory and Literature coursework, delivered solo performances at the annual music festival, and participated in a year-long independent study within their scope of interest. Diploma candidates have several options for this year of study which includes instrument or vocal performance, musical composition, conducting, aural skills, and advanced music theory.
Stillwater graduate Jiayun Hao fulfilled the musical artist requirements in 2015. She openly and honestly shares how special this experience was to her, as well as all of her musical instruction while at Stillwater. Thankfully Jiayun was able to continue her love for the piano through a year of independent study under the direction of accomplished pianist Ladiene Thompson, and her love of vocal performance was inspired by SCS choral director Micah Hunter. Mr. Hunter speaks highly of the diploma program and the time that is devoted to these musically-minded students. Most of the students following the diploma track study privately with either him or SCS band instructor Brian Phillips. In addition, the music theory course is typically a class of only five or six students, and the independent study is priceless - many hours of one on one direction, musical instruction, and even some quality time over a cup of coffee!
The music diploma program at SCS is a unique opportunity for high school students to pursue their music education through a challenging academic core, ensemble, and solo performance experience, and focused study in an area of their choice. It is designed to serve as both a college preparatory program and as the basis for a high level of musical achievement and enjoyment throughout students' lives.– Micah Hunter, Stillwater Christian School choral director