Northshore Christian Academy

Music & Drama Program

Learn about our Music Department and meet our Music & Drama Teachers.

Music Education

At Northshore Christian Academy, Music Education is a priority. Our Music Department teaches music theory and musical concepts, exposes students to styles of music and composers, and spends time practicing for music performances. NCA provides performance opportunities for every grade level.

During the Christmas season, we celebrate the birth of Christ with large grade-level, or multi-grade-level performances. This is a wonderful time to share the gospel with family and friends. Students enjoy performing at these Christmas concerts which are webcast for the world to see. Band, orchestra and choir students, comprised of 5th-8th grade students, have several performance opportunities as well. They participate in the Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts in addition to performances at chapels and venues outside of NCA throughout the school year.

Special grade level performances showcase students with their peers and are a collaboration of music teachers and classroom teachers.
Kindergarten:       Kindergarten Graduation
1st Grade:             Patriotic Celebration
2nd Grade:            Parade of Presidents
3rd Grade:             Bible Play
4th Grade:             Easter Chapel
5th Grade:             Christmas Chapel
5th-8th Grades:    Participate in Band, Orchestra and Choir concerts
                               as well as Praise Team at chapels
6th-8th Grade:     Are eligible to try out for the spring Middle School Musical
7th-8th Grade:     Una Voce (girls) & Uno Mustacho (boys) - by audition
 
Many studies indicate that students who participate in music develop a greater language capacity and greater ability to learn a new language. Students also gain a wider perspective on cultural history as they are exposed to music from various cultures. Mathematical, linguistic and spatial intelligence, as well as interpersonal skills, are enhanced through participation in music programs.  Music education will always be a part of our commitment at NCA to provide a superior Christian education.

Music and Drama Teachers

Mrs. Lisa Walchenbach (Director of Fine Arts & Music Teacher) has been teaching Music since 1991, and has been with NCA since 2007. She graduated with a BA in Music Education from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She has taught elementary and middle school choral and general music in both Texas and Washington in public, private, and Christian schools. Mrs. Walchenbach is certified in Kindermusik, Orff, and Kodaly teaching methods. She is strongly committed to serving God through the gifts He has given her, and loves to share her passion for music with her students. Lisa and her husband, Tim, have two sons who both graduated from NCA.

Mr. Roy Herzer (Band Teacher) has a BA in Music Education from Central Washington University and has been teaching and leading music and bands in public, private and church settings for over 30 years. Mr. Herzer is an accomplished producer, arranger, and conductor for many professional recordings ranging from ABC, CBS and FOX News to work with The Bill Gaither Trio and Michael W. Smith. He started his teaching career at Issaquah Junior High in 1979. Mr. Herzer has taught biology and also teaches math, having earned a minor in science along with his major in K-12 music education and performance. He joined NCA in 2008.

Mrs. Courtney McLain (Orchestra Teacher) received her Bachelors of Music Education at Western Washington University. She stayed at WWU to conduct the University Symphony Orchestra for 2 years as part of her program and received her Masters in Music Instrumental Conducting. Mrs. McLain has played violin since 1997 and has played every instrument of the orchestra at one point in her schooling. She has taught private violin lessons many years and has taught at NCA since 2011.

 Mrs. Terrie Lemcio (Drama) earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She also earned her Masters in Teaching with K-8 certification from City University, Seattle. She studied Acting at the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. Mrs. Lemcio has a passion for dance and has previously taught tap and jazz dance classes. She loves to introduce students to the world of Theater. Mrs. Lemcio and her husband have one child who attends NCA, and she joined NCA's staff in 2015.

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