The Valor Conservatory
The Valor Conservatory for the Arts
Creative Advantage. For College, Career and Life.
Combining individualized, exceptional arts training with Christ-centered mentorship, the Valor Conservatory for the Arts was created to offer students unique advantage in their college, career and life pursuits. Our custom-tailored six-course majors allow students to go deep in their areas of passion, offering a unique set of choreographed experiences and private lessons that not only help students create at an advanced level, but grow in their ability to think critically, work collaboratively, serve within their passions and produce art of true beauty and worth.
Our program is housed in one of the finest high school arts facilities in the country, The Valor Center for Culture and Influence. The thirty-five million dollar Valor Center is state-of-the-art, with a 750 seat performance hall, full-fly stage, mechanized pit lift and superior variable acoustics. The facility also features a national level recording studio, television and film studio, black box theatre, stagecraft suite, two dance studios, orchestra rehearsal suite and a full complement of acoustically isolated practice rooms. The Valor Center allows us to offer national level arts training in collaboration with exceptional faculty and industry professionals.
With exceptional skills training, distinct graduation honors and special transcript recognition, Valor Conservatory for the Arts college applicants have a leg up on the competition. We help every student master their craft in preparation for admission to some of the finest collegiate institutions in the world. College admission committees value undergraduate applications that show concentrated involvement in a specialized program and that are accompanied by unique life experiences and practical proofs of ability such as a demo reel. Through a faculty mentorship, a specialized arts counselor and dedicated media support, we help every conservatory student produce an exceptional demo reel and assist each student in presenting his or her unique abilities, experiences and accomplishments to maximum advantage during the college application process.
We believe that students have the greatest career advantage when they are able to understand their options and combine entrepreneurial and innovative thought and experience with their craft or career path. This is why we pair each conservatory student with a faculty mentor, offer specialized career counseling, and offer unique course opportunities that afford maximum career advantage. For example, the Game Changers junior year Bible class helps students think through creative careers in light of a Christian world-view. Likewise, many of our upper level classes utilize the fourth period in the schedule as a special conservatory student-only focus time.
The training and discipline required for a high level pursuit of music, dance or theatre offers tremendous value from a Life Skills perspective. Combining this intense training with mentorship, unique experiences that strengthen confidence, and the opportunity to create and share things of beauty and worth, students build upon a foundation that influences a lifetime. Our mission is that every conservatory student will be known, loved, encouraged, challenged and equipped in his or her passion in a way that transforms them and propels them with purpose far into their future.
- Individualized six-course major. All Arts credit can apply to the major, including the semester credit from the Game Changers Bible class.
- Special transcript and graduation recognition
- Customized demo reel and portfolio creation for college admission or employment opportunity
- Private or small group instruction at Valor throughout the school year on a weekly basis, excluding finals, production weeks or school breaks.
- Faculty mentorship
- Access to specialized college and career counseling
- Annual semester review with Valor Conservatory faculty
- Special performance showcase each semester for conservatory students only
- Conservatory retreat and mentor breakfast events throughout the year for students and faculty
The fee for The Valor Conservatory for the Arts for 2018–2019 is $1,800.
* Music students may choose to opt out of private instruction at a 40% reduction of the tuition fee if they already have a private music instructor who they would prefer to retain.
For the 2017/2018 school year, students have the following options for a major within The Valor Conservatory for the Arts:
- Instrumental Performance
- Vocal Performance
- Worship Arts
- Studio Recording
- Song Writing or Music Composition
- Artist Development
- Acting, Stage and Film
- Musical Theatre
- Cecchetti Ballet Technique and Performance
- Contemporary Technique and Performance
Students may also elect to take a Performance Major and pursue a variety of courses tailored to their passions from all areas of Performing Arts.
Juries, Revue and Final Showcases
Juries are formal reviews by a panel of Arts faculty, which consist of a performance by the student, discussion of the student’s progress and strategies to help them continue to grow. We will hold a mid-year jury during the Fall semester finals weeks and an end-of-year jury in late April.
Juries are then followed by performance Showcases (called Revues) on The Valor Center stage, with the mid-year Revue held in January and end-of-year Showcase held in May. These are opportunities for your student to perform, shine and share their growth as an artist!
The annual Conservatory Retreat in September is an important and fun-filled fellowship time that draws the students and faculty together and encourages spiritually growth and peer relations growth. This mandatory weekend is a foundational time to set the culture and pace for the entire year, and has become a favorite experience for Conservatory students.
Private Lessons and Mentorship
All conservatory students will be scheduled for private instruction starting the second week of September and continuing on a weekly basis, excluding school breaks, finals and AP testing weeks.
Two mentoring sessions will be held each semester for all conservatory students, with an assigned faculty mentor associated with their major. These one-on-one sessions will include discussion and input of the students’ work and interest. Mentors will also focus on preparing the student for the jury panel evaluations at the end of each semester.
Game Changers is a semester-long, half credit Bible class offered in the junior year, and is a required course for all conservatory students in order to complete the program. This class will focus on integrating faith and Christian apologetics in vocation, and also includes team collaboration, idea development and aspects of business.
Mrs. Sheri Magehee, Valor’s Conservatory Coordinator and Academic and College Counselor, provides specialized assistance for all conservatory students, helping in areas such as:
- Direction and planning, including long-term course projections
- Help to establish and guide private lessons
- Help students with any needs they may have for college and career pursuits connected to their areas of passion
- Input and direction for unique college application requirements such as portfolios or auditions
Mrs. Magehee will serve as conservatory students’ primary Academic and College counselor, and will be meeting with families for annual Individual College Planning meetings (ICP) from a student’s sophomore through senior years.
Experience the Conservatory
Conservatory Information Nights and Valor Open Houses are a great way to experience the Conservatory, but we would be happy to meet with you individually to offer a private tour of the Valor Center, answer your conservatory questions, and help you experience the opportunities the Valor Conservatory for the Arts offers. Contact Conservatory coordinator Sheri Magehee for more information.
Important Conservatory Dates
Conservatory Information Night
March 13, 2018
Conservatory Showcase Night for 2017–18
April 19, 20, 21
Conservatory Retreat for 2018–19 school year
Sept. 6–9, 2018
Dec. 17 and Dec. 20
Conservatory Showcase Nights
Jan. 16, 17, 18, 2019