School of Performing Arts

Choir

About

Who will be directing the choir?
Andrew Smith

What time will choir rehearse?
Tuesdays 3:40–4:45 pm. Choir will meet 15 weeks in the Fall semester and 15 weeks in the Spring semester.

Where does HiS Choir rehearse?
In Bellevue’s Choir Room. (Enter through the West Lobby, walk to the left of the large staircase, and go straight through the hallways in front of you.)

Who can participate in HiS Choir?
The choir is open to homeschool students in 7–12 Grade. No prior music education or experience is required.

Is there an audition to participate?
HiS choir does not require an audition, but the HiS Choir Ensemble does. The ensemble is a smaller group that meets after HiS Choir rehearsal.

Will my student perform?
Yes, at least one concert in the fall and one in the spring. Other performance such as at nursing homes and for special events will be up to the directors.

Can my student participate/audition in any Honor Choirs?
Yes. HiS Choir students will be eligible for West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association events such as All West, All State, and Solo and Ensemble.

Teachers

Andrew Smith

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from Union University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Austin Peay State University.

Before working at Bellevue Andrew, taught music at two different high schools where he taught choir, music appreciation, AP music theory, and contemporary band classes. Andrew and his family have been members of Bellevue since 2012. Over the years, Andrew has been involved with SPA from all sides – as a student (taking guitar lessons), as an employee (teaching voice lessons), and as a parent (with three kids in the violin studio). In 2018, Andrew left his career in education to become the associate minister of music and the SPA director at Bellevue Baptist Church. In October of that year, he was ordained as a minister of the gospel. It is Andrew’s passion to raise up musicians that play and sing for God’s glory, to equip them for service in the church, and to prepare them to be champions for Christ out in the world. He and his wife, Calli, have four children: Caleb, Ruby, Abi Claire, and Evelyn.