The Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Visual Arts program uses the national art standards to ensure that each young artist has a strong foundation. Through the arts, we strive to strengthen each student’s self-confidence; create strong communication and critical thinking skills; allow time for personal reflection; and build knowledge of the fundamental elements of art. These goals are accomplished through a variety of artistic styles, mediums, and exploration of two and three-dimensional artwork. Students learn to critique one’s own artwork; grow their art vocabulary, and learn through research and artist studies. There are ample opportunities for students to display their artwork and share it with friends, family, and the community through art shows and contests.
The Performing Arts
The Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Performing Arts Program ensures that each student is given an introduction to music and develops a foundational understanding of musical knowledge. Given the research of the importance and contributions of music to cognitive development, and the positive correlations for student growth, music is a necessary subject for the 21st century and a viable career path for students. Music education improves language skills, hand-eye coordination, memory, and cognitive function. It also facilitates teamwork; builds self-esteem; teaches responsibility; provides stress relief; and fosters creativity. Students at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School will learn in a safe environment how to move to music, sing, play classroom instruments, compose music, and perform.
(From the top right: Laura Ball, Waverly Doherty, Lori Jacques, Kathy Romer, Kristine Wilcox, and Jan Burden)
A performing arts program allows students to pursue passions; discover new talents; and grow their confidence.
Laura Ball (Liturgical Choir, Grades 5 – 8): Mrs. Ball is excited to return to the place where her liturgical music vocation began. She will continue the rich tradition of music with the Blessed Sacrament Catholic School family. She holds degrees in Spanish, Piano and Voice and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. As a Music Minister, Mrs. Ball has served the Dioceses of Charleston for over 30 years and directed music programs at many local parishes. Currently, she is the Director of Music Ministry for Holy Spirit Catholic Church and is an active member of the NPM community (National Association of Pastoral Musicians). Outside of her sacred music vocation, Mrs. Ball works as an adjunct with Charleston County School of the Arts as a Senior Thesis advisor, coach and accompanist. She loves performing and is a strong advocate for collaborative efforts and arts education in the Charleston community.
Waverley Doherty (Singer/Songwriter Class, Grade 5 – 8): Miss Doherty is a singer/songwriter who has always been passionate about music, having gotten her first guitar at age thirteen. She’s been a two-time finalist in the Savannah, Georgia Youth Folk-Songwriting Competition and went to Nashville, Tennessee to record an EP of original songs at fifteen years old. She’s also performed in a variety of stage and music productions around the Lowcountry. Miss Doherty studied creative writing while getting her undergraduate degree and is passionate about poetry, lyricism and the art of crafting a good chorus. Her vision is to encourage creativity and musical expression in the BSCS community and she is looking forward to passing along the skills of songwriting.
Lori Jacques (Music, Grades 1- 4): Mrs. Jacques has taught music education for over 35 years, the last 25 years within the Diocese of Charleston. She came out of retirement to return to BSCS last year. Her love of teaching and working with children has been her passion. She offers private piano lessons in her studio and is an active member in St Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish choir. Mrs. Jacques holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Music Education.
Kathy Romer (Drama, Grades 5 – 8): Ms. Romer has extensive experience in the areas of Drama and Movement in addition to her more traditional teaching offerings in religion and math. She taught Movement, Dance and Drama at Charleston Catholic School for 15 years where she developed curriculum for K through Grade 8 and oversaw two full length drama performances each year, as well as periodic shorter programs. In addition to teaching certification in New Jersey and South Carolina, she studied Masters Level drama classes at Furman University where she focused on both acting and directing. Additionally, Ms. Romer acted as the House Manager of the Gracie and Lacy Show, hailed as one of the most celebrated acts in the Lowcountry as well as the country.
Kristine Wilcox (Drama, Grades 1- 8): Mrs. Wilcox is a 30-year veteran to big-number productions. She earned a degree in dance education and choreography, after which she performed with companies in New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas and the top rated production show of Celebrity Cruise Lines. Her talent and passion for big-number performance landed her the role of Production Director throughout her 20-year tenure at a local dance studio. In a dual role as their Director of Ballet, she founded her own dance production company in 2002 and performance dance team in 2016. She brought the element of production to our own BSCS Spirit Team in 2015 for six years and is now thrilled to share her experience with our students.
Jan Burden (Music, K3-K5): Mrs. Burden is “thrilled” to be returning to BSCS as the K3-K5 Music Specialist. “My vision is to teach foundational music principals and skills to your children that will set them up for a lifetime of enjoying and appreciating various forms of music.” Mrs. Burden’s career has included years of general music instruction; private voice and piano lessons; and volunteerism at numerous Churches. She earned her BS in Music Education at Christian Heritage College (California).