St. Michael Lutheran Church

Academy of the Arts

The SMLC Academy serves St. Michael Lutheran Church as well as the greater Fort Wayne community by inspiriting, educating, and empowering students of all ages through comprehensive instruction in the performing and visual arts.
We believe that music, dance, and the visual arts inspire people to consider new opportunities and challenges, and instill the habits of the mind that can last a lifetime:  perseverance, confidence, a focus on excellence, and the ability to critically analyze and solve problems.
We also believe that the arts serve as a foundational medium for reaching, engaging, and motivating people towards a deeper relationship with Jesus.  To that end, we recognize God as the ultimate source of artistic expression, and we seek to instill a passion in each student to utilize their artistic gifts for His glory.

2018-2019 Calendar

Semester I         August 20 – December 14 (off September 3, November 20-23)
Semester II        January 7 – May 3 (off April 1-5)
Semester III       May 13 – May 24; June 3 – June 14
Summer Camp  July 8 – 12 from 9:00a-12:00p
Students will receive 16 private lessons per semester (4-8 during Semester III). Group classes and ensembles will receive 8 to 16 classes per semester depending on the class or ensemble that is offered.
Please see our student handbook for make-up and snow cancellation policies.

Tuition Rates

A non-refundable registration fee of $35/year will be assessed for each student.
Private 30 minute lessons
$20 per lesson/$80 per month/$320 per semester
Group classes
$45 per month/$180 per semester
Ask about our discount for enrolling multiple children.

Class Details

Lessons with Brandon Eiler
Beginning band instruments, intermediate/advanced violin and trombone
Lessons with Emily Franz
Voice, saxophone, clarinet, and beginning piano
Lessons with Beth Ann Grover
2D Drawing/painting for K-8
3D Sculpting for K-8
Lessons with Karen Manges
Lessons with Marissa Wren
Percussion, beginning guitar, and beginning piano

 About the Instructors

Brandon Eiler currently serves as the Concordia Lutheran High School Strings director and the band instructor at several area grade schools.  He graduated from IPFW with a degree in music education.  His main instruments are trombone and strings, although he has experience teaching all the instruments.
Emily Franz currently serves as the K-3 music teacher at Emmanuel-St. Michael School and directs the Cherub choir.  She has directed several musicals, sings in the Lutheran Chorale, and her home church choir.  Emily graduated from IPFW with a degree in music education in 2012.  Her main instruments are voice, saxophone, and clarinet; her favorite types of music are classical, folk/country, and jazz.
Tricia Graf is the Founder and Artistic Director of Studio 149 and has a BGS in General Studies with a Minor in Dance from IPFW, with 3 years of education in Child Development and Elementary Education from Concordia University Chicago. Mrs. Graf has been an LTL at both the University of Saint Francis and IPFW where she has taught Dance History, Ballet, Jazz Styles, Teaching Dance K-12 and Dance Appreciation. Mrs. Graf teaches with over 30 years of Classical Dance Training and experience, valuing a holistic teaching approach to a Classical Dance Education keeping the spiritual, emotional, and physical health, of every student her top priority.
Beth Ann Grover is currently in her third year studying art education at the University of St. Francis.  She has experience teaching grades K-8 and will be teaching both drawing/painting and sculpture.  Beth Ann looks forward to sharing her passion for art to students young and old.
Sarah Knapp has a Bachelors of Health and Exercise Science, with a Minor in Nutrition from the University of Saint Francis. She is a Faculty Teacher with Studio 149, a current Company and Board Member, in addition to training of Studio 149’s Mentoring and Student Teachers Program. Mrs. Knapp’s focus is with Classical Ballet Training, Pointe, and Acro, with over 16 years of experience. Mrs. Knapp’s vibrant teaching style brings out the courage and strength of each student and displays her knowledge of core strength and a holistic approach to a Classical Dance Education.
Karen Manges has served as St. Michael’s organist and choir accompanist since 2007.  She has also taught private piano lessons since graduating from DePauw University in 1981 with a degree in piano. Along with piano, Karen plays flute and enjoys classical music.
Paige Rockett is Classically Trained in Ballet and Pointe with over 16 years of experience. She currently serves as a Studio 149 Faculty Teacher, current Company Soloist and Board Member, in addition to assisting with the training of Studio 149’s Mentoring and Student Teachers. Miss Rockett’s genuine, calm, and sweet disposition is unique to her teaching expertise as she brings out individual personalities and confidence of each student during their Dance Education creating discipling relationships. She is currently finishing her degree at the University of Saint Francis.
Marisa Wren received a Bachelor of Arts degree for Music Education Teacher from Clarke University.  She has taught music education in several different schools, directed choirs, and performed with a variety of musical groups.  Her main instrument is percussion, but Marisa also enjoys teaching beginning piano and guitar.