Teaches Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Choirs, Piano and serves as the Music Instructor for the annual Musical Production. Most recently, the Choral Department has added Musical Theatre to the collection of class offerings. Most of the choirs are non-auditioned-meaning that you need no previous experience to be part. In fact, a blank slate is the perfect place to begin. The choirs perform several concerts during the year and serves the school community with a yearly community tour visiting each elementary, the local senior center and nursing homes in the area. We also perform for locally upon request. The choirs have traveled for cultural experiences to NYC, DC and Disney World and attempts to attend at least 2 professional musical performances each year. Mrs. Butler graduated from James Madison University and holds certificates in Kodaly and Orff instruction. She has taught music on the Elementary, Middle and High School levels as well as area churches as Music Director. You may contact Mrs. Butler for more information about inviting the choirs to perform for your organization. (540) 298-7450 x134
Graduated with BA in Speech and Theatre from Oklahoma State University.
Was employed as professional actress, teacher, and director in the Oklahoma Theatre Center resident company.Was named a National Board Certified Teacher in 2003.
Theatre I is a continuation of course work with an emphasis on performance, stage make-up, theatre history, and backstage production Theatre II is an advanced course to prepare students to audition for and participate in theatrical productions after high school. Theatre II students produce a play for children and an end-of-the-year project. Musical Theatre could soon be offered at ERHS for students who can’t choose between taking chorus or drama classes—take both in one! Students learn to act while singing. Course includes an end-of-the-year performance showcase.English 9. Each year, students who are dedicated to excellence in theater are inducted into the ITS Honor Society.
The Art program consists of multiple art levels which include Foundations of Art I and Art II, Advanced Art I & II, Craft Design I & II, and AP Studio Art. She is also the head sponsor of both the Art Club and the Junior Class council, and is the head Huddle Coach for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Mrs. Whetzel is a graduate of Mary Washington College and is certified to teach the Arts in grades K-12. Prior to joining the faculty at ERHS, she spent ten years teaching Art at Wilson Memorial High School in Augusta County. Mrs. Whetzel grew up in the Shenandoah Valley district and was a graduate of Turner Ashby High School, so she is excited to be returning home her to roots in Rockingham County. Her interests include spending time with family, being outdoors, anything "track and field" related, and teaching her young daughters how to paint! She is also an active member in her church community, where she takes part as a worship leader and as the Superintendent over the Sunday School department.
The ERHS Art department is always seeking out new students at the Rock who have a passion for the Arts, so please contact Mrs. Whetzel at any time for more information!
Director of Bands at East Rockingham High School. Mr. Alford received his B.A in Music Education from the University of Virginia College at Wise and holds a Master of Arts degree in music from Radford University. Before his appointment at ERHS Mr. Alford served Southwest Virginia as a marching festival adjudicator and honor band clinician. Mr. Alford directs the ERHS Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands. Other ensembles include 2 levels of guitar and a percussion class.Students interested in participating in any ensemble or class are encouraged to contact Mr. Alford despite previous musical experience. A home can be found in our ensembles for any student who has a love of music, good attitude, and willingness to have fun.