Fine Arts

Our aim is to instruct and train young men and women in the visual and performing arts, helping them to acquire what God has called them to achieve. Through music, drama, art, photography, media and worship arts – and many other artistic applications – we will endeavor to promote spiritual growth and community service, assisting students in discovering the talents and gifts that the Lord has given them to use to build up others.

Fine Arts Programs

  • Theater Performances (Middle-High School)
  • Musical Performances (Elementary)
  • Art Classes (5-12)
  • Music Classes (All School)
  • Drama Classes (Middle-High School)
  • Band (3-12)
  • Worship Team (All School)

Opportunities

From preschool on through high school, our students will be exposed to the best fine arts education available through highly-qualified instructors who offer not only their education and experience but also an example of living for the glory of God, expressing their faith through the arts. RCS students will have opportunities within and outside the classroom to explore and improve their artistic expression through classroom music, chapel services, annual school-wide productions, bands, choir, stage-craft, technical production, worship teams, art classes, drama presentations, and many more opportunities.

Faculty

Ron DiCianni, Fine Arts Director

After attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Ron embarked on a career in commercial illustration. Quickly recognized as one of the nation’s most talented illustrators, Ron’s client list was soon dominated by the top companies in America.

One passion still overshadowed that success… the desire to reclaim the Arts for Christ. In 1989, he produced the painting that started a revolution…Spiritual Warfare. What began with one painting led into a whole market for Christian art products ranging from lithographs to books and a wide variety of derivative products.

No stranger to the book industry, Ron has collaborated on over 50 book projects and is a five-time winner of the Gold Medallion Award for Excellence in Christian Literature. These projects have generated multiple millions of copies in print and have been translated into languages all over the globe. With numerous awards for both his work as an author and as an artist, the response from the Christian and secular market to Ron’s work continues to be overwhelmingly strong. Ron DiCianni currently lives in Southern California with his wife Pat.

Minjung Edall, Elementary Music Specialist

Mrs. Edal has been our early elementary education music teacher for many years. Her heart and passion for music, children, and Christ are evident the moment that you meet her. Her greatest desire is to see God glorified through the praises of His little children. Along with teaching music classes in grades K-3, and co-directing elementary musicals, Mrs. Edall also organizes the student lead worship services in our elementary chapels weekly. Her gifts for music and productions have blessed our school community greatly. Mrs. Edall also works with our Admission Director, Debbie Fallon, serving our international students as a translator and cultural coach.

Jenna Augustine, Secondary Drama and Theater Teacher

Jenna Augustine was raised in theatre. She started performing at a very young age and never looked back. After participating in over 20 youth productions, Jenna headed off to Vanguard University to further her artistic education. She received her BA in Theater Arts after being trained as a performer, director and designer. While she absolutely loves performing, her passion truly is educational theater.

 

Greg Cowee, Director of Instrumental Music

Originally from Reno, NV, Mr. Cowee has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Summit Bible College, a Music Education degree at California Baptist University, and is currently working as the Director of Instrumental Music at Rancho Christian Schools in Temecula, CA. A specialist in the marching arts, Mr. Cowee competed for 6 years in Drum Corps International marching with the Sacramento Freelancers and 17-time World Champion Concord Blue Devils playing mellophone and trumpet. He has also played in the University of Nevada marching bands, California Baptist University bands in their concert band, jazz band, Choral Union and Reno community bands. Since 1997, Mr. Cowee also has given his talents back to God by playing trumpet and drums on worship teams, as well as singing and leading church choirs. Serving for 16 years as an assistant band director, drill writer, and staff coordinator to many high schools in the Reno area and most recently at Orange Lutheran and Chaparral HS in Temecula; his groups have achieved multiple Nevada State Championships, high visual and GE awards in circuits such as Bands of America, WBA, MBOS, SCSBOA and US Bands.

Mr. Cowee’s interests include doing music ministry, Christian counseling and discipleship, golfing, boating, and watching or playing sports of many kinds. He has been married for 16 years to his wife Jessica, and they have a daughter Abigail (RCHS Class of 2020) who is an active color guard member. Passionate to bring enjoyment to artistic young people, he continues to mentor and help many performers achieve their goals towards excellence in their walk with God, in music and the marching visual arts.