After School Arts

Register here for Fall 2019 After School Arts classes.  

Classes will be offered in three trimesters this year, aligned with the sports seasons for older students.  

Fall classes run the weeks of September 2 - November 14.

*Registration is due by August 30.  Registration has been extended for musical theater. 

Classes Offered:

Strings classes are for students interested in learning the bowed string instruments: violin, viola, cello, or bass.  We’ll explore instrumental technique and notation and perform a wide variety of styles of music, from classical to folk to pop.  Open to all students.  

Beginning Strings: Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00

Intermediate Strings: Fridays, 12:00 - 1:30

Advanced Strings: Mondays, 3:00 - 4:10.  Monday strings will also meet 11/18 and 11/25 due to several holidays. 

Please contact Eric if you have questions about placement.  . 

Creative Theater classes explore basics of acting, writing, and producing short plays and films.  Students will create original plays and films to present at the end of the class.  Open to students grades 2 - 6.  

Creative Theater: Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:10

Musical Theater classes will rehearse and perform a staged, Broadway-style musical theater production.  Karie Martin will assist with dance choreography.  Open by audition.  Open to students grades 3 - 6.

Musical Theater: Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:10

Auditions for musical theater will be held on Friday, August 30, during the school day.

At auditions, students who would like a singing role in the musical will be asked to sing one song of their choice, either solo or with recorded backup.  Please send a YouTube link or MP3 to Eric before auditions if needed.  Students who are interested in speaking-only roles will be given a short section of dialogue to act out.  Auditions are very low-pressure (mistakes are OK!) and will take place in front of Eric and Karie only.  


Eric Scheider has been leading musical and staged performances with children and adults in WNC since 2005. He has led the education programs of the Hendersonville Symphony and taught orchestra for the Henderson County Public Schools.  He has served as stage and/or music director for student musicals, operas, and films for the HSO, HCPS, and elsewhere.  Eric currently performs as a cellist and conductor around WNC, Upstate SC, and beyond and is also the daytime music and performing arts teacher at FernLeaf.  Please contact him with questions here.


Tuition and Registration:

Register here

Tuition for each 10 week trimester is $100 ($200 for musical theater), payable to FernLeaf at the office by check or card, or online by clicking here

Parents must complete the Registration Form AND submit payment to enroll. 

*Registration is due by August 30.

Submit payment for classes here.

A printable info form is here.  

Please note:  If classes fill completely, enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.