Nurturing the creative spirit

We believe the Arts reflect the aesthetic nature of God and have the power to move the hearts of men to praise and worship the Creator. Students at Norfolk Christian Schools are offered avenues for artistic exploration and expression through a variety of visual, musical and dramatic programs both curricular and co-curricular

The Arts at NCS are geared to all age groups, from Lower School through Upper School. Our program combines theory with practical application and culminates in performances open to the NCS family and the general public.

Every student at Norfolk Christian Schools is given an opportunity to:

  • Cultivate an aesthetic awareness and develop a Christian viewpoint of the arts
  • Discover the gifts that God has uniquely given them
  • Develop and refine those skills for vocational use, ministry or personal enjoyment
  • Understand and appreciate the arts of the past and the present

Claudia Nachtigal
Director of Fine Arts

Claudia Nachtigal is the consummate artist and lover of Jesus. While serving as the Fine Arts Director, she also serves as the chorus and dance instructor and events coordinator.

Her appetite for various pursuits is shown through her experience. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994 where she studied music education, voice, piano and dance. After college, she taught elementary music and won Teacher of the Year. Wondering what could top that, she went to work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the College of William and Mary to pioneer a ministry among fraternity and sorority students. It wasn’t long before pregnancy and the lure of teaching called her back to Norfolk to work for The Academy of Music, First Presbyterian Preschool and Trinity Presbyterian Church. In 2005 she moved to St. Louis, earned her Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary and was the Worship and Arts Director at the seminary and a church plant in St. Louis and Seattle. Currently, she is studying at Harvard University to earn a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership. She is thrilled to continue serving students at NCS as the Director of Fine Arts, helping to further students’ love of music and Jesus.