Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Performing Arts Department

Mission Statement

The Misson of the Performing Arts Department at SMCHS is to offer the Highest quality in Performing Arts education by engaging students in creative, thought-provoking, and artistic aspects of each discipline regardless of ability and experience. Our comprehensive Performing Arts Program allows our students to explore their creativity, celebrate the arts, grow in faith, and share their talents with the community. Our charge is to produce excellent performances thereby serving the ultimate goal of creating good citizens capable of understanding, appreciating, and advocating performing arts in society. Being active in Performing Arts is about:
  • Joy
  • Creative expression
  • Working together in a supportive environment in order to accomplish something beyond our individual abilities

Performing Arts Courses Offered:

Vocal Music:

Mr. Francisco Calvo, Performing Arts Department Chair, Choir and Handbells Teacher
  • Advanced Women's Choir
  • Chamber Choir Honors
  • Men's Choir
  • Concert Choir
  • Men's Choir

Theatre Arts:

Mrs. Amy Luskey-Barth
- Director of Theatre Arts
Mr. Michael Ritchey
- Technical Director
Ms. Tania Ayoub
- Theatre Teacher, Speech and Debate, Cappies Advisor, TAPA Comedy Sportz Instructor
  • Theatre 1
  • Theatre 2
  • Theatre IB 1
  • Theatre IB 2
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre Arts Production
  • Fall Production
  • Spring Musical

Dance/Dance Team:

Ms. Jill Schroeder, Director of Dance
  • Intermediate Dance
  • Dance Production
  • Advanced Dance
  • Beginning Dance
  • Dance Team

Steel Drums:

Ms. Amanda Duncan, Director of Percussion
  • Steel Drum/Percussion
  • Ensemble Steel Drum/Percussion Honors

Instrumental Music

Mr. Michael Whang, Director of Bands
  • Orchestra Honors
  • Wind Ensemble
  • String Orchestra
  • Classical Guitar
  • Marching Band


Mr. Francisco Calvo
- Performing Arts Chair, Choir and Handbells Teacher
Ms. Amanda Duncan
- Director of Percussion, Handbells Teacher
  • Beginning Handbells
  • Intermediate Handbells
  • Advanced Handbells

Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate

Mr. Tom Smith
- Assistant Principal, Student Services, IB Music Teacher
Ms. Amanda Duncan
- Director of Percussion, Handbells Teacher
  • AP Music Theory
  • Music Theory HL 1
  • IB Music Theory HL 2
  • IB Music Theory SL 1
  • IB Music Theory SL 2
Additional Courses offered:
  • Eagle Regiment/Color Guard, Mr. Michael Whang
  • Theatre Tech Lab, Mr. Mike Ritchey
Please view the course catalog for complete descriptions.