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The Mission 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
 
 Our students are engaged 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 and share their talents with the community.
 
There are many different ways in which you can be a part of the great tradition of a Performing Arts education at SMCHS. We need both patrons and performers! If you are interested in donating to the proposed SMCHS Center for the Arts or offering your time, talent or treasure please contact Performing Arts Department Chair  Francisco Calvo at calvof@smhs.org
 
Auditions for each program vary. Please email the specific director to schedule an audition for choir, band, dance, orchestra, and theater. You can email the directors directly by clicking the "staff" link to the right.
 
To review a teacher's individual webpage, please click on "classes" or "staff" to the right. For video clips of various performances, please click on "video."
 
 
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
 
Theatre Arts
Mrs. Amy Luskey-Barth, Director of Theatre Arts
Mr. Michael Ritchey, Technical Director
 
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
Mr. Nick Kraus, Director of Percussion
 
Steel Drum/Percussion Ensemble
Steel Drum/Percussion Honors
Percussion Coach for Marching Band
Instrumental Music
 
Instrumental Music
Mr. Michael Whang, Director of Bands
 
Orchestra    
Honors
Wind Ensemble
String Orchestra
Classical Guitar
Marching Band
 
Handbells
Mr. Francisco Calvo, Performing Arts Department Chair, Choir and Handbells Teacher
Mr. Nick Kraus, Director of Percussion, Handbells Teacher
 
Advanced Handbells
Intermediate Handbells
Beginning Handbells
 
Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate
Mr. Tom Smith, Assistant Principal, Student Services, IB Music Teacher
Mr. Nick Kraus, Director of Percussion, Handbells Teacher, AP Music Theory Teacher
 
Music Theory AP
IB Music Theory HL 1
IB Music Theory HL 2
IB Music Theory SL 1
IB Music Theory SL 2
 
Additional Courses offered:
 
Vocal Jazz
Mr. Daniel Vu, Accompanist
 
Eagle Regiment/Color Guard
Mr. Michael Whang, Director of Bands
 
Theatre Tech Lab
Mr. Mike Ritchey, Technical Director, Performing Arts
 
Please view the course catalog for complete descriptions.