Welcome to the Fine Arts Department!
The Fine Arts give students the opportunity to express and create.
Through the fine arts, we help students learn to be balanced and well-rounded individuals who can take what they learn and apply it in the classroom, at college and out in the world. Along with their core curriculum, we work to “complete the picture” of our students - Mind, Body, & Spirit.
375 students are currently enrolled in one of the many curricular music ensembles, another 150 are enrolled in one of our visual art classes and many more students participate in the fine arts via extra-curricular offerings such as Drama Troupe, Orchesis Dance Company, MUSE, Guitar Club, musical, mass choir, and art club.
Recent honors include:
- 32 music students selected to the ILMEA District IX Ensembles in Band (3), Orchestra (2), Jazz Choir (2), Jazz Band (1), 9/10 Choir (4), and Sr. Chorus (20);
- 6 students advanced to the ILMEA state music ensembles in All-State Choir (2), All-State Band (2), Honor Choir (1) and Honor Orchestra (1);
- 3 students selected as finalist for best performance in a lead role in the Illinois HS Music Theatre Awards for performances in ALL SHOOK UP -
- 1 Student WON 1st PLACE as Best Actor in the Illinois HS Musical Theatre Awards and represented Illinois in New York at the National HS Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Awards), 2017
- 1 student selected as finalist for best performance in a lead role in the Illinois HS Music Theatre Awards for his performance in CINDERELLA - WON 2nd PLACE 2016
- 1 student selected as Best Actress in the Illinois HS Theatre Awards and represented Illinois in New York at the National HS Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Awards) 2015
- Choir Students toured Toronto, Cork, Blarney, Cobh, Thurles, Cashel, and Dublin, 2017
- 3 students selected, by audition, to attend the Goodman Theatre's PLAYBUILD - 6-week summer acting intensive
- 2 students selected, by audition, to attend the Goodman Theatre's summer Musical Theatre 6-week intensive
- 1 student selected, by audition, to attend the Artsbridge summer acting intensive in Massachussetts
- 1 student slected to attend acting intensive in New York
- 2 Alumni were nominated for Jeff Awards for their work in theatre in Chicago
- 1 Alum is recently won the position of Associate Principle Percussionist with the Cincinnati Symphony
Our graduates are consistently accepted into nationally recognized music, theatre, & art programs, schools & conservatories.
Our alumni are working professionals in the Arts and we are proud of their accomplishments!
You will find the list of courses offered by our department in the curriculum guide. Follow the link below.
Mr. Brian Wand
Fine Arts Department Chair
Director of Vocal Music