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PERFORMING ARTS
The Performing Arts program at Gilbert High School seeks to encourage the broadest possible range of creative options for its students. We have a solid tradition of high quality education and strive for excellence in every endeavor. We offer a variety of ensembles that study classical repetoire, world music, and jazz and contemporary music. The Drama Department offers a range of classes that study classical theatre, contemporary styles, and technical aspects of production. The Performing Arts Department at Gilbert High is a place where excellence is the expectation. It has received many awards, national and regional, for their achievements.
 

Meet the Team

Clubs

 
Band Club
The purpose of the Band Club is to promote music education and performance in our community.
             
Choir Club
The Choir Club consists of all members of the choral program at GHS. The Choir Council is elected by the students and works to lead the club and program with outside activities, fundraising, community service projects, and general assistance. Members of the Choir Club are involved in the GHS musical production, school functions, regional and state music events, and community happenings.
Prerequisite: Membership in one of the GHS Choirs
Contact Dr. Marcy Spencer for more information:  http://www.gilberthighchoir.com/

Drama Club
The Drama Club is for anyone who is interested in learning about, experiencing, and creating theatre! Drama Club members participate in GHS main stage play productions and musical productions, field trips, workshops, and student-directed productions throughout the school year to promote interest and excellence in theatre. We cover all aspects of theatre from acting and directing to set design and special effects make-up and everything in-between. There is something for everyone!
Meeting times:  Visit Room #8201 for details about meeting times and events
There are no prerequisites except a desire to be involved with theater!
Contact Ms. Hines for more information.

Orchestra Club
The Orchestra Club provides logistical and financial support for activities related to the Gilbert High School Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Strings, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Golden Strings.
Prerequisites: Students must be a member of an orchestra at GHS to join.
Meeting Times: Daily in Room #8401
Contact Ms. Reed for more information.

Course Descriptions

PA100 CONCERT ORCHESTRA I
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval, large group ensemble experience
Fee:
$50.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $75.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.

This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will introduce the fundamentals of string playing through traditional and contemporary string literature, and will be the entry-level orchestra for string players. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA101 CONCERT ORCHESTRA II (CHAMBER)
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval, large group ensemble experience
Fee:
$50.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $675.00 This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.

This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will provide students an opportunity to further their study of traditional and contemporary string literature. It will involve practice and performance preparation. This course will serve as a feeder for the Symphony Orchestra upon acquisition of skills. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA105 SYMPHONIC STRINGS
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Semester (1st) 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval, large group ensemble experience
Fee:
$25.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $225.00. Every three or four years, other expenses may be incurred for travel to significant performances.

This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one-half fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

 This course will focus on the great string literature of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary style periods. It will involve rigorous practice and performance preparation. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA110 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Semester (2nd)             1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval, Symphony Orchestra performance experience
Fee:
$50.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed
$675.00. Every three or four years, other expenses may be incurred for travel to significant performances.
This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one-half fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will explore symphonic literature of all style periods. It will involve rigorous practice and performance preparation. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA115 GOLDEN STRINGS
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval, concurrent enrollment in another orchestra course, and large group ensemble experience
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $25.00. Every three or four years, other expenses may be incurred for travel to significant performances.
This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one-half fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will be group performance oriented with emphasis on strolling strings techniques and contemporary music styles. It will involve a rigorous performance schedule within the school district and surrounding communities. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA125 WOMEN’S CHORALE
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Fee:
$40.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $75.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.
 

This beginning women’s choir course will provide students the opportunity to study literature of all style periods, vocal technique and musicianship skills. Concert performances will be every 9 weeks. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA130 ADVANCED WOMEN’S CHORALE
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval
Fee:
$40.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $700.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.

This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This intermediate women’s choir course will provide students the opportunity to study literature of all style periods, vocal technique and musicianship skills. This choir will serve as a feeder program for Concert Choir upon acquisition of skills. Concert performances will be every 9 weeks. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA135 CONCERT CHOIR
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval, performance experience
Fee:
$40.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $800.00. Every three or four years, other expenses may be incurred for travel to significant performances.

This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This advanced mixed choir will provide students the opportunity to study literature of all style periods, advanced vocal techniques and musicianship skills. It will involve a rigorous performance schedule, travel and competition in state and local events. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA140 ADVANCED VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir, audition, application and approval
Fee:
$40.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $650.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.

This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This advanced mixed ensemble will provide students the opportunity to study chamber choir literature and vocal jazz. It will involve advanced vocal techniques and musician skills, as well as a rigorous performance schedule, travel and competition in state and local events. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA145 MEN’S CHORALE
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year 1 Credit
Fee:
$40.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $75.00 This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will feature a study of tenor 1, tenor 2, bass (TTB) literature, and a variety of styles. Appropriate performance attire will be required

Grades:9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year 1 Credit
Fee:
$40.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $75.00 This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements

PA151 VARSITY MARCHING BAND
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Semester        1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:
Concurrent enrollmentin Concert Band I or Concert Band II, audition, application and approval
Fee:
$75.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $1250.00. Every three or four years, other expenses may be incurred for travel to significant performances.
This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one-half fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.
Upon successful completion of four semesters of Varsity Marching Band, the District requirement for Physical Education will be waived.
No partial Physical Education credit may be earned.

This course will explore marching drills, music, routines, and contemporary marching band styles. Other aspects of this course will include performing for local parades, varsity football games, band days, regional and non-regional festivals, regional competitions and pep assemblies. Extensive after-school, evening, and weekend commitments will be expected. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA155 JAZZ BAND I
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:Concurrent enrollment in Concert Band I or Concert Band II or Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble or comparable orchestra class, and audition, application and approval
Fee:
$50.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $350.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.

This course will satisfy one or one-half fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

 

This course will examine techniques as they relate to instrumental and contemporary jazz literature. Topics will include literature of contemporary and traditional jazz and pop styles. Other aspects of this course will include participation in concerts and community activities. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA156 JAZZ BAND II
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:Concurrent enrollment in Concert Band I or Concert Band II or Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble or comparable orchestra class, and audition, application and approval
Fee:
$50.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $800.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.

This course will satisfy one or one-half fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.  

This course will be an in-depth study of advanced instrumental techniques as they relate to instrumental and contemporary jazz literature. Topics will include literature of contemporary and traditional jazz and pop styles. Other aspects of this course will include participation in local concerts, regional and non-regional festivals and community activities. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA159 CONCERT BAND I
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Satisfactory participation in junior high band, audition, application and approval
Fee:
$80.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $125.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.
 

This introductory course will address standard band literature. Topics will include literature of contemporary and traditional concert band styles. This course will include participation in local concerts and festivals. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA165 SYMPHONIC BAND
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval
Fee:
$80.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $800.00. Every three or four years, other expenses may be incurred for travel to significant performances.

This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one-half or one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will cover standard band literature. Topics will include literature of contemporary and traditional concert band styles. This course will include participation in local concerts, regional and non-regional concert festivals. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA170 WIND ENSEMBLE
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Audition, application and approval
Fee:
$80.00
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $800.00. Every three or four years, other expenses may be incurred for travel to significant performances.

This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one-half or one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.
 

This course will provide students with a more advanced concert band experience. Topics will include the performance and study of traditional and contemporary works for concert band and wind ensemble. This course will include participation in local concerts, regional and non-regional concert festivals. Appropriate performance attire will be required.

PA175 BEGINNING THEATRE ARTS
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Fee:
$5.00 per semester
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $20.00. This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will provide students with a study of the various aspects of theatre performance. Topics will include acting, movement, pantomime, improvisation, theatre history, and play production. Students will have the opportunity to participate in class performances.

PA176 INTERMEDIATE THEATRE ARTS
Grades:9, 10, 11, 12       1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Beginning Theatre Arts, audition, application and approval
Fee:
$5.00 per semester
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $20.00. This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will provide students with the experience necessary for promotion into the Advanced Theatre Arts course. Topics will include acting, voice and movement, improvisation, directing, monologue study and audition techniques, and production. Students will have the opportunity to observe professional play performance, participate in class performances, and perform their work outside of class. After-school, evening and weekend commitments may be expected.

PA177 ADVANCED THEATRE ARTS
Grades:10, 11, 12           1 Year   1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Intermediate Theatre Arts, audition, application and approval
Fee:
$5.00 per semester
Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $20.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.

This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements. Can be taken for dual credit  

This course will explore acting and play performance including auditioning techniques, voice and diction, dialects, movement specialties, period acting, method acting, improvisation, and performance. Students will have the opportunity to observe professional play performances, do class performances, perform in community outreach programs, and in various competitions. After-school, evening and weekend commitments may be expected.

PA178 PERFORMANCE THEATRE ARTS
Grade: 11, 12     1 Year   1 Credit
Fee:
$10.00 per semester
Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Advanced Theatre Arts, audition, application and approval Additional program costs may be incurred for optional activities related to the program, not to exceed $20.00. This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change.
This course will satisfy one fine arts credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.

This course will further develop and apply the concepts and objectives introduced in Advanced Theatre Arts and to refine performance skills as they relate to various productions and outreach projects. Emphasis will be placed upon performance, producing one-act plays, participating in acting festivals, and community/school outreach projects. After-school, evening and weekend commitments may be expected.




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