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Arts & Culture

Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, made teaching the arts a priority for every school he founded. Since its founding in 1955, Saint Francis High School has carried on this tradition by offering a comprehensive visual and performing arts curriculum.

Performing Arts

“Many of our students experience the benefits of music and appreciate the time-out from their studies to express themselves. Research has shown that singing and playing music not only improves study habits but also builds a better sense of self and community. Music informs our sense of well-being and improves our quality of life.”

-Margaret Durando, choir director



Band

The band program at Saint Francis High School boasts four bands (Concert, Symphonic, Jazz and Marching) as well as a number of small group ensembles. If you are looking for a comprehensive music program where you can participate in a wide variety of ensembles and perform all over the world, the Saint Francis Lancer Band is the place for you!

Concert & Symphonic Bands

Concert Band

The Concert Band is comprised of students who are generally new to Saint Francis and wish to refine their skills on a particular instrument. It is also suitable for students who wish to re-enter the music program after a period of inactivity. It is primarily a "training" group, which focuses on the foundations of music making.

  • Performs at Winter and Spring Concerts
  • Participates in CMEA Festival in the Spring
  • One year experience recommended

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is the premier wind ensemble at Saint Francis High School. It consists of advanced musicians who wish to further improve their skills on a particular instrument through ensemble training. An increased knowledge of musical literature, genre, technique and performance is emphasized in this class.

  • Placement auditions held at beginning of school year
  • Performs at several events and goes on yearly Spring Tour.
  • Past tours include: Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Hawaii, Australia, Ireland.

Marching Band

The Lancer Marching Band is the largest performance ensemble at Saint Francis High School and consists of all the members of the band program. The Marching Band performs at home football games (as well as some away games), basketball games, school rallies, and field show competitions.

  • All enrolled Band students participate in Marching Band
  • Includes Drumline and Color Guard
  • Students required to attend Band Camp in August
  • Weekly rehearsals during Fall on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays

Color Guard

The award-winning Saint Francis Lancer Color Guard is the auxiliary unit of the Lancer Marching Band. All members are trained in dance, flag and rifle. The color guard attends all scheduled Marching Band rehearsals, and is subject to additional scheduled rehearsals as needed.

  • Performs during field competitions, halftime, and rallies
  • Students required to attend Band Camp in August
  • Clinics are held in the Winter and Spring

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band is an award-winning ensemble at Saint Francis High School. The Jazz ensemble is a group of advanced musicians who in addition to traditional musical training receive knowledge and training in "Jazz" styles through improvisation, music theory and performance. As an advanced musical ensemble, this group has high professional standards and is active in performing at many events.

  • Entry based on auditions held in September
  • Must be enrolled in Concert or Symphonic Band
  • Rehearses 4 hours per week outside of school day

Chamber Ensembles

All students are encouraged to play in small ensembles throughout the school year. Solo and ensemble music are available in the band room for anyone interested. Performance opportunities - including participating in the CMEA solos and ensemble festival each year - are available for interested groups.

Pit Orchestra

The pit orchestra is a small group of music students who play for the spring musical every year. This group is open to all students but priority is given to those enrolled in the music program. Instrumentation needs for the group will vary from year to year, depending on the chosen musical. Pit rehearsals usually begin in late February.


Choir

The choral program provides students with solid musicianship skills as they perform creative and challenging choral repertoire. Students have won several performance awards for sacred and secular music. Performances include school liturgies, stage concerts and competitions. Our choir has also traveled abroad to welcoming audiences everywhere.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an academic class, non-audition class that meets during the school day. We perform four times each year as well as compete in the CMEA choral festivals. There are no requirements to enroll in Concert Choir other than a willingness to sing!

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir membership is by audition only. If you are interested in a challenging vocal experience please feel free to contact the Choral Director, Mrs. Margaret Durando. This choir performs with Concert Choir, Liturgy Band and String Ensemble throughout the year.

Liturgy Band

Liturgy Band is an ensemble whose soul purpose is to prepare for all school liturgies including Collaboration Masses and all student body Masses. Liturgy Band shares liturgies with members of the Chamber Choir and String Ensemble at a variety of school and community events.

String Ensemble

String Ensemble is a supplement to the Chamber choir. Students who play with this after school ensemble perform at all choral concerts. The Strings accompany both choirs as needed as well as perform on their own for school and community events.


“There’s nothing like being on stage. The performing arts allow for self-expression from the heart. When students learn to present themselves on the stage, they grow in their self-confidence.”

-Tom Johantgen, performing arts teacher


Dance

Dancers of all levels are invited to participate in the dance program. The dance curriculum encompasses instruction in technique as well as historical studies for various dance styles, including ballet, jazz and modern dance.


Drama

Students in the drama program explore all aspects of the theater, from performance to technical crew. Many Saint Francis alumni have gone on to pursue successful professional careers in television and theater.


Visual Arts

“Art is a way to make contact with your soul. It is important to find that space and time for reverie and total absorption.”

-Sylvan Adams, art teacher


Fine Arts & Digital Arts

Our visual arts program offers a variety of classes that engage our students and spark their desire to connect with the world as independent thinkers. In addition to exploring the principles of design, students can also express themselves creatively with technology and learn real-world skills, such as storytelling, branding, videography, photography and product design.


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