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.
“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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
“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.