Visual & Performing Arts
We're making education better for our students with a visual and performing arts program that enhances expression and imagination. Students learn to observe and interpret the world through a unique lens. They find and develop their passions and self-confidence as they produce and perform. We invite you to explore our offerings below.
We invite you to check out our school's fine and performing arts offerings below. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the program contacts.
The Marching Indians are on the move!
The St. Stephens High School Marching Band is a competitive band that represents St. Stephens High School in competitions throughout the fall. The Marching Indians are also the pride and spirit of our football team under the Friday Night Lights! We support our team with great pride! The Marching Indians also participate in seasonal parades such as the Hickory Christmas Parade, and the Catawba Veterans Day Parade.
Please contact Mr. Boorman with any questions!
The Saint Stephens High School Concert band and Wind Ensemble are bands that happen throughout the year! Our Concert Band and Wind Ensemble continue to challenge themselves as musicians by taking on the challenge of playing difficult music! Our bands play music that ranges from beginning high school all the way to collegiate level pieces!
Basic Program Information
Currently at SSHS, we have three different choirs that are offered each semester for students: Beginning Chorus, Concert Choir, and Ensemble. Below you will find information regarding each group along with some FAQs.
Beginning Chorus is open to anyone and everyone who would like to join! Regardless of musical background, grade level, or voice part, Beginning Chorus is all inclusive and a wonderful way for students to experience choral music.
Beginning Chorus performs at each of our concerts, and participates in the Large Ensemble MPA Festival each year. Likewise, all members of Beginning Chorus are eligible to audition for the various choral festivals that are offered throughout the year.
Once a student has successfully completed two semesters of Beginning Chorus, they are then eligible to audition for Concert Choir. Concert Choir is a medium sized ensemble that participates in and has access to all of the concerts and festivals that are offered to choral students. In addition to performing more challenging repertoire, members of Concert Choir are expected to be leaders in the program and to hold themselves to a higher standard of musical excellence.
Ensemble is a small group of dedicated students who desire a more in-depth choral experience. All members of Ensemble must be selected through an audition process (This takes place each year). If selected, ensemble members are required to take the class for both semesters out of the year. In addition to learning and performing their own repertoire, ensemble is expected to perform with the Concert Choir on each concert and during the Large Ensemble MPA Festival. Some of the extra requirements for this class include, but are not limited to: performance at Small Ensemble Festival, performance at graduation, and other various performances throughout the year. Each member of Ensemble is eligible to audition for the different choral festivals and competitions that are offered throughout the year.
List of Festivals and Competitions:
- All-County Chorus
- All-State Chorus
- Lenoir Rhyne Choral Festival
- Mars Hill Choral Festival
- NC Honors Chorus
- Wingate 9-10 Choral Festival
- Large and Small Ensemble MPA Festival
- Solo MPA Festival
Does my student need to pay chorus dues even though they are only in chorus for one semester?
Yes. These dues help us pay for things like uniforms, concert fees, and transportation throughout the year.
Can my student participate in the spring trip even though he/she is not in a choir 2nd semester?
No. This is an opportunity that is offered only to those who are participating in a spring semester ensemble.
"I can't sing... can you help me?"
I believe that everyone has different levels of vocal talent; however, I also believe that what you put into something is what you will get out. Many students experience a great change in their voice throughout their high school years. Likewise, those who stick with the program for all four years generally will see much improvement in their vocal abilities and confidence over time.
How can I get involved?
Simply give Mr. Logan a call or send him an email! He would love to talk about ways for you to get more involved with our program!
SSHS Chorus participates in many events every year!
“The Tractor Shed Theatre” is SSHS’ theatre arts program. It is an award-winning program known statewide for its community work. We take pride in our civic engagement and professional partnerships using the arts to raise awareness and funds for local and national nonprofits for those who live on the margin. Director Molly Rice enters her 15th year as educator/director of the program. Classes offered: Beginning Theatre Arts, Intermediate Theatre Arts, *Fall Play Production, *Spring Play Production, and *Musical Theatre.
*Denotes auditioned classes which can be taken at the Honors-level.
Check out the TST website here!
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