Fine Arts News and Information
We have full-fledged programs in all arts in every school! If your child wants to explore any art form, we have the chance for them to create ready for them. Thanks to a supportive school board and innovative leadership from our superintendent Dr. Nick Brake, our system ensures every child has the arts available to them.
Our elementary schools offer both vocal and instrumental programs taught by certified music specialists. Dance is an integral part of the Physical Education curriculum with performances at the Fine Arts Festival taught in collaboration with Owensboro Dance Theatre. Visual Art and Drama (Readers Theatre) are integrated into the classroom with additional offerings in both with clubs and focused small groups.
Our middle schools offer classes in all forms taught by certified specialists. The curriculum allows students to be in two art forms for these formative years with many choices in each art form. Advanced and extra-curricular offerings include Art Club, small musical ensembles, Advanced Band, Thespians (Theatre) and more. Dance began on this campus in 2011 and has grown to include 160 students each year.
Owensboro High School has a great tradition of excellence in the arts. With the oldest high school theatre troupe in the state, our Rose Curtain players continue to excel with classes for every area of Theatre. Nearly 500 students are involved in music ensembles that explore acapella, show choir, concert band, chamber groups, electric strings, steel pan and jazz ensemble. This list continues to grow each year. Talk about innovation! Our visual art studio offers nine different classes ranging from intro to visual art through cartooning, drawing, ceramics, AP studio art and more under development. Dance includes four levels of performance from Intro to Dance through Advanced dance.
Collaborations with area arts groups and Kentucky Wesleyan College along with our Kennedy Center Partners in Education help us stay on the cutting edge in our programs. A variety of internships, dual-credit courses and other meaningful experiences are developing under our District of Innovation status.
All of our arts groups are recognized in our state and region for their excellence. While we value our success in competition, our focus will always be on your child and ensuring they have the best possible experience in the arts here in Owensboro Public Schools. The track record of our graduates continuing on in life as college arts majors, as community leaders and as life-long contributors to the arts speaks for itself. There is a reason Owensboro is such an arts-rich community. Thank you for entrusting your child’s arts education to our outstanding faculty. We will do all we can to make your child a success!
We are beyond words with the success of our OHS Marching Band this fall!
Competing @ KMEA Quarterfinals in Hopkinsville, our OHS Marching Band placed 4th in the Western Region. This is their highest placement in history!
They qualified for Semi Finals this weekend which will be held at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green, KY October 31st. The top 16 4A bands from across the state will be competing to move on to finals. Our band received a great “draw” in the performance order and is well positioned for the chance to perform in Finals competition on Saturday night.
Here is the expected schedule for the day:
Morning rehearsal @ Owensboro HS Rash Stadium 8-9AM. Load and depart @ 10:30AM.
Semi-finals performance for OHS Marching Band is 2PM
Greenwood High School address: 5065 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104
Plan to arrive by 1PM to allow time to park and find your seat.
The announcement of Finalist Bands @ 3:15PM.
Admission for Semi-finals is $10 per person.
The top 4 placements move forward into Finals. Finals event begins at 6PM @ WKU stadium with our class beginning at about 9PM.
Admission for Finals is $12 or $17. There is a charge for parking in the WKU garages as well.
Your help in celebrating their success is much appreciated by all. Thank you for supporting our arts programs in all areas.
Huanggang Art Troupe welcomed to Owensboro!
700 Owensboro Public School students experienced Chinese Culture November 12th at the RiverPark Center. With the support of the WKU Confucius Center, we enjoyed the Huanggang Art Troupe during its United States Tour. Students from Newton Parrish Elementary, OMS North and OHS Chinese Class students enjoyed Chinese Dance, Calligraphy, Vocalists and Instrumentalists in a one hour program. Our students were spellbound throughout the event and can’t wait to learn more about Chinese culture.
OHS Rose Curtain Players and OMS Theatre News October, 2015
I wanted to share our good news from the Kentucky Thespian Festival!
Our performance of The Hope and Heartache Diner was selected to perform in the Chapter Select One-Act Showcase at the International Thespian Festival next summer! Great news is...if for some reason we are unable to perform, Jessica Stafford and her amazing production of BOX was named alternate!! So either way, Kentucky will be represented by an OPS school!!
Our amazing Cory Storm was named an All-star for his dedication to OHS and the Rose Curtain Players! Cory was also the recipient of a scholarship! Now everyone in the state knows how wonderful Cory is!!!
Hayden Elliott, Conner Elliott, Tucker Greer, & Kennedy McCollam all had performances that will allow them to take their individual even performances on to the the National Individual Events showcase in Lincoln, Nebraska this summer!! Hayden, Tucker, & Kennedy's performances were selected to be presented at the closing ceremonies of the Festival! There were only seven selected to perform and five were from OPS (Avery Elliott & Kelton Moorman from OMS!!!)
We had a wonderful weekend and our students were well behaved and such great representatives of OPS. Thank you for supporting their involvement in the Kentucky Thespian Society and allowing us to share these experiences with our students!
Carolyn Cork Greer
The Rose Curtain Players