Fine Arts News
Five Holland Middle School Band students were nominated for and chosen to participate in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Associations’ District X Middle School All-Star Band at East Kentwood High School this past Saturday, January 12th. 3 HMS 7th graders and 2 HMS 8th graders diligently rehearsed their band music for this event the entire day with many other middle school band members from school districts all over West Michigan in preparation for their concert that evening. All students participating in this event were nominated by their band directors for their talent, work ethic, leadership, and musicianship that they demonstrate in their normal band classes on a daily basis. Students at this event had the luxury of being able to play band literature of more challenging caliber than what they might not otherwise be exposed to in their home school district bands. They also had the unique challenge of being expected to play and put their individual instrument parts together with students from other school districts whom they had never played with before. In the end, the hard work and long hours of rehearsing definitely paid off, as the students put on a fantastic concert, made new friends, and gained an incredibly valuable experience they will remember for a long time to come! Congratulations to HMS 7th graders Emmett Book, Gretchen Timmer, and Noah Kelly as well as HMS 8th graders Zak Shanahan and Jaelynn Ybarra-Brandon on a job well done!
Vocal Dimensions Spring Show
Holland High School’s Vocal Dimensions Presents "The Greatest Vocals Show - 40 Years in the Making" March 21st, 22nd & 23rd at 7 pm, and March 24th at 2 pm.
Vocal Dimensions is an award-winning auditioned choir that performs and competes throughout the area in music festivals, state honors choir, schools, churches and more. In "The Greatest Vocals Show” the group will perform the very best songs from Vocal Dimensions Shows spanning the last 40 years since it's inception in 1979. Kerry Daab, founder of Vocal Dimensions and retired Director of Choirs at Holland High School will host the show this year. On Saturday evening's performance, Vocal Dimensions Alumni will join current members performing the annual family portrait. This is a show you will not want to miss!
Join us for a night of magic at The Holland High School Performing Arts Center, 600 Van Raalte Av. Holland MI 49423
Ticket Prices: Adults $15 in advance $17 at the door, Students $10 in advance $12 at the door, Groups $10 in advance for groups of 10 or more per show. In person purchase only at HPS Administration Building 320 West 24th Street. Tickets can be purchased online
A Tradition of Excellence in the Performing and Fine Arts
Along with an impressive track record in academics, Holland High School has earned numerous awards in the Performing and Fine Arts.
Holland High Theatre
Holland High Theatre has captured 19 State “Class A” Competitive Theatre Championships in the last 27 years. Director Kevin Schneider has been honored by a number of theater and forensics organizations has one of the most accomplished high school theater directors in the nation. During the last school year, Holland High students performed on stage nearly 50 times before more than 36,000 patrons. Holland High Theatre has been invited to represent the U.S. at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each of the last four years.
In competitive forensics (speech and debate), Holland High has placed in the top 5 teams in 3 of the last 4 years statewide. The HHS team was comprised of 47 students, and in 2016, the team was named by the National Speech and Debate Association as one of the elite top 1% of programs nationally, for qualifying 16 student speakers and debaters to the National Finals.
Holland High is also maintaining high standards and expectations in its band, orchestra, and vocal music programs.
These programs have consistently received high ratings at judged performances and last year was no exception. In fact, Holland High’s concert bands, chamber and symphonic orchestras and Choir programs all earned Division 1 Superior Ratings at their respective festivals.
Holland High’s Choirs
Additionally, Holland High’s Choirs received Division 1 ratings at the 2017 State Festival.
The success of Director Sarah Cox’s choir program at Holland High (including the smaller audition group “The Vocal Dimensions) is not going unnoticed. The choirs recently accepted an invitation to sing in May 2018 at historic Carnegie Hall in NYC. The invitation from West Chester University choir director Ryan Kelly cited “Holland choirs’ exceptional history of choral performance.”
Fostering fine musicianship and “a love for music” are also extended to students who are members of Holland High’s orchestra, band, and jazz band program.
Beyond the annual Tulip Time-related parades and musical cavalcades, Holland High’s orchestras and bands maintain an active performance schedule – and the audience reviews are stellar.
Holland High orchestras under the direction of John Reikow and HHS bands and the Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Bethany VanOss have continued the tradition of earning superior scores from the judging panels at various music festivals.
Mr. Reikow and Ms VanOss have also combined their talents and teaching abilities to help Holland High offer a premier high school symphonic orchestra.
As you can imagine, we’re proud of Holland High’s achievements in the Performing and Fine Arts. The students and their directors set the bar high for great performances every year – and somehow they manage to exceed expectations and garner even more fans and accolades.
Holland High’s Fine Arts Department is superb
Although the excellent Fine Arts teachers at Holland High don’t direct teams or ensembles, they are incredible at igniting and encouraging student creative expression.
Many of Holland High’s art students have earned individual awards in the Holland Area Arts Council, the annual Superintendent recognition, and in regional and state exhibitions.
As you would suspect, the offerings of the Holland High Fine Arts Department cover a broad range of skills and genres in order to connect with the diverse interests and talents of high school students.
Courses offered are Introduction to Art, Advanced Art (2-4 levels), Drawing & Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, Printmaking, and 2D & 3D.