Fine Arts

What you need to know to help your child attend Private Lessons or Summer Music Camps

What you need to know to help your child attend Private Lessons or Summer Music Camps

Why Should Parents  Consider Private Lessons or a Summer Music Camp?

Summer study is a great way to enrich your child’s music studies they have started at HPS. Students can advance quickly in a private lesson or music camp environment. HOPA is here to assist in taking that next step.

4 Easy Steps To Summer Private Lessons or Going To A Music Camp

  • Visit the website for the camp  the student wants to attend for applications and details.
  • Make sure to ask the camp for details about their own “camp specific” scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
  • Review the paperwork  from your child’s music teacher that has been sent home.
  • Ask  your child’s music teacher for list of private lesson instructors.

Camp Schedules for Summer 2019

listing of dates for summer camps

Blue Lake Information

Knollcrest Music Camp at Calvin College

Knollcrest Music Camp 2019--Middle School Week

  • Middle School Week  August 5-9, 2019 [entering grades 7-8]   
  • Monday morning only - 8:00am informational meeting.  
  • Tuesday through Friday - 8:30am start time.  
  • Friday afternoon and evening - student performances!

Knollcrest Music Camp 2019--High School Week

Monday, July 29, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Friday, August 2, 2019 at 9:30 PM (EDT)
Visit our website for more detailed information

MASTA Camp Information

Masta String Camp Costs

  • Session 1 - June 15-June 17 - $285
  • Session 2 - June 18-June 22 - $395
  • Session 3 - June 23-June 29 - $495

Types of Scholarships

  • “Arts Educator Scholarship” is for $450.00 and is a Blue Lake Fine Arts scholarship….NOT a HOPA scholarship.  Contact your HPS director about applying.
  • “Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp- Merit/Talent Scholarship”.  Students auditioned in January for this and should of sent by February.
  • “Blue Lake Financial Need Scholarship”. Family must contact Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for an application. This scholarship cannot combine to the “Merit” scholarship.  It is one or the other. (The financial need scholarship may give more assistance).
  • MASTA Financial Need Scholarship”. Contact MASTA for an application.
  • “HOPA Scholarship”.  Up to $100 dollars. Applications are available from the orchestra teacher.  DUE by Monday March 18, 2019. HOPA Scholarships can be applied to any music camp, or to private lessons.

Here is a video showing the above information with pictures

Holland Public performing arts program scores a rare trifecta

School bands, orchestras and choirs earn top scores at district festivals

Holland Public Schools, which has long had a reputation as a performing arts powerhouse, hit a high note this month when its band, orchestra and choir all achieved top scores at district competitions across West Michigan.

This is the first time in recent history that Holland’s middle school and high school performing arts groups all achieved Division 1 or very high Division 2 ratings in the same year. The showing is even more impressive considering students overcame missing rehearsals because of a near-record number of snow days this year.

“It really is a testimony to the dedicated students and their level of work ethic. They do a lot of practicing outside of school,” said Sarah Cox, Holland High’s Director of Vocal Music for the past five years.

Holland High Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, led by Holland High Director of Bands Bethany Van Oss, received overall Division 1 Superior, with Concert Band earning all 1's in performance and a very high 2 in the sight-reading portion. Wind Ensemble received straight 1's across the board in performance and sight-reading, with all A-'s, A's and even a few A+'s in the sight-reading portion at MSBOA District X Concert Festival at East Kentwood High School on March 1.HPS band practicing at MSBOA festival

Holland Middle School 7th grade band, under the direction of Ross Huber, received straight 1’s at MSBOA District 10 Concert Festival for an overall rating of Division 1 Superior rating. The HMS 8th grade band, under Van Oss, received an overall Division 2 Excellent at the same festival.

The HMS 8th Grade Choir under the direction of Jamie Steinman performed at MSVMA District Choral Festival on March 7, earning a Division 1 Excellent rating and a perfect sight-reading score.

The high school Chamber Orchestra, led by Director of Orchestras John Reikow, earned all A's in every category at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra District X Festival at Harbor Lights Middle School on March 1. The 7th grade Orchestra under the direction of Kay Mayer, and the 8th-grade Orchestra and Chamber Orchestras earned 1st Division ratings at District 10 Michigan School Band and Orchestra Festival on March 1. The Chamber Orchestra and 8th Grade orchestra will be traveling to State MSBOA Band and Orchestra Festival in April.

HPS Concert Choir and Vocal Dimensions Groups at FestivalHolland High Concert Choir and Vocal Dimensions, led by Cox, each garnered high Division 1 Excellent ratings at MSVMA District Choir Festival on March 1, resulting in both choirs advancing to the State Choral Festival in May. Select Men’s and Belle Canto received high Division 2 ratings.

Three of Cox’s choir students individually achieved state honors choir this year, the most at one time in the school’s history.

“We demand a lot from students and they always show up, going above and beyond. I'm very proud of all the bands from the youngest all the way up to my seniors. They're incredible, just great kids and very supportive parents,” said Van Oss.

This is her first year leading the high school band, although Van Oss has been with the district for 16 years. She was previously the middle school band director.

Holland students can begin taking daily musical performance classes as early as 6th grade.Mens Ensemble Group

“Music is an important part of the district’s curriculum because the discipline teaches essential life skills – from being punctual to having determination and dedication,” Van Oss said.

Holland Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Brian Davis, observed, “Staff goes the extra mile to ensure the success of students, often working with them outside of the classroom. The performing arts teachers are a tight-knit group, who often collaborate with each other to provide expanded opportunities for their students.”

Cox underscored the importance of working with students from a young age and the broader value of music education.

“We are instilling a love for music and a commitment to excellence in the elementary and middle school programs, which really lends itself to success at the high school level. It’s no coincidence that our kids go on to achieve success in other areas,” Cox said.

The Vocal Dimensions choir, for example, includes many high school athletic stars from the varsity basketball, football, and cross country teams. There is also crossover within the performing arts programs. Choir students are often cast in productions of Holland High Theatre, which has captured 19 State “Class A” Competitive Theatre Championships in the last 27 years and won the coveted People’s Choice Award in 2019.

Recent alums are making their mark, from singing with Harvard University’s Glee Club to taking the stage with the New York Philharmonic.

Later this month, Vocal Dimensions will celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary with a "The Greatest Vocals Show - 40 Years in the Making" concert on March 21-24 at the high school. Several alumni are flying in from across the country to participate.

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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.