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. 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. Additionally, Holland High’s Choirs received Division 1 ratings at the 2017 State Festival.
Holland High’s Choirs
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.