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Arts Conservatory Program

The ACP allows students to concentrate in theater, music, or visual arts.

Established in 2010, the Arts Conservatory Program (ACP) is an advanced track program that allows students to concentrate in theater, music, or visual arts. The ACP is designed to enhance students’ problem-solving skills, global/cultural awareness, and critical thinking skills through intensive creative study.

Entrance is by audition or portfolio; upon graduation, students earn special designation on their diplomas and transcripts. 

Arts Conservatory Program Requirements & Expectations

Auditions: Auditions for entry into the Arts Conservatory Program are held in the spring semester each year.  Each audition will consist of a performance/presentation followed by a brief interview conducted by the Fine Arts Faculty….by audition only info

*See discipline specific requirements for more information.

Courses:  Students must enroll in courses from their chosen discipline during all four years of high school if accepted at the end of 8th grade, or every year after acceptance for all other students.

*See discipline specific requirements for more information.

Music

Theater

Visual Arts

9th Grade: Advanced Music Ensemble-Honors

10th Grade: Advanced Music Ensemble-Honors

11th Grade: Advanced Music Ensemble-ACP

12th Grade: Advanced Music Ensemble -ACP

 

9th Grade: Theater I-Honors

10th Grade: Theater II-Honors

11th Grade: Theater III-ACP

12th Grade: Theater IV-ACP

 

9th Grade: Varies

10th Grade: Varies

11th Grade: Varies

12th Grade: AP Studio Art or Drawing & Painting

 

GPA: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 in all arts curriculum courses and demonstrate proficiency in their chosen area of concentration.  Furthermore, students should maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all other academic classes while enrolled in the Arts Conservatory Program.  Freshman and sophomore students will be enrolled in the honors level of their core discipline class.  Junior and Senior students will be enrolled in the ACP level of their core discipline class (grade weighting will be equivalent to an AP course). 

Cross-Over Course: In addition to enrolling in core discipline courses during all four years of high school, students must also take one semester of another art discipline during their high school career. Students will be enrolled in the honors level of their chosen cross-over course.  If a student chooses to take more than one cross-over, they will only receive honors credit for the first cross-over course. 

*See discipline specific requirements for more information.

External Arts Events: Each academic year, all members of the Arts Conservatory Program must attend three external arts events.  These must be events unrelated to Oak Hall School.  Attendance at these events must be proven by a ticket stub or other evidence of attendance, such as a program. 

*See discipline specific requirements for more information.

Service Hours: ACP members must complete five hours of service each year.  All hours must be documented on the Oak Hall Service Hour Form.  

*See discipline specific requirements for more information.

ACP Recitals: All ACP students will participate in Arts Conservatory Program recitals each year. All ACP students will be required to attend all recitals which contain performances from their chosen discipline. These recitals will be prepared outside of class.

*See discipline specific requirements for more information.

Advising: All ACP members will be advised by the director of their discipline. This relationship is formed to help guide students through the program and support their efforts to complete all requirements while excelling in their chosen art form.  Students will have regular meetings with Fine Arts faculty where they will receive guidance on their developing skills and creative mindset.

Collaboration & Behavior: All students in the Arts Conservatory Program are expected to collaborate with classmates regardless of age or ability; this collaboration is always expected to be kind, generous, and productive for all parties.  Student behavior should emanate respect for self, peers, and instructors.  Students should adhere to all policies and fulfill all requirements without hesitation.  Failure to follow collaboration and behavior guidelines will result in reduction of grade and possible parent/teacher conference, with a potential probationary period. 

ACP Music Requirements

 Courses: Students must enroll in Advanced Music Ensemble during all four years of high school if accepted at the end of 8th grade, or every year after acceptance for all other students. Additionally, students are encouraged to enroll in AP Music Theory during their Junior or Senior year, should they desire to further develop their composition and arranging skills.

9th Grade: Advanced Music Ensemble-Honors

10th Grade: Advanced Music Ensemble-Honors

11th Grade: Advanced Music Ensemble-ACP

12th Grade: Advanced Music Ensemble -ACP

Cross-Over Course: In addition to enrolling in advanced music ensemble during all four years of high school, students must also take one semester of theater or visual arts course during their high school career. Students will be enrolled in the honors level of their chosen cross-over course.  If a student chooses to take more than one cross-over, they will only receive honors credit for the first cross-over course. 

*Students are strongly discouraged from saving the cross-over requirement until senior year; in the unlikely event that a cross-over course does not fit into a student’s senior schedule, he/she risks losing graduation recognition for membership in the Arts Conservatory Program.

Acceptable Cross-Over Courses for ACP Music Students

 

Art I

Ceramics I

Intro to Theater

Theater I

Photography

Advanced Photography*

Engineering & Design

Film Studies

Sculpture

Art History

Drawing & Painting*

 

*with faculty permission

 

 

Outside Arts Events: Each year, all music members of the Arts Conservatory Program must attend three outside arts events.  These must be events unrelated to Oak Hall School. Attendance at these events must be proven by a ticket stub or other evidence of attendance, such as a program.  Acceptable events include art openings or museum/gallery attendance, a theater performance, or a music performance (with prior approval). 

Service Hours: Music ACP members must complete five hours of service each year.  This can include playing at outside events or volunteering time to give free private lessons.

ACP Recitals: All Arts Conservatory Program music students will participate in one ACP recital each semester.  Students must adhere to the following guidelines:

1.     Research, choose, and submit appropriate repertoire for approval. Senior recitals will contain three to four pieces totaling approximately 25 minutes. 

2.     During the rehearsal process, students will arrange their music and choose the appropriate personnel to participate. Once this has occurred, students will organize and schedule rehearsals, providing sufficient time for all participants to learn their parts.

3.     Student must work with faculty to coordinate sound checks on the day of performance. Students must also communicate these sound checks, well in advance, with all participates.

4.     All members of Music ACP are required to give written and verbal critiques once the recital concludes.

On occasion, students will be asked to accompany or participate in another student’s recital. Students are required to fulfill this request whenever they are able to. Once you commit to participate in a recital, you are expected to make yourself available for rehearsals when adequate notice has been given. 

Scale Pass-Offs:  Students are required to pass-off 48 scales per year in the Advanced Music Ensemble class. Failure to do so will result in a reduction of grade and possible probationary period.

Private Lessons:  All ACP music students are required to have a private teacher outside of school.  If students need recommendations, they may contact Jason Stahl (jstahl@oakhall.org) or Dominique Clance (dclance@oakhall.org).   

Auditions: All auditionees should prepare a piece of music (in the style of their choosing), that best demonstrates their musical ability. Vocalists should provide an accompaniment track prior to the audition.   Students should also be prepared to sight read 16 bars of music at the department’s discretion.

ACP Theater Requirements

Courses: Students must enroll in Theater all four years of high school if accepted at the end of 8th grade, or every year after acceptance for all other students. See the corresponding courses below:

9th Grade: Theater I-Honors

10th Grade: Theater II-Honors

11th Grade: Theater III-ACP

12th Grade: Theater IV-ACP

Cross-Over Course: In addition to enrolling in music/theater/visual arts courses during all four years of high school, students must also take one semester of another art discipline during their high school career. Students will be enrolled in the honors level of their chosen cross-over course.  If a student chooses to take more than one crossover, they will only receive honors credit for the first cross-over course. 

*Students are strongly discouraged from saving the cross-over requirement until senior year; in the unlikely event that a cross-over course does not fit into a student’s senior schedule, he/she risks graduation recognition for membership in the Arts Conservatory Program.

Acceptable Cross-Over Courses for ACP Theater Students

 

Art I

Art II*

Ceramics I

Ceramics II*

Advanced Music Ensemble

Photography

Advanced Photography*

Piano Tech

Engineering & Design

Film Studies

Sculpture

Art History

AP Music Theory*

Drawing & Painting*

 

*with faculty permission

 

 

External Arts Events: Students concentrating in theater must attend three external shows.  These must be theatrical performances at the high school, community, or professional level.  Attendance at these events must be proven by a ticket stub or other evidence of attendance, such as a program.  There will be opportunities during the year for students to attend an external performance as a group. 

Service Hours: Theater ACP members must complete five hours of service each year benefitting the Fine Arts Department at Oak Hall.  This can include work on sets, costumes, props, & cleaning, in addition to backstage help during Lower School musicals or Middle School Showcases. 

Performance: ACP theater students must audition for all mainstage productions and participate as a cast member.  Failure to do so will result in probation from the program.  The Theater Department mainstage shows often rehearse outside of school hours; students are expected to adhere to the absence policies outlined in audition packets. Sports absences will be required during show week and mandatory dress rehearsals, as this is an academic requirement; excessive absences will not be tolerated and may result in program probation.   It is expected that all ACP students will communicate with the show director regarding absences and conflicting commitments. 

Club Participation: All theater students must maintain active membership in the International Thespian Society and compete at the District 12 Thespian Festival, held each year in December.  Students must compete in at least two individual events, with at least one event being a Performance IE.  Additionally, at least one event must be non-musical; technical IEs are also acceptable non-musical events. 

·       If a student advances to the State Festival and chooses to compete, they must attend 1-2 workshops, as decided by the troupe directors.

·       If a student chooses to attend the State Festival as an observer, they must attend 1-2 workshops, as decided by the troupe directors.

ACP Recitals: All ACP Theater students will participate in two Arts Conservatory Recitals per year, performing a monologue or song of their choosing, from a published play or musical.  The pieces will be crafted and rehearsed independently from class. It is the student’s responsibility to research a piece, analyze the character, and prepare outside of class. The recital monologue or song must be material separate from any in-class work.   All ACP Theater students will be required to attend all ACP Recitals which contain a theater performance; students will peer review their classmates’ performance and a debrief/feedback session will take place during the following class.

Auditions: Auditionees should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue from a published play or musical.  Those auditioning for a concentration in musical theater should also prepare 32 bars of music from a musical; these students should provide an accompaniment track prior to the audition.    

ACP Visual Arts Requirements

Courses: Students must enroll in a visual arts course each semester during all four years of high school if accepted at the end of 8th grade, or every year after acceptance for all other students. Although the pathway for visual arts students may differ from person to person, a course sequence example is listed below:

9th Grade

Semester 1: Art I-Honors

Semester 2: Ceramics I-Honors

10th Grade

Semester 1: Art II-Honors or Photography

Semester 2: Ceramics II-Honors or Engineering & Design

11th Grade

Drawing & Painting-Honors (year-long course)

12th Grade

AP Studio Art (year-long course)

Cross-Over Course: In addition to enrolling in visual arts courses during all four years of high school, students must also take one semester of either a theater or music course before graduation. Students will be enrolled in the honors level of their chosen crossover course.  If a student chooses to take more than one crossover, they will only receive honors credit for the first cross-over course. 

*Students are strongly discouraged from saving the crossover requirement until senior year; in the unlikely event that a cross-over course does not fit into a student’s senior schedule, he/she risks graduation recognition for membership in the Arts Conservatory Program.

Acceptable Cross-Over Courses for Visual Arts Students

 

Advanced Music Ensemble

Piano Tech

Intro to Theater

Theater I

Music History

AP Music Theory*

 

*with faculty permission

 

 

External Arts Events: Each academic year, all visual arts ACP members must attend three external arts events, that are not sponsored by Oak Hall.  These can include museums and galleries, theatrical performances, or concerts.   

Service Hours: Visual Arts ACP members must complete five hours of service each year.  This can include helping with the Cofrin Gallery art shows, OHS annual public service art event, visual art summer camps, and various community volunteer opportunities.  

ACP Recitals: All ACP visual arts students are required to present at least one public recital per year and engage in all other student public art presentations (ACP recitals).  Each recital will include a visual portfolio and/or slide presentation.

Exhibition: Visual arts students are expected to exhibit their developing work annually through various student art exhibitions and activities. Additionally, before the conclusion of senior year, all students will be expected to complete a final exhibition or performance that reflects mastery of their chosen medium.

Auditions: Auditionees must demonstrate proficiency in either 2D or 3D arts.  Students must prepare a power point portfolio of their work including classroom assignments and independent projects. Students are encouraged to demonstrate a range of artistic media and creative exploration in their presentation. 

 

Students do not need to be in ACP to participate in our regular Fine Arts classes.