• Performing and Fine Arts Performing and Fine Arts


    The Chandler Unified School District is a premier district of choice, offering some of the top fine and performing arts programs in the state of Arizona. All students have the opportunity to participate in Band and Orchestra upon entering 5th grade. Students in grades kindergarten through 4th grade receive General Music instruction, and in grades 5th and 6th students can choose between General Music, Band or Orchestra.

    Each of Chandler's six high schools provide award-winning instrumental and vocal music programs as well as a wide range of visual arts opportunities. Chandler junior high schools provide elective opportunities with highly qualified instruction in instrumental and vocal music through band, orchestra, jazz band, chorus, visual arts, and many more. In addition, many before and after school clubs at all levels offer a variety of fine and performing arts opportunities..

    Scroll down to check out our BRAGS in Performing and Fine Arts below! 

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    Visit San Marcos Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A011414 San Marcos Elementary (2022-2023)
    Scratch Art

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    Evening Serenade

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    Worldstrides Music Festival
    Casteel High School concert choir and jazz choir recently went to San Diego with Casteel symphonic band to compete in the Worldstrides music festival. Chorale received a gold scoring 2nd place in concert choir division. Encore Jazz choir got a gold rating and 1st place in their category. The symphonic band got a silver rating with a 3rd place finish. The combined jazz, chorale and band scores earned Casteel the grand prize: Sweepstakes trophy, given to the school with the highest combined scores!
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    ASU Gammage High School Musical Theater Awards
    Hamilton Theatre is proud to announce many semi-finalists and finalists for the 2021-2022 ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards. Winners will be announced at a Gammage Awards Ceremony on May 28 where six of our lucky cast members will perform on the Gammage stage. Congratulations to:
    Finalists
    • BEST SUPPORTING MALE - Viet Zaengle
    • BEST COSTUMES - Kris Crane
    Semi-Finalists
    • BEST MUSICAL - Matilda
    • BEST LEAD MALE - Jonathan Almog
    • BEST LEAD FEMALE - Alyse Negroni
    • BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE - Ellie Barker
    • BEST VOCALIST - Alyse Negroni
    • BEST DANCE ENSEMBLE - Loud
    • BEST HAIR and MAKEUP - Quincy Cowans and Taylor James
    • BEST LIGHTING - Chloe Applegate
    • BEST SOUND - Kelton Hoffmeyer
    • BEST SET and PROPS - Alex Price and Catherine Morse
    • ASU GAMMAGE LEADERSHIP AWARD - Alyssa Fabio
    • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT AWARD - Dylan Strickland
    • Instagram Photo Album: ASU Gammage High School Musical Theater Awards Competition
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      Chandlers Got Talent
      PHOTO ALBUM: Chandler's Got Talent
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      Arizona State Diploma Seal of Arts Proficiency

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      Crossroads Dance Concert

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      All-State Choir

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      Fine Arts Diploma Seal
      Nine Chandler High students have earned the Fine Arts Diploma Seal. These students represent the first at Chandler High to earn this in both dance and theatre. Congratulations to the following students and their mentor teachers for this impressive achievement:
      • Music: Kayla King, Kyle Collins, Todd Applegate, Charlotte Ruth, Chelsea Grayling, Jacob Hernandez (Wendy Umbrianna, Mentor Teacher)
      • Dance: Dana Son (Tiffany White, Mentor Teacher)
      • Theatre: Katie Hisle, Ryan Cogley (Stephanie Likes, Mentor Teacher)

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        Art Masterpiece at Jacobson

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        All-State Choir

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        Forum Music Festival

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        Elementary and Junior High District Honors Orchestra Concert

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        WGAZ State Championship
        STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: 
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        Zoe Tezak and Paisley Bishop
        Maricopa County's Stormwater Quality Pollution Prevention Poster Contest website
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        Honors Band and Orchestra

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        Southwest Shakespeare High School Competition
        Hamilton Theatre completed the Southwest Shakespeare's high school competition and came back with some of the highest honors.
        • Superior Group Acting: Regan Blawn, Megan Burke, Quincy Cowans, Lindsay Dussault, Alyssa Fabio, Taylor James, Colby Raskin and Viet Zaengle
        • Superior Group Acting: Maya Cisneros, Landry Howard, Ty Humphrey, Jennifer Kao and Hanna Moore
        • Superior Duo Acting: Ellie Barker, Kaleb Vallier Schulken
        • Superior Monologue: Regan Blawn
        • Superior Monologue: Taylor James
        • Superior Monologue: Alina Pierzga

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          Winter Guard Regionals

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          Legally Blonde
          PHOTO ALBUM: 'Legally Blonde' Hits Chandler Center for the Arts
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          Los Lobos de Chandler High School Ballet Folklorico

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          State of the City Art Contest Winners

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          Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Art Contest Blue Ribbon Winners

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          Emma Robertson

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          NAU Jazz Festival

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          NAU Jazz Festival

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          CUSD Elementary Choral Festival
          Nineteen elementary schools took part in the CUSD Elementary Choral Festival! The elementary choirs spent the day at the Chandler Center for the Arts working with choir members from other schools to rehearse and perform choral repertoire. Each school also got a chance to sing on stage at the CCA and receive feedback from other schools. The Chandler High School choirs, under the direction of Wendy Umbrianna, also performed for all the elementary schools, and gave the students a look at what awaits them when they continue singing at the secondary level. Thank you to all of the elementary choral directors for making this a fantastic day for their students! PHOTO ALBUM: Elementary Choral Festival
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          NAU Jazz-Madrigal Festival

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          Night of Jazz

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          Cactus Collective
          Perry High students won Best of Show for their Cactus Collective exhibit at Scottsdale Fashion Square unveiled on March 2. Perry was the only high school participating. They competed against 14 working artists in an open call from Scottsdale Public Art to design an 8 ft. tall Styrofoam cactus based on one of Arizona's five C's. This group chose copper as their theme and wanted to pay respect to all the mining towns in Arizona, as well as the Indigenous tribes that have copper mines on their land. The Scottsdale Cactus Collective exhibit is on display through the end of March. Congratulations to Perry Sculpture teacher Sharon Biemond and her students. PHOTO ALBUM: Perry's Cactus Collective Exhibit
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          Honor Orchestra

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          Tristan Klokov

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          Honor Band

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          Honor Orchestra

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          Eliza Schafer

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          The entries for the City of Chandler's Creative Expression Competition were beautiful art pieces and eloquently crafted essays from students throughout all of Chandler. Each year judges are amazed by the creativity, sincerity, and talent of Chandler students. They mention how essays and artwork like our students make them hopeful toward the future and proud of the next generation. This year's visual art winners are being displayed in Downtown Chandler during the Regional Unity ArtWalk. The banners are officially on display and ready for public viewing. Take a drive down Arizona Avenue in Downtown Chandler to see the inspired work of these students. City of Chandler website: Creative Expression Competition
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          Musical Instrument Museum STEM Tour

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          All-State Show and Jazz Choir festival

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          State ESSA Conference

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          Arizona Regional Theatre Festival
          Twenty-two students qualified at the Central Arizona Regional Theatre Festival to represent Arizona at NATIONALS!
          • GROUP MUSICAL-Zahra Alsooz, Ellie Barker, Megan Burke, Meera Domadia, Alyssa Fabio, Taylor James, Abby Pilgrim, Alyssa Fabio, Taylor James, Alyse Negroni, Colby Raskin, Viet Zaengle
          • LIGHTING-Chloe Applegate
          • DUO MUSICAL-Ellie Barker and Alyse Negroni, Megan Burke and Alina Pierzga, Taylor James and Viet Zaengle
          • MONOLOGUES-Regan Blawn, Megan Burke, Abby Pilgrim
          • GROUP ACTING-Ava Apell, Lindsay Dussault, Alyssa Fabio, Taylor James, Alyse Negroni, Alina Pierzga; Regan Blawn, Lindsay Dussault, Sara Gwin, Abby Pilgrim, Colby Raskin
          • COSTUME CONSTRUCTION-Quincy Cowans
          • COSTUMES-Kris Crane
          • DUO ACTING-Lindsay Dussault and Alyssa Fabio; Maddy Gillipsie and Colby Raskin
          • MAKEUP-Ellora Nanda
          • SOLO MUSICAL-Taylor James, Alyse Negroni, Alina Pierzga, Viet Zaengle
          • STAGE MANAGEMENT-Dylan Strickland

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            Dragon Dance

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            Alexandra Gabriel
            City of Chandler's Creative Expression Competition website
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            City of Chandler Teen Talent Show

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            Arizona Dance Education Essay Contest Winners

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            The Nutcracker

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            Dana Son

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