• 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 Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010718 Sanborn Elementary (2021-2022)
    Arabian Horse Show
    Holly Eske's 2nd grade class learned about Arabian horses during the week of Jan 10. Student did an art lesson and submitted their artwork to receive T-shirts and tickets to the Arabian Horse Show in February!
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010715 Tarwater Elementary (2021-2022)
    Dragon Dance
    Tarwater 6th graders performed a dragon dance at the Chandler Multicultural festival on Saturday, January 15.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010707 Tarwater Elementary (2021-2022)
    Alexandra Gabriel
    Congratulations to Alexandra Gabriel in Amanda Yang's 4th grade class who won 3rd place (Visual: 4th - 8th Grade) in Chandler's Creative Expression Competition. This year's theme was: Connected Through Diversity: Finding commonalities and connections in our diverse community. City of Chandler's Creative Expression Competition website
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    Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A010660 Perry High (2021-2022)
    City of Chandler Teen Talent Show
    On Friday January 7, select Perry advanced dancers performed in the City of Chandler Teen Talent Show at Chandler Center for the Arts. They competed against other dancers, musicians and teen talent, including Perry's own rock band, Navagon. Our dancers took 2nd place and were awarded $50 towards our dance program. The performed dance was student choreographed by sophomore Zoe Matalon.
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    Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A010661 Perry High (2021-2022)
    Arizona Dance Education Essay Contest Winners
    Congratulations to advanced dance seniors, Annie Morrill, for winning first place, and Ashley Day, for taking second place, in a dance essay contest held by the Arizona Dance Education Organization. Way to represent Perry Dance, Annie and Ashley!
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    Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010675 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
    The Nutcracker
    Four current CUSD music educators kicked off the holiday season performing in the pit for The Nutcracker. The production was put on by Southwest Youth Ballet and the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. Pictured from left to right: Angela Storey, Caroline Broomfield, Howard McPhail, and Danelle Kennedy.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010670 Santan Elementary (2021-2022)
    Musical Performances at the Mall
    Santan Elementary orchestra and choir students, under the direction of Samara Humbert-Hughes and Howard McPhail performed at the Chandler mall in December.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A010625 Chandler High (2021-2022)
    Dana Son
    Dana Son, member of Chandler High School's Modazz Dance Company, won the Arizona Department of Education's (ADE) and AzCEO Dance Essay Contest for her essay "Movement as a Motivator." Dana received a monetary prize, a congratulatory letter from ADE and will have her essay displayed on ADE's website for a year. Congratulations, Dana!
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    Visit Elite Performance Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A010646 Elite Performance Academy (2021-2022)
    Isla Springmeyer
    Elite Performance Academy seventh grader Isla Springmeyer is performing the role of Clara in Ballet Etudes 35th Anniversary of The Nutcracker.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A010619 Chandler High (2021-2022)
    Treblemakers
    The Treblemakers were invited by the Governor's Office to perform at the Arizona State Capitol for the annual tree lighting ceremony. What an honor and privilege to sing for our state!
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    Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010632 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2021-2022)
    Jassmin Escalante
    Congratulations to sixth grader Jassmin Escalante, the school winner from Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary in the Sun Lakes Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
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    Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010631 Riggs Elementary (2021-2022)
    Brenna Jonhson
    Brenna Jonhson from Riggs Elementary won the Sun Lakes Lions International Peace Poster Contest for the district. Additionally, three other students were recognized as school site winners. Congratulations to all the winners!
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    Visit Santan Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A010634 Santan Junior High (2021-2022)
    Sarina Frink
    Congratulations to eighth grader Sarina Frink, the school winner from Santan Junior High in the Sun Lakes Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
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    Olivia Sturgeon
    Congratulations to sixth grader Olivia Sturgeon, the school winner from Weinberg Gifted Academy in the Sun Lakes Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
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    Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A010610 Perry High (2021-2022)
    Fara Sadler
    Perry High School had a special visit from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Art Education Department during a recent dance performance (under the direction of teacher Fara Sadler). They received a certificate and letter of appreciation from the ADE.
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    Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A010595 Basha High (2021-2022)
    Basha Theatre Company
    Basha Theatre Company world premiered the new Don Zolidis one act play "Zoodate" at their traveling performances to Payne and Santan Junior High schools last week.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A010598 Hamilton High (2021-2022)
    One Act Play Champions
    Hamilton Theatre took 1st place in the Arizona State One Act Play Competition this past weekend (Nov 20-21), which means the troupe will also represent Arizona in the International Festival this summer. Hamilton Theatre also received the Silver Honor Troupe Award, 3rd Place in Rigging (quite a win for our new Tech teacher, Jack Pieza, considering we don't have a rigging system on campus), and all three of our senior auditioners received multiple offers and scholarships from a variety of schools from across the country.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A010599 Hamilton High (2021-2022)
    Dylan Strickland
    Congratulations to Dylan Strickland who earned 3rd Place in the State for Knot Tying at the State Technical Theatre Challenge!
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    Visit Rice Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010588 Rice Elementary (2021-2022)
    Veterans Day Performance
    Second grade students honored veterans with an outstanding musical performance. Thank you to our teachers whose hard work was seen in the music and words of our students. We were amazed by the students who learned sign language from one of our teachers, Rylie Perkes, for the performance in order to be inclusive and reach more of our community. We were delighted to welcome our families to watch the performance. It is with our deepest gratitude that we thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.
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    Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A010482 Casteel High (2021-2022)
    Concert and Advanced Womens choirs
    Congatulations to Concert and Advanced Women's choirs who received top honors at the AZ Choral Educators fall festival. Both choirs received superior with distinction! In addition, Concert choir got a perfect score!
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    Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A010478 Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus (2021-2022)
    Amira Alvarez
    Amira Alvarez, CTA Liberty 5th grader, danced Ballet Folklorico celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, bringing traditions and cultures to life through movement.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A010516 Hamilton High (2021-2022)
    Dick Blick Art Show
    Congratulations to Hamilton's art students who had artwork placed in the exclusive Hamilton Dick Blick Art Show. The art show runs from October 4 - 31 at the Tempe Dick Blick store located at 930 East University, Suite 101. Click to check out Hamilton's art displayed: Hamilton's Dick Blick Art Show Portfolio
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    Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010384 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
    Art Masterpiece Training
    Julie Smith provides training for Art Masterpiece volunteers and site coordinators coordinators/volunteers.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A0010026 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Kristiana Corona
    Hamilton Theatre Department, in conjunction with Hamilton Choir and Dance, received many honors at the Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards including Kristiana Corona (pictured) winning Best Female Lead for our production of Freaky Friday the Musical! Kristiana will move on to represent Arizona this summer for the national competition in New York City, known as The Jimmy Awards. We also received these additional honors:
    • Finalist Best Hair and Makeup - Jessica Wastchak
    • Finalist Best Sets and Props
    • Finalist Best Costumes
    • Finalist Best Sound
    • Finalist Best Supporting Female - Alina Pierzga
    • Finalist Best Vocalist - Jessica Wastchak
    • Finalist Best Ensemble Dance
    • Finalist Best Musical
    Hamilton Theatre was the state finalist in FOUR Stagecraft CTE categories this year!

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    Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009974 Sanborn Elementary (2020-2021)
    Gabriela Bucio and Damon Lloyd
    Congratulations to Gabriela Bucio and Damon Lloyd who were selected for CUSD Honor Band.
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    Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009975 Sanborn Elementary (2020-2021)
    Riley Troutman and Marilyn Nguyen
    Congratulations to Riley Troutman and Marilyn Nguyen who were selected for CUSD Honor Orchestra.
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    Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009977 Sanborn Elementary (2020-2021)
    Mary Davis
    Congratulations to Sanborn Chandler Education Foundation grant winner Mary Davis, who will use the award to fund the Keyboards for Music program.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009952 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Hana Fisher
    Hana Fisher received the Louis Armstrong award, the highest obtainable nationwide high school band award.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009953 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Katarina Fenner and Jose Castro
    Katarina Fenner and Jose Castro have received the John Philip Sousa Awards, the highest obtainable nationwide high school band awards.
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    Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009966 Knox Gifted Academy (2020-2021)
    Aarna Patel
    Congratulations to Aarna Patel (4th Grade), winner of the Kids Safe Online Cyber Security Awareness Calendar Contest.
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    Manha Hossain
    Congratulations to Manha Hossain (4th Grade), winner of the Kids Safe Online Cyber Security Awareness Calendar Contest
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    Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009940 Casteel High (2020-2021)
    Fine Arts Signing Day
    The Casteel Fine Arts Department hosted a first ever "signing day" to honor and recognize students who have been accepted into their respective fine arts field of study for college.
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    Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009941 Casteel High (2020-2021)
    State Diploma Seal of Fine Arts
    Congratulations to Olivia Ramsey, Kinley Hess and Kylie Tollefson who earned the state diploma seal for fine arts.
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    Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009921 Casteel High (2020-2021)
    Madeline Ryba
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Madeline (Maddie) Ryba serves her community in many ways. She volunteers with multiple organizations and has taken on administrative tasks in several instances. Maddie is an active member in National Honor Society and has a leadership role in the Speak Up Casteel club. She serves as a new student ambassador. All of her extracurriculars on and off campus demonstrate how people and service driven Maddie is. An artist who works in several mediums, Maddie hopes to combine her love of working with others with her knowledge of art and artistic techniques. This spring, Maddie earned 1st place in design/mixed media/collage for one of her pieces. Maddie loves helping others and, because she is very observant, often finds people to help that others might not even notice. Unfailingly polite, Maddie is genuinely a great human being. She has the potential to make her corner of our world a brighter and kinder place -- and as she goes out into the work force, we are certain she will. Casteel High Senior Highlights
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009831 Chandler High (2020-2021)
    Victor Lagunes-Chavez
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Victor Lagunes-Chavez was Runner-Up for FBLA State in Games and App Design. In addition to FBLA, Victor is a member of marching and symphonic bands. He has been accepted to Pittsburgh State University (KS) to study AMMT (Agriculture, Manufacturing, Management, and Technology). Chandler High Senior Highlights
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    Jose Castro
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Jose Castro has been a part of the Chandler High band program for four years and has earned the Fine Arts seal on his diploma. Jose will attend ASU on a music performance scholarship. Chandler High Senior Highlights
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    Abby Dierks
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Abby Dierks is the first inductee into the National Honor Society of Dance Arts at Chandler High School and President of the Modazz Dance Company. A stellar student with a 4.1 GPA, Abby is also a member of National Honor Society. She will attend Northern Arizona University to study Health and Science Wellness. Chandler High Senior Highlights
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    Randi Phillips
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Randi Phillips is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Candidate with a 4.8 GPA. She is involved in painting a mural for teacher appreciation in the CHS teachers' lounge. She will study Marine Biology at the University of Maine. Chandler High Senior Highlights
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    Macy Winn
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Macy Winn, a 4.6 International Baccalaureate (IB)/AP student, has been a member of orchestra and the Chandler High String Quartet for four years. She was principal cellist for Chamber Orchestra from 2019-2021. Additionally, she played tennis for CHS for four years. Macy will study environmental engineering at the University of Arizona. Chandler High Senior Highlights
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    Hanah Fisher
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Hanah Fisher is an accomplished jazz drummer who is sought after at the collegiate level. She has performed with the CHS Jazz Ensemble with great accomplishment, and is an outstanding section leader on percussion in the marching band and drumline classes. She hopes to become a Blue Devil Drum and Bugle Corp tenor drum musician. Chandler High Senior Highlights
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    Zach Fera
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Zach Fera is an accomplished French Horn player and has composed a piece for band to be played at the final concert of the year. Although he doesn't know what next year specifically holds, orchestral composing and scoring music for shows are Zachary's goals for the future. Chandler High Senior Highlights
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    Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009872 Chandler Online Academy (2020-2021)
    Emmie VanderPluym
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Emmie VanderPluym is a Chandler Online Academy senior who participated in softball, badminton, technical theater and Arizona Youth Climate Strike during her four years of high school. Creating and selling pottery has fueled her creative side for the past two years, so she will continue to pursue that art next year in college. She is planning to attend NAU in the fall where she earned the Lumberjack Scholarship and will be majoring in forestry with a minor in ceramic art. She hopes to be a Park Ranger National Forest Ranger or a mycologist after finishing school. We look forward to watching as she continues to live her best life and pursues greatness in the years to come. We are so proud of you Emmie! Chandler Online Academy Senior Highlights
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    Kristiana Corona
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Kristiana Corona has been an active member of Hamilton's theatre department for all four years of high school. She has also been involved with Urban Lemmings, Hamilton's improv comedy club, since her junior year. She is a National Hispanic Scholar and head of fundraising for the International Thespian Society board. She has also been nominated for Best Actress at the Gammage High School Musical Theatre awards and made it to the top 5 actresses in Arizona. She has won multiple National Youth Arts Awards for her performances in and outside of Hamilton theatre. Kristiana will graduate with academic distinction and has a full ride to Kent State University in their Musical Theatre Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Hamilton High Senior Highlights
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    Jessica Wastchak
    SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Jessica Wastchak has spent the majority of her four years in the Theatre Department. She has been a part of many shows including Katherine Blake in Freaky Friday, Elsa in Frozen Jr, and Tilly Evans in She Kills Monsters. She also helped with tech and even was assistant choreographer for Freaky Friday. Outside of being in the Theatre Department, she has participated in JV cross country and has kept up with challenging academic classes and will graduate summa cum laude. She is thrilled to continue her academic and theatrical training at NYU Tisch in the fall of 2021. Hamilton High Senior Highlights
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    Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009979 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
    Band Concert
    Madison Freeman and her band students made music happen for their families on May 6. Basha Elementary band sounds amazing!
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A0010001 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
    Hamilton Photography
    In a strange and sometimes oppressive environment, Hamilton photography students have found ways to express their talent and creativity. Samantha Carr was awarded 1st place in a very strong digital photography category of the CUSD Annual Showcase.
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    Hamilton Photography
    In a strange and sometimes oppressive environment, Hamilton photography students have found ways to express their talent and creativity. Arnav Ved was awarded 3rd place in the Arizona Highways / Nature Conservancy / COX Communications Adventures In Nature Contest. This contest had just shy of 4,000 entries from several states. Weston was one of the top five.
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    Hamilton Photography
    In a strange and sometimes oppressive environment, Hamilton photography students have found ways to express their talent and creativity. Weston Thomas was awarded 4th place in the Arizona Highways / Nature Conservancy / COX Communications Adventures In Nature Contest. This contest had just shy of 4,000 entries from several states. Arnav was one of the top five.
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    Band Concert
    Our Basha 4th graders are enjoying the 6th grade band and orchestra concert. Next year they will get to choose general music or an instrument.
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