• 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 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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    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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    Gabriela Bucio and Damon Lloyd
    Congratulations to Gabriela Bucio and Damon Lloyd who were selected for CUSD Honor Band.
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    Riley Troutman and Marilyn Nguyen
    Congratulations to Riley Troutman and Marilyn Nguyen who were selected for CUSD Honor Orchestra.
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    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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    Hana Fisher
    Hana Fisher received the Louis Armstrong award, the highest obtainable nationwide high school band award.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Andrea Lee Cruz
    Andrea Lee Cruz won first place in Dark Room Photography at the CUSD Art Show.
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    Yvette Mejia
    Yvette Mejia won third place in Dark Room Photography in the CUSD Art Show.
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    Lila Patel
    Lila Patel won second place in Digital Photography at the CUSD Art Show.
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    Elizabeth Kearney
    Elizabeth Kearney won first place in Jewelry in the CUSD Art Show.
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    Giovanni Ramirez-Corona
    Giovanni Ramirez-Corona won third place in Drawing in the CUSD Art Show.
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    Rainbow Art
    Hull Elementary third graders in Cara Fenton's class created some beautiful rainbow art!
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    Jadyn Ocken
    Perry High senior Jadyn Ocken won first place in the Town of Gilbert's Sustainability contest for her design related to water conservation. She received a $100 gift card for her efforts and recognition at the Town Council Meeting. Her design is also displayed on one of the Town's sanitation trucks. Be on the lookout for it!
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    Chandler FFA
    Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) came home 26 medals from our Santan District FFA competition, including these individual awards:
    • Maya Schmerfeld - 1st for her Agriscience Fair project on floral media
    • Abigail Dominguez - 1st place for her 6-minute speech on misconceptions of agriculture on social media platforms
    • Jayden Miller - 3rd place in Extemporaneous Public Speaking for her 5 minutes on the technology in the agriculture industry
    • Annabelle Williams - 1st and Hailey Hutchison - 2nd in the FFA Creed Competition. Both Hailey and Annabelle will move on to the state competition in June.

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    Chandler FFA Teams
    Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) came home 26 medals from our Santan District FFA competition, including these team awards:
    • Conduct of Meeting placed 1st and presented a 13-minute presentation on parliamentary procedure. They will move on to the state competition. The Conduct Team included Annabelle Williams, Jena Forshee, Kate Rogers, Natalie Valliere, Sherilyn Valladares, Natalie Cunitz, Mady Newell, and Porter Fitzpatrick.
    • Parliamentary Procedure Team won 1st and will move onto the state competition. Team A included Kaylie Gross, Chandra Andazola, Emma Martin, Ilsa Gooch, John Hicks, and Mason Courtney. Parli Pro B included Riana Alexander, Nick Salas, Ben Kubicki , Michael Arias, Ricardo Tapia and Natalia Reyes.

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    The Little Mermaid
    What a show! Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors of Chandler High's musical The Little Mermaid. The show, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney film, starred Reagan Plank, Bennett Smith, Charlize Cornejo, Andrew Matcuk, Joshua Ransford, Claire Willes, Katie Stone, and other talented ensemble performers. Kudos to Ms. Stephanie Likes, Director, Katie Kolacki, Assistant Director, Wendy Umbrianna, Music Director, Ms. Tiffany White, Choreographer, and Ms. Anaiis Hurtado, Choreographer, for a terrific production! Photos taken by Marisa Lampson, Chandler High School senior. The Little Mermaid Photo Album
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    Modazz Spring Concert
    The Modazz Spring Concert highlighted the talents of Chandler High's student choreographers and dancers. Improv, Advanced, and Modazz performed 15 terrific numbers to a variety of songs from Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, Billie Eillish, and more. The dancers are directed by Mrs. Tiffany White.
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    Ukulele Club
    Hancock Elementary students are enjoying a new club: "Ukulele," offered by their amazing music teacher, Heather Prusse.
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    Class Band
    Sanborn Elementary first graders in Ashley Nelson's class have been learning about sounds and vibrations. Students each created an instrument made from a variety of materials. Here is their class band!
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    Iris Diaz
    Chandler High senior Iris Diaz has been awarded the 2021 Zelma Basha Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to an art student. Iris (pictured in yellow) is an AP 2-D tester. As part of the scholarship application, Iris had to submit a portfolio, including photography from the past couple of years.
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    Basha High Band
    Basha High band students performed in the evening outside recently. The directors were well-prepared and welcoming. The students were very respectful, and it was clear they had worked hard to be ready to perform. The groups sounded great, and it was a real treat to be able to attend a live performance. Basha teachers are working hard to provide performance opportunities for students. Their families were supportive and impressed. The students and directors did a fantastic job!
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    Chandler High Orchestra
    Chandler High School orchestra groups recorded some pieces last week at the Chandler Center for the Arts under the direction of Danelle Kennedy. This was a wonderful experience for students, and they were excited to perform.
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    Contemporary Dance Workshops
    The artistic director of a local dance company, Bridgette Caron Borzillo, from CaZo Dance, conducted two contemporary workshops for Chandler High School dance students recently. Additionally, professional street dancer Vo Vera provided two workshops to CHS dance students. Vo is co-founder of The Sacred G's and teaches professionally across the valley. These workshops focused on techniques from hip hop and break dancing. The students had a blast! Chandler High dance teacher Tiffany White really takes initiative to provide her students with unique opportunities! They are also grateful to the Chandler Center of the Arts for their support in making this happen.
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    CUSD Choir Exchange
    High School Choir Directors Wendy Umbrianna (Chandler High), Cami Clausen (Casteel High), and Jameson Staley (Perry High) led their students in participating in a CUSD Choir Exchange today. The small student groups performed for one another on the Chandler Center for the Arts stage. Their musical talent and stage presence was impressive!
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    Courtyard Band Concert
    Chandler High families were treated to a wonderful courtyard band concert before spring break. Thanks to Winter Guard, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and both Jazz Ensembles for great performances. CHS Bands are conducted by Mr. Carlos Aguero and Ms. Sarah Bowerman.
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    Choir Exchange
    Chandler High hosted two other choirs during a High School Choir Exchange on March 11th. In preparation for their virtual festival at NAU 4th quarter, Chandler, Casteel, and Perry choir directors wanted to give students an "NAU" type experience amidst the pandemic regulations and at the same time start a new tradition and unify as a district. The Choir Exchange was the first time most students were able to sing in front of others for more than a year, and it was special.
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    Marlo Nichols and Paige Woolf
    We are proud of our Haley orchestra students who work so hard and were selected for Honor Orchestra! Marlo Nichols is in 6th grade and plays the cello. Paige Woolf is in 5th grade and plays the violin. Way to go, Marlo and Paige!
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    Honors Orchestra and Honors Band
    Jacobson is celebrating the music! Honors orchestra and honors band members were celebrated in a small ceremony with their teachers and classmates. Thank you to Mrs. Oh and Ms. Freeman for leading strong, influential music programs!
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