Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts Clubs seek to increase awareness and to discover the many talents among Carl Sandburg High School's student body and share their aptitudes in music, dance, and theater.  These clubs then in turn nurture, develop and showcase these creative talents.

    The Chamber Singers is our advanced co-curricular group at Sandburg. Acceptance into this group is by audition only, and all participants must be enrolled in one of the curricular music programs at Sandburg. Chamber rehearses Monday evenings every week, with Wednesday zero hour mornings as needed. During first semester, this ensemble performs almost solely as a caroling group. The large performance schedule occurs during late November through December, and attendance at all rehearsals/performances is imperative to stay in the group. During second semester, Chamber transforms into a pop a cappella group, singing everything from vocal jazz to Pentatonix charts. From time to time, the bass and treble voices will split to perform as two separate, smaller groups during either semester, as needed for school and community performance needs may dictate. This ensemble receives many performance invitations at Sandburg activities and for local organizations and businesses in the community throughout the year.
    Sponsor: Nicole Denofrio
    Meeting Information: Meets in C-101 on Mondays between 7-8:30 PM (Potentially 9:00 PM during performance/gig season)
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    Color Guard is a performing component of the Marching Band that is trained in dance, flag, rifle and saber. Color Guard competes with the Marching Band at all competitions in the fall. Auditions only.
    Sponsor: Jennifer Oziemkowski
    Meeting Information:  Meets in C-103 
    Drama club aims to promote theater consciousness among students and gives them the opportunity to discover the world of drama. This requires a commitment to keeping a schedule, organizing and preparing advertising materials, and a willingness to explore creative endeavors as students work to manage theater concessions and learn improvisation, dramatic, and comedic skills.
    Sponsor: Chris Frye
    Meeting Information: Meets in the Little Theater (S-121) on Wednesdays between 3:15-4PM
    The fall play presents students with the opportunity to act, assistant direct, assistant stage manage, construct sets and work on lighting, sound and running crews.
    Sponsors: Michelle Etchason & Tom McDonough
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    Meeting Information: Meets in the PAC Monday-Friday (Aug.-Oct.) from 3-6PM
    The tech crew allows students to explore hands-on the field of technical theater, including lighting, sound, prop building, scene construction and design, special effects and stage management.
    Sponsors: Dan Powers & Kevin Rosenhagen
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    Meeting Information: Meets in the PAC (Aug.-Oct.) Monday-Friday 4-6PM and on Saturdays 10AM-3PM
    Jazz Band educates students in the style of jazz, including Swing, Be-Bop, Blues, Latin, Funk and Rock. Membership by audition.
    Sponsors: Stewart Bailey & Brian Hillhouse
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    Meeting Information: Meets in C-103 Monday-Friday (Nov.-May) between 3-6PM
    The Marching Band supports the school, football team and community through excellence in a variety if music and marching styles. Membership is by audition only.
    Sponsors: Stewart Bailey & Brian Hillhouse
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    Meeting Information: Meets in C-103 Monday-Friday (Aug.-Nov.) at 7:30AM and 3:10PM
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    Orchesis is a performing arts troupe that performs throughout the year in various settings. Dance styles vary from ballet to jazz, hip-hip and modern to tap. Membership is through audition only.
    Sponsors: Heidi Sims & Julie Heinlen
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    Meeting Information: Meets in the Dance Studio on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3-6PM
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    To support and increase school spirit at home basket- ball games and PEP assemblies performing music to fire up the team and keep the crowd cheering. Open to any music student.
    Sponsor: Brian Hillhouse
    Meeting Information: Meets in C-103 Monday-Friday (during Basketball season) between 5-8PM
    The Spring Musical gives students the opportunity to participate in a musical theater production through various roles, both on stage and behind the scenes.
    Sponsors: Michelle Etchason & Tom McDonough
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    Meeting Information: Meets in S-219/PAC Monday-Friday (Jan.-April) between 3-7PM
    A highly selected group of 4 students (2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello) perform in advanced quartet and perform for school and outside activities. Membership by audition only.
    Sponsor: Linda Nussbaum
    Meeting Information: Meets in C-131
    The Winter One Acts provides the opportunity to write, direct, act, stage manage, or work on lighting, sound or running crews.
    Sponsor: Tom McDonough
    Meeting Information: Meets in the PAC Monday-Friday (Nov.-Feb.) between 3-7PM