OASD students have the opportunity to learn about and be involved in an impressive array of arts opportunities. The curriculum includes art and music experiences beginning in 4K, continuing through to the high school level where students can select classes or clubs like jazz combo, play production or art metals and jewelry, among many other options. Even at the elementary level, students in third and fourth grade present their own school musicals. In the intermediate grades, students perform their school musicals on the stage of the Oconomowoc Arts Center. Band and orchestra students are included in high school performances and jazz band participants add their talents to district-wide jazz concerts.
For the fifth time in six years, the Oconomowoc High School Players have earned a Tommy Award for Outstanding Musical in the state of Wisconsin. The 2014 fall production of Singin' in the Rain featuring actual rain falling on the stage, won 16 Tommy Awards. The entire cast performed at the Tommy Awards at the Overture Center in Madison this summer. Tommy Awards awarded for past OHS Musical Theater Productions include 2013 Hairspray, 2012 Oklahoma, 2011 Urinetown, 2010 Bye Bye Birdie, and 2009 Into the Woods.
The OHS Drama Department, under the direction of Tom Klubertanz, was selected for the second time to perform in The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest and most prestigious arts festival in the world, as part of the American High School Theatre Festival held in Scotland in August 2015. Their first such honor came in 2009.
This year the OHS Players will present Grease at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, Nature Hill Intermediate School will perform The Lion King Jr. at the OAC and Silver Lake Intermediate will present Shrek Jr. at the school.
Every year The Florentine Opera Company collaborates with third grade students from one of our five Elementary Schools to perform an operatic version of a well-known fairytale at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
OHS Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the 2016 Music For All National Music Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana in March, 2016. Only 16 bands have been selected from across the US. This is the OHS Wind Symphony's third time representing our school, community and the State of Wisconsin.
OHS Jazz I took first place at the U.W. Green Bay Jazz Festival in February 2015 with Nathan Kay (now attending the Eastman School of Music majoring in jazz studies) and numerous students receiving awards for their jazz solos. OHS Jazz I took first place at the 2015 Milwaukee Conservatory of Music Jazz Festival with Nathan Kay winning best overall jazz improvisation award. The OHS Jazz I also was earned Most Outstanding Woodwind Section and Most Outstanding Brass Section.
OHS Marching Band marched down Mainstreet USA in Disney World in March of 2013. OHS Wind Symphony entered in the Festival Disney and was in competition with 20 other high school concert bands from across the country. The OHS Wind Symphony won best in class and earned a superior rating and the Silver Trophy overall.
OHS Visual Arts
OHS Visual Arts Dept. has student work on display in the Student ArtCade Gallery. Please stop in the main office and check in as visitor to view student art during school hours.
OHS Visual Artists enter in competitions throughout the state, including Scholastic, at The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Regional Art Fair, Pewaukee Arts Council and more.
Many art students show and sell their own art at the Fall and Spring Delafield Art Walk, as well as donate their art to many fundraisers to keep the show on the road.
District Art Teachers K-12 collaborate to present numerous district wide art shows in the Oconomowoc Arts Center and throughout downtown Oconomowoc and with community businesses and organizations to connect creative opportunity for our students.
New Youth Art Gallery
A collaborative effort between the Oconomowoc Area School District and the Courtney Bella Imagine A Day Foundation has established the Imagine A Day Youth Art Gallery in the Oconomowoc Arts Center lobby for children and students from preschool through the 12th grade to showcase their talents through the visual arts. OHS Art Students are designing a mural for the new gallery.