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.
Þ Oconomowoc High School Players were again honored with Tommy Awards, this time for their fall 2011 production of Urinetown. Garnered awards included Outstanding Musical, Best Male Lead and Best Female Lead. Wrote one of the judges: “This was a top-notch high school musical that demonstrated what is possible with high standards, commitment, teamwork and attention to detail. Oconomowoc High School was victorious!”
Þ Ten students from Silver Lake Intermediate and Oconomowoc High School were showcased during the 6th annual Milwaukee Regional Art Fair.
Þ The Florentine Opera Company collaborated with third grade students from Park Lawn Elementary to perform The Three Little Pigs at the Oconomowoc Arts Center
Þ District art teachers collaborated to present the first district-wide art show, Faces of Art Education in Oconomowoc.
Þ The Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony earned First Place in the Dixie Classic National Music Festival in Chicago, receiving an overall score of 97.6, and taking overall awards for best band, best percussion and best brass sections.
Þ An appreciative audience celebrated the return of world-renowned pianist and Oconomowoc High School graduate, Christopher Finkelmeyer, and his performance of “The Oz Fantasy-Fantasia on Themes from the Wizard of Oz” at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.