Fine Arts Department
The Fine Arts Department offers a diverse range of exciting curricular and extra-curricular programs. More than 250 teachers instruct students in music, theater, and visual arts programs in 82 schools. The extensive Fine Arts Curriculum designed and implemented in the Wichita Public Schools aligns with the Kansas Department of Education Standards and the National Standards for Arts Education.
In the next few weeks, Wichita Public Schools will be presenting the annual All-City Honor Concerts in the Century II Concert Hall. These concerts showcase the talents of hundreds of USD 259 students ranging from grades 5-12 representing all music programs in the elementary, middle, and high schools. The concerts, sponsored by Friends University, are free and open to the public.
The first concert is Monday, January 30th, at 7:00 p.m. and will feature the All-City Honor Bands. Four bands will perform this year, including the 11th and 12th grade high school honor band under the direction of Dr. Keith Dodson, Director of Bands at Bethany College, and the 9th and 10th grade high school honor band under the direction of Mr. Joel Naegele, Director of Bands, at Wichita High School Southeast. Ms. Jennifer Kirk, Director of Bands at Christa McAuliffe Academy, will conduct the 8th grade honor band. Mr. Erik Stone, Gordon Parks Academy Director of Bands, will conduct the 7th grade honor band.
Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. is the date for the All-City Honor Orchestra Concert featuring three orchestras. Dr. Wesley DeSpain, Director of the Delano Chamber Orchestra, will direct the high school honor orchestra. The 8th grade honor orchestra will be conducted by Ms. Amanda Gimson, Wichita High School Southeast Director of Orchestras. Mr. Panya Amphone, Mayberry Middle School Director of Orchestras, will conduct the 7th grade honor orchestra.
And finally, on Tuesday, February 21st, the All-City Honor Choirs perform. The evening begins in the Century II Convention Hall at 6:00 PM with performances by the 5th Grade Honor Ensembles: All-City Honor Choir under the direction of Ms. Nina Kindt-Wilson, music teacher at OK Elementary School; the All-City Orff Honor Ensemble directed by Ms. Jennifer Wassemiller, music teacher at Spaght Science and Communications Magnet, and the World Music Drumming Honor Ensemble under the direction of Ms. Misti Rohde, music teacher at Gardiner Elementary School. At 7:30 PM in the Century II Concert Hall, students of the All-City Middle School Honor Choir directed by Ms. Rebecca Sessions, Director of Choirs Wichita High School South, and the All-City High School Honor Choir under the direction of Dr. Henry Waters, Director of Choral Activities & Voice at Bethel College, will perform.
These concerts offer students a rare opportunity to perform with other district student musicians under the direction of distinguished guest conductors and some of our most outstanding local teachers. This is truly a musical highlight and honor that many of our students will long remember. Please join us for these concerts as we celebrate the heritage and tradition of Wichita Public Schools Music Education.
Vocal Music Curriculum Coach
Orchestra Curriculum Coach
Band Curriculum Coach
Visual Arts Curriculum Coach
Theatre Curriculum Coach