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All three high school orchestras -- Freshman, Concert and Symphonic -- achieved Superior ratings at the fall OSSAA string orchestra contest. In addition, the freshman and symphonic orchestras both earned Superior ratings at the spring state large-group orchestra contest. Two students have been named to the All-State Orchestra.

At the middle school level, students from Central and Madison made Superior ratings at the spring OSSAA large-group junior high orchestra contest. In solo and ensemble district competition, 11 solos and ensembles of middle school students earned Superior ratings and six earned Excellent ratings.

Meanwhile at the high school solo and ensemble district contest, Bartlesville students earned 25 Superior ratings and eight Excellent ratings.  Several of these student musicians will compete in the April 2016 statewide competition. Approximately 350 students, grades 6-12, participate in the Bartlesville orchestra program. Learn more at

Bruin Band

Nearly 400 students, grades 6-12, are enrolled in the district band program, which is a consistent recipient of top OSSAA honors including the Sweepstakes Award for receiving top ratings in marching band, concert band and sight-reading competition. One band student was recently honored with the State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence.The Bruin Band also has received the OSSAA Distinguished Academic Award for earning a cumulative academic GPA of 3.5 or higher. The program offers an award-winning state champion color guard and winter guard program that is open to all district students with an interest in dance and movement who meet age requirements and commitment expectations.

The percussion program is recognized throughout the country for regularly performing at the collegiate level, with BHS percussion students appearing alongside several of the top American percussion artists. The BHS Steel Pan Band was one of the first high school ensembles of its kind in Oklahoma and has been featured in London, England and twice at the OU Steel Pan Festival. The BHS band director was recently selected by the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association as "Director of the Year". More about Bruin Band on Facebook


BHS Theatre program offers a rigorous curriculum that includes a multitude of performance opportunities and focuses on strong team-building, artistic integrity and excellence. The program has produced eight major theatrical productions in the past two years, providing more than 160 stage roles to students, as well as numerous opportunities to stagecraft students working in stage construction, design, and technical operation.

The in-depth training of BHS Theatre Arts students prepares them for further study and careers in the entertainment industry. Drama students have an average grade point of more than 3.5, and in the past two years, graduates of the program have received more than $100,000 in theater-related scholarships. Many of BHS Theatre graduates are currently working as artists around the world.


Bartlesville choirs are ranked among the best in the state. The district's strong vocal music program engages nearly 600 students in grades 6-12. Over 50 students represent Bartlesville in the Northeastern District Honor Choir, and many students are selected each year for the prestigious OCDA and OMEA All-State Choirs. Three students have been chosen for the National Association for Music Educators’ All-National Chorus and two students were recently honored with State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence.

High School Choirs have been awarded the OSSAA Academic Achievement Certificate. Central and Madison Middle School Choirs have earned Superior Ratings in Concert and Sight Reading for many years. The High School Choirs have also earned Superior Ratings in statewide OSSAA competition in Concert and Sight-Reading -- earning them the Sweepstakes Award for over 15 consecutive years. Many of our students have been awarded collegiate music scholarships. Two students have been awarded the State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence, a distinct honor for students in the fine arts in the state of Oklahoma.  

In middle school, students may choose choir as an elective, learning sight-reading and fundamentals of music. Through contests and in-state trips, they gain a broad musical foundation. At the high school level, students become a part of award-winning choirs, plus gaining the opportunity for enriching out-of-state travel experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom. The program also provides opportunities in a Jazz Choir and offers AP Music Theory, non-competitive singing classes and a Creative Music class. Each spring choir students present a full-scale musical production for the community. 

Visual Arts

The high school art program grew to include 9th graders in the fall of 2015, bringing participation to more than 300 students. For the past three years, one art student has won a National Scholastic Award. Graduates of the program have received scholarships to state colleges and national art and design schools and have been honored in numerous competitions.

The Advanced Placement Art Program at BHS begins with students chosen as 8th graders by their middle school art teachers. In subsequent grades, AP students build portfolios that can be used to receive college credit and apply for art school and collegiate scholarships. The program also offers a number of art classes for students who have an interest in and enjoy making works of art but may not be interested in pursuing a career in the field.


The debate team is a competitive group of students, grades 9-12, who participate in approximately 12-15 tournaments a year. The debate contest season begins in October and ends in June at the national tournament. In 22 out of the last 23 years, at least one student in the program has qualified to attend the national debate tournament.

The Bartlesville debate team has had one national Lincoln-Douglas debate champion and two runners-up for the national championship. The Bartlesville team is by far the most successful Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team currently competing in Oklahoma. No other Oklahoma school has had three debaters in the final round of the national championship.

Over 350 students participate in Bartlesville orchestra every year, and our students consistently receive regional and state recognition. All three high school orchestras earned Superior ratings in last fall's OSSAA competition.

Bartlesville middle school orchestra students


Nearly 400 students participate in BPS band band program, which is led by the Oklahoma Bandmaster Association's 2016 "Director of the Year." The band consistenly receives top OSSAA honors, with students earning the OSSAA Distinguished Academic Award for total GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Bartlesville high school marching band performing at a football game


Over the past two years, our outstanding drama program has produced 8 major shows with over 160 stage roles. Our 2013 & 2014 graduates have earned over $100,000 in theater scholarships for college, a testament to the caliber of our program and the talent of our students.

High school students watching a drama production


The district's vocal music program involves nearly 600 students in grades 6-12. More than 50 students have been selected to the District Honor Choir and many are chosen each year for the OCDA and OMEA All-State Choirs.

Middle school student performing with the choir


With more than 300 students participating, the BHS visual arts program begins in the 9th grade and provides the opportunity for AP students to build portfolios for college credit and scholarships.

Bartlesville high school student painting during an art class

Visual Arts

The BHS debate team is by far the most successful Lincoln-Douglas team competing in Oklahoma. It has produced one national champion and two runners-up in recent years -- something no other state school has ever accomplished