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Approximately 350 students, grades 6-12, participate in the orchestra program, which has garnered regional, state, and national recognition. Those include superior ratings and sweepstakes awards at OSSAA district and state contests as well as awards received at festivals across the nation. The orchestras have participated in clinics and performances with professional music groups such as the bluegrass group Barrage, jazz legend Frank Mantooth, and rock violinist Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Learn more at BartlesvilleStrings.org
Nearly 400 students in grades 6-12 are enrolled in the band program, which is a consistent recipient of top OSSAA honors including the Sweepstakes Award for top ratings in marching band, concert band, and sight-reading competition. The BHS Band Director was recently selected as the “Director of the Year” by the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association. The band periodically travels out of state and internationally, with the most recent international tours being the New Years Day Parade in Rome, Italy and the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The BHS band director was recently selected by the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association as "Director of the Year". More about Bruin Band on Facebook.
The 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 major theatrical productions each year, providing 160 stage roles for many students, as well as opportunities for stagecraft students working in stage construction, design, and technical operation. Many of BHS Theatre graduates are currently working as artists around the world.
The district’s strong vocal music program engages nearly 600 students in grades 6-12. Bartlesville choirs are ranked among the best in the state and many students are selected each year for the prestigious OCDA and OMEA All-State Choirs. 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 students are selected each year for the prestigious OCDA and OMEA All-State Choirs.
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.
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.