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Wrapping Things Up

April and May are always busy months for Fine Arts as we wrap up the school year. May particularly posed some complications due to weather but nonetheless, we persevered. Here is a quick look into what our students have been up to. We hope you all have a safe and fun summer break. See you next year!

Swing Your Partner

The Byron Berline Band performs three shows for select schools at Whittier Middle School on Wednesday, May 1. The interactive musical experience featured traditional bluegrass and Western swing music. Berline, a three-time national fiddle champion, has worked with musicians such as The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Bob Dylan. An Oklahoma native, Berline returned to his home state in 1995 after living in Los Angeles for 26 years.

The band is made up of Richard Sharp on double bass, Thomas Trapp on guitar, Billy Perry on banjo and Byron Berline on fiddle. The group performed songs such as Elvis' "That's Alright Mama," "Oklahoma Hills," and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Berline shared stories such as the time Arnold Schwarzenegger hired Berline to teach him how to play fiddle for an upcoming movie, as well as Berline being recruited to play football for the University of Oklahoma while he attended school there.

This program was made possible in part by the Norman Arts Council Grant Program. Check out a clip of the performance below!

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Street Art

NHS art students compete at the USAO sidewalk chalk competition Thursday, Apr. 4.
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Road Trip

NNHS orchestras make a trip to Dallas in April to participate in the “Big D” Classic Music Festival. The students also had the opportunity to hear the Dallas Symphony and meet Oklahoma bassist and member of the Dallas Symphony, Brian Perry.

Memorable Performance

NHS won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble for "Into the Woods" Sunday, May 19 at the first annual Kelli O'Hara awards. The awards are named after O’Hara, who is an Oklahoma native and Tony Award winner. NHS was also nominated for Outstanding Musical Performance. Students Sofia Daves, Maya Jacobs, Katelyn Loomis and Taylor Loomis were nominated and competed for Outstanding Performance by an Actress. Read the article HERE and watch the video below to see the group prepare for the awards.

Showcase of Talent

NPS Fine Arts presents the annual All-City Art Show Apr. 2-11 in the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts. The displays showcased a variety of art mediums from students elementary through high school.

Teacher of the Year

Elementary music teachers Emily Richardson, Kendell Lowry, Tyler Overton, Tara Light and Marie Barrett attend the Teacher of the Year awards on Tuesday, Apr. 17. Overton was recognized for being the 2019 NPS Rookie Teacher of the Year.
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Dead Man's Cell Phone

Norman North drama students perform their Spring play "Dead Man's Cell Phone" Tuesday, Apr. 24 in the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts. The play was under the direction of Speech and Drama teacher Jim Ryan who is retiring this year. Read more about the group's performance HERE.

Pop Music

Norman North choir performs their "Pop Thru the Ages" concert in May. The group was under the direction of Vocal Music teacher Jacob Gonzales. Check out a clip of "Losing My Religion" below.

Get a Clue

Norman High performs their Spring play "Clue" on Tuesday, Apr. 23. The stage performance of "Clue" is based off the 1985 movie of the same name, which is based off the 1950's board game.

Art of 1,000 Pieces

An NPS guest teacher admires NN art teacher Audra Urquhart's work. Urquhart's piece was made of 1,000 individual squares.
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Thank You for Your Service

NPS staff are honored for their years of service at a pinning ceremony on Monday, May 6. Four Fine Arts staff members were recognized.

Argh Matey!

Washington Elementary orchestra performs "Sailor's Song" Monday, May 6 at morning assembly. The group was under the direction of IMS orchestra teacher Sarah Chan.

Take a Bow

Dance students take the stage for their Modern Dance performance on Sunday, May 5. The program was under the direction of dance teacher Candace Dragg.
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Congrats to the over 70 students who earned state or national recognitions and awards for Fine Arts! Students were to be recognized May 20 at the Board of Education meeting but was canceled due to weather. We are still very proud of these students and all they have accomplished!
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