New Albany High School Theatre excels with a 120 year old history! One of the oldest public high school drama departments in the state, the NAHS Theatre Department has won numerous regional and national recognition’s. In 2004, the NAHS THEATRE won the “Outstanding High School Theatre” award given by the International Thespian Society. The following year, the NAHS Thespians were featured in three full pages of the NEW YORK TIMES arts section highlighting high school theatre. The school has been featured regularly as a main stage performing school at the International Thespian Festival (seven appearances) and several NAHS Theatre alumni have gone on to become Broadway and London West End performers. Former director David Longest and the school were awarded the National American History Award by the D.A.R. for the Signature Event production of LEWIS AND CLARK, an original musical written and produced in 2003. In 2007, alumnus Sara King won the Presidential Arts Scholar award and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. New Albany High School Theatre was the subject of a recent documentary shown on both SHOWTIME and THE MOVIE CHANNEL cable television networks. Josh Dallas, a 1997 NAHS theater alumni, co-starred in the mega-million dollar movie THOR along with Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman, among others. He currently stars as Prince Charming on the ABC’s television show, Once Upon a Time. This summer 7 NAHS Theatre Arts students were featured all over the country in professional productions and musical theatre programs all over the nation.
Teacher: Amy Harpenau
Choirs at NAHS
Choral repertoire of the highest caliber is performed. Students develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. Activities include developing quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature, performing, listening to and analyzing music, and the integration of music study into other subject areas. In addition, students will develop acappella singing, sight-reading, and critical listening skills. Performances include the annual Gospel Music Celebration, Madrigal Feaste, and the Valley Choral Festival.
Students develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. Numerous vocal styles are explored including Gospel, pop, folk, Broadway, and classical. Activities include performing, listening to, and analyzing music, and the integration of music study into other subject areas. Performances include the annual Gospel Music Celebration, Madrigal Feaste, and Southern Indiana Women’s Choral Festival.
New Bells on the Block (Handbell Ensemble)
This is year 3 for our new addition to the music department! We are already working on our music for December, including Carol of the Bells, White Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Handbells ROCK!!
Teacher: Sarah Tubbesing
Concert & Marching Band
Beginning Concert Band
Students develop musicianship in tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, and the study of musical style. Performances include three formal concerts, contests, athletic events, and one commencement ceremony.
Advanced Concert Band
Students learn to convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Performances include three formal concerts, contests, athletic events and one commencement ceremony.
Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz, developing musicianship in tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills and the study of musical style. Students learn to convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Performances include three formal concerts, contests, athletic events, and one commencement ceremony.
Marching Band is an extracurricular activity that takes place from late May (briefly) to mid October. Students who are apart of the Marching Bulldogs compete at weekend sectionals (including ISSMA), play at home football games, and march in the Harvest Homecoming parade. Students do not have to be a part of in-school band to join the marching band.
Teacher: Desmond Anderson
Our groups have won numerous awards and have been recognized as one of the finest High School Orchestras in the nation. Over the years, we have performed at several State and National Music Conferences. The Orchestra consistently receives the highest awards at the local and state ISSMA Music Contests. Most recently, the Concert Orchestra received a Gold award at ISSMA, and the Chamber Orchestra received a Silver award.
Teacher: Angela Thomas