The Owasso Public School District has an outstanding Fine Arts program. We have several avenues for students to pursue careers in the Arts. From the outstanding "Pride of Owasso" band to the top-notch choirs and award-winning drama and speech departments along with our marvelous art programs, and fantastic media programs, there is a creative outlet for everyone.
The Visual Art program at Owasso High school is an integral part of the curriculum because it is a medium in which school subjects, as well as the community, may be connected. A variety of art is on display in the high school PAC throughout the school year. Classes offered are Art I, II, and III, Drawing I and II, and Advanced Placement Studio Art Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design.
The Owasso High School choirs are a dynamic group of young singers who represent our community at various events during the school year. The Voice of Owasso consists of five choirs: Master's Choir, Women's Choir, Mixed Choir, Men's Choir, and Jazz Choir. Students perform a wide variety of musical styles. The high school choirs consistently receive superior ratings at district and state contests. The choirs perform a fall concert, winter concert, contest concert, and Pops concert during the school year. The winter concert features Christmas music as well as a masterwork performed with a live orchestra every year. The choirs have performed in many cities including Washington DC, Orlando, Branson, Chicago, San Antonio, and most recently on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The choirs are directed by Mindy Bettridge and Amanda Foyil.
The Speech and Debate program at Owasso High School offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of individual and partner events designed to improve their speaking and acting abilities. The competitive team travels to tournaments both around the state and even across the country, competing in classrooms and auditoriums in events ranging from monologues and duets to various forms of debate. Over the last several years this program has garnered tremendous success, winning multiple team sweepstakes awards (including 2nd at State in 2009) and having a multitude of State finalists and Nationals qualifiers. We look forward to building upon this success and representing the community of Owasso with pride.
The drama department has four levels of drama classes that focus on acting, directing, playwriting, movement and voice. We have a theater tech class that teaches sound, lighting, and stage management. Our stagecraft class teaches scenery design and building and properties for sets. We produce two main-stage plays a year, one in December and one in May. Plus, we produce and perform our one-act competition play in addition to performing a musical every year!
The PRIDE of Owasso is a nationally known band program. The marching band was recently invited to perform (for the 5th time) in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2011. The John Philip Sousa Foundation has awarded the band the coveted Sudler Trophy for excellence in marching band (2004). The band has been a Finalist at numerous Bands of America Regionals and, in 2005 and 2011, was a BOA Grand National Finalist. On a state level, the PRIDE of Owasso has received straight Superior ratings at OSSAA State Contest for 37 consecutive years.
But, there is much more to the Owasso Band Program than the marching band. The concert bands are respected on an international level. The Wind Ensemble has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (1999). The 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble have all been named Honor Bands numerous times by the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association. Owasso band students have claimed more chairs in the All-Region and All-State bands than any other school in Oklahoma for over 30 years. The John Philip Sousa Foundation has awarded the band the Sudler Flag for excellence in concert band (1997).
Students begin their band training in the sixth grade at Owasso Sixth Grade Center. They meet each day for fifty minutes in one of five homogenous instrument classes. Emphasis is placed on fundamental learning and rehearsal discipline. All band students are combined at the end of the school year for their first performance as a band.
Over the next two years, students participate in one of two seventh grade bands and one of two eighth grade bands, all of which are performing, concert, and contest-oriented ensembles. Students also participate in Solo/Ensemble events. Continued emphasis is placed on playing fundamentals.
High School members are placed in one of five concert bands. All groups strive for a high degree of technical proficiency and ensemble skill. Owasso has earned over 100 Sweepstakes Awards (Superior ratings in Marching, Concert, and Sight-Reading).