The Fine Art Department at Catholic High School includes active programs in Visual and Performing Arts. The Visual Arts program (and Fine Art Department) is led by Kiesha Morrison-Poole.
Performing Arts programs include Drama, Band/Orchestra Ensemble and Chorus, each program consisting of both educational and community performance components.
The Band/Orchestra Ensembleunder the direction of Teresa Browndorf, performs for events throughout the year with various instrumentations and sized ensembles which enhances the Catholic High School community and local area. They are the Pep Band for the home football games and Catholic High Day. They provide music for the Grand Auction and participate in joint performances with community ensembles. Members are encouraged to audition for District Band and Regional Strings and the ensemble has had significant representation in these performance groups over the years.
The Catholic High School Chorus, is composed of approximately 40 students directed by Leslie Fenter. In addition to Winter and Spring concerts with the Catholic High School Band/Orchestra Ensemble, Chorus leads the music at the Baccalaureate Mass in June. Members of the Chorus cantor at school Mass, perform for Homecoming, Catholic High Day, as well as the two major concerts. They participate in the music selection process, create original compositions and arrangements, and have the opportunity to prepare and perform solos. Each November, all members of the Chorus audition for the District II Chorus with 1500 other students from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and the Eastern Shore. Each year approximately one quarter of the Catholic High School Chorus is selected to the District II Chorus!
The CHS Theater Company is directed by Trey Clarkson iin fall and spring performances that encompass works from the classics to modern and even original plays. The fall production competes at the Virginia Theater Arts invitational. Each year there is at least one musical put on and these have have ranged from Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr”. to “Godspell”. Starting in 2017 with “Proof”, the new Generations Theater Company began a spring production featuring seniors, alumni and local professional actors.
Our students participate in student art shows and choral, orchestral and theater competitions and regularly win awards for their work or performances.
Fostering Values · Nurturing Intellect · Shaping Character
Catholic High School
4552 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Phone: (757) 467-2881 Fax: (757) 467-0284 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic High School is AdvancED accredited and the Diocese of Richmond is AdvancED accredited as a school system.
AdvancEDis the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal is not to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, their commitment is to help schools improve.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.
Catholic High School is listed as one of Virginia Living's Top High Schools and Colleges 2018
Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2018 recognizes schools for excellence and innovation in six categories: Arts & Humanities; Science, Math & Technology; Performing & Visual Arts; Athletics; and Special Needs. After thorough review of each school’s programs and accomplishments, Virginia Living’s editors selected schools that have instituted programs, courses or capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experiences in and beyond the classroom. Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2018 is the resource for anyone curious about why Virginia’s schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best.