The Arts


Arts are special at Ottawa Hills High School. Whether you want to perform as part of the band, the choir, the troupe or display your traditional or digital art, we have a venue for you.

Vocal Music

Choral Music

The mission of the Ottawa Hills Vocal Music program is to provide a unique educational experience in which students gain musical skills, strengthen vocal abilities, develop a life-long appreciation of music, and have the opportunity to serve their community, region and nation. The vocal music classroom provides a creative learning environment that promotes respect, artistry and excellence. Students learn a different mode of self-expression and learn to work together through shared performances by studying quality music and cultivating musical literacy. Opportunities beyond our four walls include Honors Choirs, Solo and Ensemble Contest, University Workshops, and singing gigs devoted to raising money for local and national charities. We believe that singing is a wonderful way to express yourself and serve others.


OH JH Choir

Junior Chorale

OH High School Concert Choir


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Music, Give Voice
by Joel Raney

Music, give voice.
Give wings to my song.
Make it soar!
Make it dance with delight

Music, give life to emotions,
To joy!
To excitement!
To ecstasy!
To fear;
To love.
To thoughts buried deep inside.

Music, you have the power to change the world!
Music, give voice!

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music - Mission Statement

The Ottawa Hills Band Program provides a supportive and challenging environment in which students can develop an appreciation and understanding of music through the playing of instruments. By playing a varied repertoire of music and styles as well as playing individually, in smaller groups, and as an ensemble, students explore elements of music while providing musical support for their fellow classmates, school and community. All students are capable making high quality music and working together to achieve excellence.

"One of the reasons I like music is it gives young people self -confidence, and a sense of the reward you get for disciplined effort."
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (2000)

"I get the most joy out of my violin. I often think in music, I see my life in terms of music."
Albert Einstein


OH Concert Band (Junior High)

OH Symphonic Band (High School)

AP Music Theory

OHHS Marching Band

Green Tonic Jazz Band

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Studio Art

Visual Art

Ottawa Hills offers a comprehensive program of Visual Art instruction in grades 7-12. Students can choose from a rich array of media-based studio classes designed to challenge and foster their creativity. Skill development, creative problem-solving, craftsmanship, principles of art and design, and personal expression drive the art curriculum.

Studio Art provides a more independent and personal approach to art making to the specially skilled, and committed student. Senior Studio Art students are able to create an Advanced Placement portfolio to be submitted to the College Board for potential college credit. Their year culminates in individual portfolio presentations at the smART show.

Kristin Johnson

Foundations of Art and Design, 2D-Discovery, Drawing and Painting, Digital Photography, Jewelry, Ceramics, Stained Glass, Studio Art, Advanced Placement Studio Art

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Hannah Lehman

Junior High Art, Foundations of Art and Design, 2D-Discovery, Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Advanced Placement Art History

Theatre Arts

A Message from the Artistic Director

The theatre arts are alive in the Hills. Students love the camaraderie and the discipline; administrators and parents appreciate the involvement and creativity and the community embraces the quality.

Our mission is simple:
1.To involve the students in a variety of theatre experiences.
2.To introduce students to acting philosophy and to technical theatre.
3.To expose the entire student body and community to quality theatre thereby instilling a life-long appreciation for the theatre in the students who will be the audience of the future.

With over 200 students and parents, and the help of our Music and Theatre Association and the Ottawa Hills Parent Association, the OH Theatre Arts Department has been able to produce the memorable stage award-winning productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Legally Blonde, Annie, The Fantasticks, The Wiz, Peter Pan, and The King and I. However, we also have had non-canonical success. Our award winning Off-Broadway productions of Agnes of God, ‘Night Mother, and Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama Hung Me in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad help illuminate and respond to the darker side of the human condition.

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Artistic Director


Vocal Direction


Orchestra Director


Assistant Director


Director of Junior Musicals

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

November 29th - December 4th

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

Synopsis provided by Music Theatre International

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The Wizard of Oz

Show Synopsis

The most beloved tale of all time comes to life on the stage as only Prince Street Players can do. Dorothy and her three friends trot delightfully and tunefully down that fabled road of yellow brick in The Wizard Of Oz. After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of OZ, young Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who can send her home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister but are now on Dorothy's feet. Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again. An ideal choice for any theatre company that has family based audiences, The Wizard Of Oz (Prince Street Players' Version) has a flexible cast size which makes it an effective show to tour or stage in one location. As with all Prince Street Players' shows, the materials for The Wizard Of Oz (Prince Street Players' Version) include spectacularly detailed costume designs, prop descriptions, and stage notes should they be needed by the creative team. Please note: this is not based on the MGM film adaptation.

The Wizard of Oz Young Performer’s Edition from Tams-Witmark

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High School Musical

Show Synopsis

Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. It's the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Disney's High School Musical is fun for the whole family. Its large cast size and upbeat numbers make it the ideal show for middle and high school productions or the highlight of any community theatre's season!

Synopsis provided by Music Theatre International

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110 Stories

Show Synopsis

From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 Stories takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there. Based on interviews, this docu-play weaves together stories not shown on the news, from people we can relate to...a mother, a photojournalist, an ironworker, a chiropractor, and a homeless man who saved lives that day. Their unflinching, freaked-out and occasionally funny accounts take us back to when 9/11 was unimaginable, capturing the shock and horror of the day as well as the resilience of New York City in its aftermath. Remaining apolitical, 110 Stories memorializes September 11th by humanizing history to reveal our innate compassion.

Synopsis provided by Playscripts Inc.