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Visual and Performing Arts

Welcome to the home page for the N-MUSD Visual & Performing Arts!

To find out what's happening in your zone, click on the icon below.

In addition, check our calendar at the right for timely info on upcoming events.
        
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           Estancia Zone          Newport Zone           Back Bay/Early College HS

Estancia High School play selected as the top show



The Estancia High School play, “Letters to Sala”, received first place honors in the California Educational Theatre Association’s (CETA) Orange County awards program.  For more info, see:

https://nmusd-ca.schoolloop.com/news/view?id=1481794208652&return_url=1483650535950

MESA instrumentalists perform with the Disneyland Band

On Jan. 24th, four Costa Mesa H.S. band students had the privilege of performing with the Disneyland Band at the Henry & Renée Segerstrom Concert Hall.  The students were included in one of the annual performances that the Disneyland Band gives for 2nd graders, county-wide, courtesy of the Orange County Philharmonic Society.  The four students were Nancy Le (alto sax), Anna To (trumpet), Zaid Batarseh (clarinet), and Terry Crowley (trombone.)

O.C. Music and Arts Administrators Awards

Tamara Fairbanks and Kirby Piazza were honored at the 2016 O.C. County Music and Arts Administrators Awards on Wednesday, May 4 at the Samueli Theatre at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. Miss Fairbank's work in elementary music at Mariners and other schools, during the summer and with the Pacific Chorale Academy has led to this well deserved honor.  Mr. Piazza is a leader in visual art instruction at CMHS and across the district and spearheaded the establishment of a district-wide art showcase which happens every spring at OCC.

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District Band Festival

District String Festival

District Choral Festival

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"A note-able revival: After lean years, the sound of music returns to Orange County schools"

How music programs are slowly being resurrected around O.C.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/school-703629-music-district.html

Upcoming Events!

N-M Visual & Performing Arts

What's Happening in the Elementary Schools?

Click on the picture to get glimpses of what's going on in Newport-Mesa's amazing elementary school VAPA programs.

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Whittier Elementary School String Program

Balboa Island Parade

CdM Art Educator John Gunnin recognized in national publication

Education Week wrote an article about the new curriculum for AP Art History and used John Gunnin's class at CdM as an example.
 
Here is the link to the article:
"Gunnin asked the students to dissect a contemporary piece made for the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America.... The assignment was to study the piece from political, visual, cultural, historical, societal, and economic angles."
 
Having students describe different parts and how those parts interact with each other to analyze and determine intent is something thoughtful teachers like John naturally do. Thanks to his knowledge and dedication, his students create amazing works of art. Every time I learn more about John's work at CdM I am impressed by his knowledge and passion for his students and for quality arts instruction.
 
- Scott Fitzpatrick