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Welcome to Union Fine Arts!
Union Public Schools has one of the truly outstanding fine arts programs in the nation. A talented and dedicated staff, strong parental and community support, as well as the support of the administration and school board, have provided our students with a wide variety of opportunities to explore and develop their talents.
Exceptional Facilities, Staff & Students!
Union's exceptional facilities, including the 2,000-seat Union Performing Arts Center and the Union Multipurpose Activity Center as well as two black-box studio theaters, give students outstanding venues in which to perform. The fine arts wing at the 6th/7th Grade Center has also been expanded to accommodate a greater interest in music and choir. The 8th Grade Center also has expended its Fine Arts facilities.
More than 14,180 Union students were involved in some form of the arts, including 6,922 elementary students who took both art and music classes at their individual school site. At the secondary level (grades 6-12), 1,105 were in band; 224 in dance; 735 in orchestra; 1,483 in vocal music; 1,206 in drama; 491 in speech/ debate; and 2,014 in a wide variety of visual art courses.
Fine Arts programs
Fine Arts covers a myriad of disciplines including ceramics, drawing and painting, photography, choir, music, speech and debate to flag corps.
One of Union's most popular Fine Arts offerings is visual art. This discipline is taught to all elementary students and remains a strong favorite at the secondary level with more than 1,300 students enrolled in art, ceramics, painting or photography. Union offers one of the few AP (Advanced Placement) Visual Art programs in the state. Many of our students turn their ability in art into scholarships at major art institutes and universities. Recently, a large number of students from Union High School were honored at the National Scholastic Art Exhibition.
The Vocal Music program includes all elementary students and is a strong elective at the secondary level. Union has a long record of excellence in concerts, performances by show groups, Broadway musicals and competitions at the local and regional level. Our singers, utilizing Orff and Kodaly methods from grade one, have achieved an enviable record in performance and sight reading competitions. Many of our students have received major university scholarships and have become successful teachers and performers. Broadway musicals such as a recent production of Annie and performances of major works as part of Union’s “Masterworks” series are part of our vocal music program.
Union Public School is well represented in arts events such as TulsaFest, Tulsa Summerarts, the Oklahoma Summerarts Institute; and many of our students are featured in community theater musicals. Choruses comprised of younger students have been sought to accompany major performing artists when they perform in Tulsa.
- Christian Jones, Director of Forensics
Members of the Speech/Debate squads compete almost every weekend throughout the school year. With individual honors at every meet, including national qualifiers and many ‘Meet Sweepstakes Trophies,’ these young people are representative of the wonderful program in place for debate and competitive speech.
Students at Union High School have exceptional opportunities in the area of Music Theory and Music Technology. Union boasts one of the best AP Music Theory courses in the state. Many AP Music Theory students are able to skip one or even two years of college music theory because of their excellent preparation.
Another exciting addition to our curriculum is the piano lab. It accommodates 24 students and permits individually paced instruction as well as allowing full-class instruction and performance through the headphone system. Using this lab, students can explore composition, orchestration, arranging, ear training, sight singing, improvisation and self-paced study of music history.
Most people know about the multi-talented High School marching band, the Renegade Regiment, with more than 10 Oklahoma Bandmasters Association state championships since 1985, two Fiesta Bowl Grand Masters Championships, a national championship in the 1996 WinterGuard International competition, two national percussion championships and three national colorguard championships. However, the Regiment is only part of the district's band program.
Visit the Renegade Regiment site - which also contains information about the band department, schedules, proper forms, information about color guards and alumni. NOTE: This site is not an official Union Public Schools website.
The Union band program begins at the sixth grade level with an annual enrollment of approximately 400 students. Band offerings include the marching band, concert bands, pep bands, jazz bands, membership in full orchestras. There were five concert bands at the High School in the 2016-2017 school year.
The Orchestra program has a reputation for excellence in the state, region and nation with numerous awards at each of these levels. Our students are well-represented in All-District and All-State orchestras, and students from Union Schools traditionally make up more than ten percent of the Tulsa Youth Symphony. Many students from the orchestra program have received scholarships at major universities throughout the nation as a result of their playing skills.
Union was one of two Oklahoma districts recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as Best Communities in Music Education for their outstanding music education programs.
All elementary schools participated in the Carnegie Hall Link Up program in 2018, culminating in a joint performance between third and fourth grade students and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
Drama classes are another popular elective at the secondary level. Students can work to perfect their speaking and acting skills in this program which offers numerous public presentations each year. For many years, the High School Repertoire Theater has received state-wide recognition for their superb performances in the One-Act Play category. Presentations by drama groups at all levels are know for their excellence.
The Mass Media program at Union is growing more popular every year. With support through the district's focus on technology, we anticipate a continued great future in this area. Students learn about yearbook, newspaper and broadcasting, as well as digital imaging and web design, combining art and technology. Some of the classes – such as web design – also incorporate business class elements with them and are even taught by business teachers.
Union's Fine Arts Department proudly presents YouthArts!, an annual fine arts festival showcasing the creative works and talents of elementary and secondary students.
Fine Arts Department
Union Mulitpurpose Activity Center (second floor)
6836 S. Mingo
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133-3247
Phone: 918-357-7414 / Fax: 918-357-7498
Fine Arts News
Fifth graders invited to enroll in Fine Arts next year
The Union 6th Grade Orchestra, Choir, and Band performed for fifth graders from around Union Public Schools Monday morning for the annual 5th Grade Recruitment Concert, hoping to convince students to enroll in one of the music programs next year. continue reading
Color Guard fund raiser Dec. 19
Come join our Color Guard for a Holiday Showcase Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 19. continue reading
#UBeThere - Plug In, Press Play
Orchestras overwhelm the senses when all sounds are present. Your attendance is instrumental. Without you, our power is greatly diminished. Going to class every day is important. Ten unexcused absences cancel your performance. Your sad solo becomes a symphony of none. Making beautiful music together is more than just showing up . . . but it’s a great place to start. continue reading
High School hosts holiday assembly
Union High school brought out the holiday spirit today for its annual holiday ssembly, featuring performances from the orchestra, symphony, choirs, a nutcracker comedy routine and Principal Tony Tempest's reading of the Christmas story "Elf."
Winter routes/school closing information
Each winter, Union Public Schools makes arrangements to alert parents about school closings or changes in bus routes because of icy or snowy conditions. See inside for our procedures. continue reading
Wonderful winter concert
Tulsa Youth Symphony concert at UPAC Sunday
The 2018 Tulsa Youth Symphony (TYS) season opens with its Fall Concert, Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. at the Union High School PAC, 6636 S. Mingo Road in Tulsa. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger and seniors 60 and older. continue reading
Union Orchestra Winter Concert at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 27
The Union Orchestra Winter Concert Grades 7, 8, & 9, will be at 7 p.m. today at the Union Performing Arts Center. Orchestra students have been working hard this semester and are proud to present their first performance of the year. continue reading
An amazing Roy Clark performance
RIP Roy Clark - Here's part of his masterful guitar performance from a classic episode of "The Odd Couple" pic.twitter.com/fXEyMwE4Q4— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) November 15, 2018
Orchestras, Philharmonic and Symphony receive superior ratings
On November 13, the Union HS Orchestras, Philharmonic and Symphony, received straight superior ratings at State High School OSSAA in Edmond, Oklahoma. Congratulations on their hard work and continued success! Union Orchestras Directors are Patricia Gaddis, Amelia Ivory, Rachel Neely, Catalina Simmonds and Paula Surface. continue reading