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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.

Matthew McCready
Matthew McCready
Director of Fine Arts  / Biography

Charles Pisarra
Charles Pisarra
Director of Union Bands / Biography

Fine Arts Department 
Union Mulitpurpose Activity Center (second floor)
6836 S. Mingo
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133-3247

Phone: 918-357-7414 / Fax: 918-357-7498

Exceptional Facilities, Staff & Students!

Union SchoolsUnion'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. 

In 2015-2016, Union’s Renegade Regiment marched at the Citrus Bowl and at the Disney Magic Kingdom Parade in Orlando, Florida. They also took second place at state with a score of 90.95 and finished second at Bands of America regionals in St. Louis.

Union Repertory Theatre won first in a local One-Act Competition with 12 All-Star Cast members for its production of “War Horse.”

Union qualified six students to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Salt Lake City.

The combined 8th & 9th grade choirs traveled to Dallas, Texas, where they won first place in their division and the Esprit De Corps award for outstanding musicianship, professionalism, and good character.

Fine Arts programs

Union SchoolsFine Arts covers a myriad of disciplines including ceramics, drawing and painting, photography, choir, music, speech and debate to flag corps.

Visual Arts

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.

Vocal Music 

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 SchoolsUnion 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.

Speech/Debate

- 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.

Music Theory/Technology

Union SchoolsStudents 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.

Instrumental Music

Union SchoolsMost people know about the multi-talented High School marching band, the Renegade Regiment, with 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. The Renegade Regiment also received an invitation to appear in the prestigious 2001 Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade. 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 300 students. Band offerings include the marching band, concert bands, pep bands, jazz bands, membership in full orchestras, as well as colorguard and winterguard.

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.

Drama

Union SchoolsDrama 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.

Mass Media

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.

YouthArts!

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 News

  • In football language - Orchestra takes state!

    02.16.18

    We got straight ones at State Contest Wednesday morning!!  It was full orchestra so Union’s winds, brass, and percussion joined us.  They sounded amazing!!  We also won sweepstakes award for getting ones in November.  In football language. . . We Took State!!

    - Orchestra teacher Paula Surface

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  • Drumline performance today at High School

    02.16.18



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  • Reminder: School closed Monday, Feb. 19

    02.16.18

    School will be closed Monday, February 19, on President's Day. continue reading

  • THANK YOU! Bond issue passes; voters 'Believe in U'

    02.14.18

    YAY, WE DID IT!! Thanks to our wonderful community, Union successfully passed its first 5-year bond! This from Superintendent Kirt Hartzler:

    “I am extremely grateful to belong to a community that understands the importance of investing in our students and teachers. Voters overwhelmingly supported our district’s five-year series bond, the first in Union’s history. Passage of the two measures will allow us to complete the construction of Ellen Ochoa Elementary and fund a new Fine Arts, Athletic and classroom renovation at Union High School. We’re excited about the introduction of our one-to-one initiative for our students and improved safety on our buses. Our theme was ‘Believing in U,’ and clearly, our families believe in Union’s mission of ‘100% Graduation, College and Career Ready.’ Thank you!”

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  • High School winter concert today

    02.13.18



    Our amazing High School orchestra will be performing a winter concert tonight. The schedule is as follows:

    a. 9th grade orchestra begins at 7:00
    b. Chamber orchestra begins at 7:15
    c. Philharmonic orchestra begins at 7:30
    d. Union Symphony orchestra begins at 7:45

    Principal Marla Robinson

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  • Union's future rests with voters

    02.12.18

    Union Public Schools Superintendent Kirt Hartzler says the future of the school district rests on what voters decide to do about Union’s $128.6 million bond issue Tuesday.

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  • Dear friends: please vote Tuesday, Feb. 13

    02.12.18

    Message from the Union Bands Director: As a director, teacher, parent, resident, and 13-year student of the Union Public Schools, I know firsthand and with wide perspective the importance of bond issue elections for the district. This year’s bond issue is particularly significant because it encompasses 5 years and a grand vision for expansion and continued excellence. For decades, Union patrons have embraced “The Union Way” by supporting the passage of bond issues with overwhelming support, and I know that 2018 will be no different. continue reading

  • Great job to director, cast of The Little Mermaid

    02.12.18

    Congratulations to Troy Powell and our amazing students and staff for a phenomenal performance of The Little Mermaid. A special thank you to all of the performers who took time after each show to meet with audience members and take pictures.- High School Class Principal Marla Robinson continue reading

  • Vote today: Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    02.12.18

    Remember to vote today, Tuesday, February 13. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Passage WILL NOT increase taxes above traditional levels! See list of polling places here.

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  • Bond election next week

    02.09.18

    Channel 8:: Union Public Schools is pushing hard for a $128.6 million bond issue that goes up for a vote next Tuesday, February 13th. Video inside.

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