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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.

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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

Union Fine ArtsFine 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 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.

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Music Theory/Technology

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.

Instrumental Music

Union Fine ArtsMost 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.


Union Fine ArtsDrama 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.


Union's Fine Arts Department proudly presents YouthArts!, an annual fine arts festival showcasing the creative works and talents of elementary and secondary students.


Matthew McCready
Matthew McCready
Director of Fine Arts  / Biography

Charles Pisarra
Charles Pisarra
Associate Director of Fine Arts Intern / 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

Fine Arts News

  • Making magic at the 8th Grade Center


    Crews are making magic at the 8th Grade Center for the upcoming Union Middle School musical "Willy Wonka." Crews led by Jeff Spatz are building sets for the musical which runs November 1-3 at 7 p.m in the 8th Grade Center. Tickets are $5 at the door. continue reading

  • Thank you for supporting the Renegade Regiment


    The Union High School Renegade Regiment competed with over 70 marching bands from around the country at the 2018 Bands of America Indianapolis Super-Regional Championship on October 19-20 at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The band earned Fifth Place in both rounds of competition, with a preliminary score of 83.50 and a final score of 85.35. Images shared from Facebook inside.

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  • Union Bands takes 5th at regionals


    The Union High School Renegade Regiment competed with over 70 marching bands from around the country at the 2018 Bands of America Indianapolis Super-Regional Championship on October 19-20 at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The band earned Fifth Place in both rounds of competition, with a preliminary score of 83.50 and a final score of 85.35.

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  • Theatre of Professionals to present 'Hamlet' Oct. 22-27


    The Union Theatre of Professionals presents "Hamlet" at 7 p.m. October 22-27 at the 9th Grade Studio Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door. The play is directed by instructor Tony Schneider. The cast includes students in grades 9-12. continue reading

  • Sound Explorations at Early Childhood Center


    Tulsa Symphony Orchestra continues to partner with the Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center as TSO musicians Susie Brown and Sarah Evans took recorders to the playground for "Sound Explorations." When they discovered a spider making a web, they even played "Itsy Bitsy Spider!"  continue reading

  • Drama at the 9th Grade Center


    Freshmen drama students presented their monologues in front of class Thursday as instructor Tony Schneider graded them. Students practiced outside the class while they waited their turn. continue reading

  • Freshmen orchestra practice makes perfect


    Freshmen orchestra students practice on their instruments while they wait their turn for one of the instructors to test them on their skills Thursday at the 9th Grade Center. continue reading

  • #UBeThere - Tune In, March On


    When you’re not here, the music STOPS.  It’s not just a sad song, it’s NO SONG. Going to class every day is important. Ten unexcused absences cancel your performance. It’s the sound of silence.  A knock-out performance is more than just showing up . . .  but it’s a great place to start. continue reading

  • Health & Wellness Fair under way until 6 p.m. today


    The 5th Annual Union Health & Wellness Fair is under way at the UMAC and it is already attracting good crowds. The fair is open to employees, retirees and their families until 6 p.m. today. Sponsored by OU-Physicians-Tulsa and Union Public Schools, the fair will give away prizes and provide a free wellness screening, free hearing screening and free annual flu shots - and lots more. continue reading

  • Renegade Regiment competes in regionals


    Competing among a gathering of some of the finest high school marching in the U.S., the Union H.S. Renegade Regiment appeared at the 2018 Bands of America Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Championship on Saturday, October 6. Placing 7th overall in the Preliminary round with a score of 80.90, the Regiment advanced to the Finals. The evening round of ten finalists was unfortunately canceled due to inclement weather. The Renegade Regiment will performing in exhibition at the 36th-Annual Renegade Review Marching Band Championship event on Saturday, October 13, and will continue its competitive season at the Bands of American Indianapolis Super Regional Championship on October 19-20. continue reading

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