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Welcome to Union Fine Arts!

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

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

Union SchoolsUnion 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. 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 and the 8th Grade Center is in the midst of an expansion to handle more students as well.

  • In 2014-2015, more than 14,425 Union students were involved in some form of the arts, including 6,922 elementary students who took both art and music classes.  At the secondary level (grades 6-12), 1,017 were in band; 598 in orchestra; 1,401 in vocal music; 1,556 in drama; 235 in competitive speech/debate; and 2,462 in a wide variety of visual arts disciplines.

Students district wide display their talents during the annual "YouthArts!" Festival, an extensive, colorful, visual and performing arts exhibition representing the more than 8,000 students involved in the fine arts, as well as the annual All-School Musical held every winter, featuring shows ranging from Beauty and the Beast to Lez Miserables.

Several Union alumni have made national achievements thanks to their start in Union's Fine Arts from actor Wesam Keesh to 2013 Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold, who finished third in Miss America  to Melinda Doolitttle, who finished third in American Idol. The Renegade Regiment was also featured in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with a televised audience of 50 million people.

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

Visual Arts

Union SchoolsOne 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.

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

Most 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

  • Union employees urged to Go Light the World at back-to-school kickoff

    08.23.16

    "Supporting public education must be perceived as a moral imperative to sustaining a bright future for our children in Oklahoma and our country. We must continue to remind our state leaders and policymakers about the exponential value of such an investment," Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler told more than 2,000 employees at kickoff Wednesday. "Public schools are a vital part of the American dream!" His speech and selected photos as well as a special video inside.

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  • Excellence in all we do

    08.21.16



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  • Heather McAdams: The Union Way keeps us on a mighty path to make a difference

    08.18.16

    "It takes us all. We ARE a team, we are Union. We have the Union Way and it keeps us on a great and mighty path that lights the way and leads bright-eyed three years olds through elementary and middle school and eventually to high school and out to make a difference in the world," Board of Education President Heather McAdams told more than 2,000 employees at the annual back-to-school kickoff Wednesday. "We are Union and we are an amazing, successful public school!" See her complete speech and faces in the crowd inside. continue reading

  • Dress rehearsal pics for kickoff show

    08.17.16

    Enjoy these rehearsal pictures, featuring our talent Union drama students, as they run through a series of dress rehearsals Tuesday in preparation for the back-to-school employee kickoff which was held this morning at the Performing Arts Center. continue reading

  • Volunteer opportunities for High School students

    08.15.16



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  • U-Wear 25-percent off sale Aug. 15-17

    08.15.16

    The U-Wear Spirit Store will offer a 25-percent off sale August 15-17. The store will be open 9;30 a.m. throgh 5 p.m. August 15-16. The store wil be open noon until 5 p.m. August 17. continue reading

  • Band practice continues

    08.08.16

    Photos from this morning's band practice at Tuttle Stadium.  continue reading

  • Marching band students brave the heat

    08.02.16

    With the start of a new school year just a few short weeks away, thousands of area high school students, including Union kids, are preparing to head back to school. continue reading

  • Band practice under way for new season

    07.28.16

    With school a month away, members of the Union High School Renegade Regiment marching band have been practicing technical skills, particularly their marching skills and movements, in and outside of the UMAC. While most were in the parking lot, learning how to walk in unison, the color guard and flag corp were in the arena. More photos inside. continue reading

  • Elementary students improve their improv skills

    06.30.16

    High School drama instructor Troy Powell and members of the Union High School Repertoire Theater team hosted elementary students during Improv Camp this summer. They learned all about the rules of improv and got to experience an opportunity they will have in upper grades at Union. As you can see, they had a ton of fun! - Rosa Parks Community Schools Coordinator Erin Velez continue reading

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