Branson Admissions - Arts Brochure, Fall 2022

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Visual and Performing


Whatever the art form, students drive the creative process. Dance Alex Escalante Dance Faculty

Dance is for everyone! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced student, you can express yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and creatively in our contemporary dance program. Through dance, you will develop artistry and technical skill in a variety of

styles. You will work with guest choreographers and learn to understand, create, and communicate dance through process, composition, and performance. Our Dance Performance Ensemble represents Branson at off-campus festivals, concerts, and basketball games. All dance levels perform annually in our winter concert and our spring showcase, the Festival of Arts at Branson (FAB).

Visual Arts Eric Oldmixon, Allyson Seal, and Noelle Anderson Visual Arts Faculty

Realize your visions your way. Explore. Practice. Create. Each art class invites you to deepen your individual voice as a visual artist. Beginning with Survey of Visual Arts, you have ample opportunity to work with a hammer, paintbrush, and camera. At the intermediate level, you strengthen your craft in a specific medium: photography, sculpture,

or painting and drawing. The upper levels provide you with a collaborative studio environment to expand your definition of art-making and foster creative self-confidence. You will work with visiting artists, experience the art world at galleries and museums, and show your work in many venues.

Theater Music Jaimeo Brown and Richard Mathias, Music Faculty

Branson’s vibrant music program offers many ways to explore and learn in a variety of styles and settings.

Maura Vaughn Director of Theater

Dive into a conservatory-style, four-year theater program designed to help you develop into a skilled performer with a standard of excellence, artistic integrity, and something unique to say. Gain confidence and develop communication skills while building deep friendships and

having a great deal of fun. We give you a battery of skills and techniques that allow you to discover your own approach to the craft of acting and to become a leader in your chosen profession.

Whether you want to play

Theater gives you the opportunity to navigate through diverse societies, to articulate your experiences,

jazz, rock, or classical chamber

and to become an expert collaborator. Join us to find your voice and create innovative productions,

music, or if you’re a singer who likes pop, a cappella,

from improvisation to Shakespeare, from modern classics to collaboratively written original pieces.

musicals, or madrigals, Branson has a place for you! We challenge our students to become confident performers, strong collaborators, and to learn the language and cultural importance of music. You’ll be able to showcase your talent at our Winter Arts Festival and Concert, the annual Rock Show and Jazz Concert, and in the pit orchestra for our annual musical. We inspire a rich, life-long appreciation for music and also provide the necessary training and experience for those who will go on to conservatories and music schools.

Technical Theater Program DiAnn Montemayor Technical Theater Director

Want to have a vital role in all the school’s productions? Become part of the Technical Theater Program! This program is designed to give you a hands-on experience creating and running shows in a variety of genres: drama, music, dance, and presentations. All performances are student run and fun–meaning you manage the lights, microphones, and build and move the sets. You will work with a full-time faculty Technical Theater Director to help guide you through the

process. The Technical Theater Program is an intricate part of all the shows at Branson. Coolest of all, technical theater combines applied physics and math with magic! Featured artwork by Anna Han ’24, Hayley Yoslov ’23, and Camille Alexander ’18


DANCE Dance I, II, III: Co-Ed Dance IV: Intermediate Co-Ed Dance IV: Advanced Co-Ed Dance for Men I, II, III, IV Dance Performance Ensemble Honors Co-Ed

I N S T R U M E N TA L AND CHORAL MUSIC Music I: Roots of Americana Music II: Ensemble Workshop Digital Music and Composition Chamber Singers Honors Performance Seminars: Chamber Music, Jazz, Rock

T H E AT E R Beginning Acting Intermediate Acting Advanced Acting Acting Performance Honors

VISUAL ARTS Survey of Visual Arts Drawing and Painting, Photography, and Sculpture (Intermediate) Advanced Visual Arts: SuperNatural (fall) Advanced Visual Arts: Messaging the Masses (spring) Portfolio Review/Portfolio Review Honors

EXTENDED ARTS OFFERINGS Extra opportunities for students to practice their craft: - Boys A Cappella - Girls A Cappella - Stagecraft - Musical

For more information, contact the Arts Department Chair eric—

P.O. Box 887

Ross, California

94957-0887 • 415-454-3612 •

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