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Fine Arts

Clubs

 

The arts play a powerful role in developing the full potential of all students. Participation in arts-based clubs helps to improve students’ artistic literacy, cultural literacy, and ability to communicate. Through participation in the arts, students strengthen social bonds and find joy, inspiration, intellectual stimulation, and meaning as they cultivate connections through diverse art forms. We encourage all students to seek artistic experiences and a sense of community through our club offerings. 

 

Aquebogue, Phillips, Riley, Roanoke, Pulaski: 

In K-6, enrichment clubs in the arts are offered and vary by building. Please contact your child's school for the most up-to-date information regarding enrichment clubs. 

 

Riverhead Middle School: 

Extra-curricular clubs and groups in the fine arts that are currently available to interested students include: 

  • Art Club (Advisor: Ms. Galyardt)

Art Club is a place to learn new skills, practice skills already learned, and benefit from an artistic dialogue with other like-minded students. Students will create and develop works of art in a creative and social environment. The Art Club meets once per week after school. 

  • Display Club (Advisor: Ms. Galyardt)

The Display Club provides for the covering of main hall bulletin boards with students-associated work both from the arts and academic classes. The club also mounts topical displays and planned monthly events. Display Club meets once per week after school. 

  • JV Stage Band/Jazz Ensemble (Advisor: Ms. Crespo)

The JV Stage Band, AKA RMS Jazz Band, meets once a week in the evening. This ensemble is an auditioned group. In addition, the group maintains the co-requisite that students must be enrolled in a regular school music ensemble during the daytime in order to participate. 

  • Wind Ensemble (Advisor: Ms. Brewer)

The Wind Ensemble is an auditioned group that rehearses twice a week in the morning, before school. This ensemble provides interested band students with another opportunity for performance and musical growth. This group mixes 7th and 8th grade band students. Placement in the group is by recommendation only, from either the 7th or 8th grade band director. This recommendation happens after placement auditions in September. In addition, students must be enrolled in a regular school music ensemble in order to participate. The group performs in the elementary schools in early February. There are two evening concerts in February and April. The group has also performed for the Peconic Bay Medical Center.  

  • Chamber Orchestra (Advisor: Ms. Burns)

The Chamber Orchestra is a select string ensemble that rehearses once weekly in the evenings and has its own concert schedule separate from the in-school orchestras. Students must be enrolled in a regular school music ensemble in order to participate. 

  • Show Choir (Advisor: Ms. Greenberg)

The Show Choir is an auditioned extra-curricular performing group, which meets once weekly in the evening. Students sing in harmony, dance, and perform in various locations throughout the school year. Performances occur both during the week and on weekends. Genres include, but are not limited to, show tunes and popular music. Past performance locations include the Big Duck Lighting, Martha Clara Vineyard, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Vineyard Caterers, Rye Playland, and Music in the Parks. Comradery and dedication are instrumental for the team’s success. Students must be enrolled in a musical performing group (chorus, band or orchestra) during the regular school day in order to participate. 

  • Middle Masques Drama Club (Advisor: Ms. Nitti)

The Middle Masques is the Riverhead Middle School drama club. This club is for 7th and 8th graders who have an interest in all aspects of theatre, such as performance, set design and construction, stage crew, costumes and props, as well as lighting and sound design. Everyone is welcome to join. In order to perform, students are required to audition. It's important for students to understand the audition and casting process, as well as how to prepare for an audition. The goal of the club is to provide the students with a supportive environment for learning and performing, and to gain experience by being part of a structured production. Students will learn that being part of a production is not about any one person or role; it's about being part of something bigger than themselves, and working selflessly for each other. The Middle Masques meets and rehearses twice a week, from November through March, and work culminates in a musical junior production suited for middle school students. Please see our E-board for additional information. 

 

Riverhead High School: 

Extra-curricular clubs and groups in the fine arts that are currently available to interested students include: 

  • Art Club (Advisor: Ms. Howlett)

Students will create and develop works of art in a creative and social environment. Art Club is a place to learn new skills, practice skills already learned, and benefit from an artistic dialogue with other like-minded students. The club fundraises various times throughout the year, such as our annual Face Painting Fundraiser during the Art-in-Action art show each May. All students are welcome to join the Art Club. 

  • Blue Masques Drama Club (Advisor: Ms. Tishim and Ms. Chivezer) 

Blue Masques is dedicated to providing quality dramatic programming in order to give students the chance to experience the excitement and awards of theater arts while developing poise, social skills, confidence, and the ability to work with others. In addition to acting and improvisation, students have the opportunity to get involved in areas such as stage crew, set design, lighting design, graphic design, costumes, make-up, choreography, and more. The group is by audition only. 

  • Chamber Choir (Advisor: Ms. Tishim)

The Chamber Choir is a select group of 40 singers that sing throughout the community, perform two concerts a year, represent Riverhead at music competitions. This group is by audition only, and students must be a current member of a performing ensemble during the regular school day – Choir, Band, or Orchestra. 

  • Chamber Orchestra (Advisor: Ms. Macchio) 

Chamber Orchestra provides the serious orchestral musician with more challenging music and a variety of performances throughout the community and at annual competitions. In addition, the small size of the group places a much greater responsibility upon the individual performer to carry their part with confidence. There are also many opportunities for solo performance. This group is by audition only, and students must be a current member of a performing ensemble during the regular school day – Choir, Band, or Orchestra. 

  • Computer Graphics Club (Advisor: Ms. Sheridan)

This club explores the various areas of computer graphics, including (but not limited to) graphic design, photo manipulation, animation, and website design. All students are welcome to join. 

  • Jazz Ensemble/Stage Band (Advisor: Ms. Crespo)

The Varsity Stage Band (Jazz Ensemble) will study the historical culture of jazz and big band music through performance and listening. This group studies music from genres such as swing, Latin, funk, and rock. An emphasis is placed on playing improvised solos and understanding the different concepts of each genre.  

  • Kickline (Advisors: Ms. Angerhauser and Ms. Farrugia) 

Kickline helps support the RHS Varsity Football team by cheering them on at home games. RHS Kickline provides half-time entertainment by performing a “Rockette-style” dance routine to music played by the RHS Pep Band. We pride ourselves on unity, teamwork, and encouragement while performing to the latest pop hits. All students are welcome to join… tryouts are in the late Spring for the following school year. 

  • Pep Band (Advisor: Ms. Talmage)

Pep Band is a club that provides musical entertainment at all home football games. The group is made of students in grades nine through twelve. The Pep Band plays music in between plays of the games. At halftime, the group takes the field to perform three selections along with the Kickline. 

  • Photography Club (Advisor: Ms. Dellaposta)

Students will be introduced to photography as a means for creativity and communication. All students are welcome to join. 

  • Pit Orchestra (Advisor: Ms. Crespo)

The Pit Orchestra provides an opportunity for students to perform a variety of standard repertoire for musical theatre. Students will perform for the Blue Masques’ musicals, in a setting which is typical of a Broadway production. This group is by audition only, and students must be a current member of a performing ensemble during the regular school day – Choir, Band, or Orchestra. 

  • Step and Dance Team (Advisor: TBA)

The Step and Dance Team gives students a positive experience and helps bring spirit to the school and self-esteem to the individual. Students will have the opportunity to develop their Step, Hip-Hop, and Breakdancing skills in a social environment. Performances may take place in elementary schools, senior centers, nursing homes, and school events. All students are welcome to join. 

  • Yearbook Club (Advisor: Christine Lorenzini (design/club) and Ms. Sheridan (business/sales)) 

The Yearbook Club provides students with a great opportunity to be creative, make friends, and leave their mark on Riverhead High School history! Members of the club take pictures of all RHS sports teams, clubs, events, etc. and compile them into a beautifully designed, 200-page, all-color book. Our goal is to capture the school year and graduating class the best that we can. We document memories that last a lifetime. No experience is required, and all students are welcome to join! 

If you’re looking for updates on deadlines, senior profiles, picture days, superlatives, etc. you can check the school announcements, calendar, and posters throughout the school. Contact Ms. Lorenzini if you have any questions at christine.lorenzini@riverhead.net

  • Wind Ensemble (Advisor: Ms. Brewer)

Students will explore advanced symphonic band literature. The group will also be competitive and perform at an annual competition. This group is by audition; alternatively, student audition may be excused if such student performed at NYSSMA the prior year and achieved an “A” on a Level 6 or All-State solo, or an “A+” on a Level 5 NYSSMA solo.