Fife High School - The Arts

The Arts

Fife High Schools administration has historically had a strained relationship with its art teachers, serious artistic students and community members. Although many schools are traditionally sports-oriented, the FHS arts programs are very well supported by the school district. The offerings of the school include:

  • Band/Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Jazz Choir
  • Drawing
  • Pottery
  • Drama
  • Metalworking
  • Mirror Magazine

The Jazz programs have exceptionally flourished, due to artistic director, Karl Sorenson. Both the jazz choir and band consistently place in the Top 3 of Clark College Jazz Festival, as well as the Envision Jazz Festival in Surrey, B.C, and the B.C. Interior Jazz Festival in Kelowna B.C, and the Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival. The Jazz groups are frequently assisted by Jack Halsey, alumni of the internationally known Kent-Meridian High School Jazz Band, UW graduate, and co-founder of the internationally famous Seattle group DoctorfunK. The concert groups are also well known and have received superior rating at the league concert band festivals.

Since orchestra is not offered, students at Fife are encourage to participate in the Tacoma Youth Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, or Capital Area Youth Symphony (Olympia, Washington).

The Drama program is slowly burgeoning. There are two main concentrations of the program: classes and performances. At the high school, the drama program offers three classes: Beginning Acting, Advanced Drama, and Actor's Workshop. These classes allow many students to grow in their confidence and learn different aspects of acting, from improvisation to the Stanislavski System. The performances take place twice a year, with a dramatic performance in the fall and a musical in the spring. The musical is done in collaboration with the Columbia Junior High. The Drama program has received high praise for their performances, especially for their 2005-2006 fall drama, The Diary of Anne Frank, their 2006-2007 fall drama, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, and their 2008-2009 spring musical, The Wizard of Oz.

A local magazine set up by the students, Mirror features a compilation of student poetry, art, and short stories that is sold around the school. 2010 had record sales, selling out the entire stock of books in less than one hour and had to re-order to meet student demand.

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