Mequon-Thiensville School District


Fine Arts Activities                                                   

CAMERATA (a choral ensemble)
Camerata is an auditioned co-curricular ensemble mixed voices, selected from the Tartan & Treble Choirs at the beginning of each school year. The men and women of this ensemble also perform separate literature. Camerata performs chamber music in a variety of styles and is a musical ambassador for Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville community as well as the featured ensemble at the annual Holiday Celebration.

The Homestead Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of 40 instrumentalists open by audition to orchestra and band students. This ensemble studies and performs works for Chamber orchestra from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. The group participates in the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival. This is a group seen often by the public as it gives numerous community performances in Mequon-Thiensville and throughout the Metro-Milwaukee area in addition to school concerts.

Color Guard is open to all band students at Homestead High School. Members will learn flag, marching, and auxiliary techniques. Color Guard consists of up to 16 students (usually upper woodwind players but not always) that wish to add Color, Imagination, and Special Effects to the band's marching performances. Members perform routines with flags, streamers, and other "special" props. The Color Guard performs whenever the marching band does including home football games, Band Day in Madison, and all parades. The group also travels with the band on any tour or field trip that it might take.

Homestead Jazz Ensembles I and II are open to students who have the interest and ability, play the needed instrument appropriate for instrumentation, who are good standing members in the band program and who demonstrate good self-discipline. The Jazz Ensembles perform music in diverse styles of the jazz idiom including swing, rock, funk, Latin, fusion and pop. Students are encouraged to learn to improvise. The Jazz Ensembles perform at the WSMA contest; JazzFest in Green Bay, at all school concerts, and give numerous concerts throughout the area. The groups also put on a "Jazz-O-Rama" in the spring. It is indeed an honor and privilege to be a member of the Jazz Ensemble I or II.

Each year, Homestead High School produces two plays and a musical. The cast for each of these productions is selected through tryouts that are held prior to the beginning of rehearsals. Any Homestead High School student is eligible to try out for one of these plays or the musical. One play is done in the fall and the other in the spring with the musical performed during the winter months. Announcements about tryouts are made so that students will know when they will be held. Rehearsals for the plays and musical are held after school, in the evenings, and on weekends.

Drama Club is designed for students interested in the area of theater. Students meet occasionally throughout the year and are encouraged to get involved in drama productions, field trips, and workshops – in the areas of make-up, costumes, publicity, promotions, ushers, & tickets.

The Homestead High School Pit Orchestra is an extra-curricular activity in which a group of musicians prepare the orchestral accompaniment for the annual HHS musical production. These musicians are members of either the HHS Band program or the HHS orchestra program. No audition is required but students must sign up with the Pit Orchestra Conductor in December. The number of students allowed in the orchestra is always different because it depends on the instrumentation of each musical. The Pit Orchestra Conductor will decide final Pit Orchestra membership from the students who sign up. Rehearsals will be held during the months of January and February. Participation in all rehearsals and performances is required for membership unless an agreement is made between individuals and the conductor.

Open to any student who has a serious desire to work on the technical aspects of theater. Members of this club will learn all the workings of sound, lighting, set building, and backstage work during the performances. The Stage Crew works regularly from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and more often during the run of the shows. They execute all technical rehearsals and performances during the school year for school events and outside events in our auditorium.