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Fine Arts Program

Studies show that students who participate in fine arts activities perform well academically, manage their time well and appreciate culture and arts. As part of a well-rounded education, SMCS encourages students to explore their talents in the areas of visual, vocal and instrumental fine arts, as well as theater and forensic performance. Whether offered as part of the curriculum or as co-curricular opportunities, fine arts in St. Mary Catholic Schools is a valued educational experience.

Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center (FAEC)

Built in 2012, the state-of-the-art Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center is for student arts opportunities for the entire SMCS community. The venue is used by students and staff from the five SMCS schools, as well as alumni and community members for concerts, performances and events. The theater is equipped with ample, ADA-compliant handicap seating, an assisted hearing loop and assisted listening devices.

It is modeled after the same advanced, professional technology used by the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center with the intent of exposing our students to opportunities in all aspects of the fine arts.

The 22,000 square-foot facility includes seating for 495 guests and includes state-of-the-art audiovisual, lighting and production equipment, a staging fly system and Yamaha grand piano. The facility also includes a set-building studio and costume shop, as well as a comfortable green room.

In addition, the lobby area is perfect for events such as fundraisers, visual arts displays and the senior prom. An authentic black box theater that seats 96 patrons is used for one-set plays, forensic activities, seminars, small combo instrumental performances and more.

Fine Arts Education Center Resources & Additional Images

 


Fine Arts Programs at St. Mary Catholic Schools

St. Mary Catholic Schools offers a variety of fine arts opportunity to our students, both as part of the school’s well-rounded curriculum and as co-curricular activities. A fee may be required to participate in some of these programs, but financial assistance is always available.

 


Forensics (High School, Middle School & Elementary School)

Open to all grades, students practice and compete from December through March, participating in approximately three meets per year. Categories include play-acting, group interpretation, prose, poetry, solo acting, storytelling and demonstrations.

Marching Band (High School & Middle School)

A combined ensemble comprised of members from the middle school and high school bands, this marching group performs at halftime of the high school homecoming game, as well as parades at homecoming, the Appleton downtown Christmas parade and Neenah-Menasha Memorial Day parade.

Art & Photography Club (High School)

SMCHS Art Club is for students who are passionate about art and would like to participate and spend more time interacting with others with the same interests. It focuses on producing high-quality pieces of artwork to be displayed around the school to help everyone further appreciate the value of fine arts.

Jazz Ensemble (High School)

The jazz ensemble performs throughout the academic year at all high school instrumental concerts, WSMA festivals, community tours, as well as various corporate business functions throughout the Fox Valley. Students perform challenging music representing all facets of the Jazz genre. Membership is open to all interested students, and students are expected to participate in the SMCHS concert band or have the instructor’s consent in order to participate in this co-curricular group.

Liturgical Choir (High School)

Liturgical choir rehearses one Activities period each week to prepare music for liturgies. While traditional music is used, we strive to bring energy to Masses with contemporary selections as well. Singers and instrumentalists are encouraged to join as we praise God, lead our school family in worship, and have fun while doing it.

Soul Tones Vocal Ensemble (High School)

This St. Mary Vocal Ensemble is our show choir that performs at a variety of functions both in and out of school. They sing and dance to variety of music from the classics to pop and everything in between. Any students are welcome to join and do not need to have any prior music knowledge. However, they must be willing to try, do their best, and join an epic team.

Zephyrs Theater (High School)

Zephyrs Theater is SMCS’s ensemble of drama students. The program is for any student interested in experiencing the various aspects of theater, including acting, singing, choreography, directing, stage management, light/sound management and set building. Zephyrs Players has the opportunity to share their learned experiences and talents every fall and spring with a productions in our state-of-the-art Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center.

 


Forensics (High School, Middle School & Elementary School)

Open to all grades, students practice and compete from December through March, participating in approximately three meets per year. Categories include play-acting, group interpretation, prose, poetry, solo acting, storytelling and demonstrations.

Marching Band (High School & Middle School)

A combined ensemble comprised of members from the middle school and high school bands, this marching group performs at halftime of the high school homecoming game, as well as parades at homecoming, the Appleton downtown Christmas parade and Neenah-Menasha Memorial Day parade.

Musical Theater (Middle School)

SMCS Middle School presents junior editions of a musical each spring. Past productions include junior versions (adapted for middle school) of Annie, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof and Peter Pan. Students take on acting, assistant directing, producing and stage crew roles. SMCMS performs its musical each spring at the Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center.

 


Forensics (High School, Middle School & Elementary School)

Open to all 5th grade students, participating in approximately three meets per year.

Enrichment Program (Middle School & Elementary School)

Optional fine arts offerings include a multitude of dance, theatrical, vocal and visual arts classes through our SMCS Enrichment Program, as well as band which a student can begin as early as fourth grade. Students from all three elementary schools come together for concerts and performances to form the SMCS Elementary Band.

 


Zephyrs Fine Arts Boosters (ZFAB) – Corporate & Friends

ZFAB funding is a stabilizing resource for our fine arts programs. Please help us continue to offer teacher and student grants, as well as purchase wish list items. Each year, while SMCS staff focus on forming mature artists, musicians, and life-long art lovers, donors like you help ZFAB provide the resources that maximize student opportunities.

Thank you to all our ZFAB Friends for your help in making our amazing performances and artworks possible. ZFAB funding is a vital resource for SMCS fine arts programs. Please help support our students, teachers and all the possibilities an excellent fine arts education can offerHelp SMCS fine arts students by becoming a ZFAB sponsor today.

Zephyrs Fine Arts Boosters (ZFAB) – Volunteers

The Zephyrs Fine Arts Boosters help create new and exciting fine arts experiences for our students through volunteering and raising money for unique class activities, visiting artists, equipment and resources. Our committee is made up of parents, alumni, and staff invested in providing a more rewarding fine arts experience for our students.

We are very proud of our community’s positive response, rallying around the SMCS fine arts program with their generous donations and volunteer hours. Thank you to all of our ZFAB Friends, volunteers and gifted teachers who make our fine arts program thrive. It takes time, money and creative teaching to generate a great educational experience. We are grateful for what these families, businesses, and faculty members have done to make SMCS fine art special.

ZFAB Meetings

 

ZFAB Sponsors


Producer’s Circle

Alta Resources
Bergstrom Automotive
The Braatz Family
Ronald M. Jankowski
Legacy Private Trust Co.
McClone
The Harold & Doris Miller Family
Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Multi Storage LLC
NeuroSpine Center of Wisconsin, S.C.
The Turner Family
The Ogden Family
Verve, a Credit Union

Conductor’s Circle

Badger Plug Company
The Kraus Family, SECURA Insurance
Nancee Lingg in loving memory of Joe (Popo) Lingg
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Fox Cities, S.C.
Peter & Cari Ullrich

Director’s Circle

Ryan & Cindi Auth
Margaret Bekkers & Thomas Feavel
Brown Family Dentistry
Ground Round, Neenah
Dan & Jen Higgins
The Kerwin-Dudkowski Family
Jeff & Sherri McLaughlin
Leila Mousai & Paul Krause
Jesse & Julie Ostrom
The Family of Stephen & Amee Pable
Kathryn Wedge Fine Art, Graphic Design

Family Circle

Bob & Julie Anderson
Richard & Naomi Benz
Peter & Stephanie Emenecker
Jim & Helen Englebert
John & Sue Fink
Travis & Sarah-Beth Janssen
Pat & Jean Lowney
Bill & Natalie Raaths
Paul & Jeanne Seveska
Kevin & Ange Staner
In loving memory of Margaret Tuchscherer
The Uitenbroek Family
Gerald Van Handel