From dancing to weaving, acting to handbells, singing to fashion design and everything in-between, the Fine Arts Department at DSHA has something for everyone. Our students and faculty are award-winning, consistently showcasing their talents throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, the greater Midwest and across the country.
On campus, we perform on the stage of the state-of-the-art Robert & Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Our talent is prominently exhibited in the Fridl Family Foyer art display. Our talents are celebrated at assemblies, masses and special events both here at DSHA and all over the United States. And we don't stop there...our successes translate into the math, science and language classrooms as well.
Perhaps you have never stretched a canvas or read a note of music. Maybe you prefer something a little more behind-the-scenes. It's possible that you've spent your lifetime mastering your unique artistic talents. Whatever your experience level, the Fine Arts Department at DSHA welcomes you all.
Come join us!
January 17, 2017
Open PFAA Board Positions for 2017-18
Some of our current PFAA board members will be moving on as their seniors graduate this spring so we are looking for interested people who might want to shadow and learn more about these roles before the current year ends. Some of the positions we will need help with next year include vice president, treasurer, volunteer coordinator, and poster coordinator. None of these jobs are especially hard and they all come with past history notes about what needs to be done and when. Feel free to join us at an upcoming PFAA meeting or reach out to PFAA President Nicole Koenings (Koenings.firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. If you aren’t ready to commit to a specific named position we are always looking for At Large members to give new insights and perspectives. Anyone who has a daughter involved in any fine arts discipline at DSHA is welcome to attend our meetings.
Upcoming Orchestra Performances – Volunteers Needed!
Orchestra is preparing to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with a performance at the 11 a.m. liturgy at St. John's Cathedral on Sunday January 29. The orchestra will be featured on the prelude in Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus will be played for communion and the orchestra will conclude with a postlude of the Hallelujah Chorus. The orchestra will accompany the congregation on the opening and closing hymns. Volunteers are needed to help with bringing music stands and assorted percussion equipment to the church on Friday afternoon (January 27). We also need help with setup on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. and help taking everything down at the end of the Mass and transporting stands back to DSHA.
On February 19, the DHSA orchestra will play for the 11:30 a.m. liturgy at Gesu Church at Marquette with a 30 minute prelude concert starting at 11 a.m. We will again be needing volunteers to help move stand and equipment to and from Gesu.
Scholastic Art Winners
We are so pleased to announce that nine DSHA students recently received awards for their artwork from Scholastic Art competition:
- Anahi Ambriz, printmaking
- Noor Bekhiet, painting
- Bella Bekos, photography
- Katie Haas, painting
- Isabel Ojeda, drawing
- Ana Olvera, drawing
- Diana Perez, painting
- Abby Reynolds, fashion
- Allison Shears, mixed media
Four of these students have been asked to have their artwork exhibited in the Milwaukee Art Museum during the month of February: Bella, Isabel, Diana, and Allison. Congratulations to these students for their wonderful artwork!
December 12, 2016
Congratulations to Visual Art Students!
Congratulations to Dashers Sarah Stuart and Claire Hubley, who had their artwork accepted into the Milwaukee Art Museum's Teen Winter Art Exhibit: Let's Chill. The reception is this Friday, December 16 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The show goes with the current art show, "Subliminal Demons."
Tommy Award Nominations
The DSHA Theatre community is proud to announce its nominations for the 2016-2017 Tommy Awards:
Outstanding Lead Performance:
- Grace Becker for her performance as Violet Newstead
- Claire Heil for her performance as Doralee Rhodes
- Abigail Litjens for her performance as Judy Bernly
- Jonny Klar for his performance as Joe
Outstanding Supporting Performance:
- Lily Pickart for her performance as Roz Keith
- Susan Falk for her performance as Margaret
Outstanding Stage Management: Joan Ehrlich
Outstanding Scenic Design: Amanda Marsala
Outstanding Lighting Design: Amanda McDonald
Last Call … Summer Scholarship Eligibility requires PFAA Registration by December 31
In order for your freshman, sophomore or junior daughter to be eligible to apply for one of our PFAA Summer Scholarships, we must have received your $25 dues payment by December 31, 2016. Information regarding the scholarship requirements and application process will be provided in January, and the official application will be available in February. If you need a PFAA Membership application, please click here or contact Nicole Koenings, PFAA President at 414-313-0994 with any other questions.
November 29, 2016
PFAA Summer Scholarship Reminder
The PFAA is proud to support our girls in their Fine Arts endeavors over the summer In order for your daughter to be eligible, parents must have paid their $25 dues before the end of this year. Information regarding scholarship applications and other requirements will be handed out to freshman, sophomore and junior students in early 2017. If you need an application, please click here or contact Nicole Koenings, PFAA President at 414-313-0994 with any other questions.
Next PFAA Meeting (Tuesday, December 6)
The next PFAA meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6 in the Board Room. We will be tying up loose ends for the upcoming Christmas concerts and begin planning for the WSMA solo ensemble event. The meeting is open to anyone interested in helping or learning more about the Parent Fine Arts Association. Please join us!
September 6, 2016
PFAA Meeting (TONIGHT – September 6, 2016)
The first board meeting of the Parents Fine Arts Association is tonight, Tuesday, September 6 at 7 p.m. in the DSHA Board Room. We welcome and encourage anyone interested in learning more about the PFAA to join us. There are multiple ways to be involved and share your talents – there are varying levels of time commitment – and we have lots of fun along the way. Come find out more about this exciting group of parents!
PFAA Raffle Basket Donations
Please start gathering baskets and items to donate for the PFAA Basket Raffle at the DSHA fall production of 9 to 5. Examples of helpful donations include: gift cards, money to buy items, spirit wear, jewelry, accessories, art supplies, spa items, sporting goods, non-perishable food items, theater/concert/event tickets, etc. We frequently combine donated items to create attractive baskets that appeal to our theatre patrons, so items of every value are gratefully accepted. These donations are tax deductible, so you can request a receipt if you include your name and value of the item. We appreciate your generous contributions as we use the proceeds to fund scholarships for DSHA Fine Arts students and support our Fine Arts teachers.
August 22, 2016
Faculty Art Exhibit
We encourage you to stop by to see the first ever faculty art exhibit during the first few weeks of school in the Fridl Family Foyer. The exhibit showcases the wonderful creative talents of our faculty – not just the art department. The exhibit will only be up for a couple of weeks, so be sure to stop in soon.
Join the PFAA!
Is your daughter involved in the fine arts at DSHA? Is she in choir, dance, orchestra, Divine Strings, an art class or theatre production? Then you will want to become a member of the PFAA, whose primary role is to provide support for all fine arts here at DSHA. Any student whose parent is a member is eligible to apply for a Fine Arts Scholarship for next summer! Our first meeting is September 6 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come and find out how you can add your talents to our mission!
We will also be collecting items for our annual raffle basket fundraiser – any and all items will be accepted. Be on the lookout for good deals on interesting or unique things. Watch for more information to come.
April 4, 2016
Fine Arts Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars!
- PFAA Meeting – April 7, 2016, 7 p.m.
- Angelaire Cabaret and Concert Choir Show – April 15, 2016, 7 p.m.
- The Mysteries of Edgar Allen Poe theatre production – April 28-May 1, 2016
- PFAA Fine Arts Awards Night – May 10, 2016
- Advanced Senior Art Exhibit & Instrumental Spring Concert – May 17, 2016
- Senior Recital – May 22, 2016, 2 p.m.
And, don’t forget that summer is coming soon: If you are interested in being part of the Community Theatre Production of Hairspray, make sure to take note of the registration information that came in your recent DSHA mailing! Click here to learn more. Auditions are in early June.
Update From the PFAA
Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the many volunteer slots during The BFG. It was so nice to see so many new faces jumping on board.
The next PFAA meeting is April 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the board room. We have lots of events coming up in April and May, and we also will be having a discussion about the Fine Arts Woman of the Year (no names will be named—it’s a secret!) We may need to modify the bylaws regarding this important recognition. Also: there are a number of board positions opening up, including vice president, secretary, refreshment coordinator, raffle basket coordinator, and flower coordinator. These positions are currently held primarily by parents of DSHA seniors. All of them are important, but most of them do not involve a huge amount of work, and none require constant attention. The PFAA asks that you prayerfully consider whether you are the right person for one of these opportunities. They are fun, easy and a great way to be involved in making DSHA a place of high quality.
February 15, 2016
Brookfield Art Exhibit features Dashers
Congratulations to Jaime Misky, Kathryn Rolfe, Natalie Sanchez, Ella Campbell, Mary Lacey, Monica Glaser, Isabella Bekos, Elizabeth Boyle and Elizabeth Laird! These nine students have artwork hanging at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Performing Arts (just North, off Capitol Drive in Brookfield, and just East of Barker Road) from February 8 – 19. There is a reception planned for family and friends on Friday, February 19, from 5 - 9 p.m. Awards will be given out with prizes from Sax and Nasco, as well as first place awards. All first place awarded artworks will be exhibited at the State Capital Exhibit in Madison on March 11.
Wisconsin School Music Association Solo Ensemble
DSHA is hosting the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Solo Ensemble Friday, February 26 and Saturday February, 27. Every year the private schools from the area participate together in this event and this year they are all coming to “our house"! The music students and the Parents of Fine Arts (PFAA) are combining efforts to create a well run festival.
PFAA Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award Applications
The Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award application is still open to all DSHA seniors through the end of February. The monetary award is designed to honor a senior who has made a contribution to the Fine Arts at DSHA through her participation, dedication and/or talent in any of the fine arts disciplines. Applications for the senior Fine Arts Woman of the Year Award are available here. The deadline to apply is February 29. The award will be presented at the PFAA Fine Arts Awards Night on May 10. Students must be present to receive the award.
Summer Fine Arts Scholarship Applications
The Parent Fine Arts Association Summer Scholarship Awards are available for current DSHA freshmen, sophomores or juniors. Awarded at the Fine Arts Night at the end of each school year, the PFAA is pleased to provide The Summer Scholarship award that may be used toward fine arts summer camps, DSHA Community Theatre Works productions, art supplies, fine arts-related workshops, clinics and lessons, etc. Applications for the summer scholarships are available until February 29. Forms are available here. Parents must have joined the DSHA Parent Fine Arts Association by January 31, 2016 in order for your student to apply. Students must be present at the Fine Arts Awards Night on May 10 to receive the scholarship award.
December 1, 2015
Thank You From the PFAA
A big thank you to all who contributed to the PFAA raffle basket fundraiser. We look forward to funding summer fine arts scholarships and fine arts program needs in the coming year with the money we made, thanks to the generous contributions from so many of you. Additionally, Miriam Falk, PFAA president, wishes to express her absolute undying gratitude to the fabulous band of 12 who spent a Saturday morning creating the basket masterpieces. You know who you are.
Instrumental Christmas Concert
Mark your calendars for the Instrumental Christmas Concert, featuring the Divine Strings, the Handbell Choir, and of course the full band and orchestra. Join us for a lovely evening of music on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in The Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Light hors d'oeuvres to follow.
Angelaire & Camerata Choir Concert
The Angelaire Christmas Concert and world-famous cookie sale is just around the corner! This year the Angelaires will be joined by the Camerata Choir in what promises to be a wonderful, intimate way to kick off the Christmas season. A special treat will be a musical theatre medley from "Elf" involving 30 students. The concert will be on Sunday, December 13 at 1 p.m. in The Quad. Come for the music, and leave with a tray of amazing home-made Christmas cookies – a holiday tradition! You'll want to come early-- the best seats and the cookies go fast.
WSMA Music Festival
DSHA will be hosting the WSMA music festival this February. We will be looking for volunteers for Friday February 26 ( late afternoon/early evening) and Saturday, February 27 all day. Please check your calendars now and carve out some volunteer time. This event is a chance for the DSHA community to show hospitality to our neighboring schools and to showcase our new campus additions. More information on how to sign up to volunteer for an easy and manageable position will appear in the eNews in January.
The PFAA wishes the entire DSHA community a blessed and peaceful advent and Christmas season.
September 21, 2015
DSHA’s Theatre Department is Offering The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) to Local Schools
This winter, the DSHA Theatre Department will bring the “whizzpoppingly wonderful” children’s novel, The BFG, to life on its stage. Written by top children’s writer Roald Dahl and adapted to the stage by top children’s playwright David Wood, The BFG will thrill kids and adults alike. Invitations have been sent out to local elementary schools inviting them to attend one of our special school matinee performances on Wednesday, March 9 and Monday, March 14. The four performances will be offered from 9 – 10:20 a.m. and Noon – 1:20 p.m. both days. The show is recommended for grades 1 – 8.
Please help us spread the word among teachers and classes who might be interested! This year’s matinees will fill up quickly, so please contact us soon to reserve your seats for your students.School reservations and information are available by calling Mr. Michael Stoddard at (414)721–7414 or emailing email@example.com. We look forward to sharing this fun event with you and all your “chiddlers!”
August 24, 2015
New Art Exhibit
The new exhibit of artwork from last semester’s art students is now up in the Fridl Family Foyer. Please take a moment to stop in to view some amazing talent.
Fine Arts Calendar
Click here to mark your calendars for all of the fantastic events that will be brought to you from our fine arts students, faculty and staff this year!
January 20, 2015
Scholastic Art Winners
The Scholastic Arts Award Winners for Wisconsin 2015 have been announced. The Scholastic Arts Award is a state wide competition of high schools in Wisconsin. Award winners then pass on to the national level. This year four DSHA students have won awards for their hard work and dedication to the fine arts. Congratulations to these four young ladies!
- Madelin LoCicero, senior, won an Honorable mention for her Fibers Portfolio and also an Honorable Mention for a woven scarf titled Infinity Twill
- Sierra Kontney, senior, won an Honorable Mention for her jewelry piece titled Bird With Leaves
- Karina Schmidt, senior, won an Honorable Mention for her Ink Painting titled Tears of the Forgotten
- Maia Salameh, Junior, won a Silver Key for the Fashion category with a woven scarf titled Touch of Midas.
December 2, 2014
Audition Informational Meeting for DSHA’s Winter Production (December 4)
The Audition Informational Meeting for DSHA’s Winter Production of Korczak’s Children will be held on Thursday, December 4 from 4-5 p.m. in the Robert & Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Korczak’s Children, is an emotional play based on the true story of Dr. Janusz Korczak who tries to keep 400 Jewish boys and girls of his famed Warsaw orphanage alive and hopeful in the face of unbelievable deprivation and terror. In the horrible conditions of the Jewish Ghetto, the rumors of deportations to concentration camps spread and Korczak must choose between his own freedom or his love and devotion to the children. “Jeffrey Hatcher’s script is beautifully infused with a sense of genuine emotion, occasional humor, and humanity.”
November 17, 2014
Divine Strings Performance at the Milwaukee Art Museum (November 23)
Divine Strings is featured in a special performance at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the Calatrava Atrium on Sunday, November 23 at 1 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public featuring music by Haydn, Grieg, Handel, Schubert, Mascagni and others. In addition to the Divine Strings, the Honors String Quartet will also perform. The quartet features seniors Kathryn Pipia and Gemma Stanton (violins), Gabriela Cardenas (cello) and junior Giselle Oliva (viola).
November 3, 2014
Congratulations, Teresa Linn!
Junior, Teresa Linn sang in the auditioned all state honor’s choir concert Thursday evening, October 30 at the Overture Center in Madison. Her successful audition in February allowed her the opportunity to be a part of this prestigious group. In June she participated in a 3 day camp at UW Green Bay where the 100 hundred voice group gathered to
learn their repertoire. They reconvened in Madison last week for their final concert for parents and music educators from around the state.
October 20, 2014
More than 25 students from DSHA will be represented in the Art Exhibit and Sale, LOOMINOSITY. Our Dashers were asked to exhibit their weavings alongside the master weavers from Wisconsin Handweavers. The exhibit will also include demonstrations. Beautiful hand-woven wearables, accessories and gifts will also be for sale at the New Berlin Public Library, October 30 – November 1, Thursday from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Congratulations to our students!
October 6, 2014
Shrek The Musical (November 7-9 & 13-15)
This fall, the DSHA Theatre Department produces the new Broadway musical sweeping the nation, Shrek, November 7-9 and 13-15. The musical is a witty comedy for all ages filled with warm messages of hope, acceptance and love. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday in The Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Call 414-616-2813 for more information or purchase tickets online at www.dsha.info/tickets beginning Friday, October 17. The box Office is open for walk-up sales on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 - 6 p.m. beginning Thursday, October 23 and one hour before curtain. This show is a must see for your entire family!