Fine & Performing Arts
Blanchet students can enroll in band, orchestra and/or choir and choose from a number of visual arts classes, as well as participate in mid high and high school drama. Band, choir and drama performances are held in the school's beautiful Wiegand Arts Center. The Arts Center has been completely renovated in recent years and features a 275 seating capacity, in addition to a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.
Blanchet offers a thriving band program for students who wish to participate in instrumental music. The band performs in several music concerts and sporting events throughout the year.
The choir is open to all students with a passion for singing. The choir sings at all school Masses, participates in music contests and festivals, performs at community events and collaborates with the Blanchet band to present four concerts annually.
Our mid high theatre program presents two plays per year, a drama or comedy in the fall, and a musical in the spring. Mid high students can participate by enrolling in our drama elective. High school students may choose to take Drama 1 or Drama 2 and audition for two plays that are held annually. Blanchet's drama department has an excellent reputation and has produced sold-out shows for productions such as "Fiddler on the Roof," "Beauty & the Beast," and "Wizard of Oz."
Blanchet Orchestra is open to both mid-high and high school students of all playing levels. As a string ensemble, the Blanchet Orchestra performs a variety of literature throughout the school year, taking part in the school's advent lessons and carols, spring concert, graduation, and the occasional school mass.
Students can choose to enroll in several arts classes, including drawing, painting, pottery and photography. Our art classes are taught by Mrs. Heintzman. Mrs. Heintzman is an experienced art teacher and professional artist who received the prestigious Crystal Apple Award for teaching excellence in 2011. Most notably, she served as the Art Director of the Eco-Earth project in Salem's Riverfront Park. The work of Blanchet art students have won numerous awards, including prizes from the World Beat Festival and Doodle for Googlecontest.