All students in Middle School Advanced Band and High School Advanced Band are required to participate in Pep Band which plays at all PACS home football games and selected away games. Pep Band rehearses one afternoon per week from August through mid-October.
Membership in Jazz Band is open to all band students in grades 6 – 12 by audition. Jazz Band rehearses one afternoon per week from late fall through April. Jazz Band performs two concerts per year and for the GMEA District Jazz Performance Evaluation. High achieving jazz students may audition for membership in the All-State Jazz Band and may qualify to participate in the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators State Jazz Clinic.
District and All-State Band
The Georgia Music Educators Association sponsors District and All-State Bands. Membership in these bands is earned through band director nomination and the successful completion of a rigorous audition process. When selected, students attend rehearsals during a specific weekend and present a concert with students throughout the district or state.
The Prince Avenue Majorettes program is an auxiliary performing group offered to kindergarten through high school students. Students learn the basics of twirling and may participate in performances, parades, workshops, and seminars. For more information, please contact coach, Candy Byrd firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Prince Players
Little Prince Players is the Lower School drama club that is offered on Thursdays after school for 4th and 5th-grade students. During the fall students are introduced to the fundamentals of drama while preparing for the drama portion of the Lower School musical. In the spring session, participants continue to develop their music and drama skills through rehearsals for the Little Prince Players’ spring production. For more information about Little Prince Players, please contact Will Marlow at email@example.com or Kristin Seagraves at firstname.lastname@example.org
ACSI Choral Festival
Large and small choral ensembles may participate in the yearly ACSI Choral Festival. Ensembles prepare music in advance and perform for a panel of adjudicators. The event concludes with a concert of performances by the winning ensembles.
Fall and Spring Productions
Each year the Fine Arts Department presents two high school only productions. The fall production is entered in the Georgia High School Association One-Act Play Competition. The spring production is usually a musical. The middle school presents their production in late winter.
Georgia Music Educators Honors Chorus
Students who receive teacher nomination may participate in district and/or state GMEA choral events. Students prepare music in advance, rehearse with students throughout the district or state, and present a concert the weekend of the event.
Students may participate in the Georgia High School Association’s Literary Meet which occurs in the late winter. Available opportunities are Girls’ Trio, Boys’ Quartet, Girls’ Solo, Boys’ Solo, Essay, Extemporaneous Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation. Students prepare music in advance and perform for a panel of adjudicators. Winners at the region level attend the state meet.
Workshops and Seminars
Workshops and seminars are offered throughout the school year and the summer for music, drama, and performing arts students. Please consult the fine arts calendar or Summer at Prince Avenue link for more information.
The Prince Guitar Club is an opportunity to learn and share acoustic guitar skills with other musicians that want to learn more about their instruments. The group meets once a month in the band room. Monthly meetings provide an environment for sharing skills in small groups and with the entire group. All ability levels in 7th – 12th grades are invited to participate.
Private instruction is offered to students. For more information, please contact the following instructors:
Art Festivals and Exhibits
Each year the lower, middle, and high school art teachers in Oconee County public and private schools select artwork for display in the Oconee County School District Art Exhibition. Artwork is displayed at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation building in Watkinsville during the month of the art show. The exhibit opens with a reception for all participating student artists and their families.
Workshops and Private Lessons
Throughout the school year and during the summer, PACS art teachers offer workshops and private lessons.
Fine Arts Honor Societies
National Art Honor Society
Students may participate in the National Art Honor Society when they have completed one year of high school art with an A average, continue to create art in and outside of class, participate in service opportunities, and maintain an academic standard in all classes with an 85 or above cumulative average.
Tri- M (Modern Music Masters) is an international music and academic honor society sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. Tri-M is open to juniors and seniors who are enrolled in Advanced Band or High School Performing Arts, meet strict academic requirements, and possess high levels of music performance ability, leadership, dependability, cooperation, and adherence to our school’s Mission Statement.
The International Thespian Society (ITS), founded in 1929, is an honorary organization for high school theatre students located at more than 4,200 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. High school inductees are known as “Thespians”. ITS is a division of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). The International Thespian Society helps create an artistic, educational, and professional network for theatre arts educators, students, professionals, and enthusiasts to share ideas and support the effort to have theatre arts (including film, television, and other related electronic media) recognized in all phases of education and lifelong learning.