The Art of Expression at Centennial High

At Centennial, students may immerse themselves fully in both visual and performing arts.  Along the way, they discover both talent and passion as the learn to express themselves as individuals.

A male student performs his role in one of our Center Stage Productions.

Arts Curriculum
The Visual Arts Program at Centennial offers instruction in the areas of drawing, painting and printmaking.  Students will also work in various sculpture media.  Emphasis will be placed on art appreciation and art history. Students will gain an understanding of the elements and principles of design in planning studio work and be able to use them in creating work as well as in their critical thinking about the art of others.  Students are expected to participate in critical discussions about student and professional work.

Honor Society
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. NAHS aims to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

Art Shows
Each spring, the combined arts programs at CHS sponsor the Centennial Art Show, a juried exhibition of  our best art work.  Artifacts remain on exhibit in the library and hallways throughout the week of the show.

Theater Curriculum
All students may select theater courses on their schedules.

Center Stage Productions (Plays)
Center Stage Productions operates under the direction of Mr. Brandon Hamilton.  In general, the organization mounts two productions open to all students grades 9-12 per year:  a play in the fall and a musical in the spring.  Anyone wishing to audition should check for dates and times in the Daily Announcements.

International Thespian Society
Centennial High School International Thespian Society Troup #6061 International Thespian Society is an honor society for Theatre Students. The mission of ITS is to honor student excellence in the theater arts; its motto is, “Act well thy part; there all the honor lies.” It is a division of the Educational Theatre Association. The ITS inducts high school students active in theater each fall or spring, with members earning points towards a higher status. Thespian troupes are just a component of a school’s theatre program.

ITS membership offers many valuable benefits, services, and opportunities to troupe directors and Thespians alike.   Thespian induction is a great motivator for students to become more active in their school’s theatre program. Whether or not these students pursue careers in the performing arts, the skills that they learn through theatre and Thespian activities are invaluable and ensure that future generations will appreciate and support the arts in our communities.

A Thespian troupe is an honor society that recognizes and rewards excellence among the participants in the theatre arts program. Induction into the International Thespian Society is an honorable achievement, which the troupe director should promote to his/her students. The troupe is not a club, fraternity/sorority, or secret society within the school. Meetings, induction ceremonies, and other activities should be open to interested students, parents, and administrators as a way of reinforcing the honorary nature of the troupe.

Thespian inductions: Troupe directors recognize student achievement by assessing student work and inducting eligible students into the International Thespian Society. New inductees become members of the school’s Thespian troupe for life.   The recommended Thespian point system is the standard for awarding and tracking student eligibility points. The troupe director may modify the point system as appropriate for their program. It is expected that all students involved in theatre will be provided with a copy of the point system.   Traditionally, troupes present ITS induction pins to each new Thespian during their induction ceremony.   These and all other Thespian honor items may only be purchased by troupe directors of active troupes for presentation to inducted Thespians.

Thespian rank advancement: Following induction (10 Thespian points earned), troupe directors encourage and reward dedication and achievement by continuing to award Thespian points and advancing students through Thespian honor ranks: Honor Thespian (60 points), National Honor Thespian (120 points), and International Honor Thespian (180 points.) See “Recognizing exceptional Thespian achievement” on the ITS website for details. Troupe officer elections:  Each year troupes conduct officer elections. This process establishes a team of student leaders who will support the troupe director and troupe activities throughout the year.

When Mr. Miller, our band director, came to Centennial, he set two “Goals of Epic Proportions” and set a five-year completion deadline.  As of spring 2017, the band was accepted to compete in the Bands of America’s Grand National Marching Championships.  Second, as of September 2017, the Wind Ensemble was accepted (through blind audition) to perform at the Tennessee Music Education Association’s All-State Conference.  Congratulations to the band for achieving their goals ahead of schedule!

The CHS orchestra meets under the direction of Allison Cowan and has hosted and participated in some terrific events as it continues to grow.

Awards & Recognitions
2016 – CHS played proud host to the renowned Gateway Chamber Orchestra.
2017 – Superior Rating Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association (MTSBOA) Concert Performance Assessment
2018 – Excellent MTSBOA Concert Performance Assessment
2018 – Invitation to Tennessee Music Educator’s Association (TMEA) State Concert Festival

The CHS Guitar Ensemble meets under the direction of Allison Cowan.  They have given many tremendous performances including the Williamson County Fine Arts Festival.

2018 – Selected as the first guitar ensemble to perform at the Tennessee Music Educator’s Association (TMEA) State Conference

“Centennial Choirs” provides opportunities for students to perform with stylistic accuracy literature from a variety of genres, eras, and vocal styles.  Students are challenged not only to be better score readers but also to put together aurally multiple vocal parts.  These are the tasks of a professional vocalist.

Centennial Choirs meet under the direction of Dr. Johnathan Vest, Director of Choral Activities.  Before coming to Centennial, Dr. Vest was the Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  He previously taught music in Williamson County and Metro Nashville Public Schools.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Harding University, a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Doctor of Education from The University of Alabama.  His wife, Elizabeth, is a principal in the district.  He enjoys spending time with her and their two children, and their chocolate lab, Stanley.

Performances are open to all of the Centennial community, and most are free or charge.  Information about these events will appear in the Daily Announcements.