Fine Arts

Ravenwood High provides each student with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into the arts. And along the way, passion and talents are unveiled as students are free to express themselves as individuals.

Please visit the Ravenwood band web site to learn more about all the opportunities available to band students and families.

Community

We are committed to the development of common attitudes, interests and goals through goal setting, planning, and implementation of these plans to achieve objectives. Members are also responsible for managing their space and tools so everyone can function to their fullest potential. This intimate community should extend beyond the walls of the band room and into the school, our local communities, and the state. We will strive to become the standard for Ravenwood High School.

Excellence

We will achieve levels of excellence through a positive attitude, commitment, and work ethic; by giving 100%.

Passion

We will enjoy the art of music making and the processes involved with this activity, with our friends, band staff, and families.

Advocacy

We will actively and positively support the band program through volunteering, fundraising, donating, and attending school events and contests. We will work in a spirit of cooperation to support the direction of the program as laid out by the directors and staff. This involves celebrating each success and comforting each disappointment. Advocacy should also extend beyond the band room as we promote our program through our website, social media, school and county newsletters, local newspapers, and television media.

Stewardship

We will be caretakers of our personal, organizational, and financial resources.

Diversity

We will serve the needs of individuals of all cultures, levels, and abilities.

Innovation

We will be creative and courageous conceptualizers in our pursuit of excellence.

Integrity

We will uphold a code of honor that is representative of the highest morals and values of good citizens.

Education

We will provide the necessary funding, staff, and tools for our students. We will share our principles and philosophies with our community and other organizations.

Leadership

We will lead in a positive manner through service to others and through the above mentioned core values.

Mission Statement

To create a Community of Culture and enrich the lives of our students through music.

EXCELLENCE: We will bring our best every day as a student or teacher or parent.

TEAMWORK: We will strive to work together as we are only as strong as our weakest link.

ENJOYMENT: We love what we do and we are doing what we love!

COMMUNITY: We will support our family and friends in our school and Ravenwood community.

INCLUSIVE: All students will be valued and respected in all aspects of their lives period.

CHALLENGE: Create an environment that challenges student and promotes personal growth.

LEADERSHIP: Orchestra students lead by example.

STRIVE: Sing with passion, Try harder, rehearse consistently, Intentional, Voice your concern, Engage.

Greatness is not handed to you on a silver platter!

Orchestra Programs Offered at Ravenwood:

Chamber Orchestra: is the varsity level orchestra that consists of primarily 10th, 11th and 12th graders and a few 9th graders. The Chamber Orchestra is an Honors Level Class and students are selected in a highly competitive audition process every spring. The Ravenwood High School Chamber Orchestra students regularly participate in Tennessee All-State Orchestras, Middle Tennessee “Mid State Orchestras” and Williamson County Honor Orchestras. The Ravenwood High School Chamber Orchestra has consistently earned Superior Ratings at MTSBOA Concert Performance Assessment and performs standard string orchestra literature throughout the year. The Chamber Orchestra partners with the Ravenwood Wind Ensemble to also perform full orchestra music in the spring.

Concert Orchestra: is the non-varsity orchestra consisting of 9th, 10th and 11th graders. This is the Standard non auditioned orchestra class at Ravenwood High School. Concert Orchestra students work for excellence on the fundamentals of string technique. These include Intonation, Shifting, Sight-Reading, and Vibrato. They learn to perform in multiple key signatures and mixed meter time signatures. They learn to be proficient in ensemble skills and tone production. The Ravenwood Concert Orchestra performs music literature at a Grade III-IV level. Concert Orchestra Students participate in all Orchestra Concerts throughout the year and have the opportunity to audition for WCS Honor Orchestra in the fall, Mid-State Orchestra in the winter and Solo and Ensemble Contest in the spring. Concert Orchestra also performs in MTSBOA Concert Performance Assessment every year.

Orchestra Director Biography

Cassandra Brosvik has been the Director or Orchestras at Ravenwood High School since 2016, and will be starting the Orchestra Program at Franklin High School in 2018-2019 for Williamson County Schools. Ms. Brosvik is also the Director of the Chamber Orchestra for the Ethos Music Ensembles in Murfreesboro. She has been a violin teacher and lecturer for the past 25 years and an Orchestra Director for the past fourteen years. She began playing the violin at the age of four at the University of Louisville Suzuki Program in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Brosvik holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Degrees in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and was a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher for many years.

Before becoming a full time Orchestra Director, Ms. Brosvik was a member of the Kansas City Symphony and a violinist in the Baltimore Opera Company. She has performed as a violinist in the Pacific Music Festival, American Russian Youth Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, Chautauqua Music Festival, Tanglewood Institute and the Schlossfestspiele in Heidelberg, Germany. Before moving to Tennessee in 2015, Ms. Brosvik was the Director of Orchestras at Knox Junior High in The Woodlands, Texas for ten years. While there, her Orchestras consistently earned Sweepstakes Awards at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest. She successfully grew the orchestra program at Knox to over 200 students through the course of her tenure. Ms. Brosvik lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with her husband Steve who works for the Nashville Symphony and their three daughters Alexandra who is a student at American University, and Isabella and Katarina who are students at Ravenwood High School. Ms. Brosvik is a member of Tennessee Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Educators as well as the American String Orchestra Association.

Mission Statement

Ravenwood High School Department of Theatre Arts offers an array of courses. The emphasis is on training for higher education, professional theatre, with practical application in performance, design and production. It’s professionally active faculty guides students in programs which offer both rigor and creative challenge. Graduates are able to compete successfully with graduates from comparable institutions in the Higher Education Programs. The department strives to promote the attributes of good citizenship and human values desirable and essential to the communal occupation and art that is Theatre, and to the human family.

The faculty of the Theatre Arts Department is committed to the following goals:

  • To provide an applied and experimental understanding of theatre and to develop basic skills in the performance, design, and production aspects of the art.
  • To provide a curriculum that emphasizes the creative process and how, in turn, the creative process contributes to the evolution of culture.
  • To provide a theoretical and historical understanding of the theatre and the conventional standards by which it is judged through scripts, knowledge of the physical theatre and production techniques, and the aesthetics of drama.
  • To allow students to recognize their own potential.

Performance Opportunities

Main Stage Season: Two Main Stage productions are presented annually.

  • Fall: Straight Play of dramatics. This could be a dramatic or comedic.
  • Spring: A full length Musical. This could be a dramatic or comedic.

Studio Theatre Season: A small personal engagement that takes place in the RPAC. Limited seating that is arranged on the stage.

  • January: This maybe a series of One Acts, a Musical Revue or Song Cycles.

Children’s Theatre: RHS Theatre for Young Audiences (RHSTYA) will present a production that can be toured through local schools in Williamson County.

Theatre I:

This is an intro to theatre. In this course you learn the basics of theatre history, terminology, performance aspects and styles. This course requires performances during class time, solo work, group work and proper etiquette as a performer and audience member. Understanding the dramatic structure and being able to apply that into written pieces and performances. An “Acting Journal” is required. This is a notebook specified to theatre only that you will keep all your work in and is checked weekly or biweekly as part of your grade.

Play Production:

Advanced theatre class. You must take theatre I in order to take this class. In this class you will learn about the technical aspect of theatre. Lights, sound and scenic design. You will be helping with the design and construction of the sets, lights and sound for the theatrical productions that happen throughout the year.

Theatre II:

Advanced theatre class. You must take theatre I in order to qualify for theatre II. This course focuses on character development and script analysis. There are many performances during the course of the school year. Understanding how to break down a script into actor beats, what the underlining meaning behind the dialogue is through different acting styles. Uta Hagen, Stanislavski, Meisner and Stella Adler. An “Acting Journal” is required. This is a notebook specified to theatre only that you will keep all your work in and is checked weekly or biweekly as part of your grade. At the end of the school year this class will perform for the faculty and students showing their progress through partnered scenes directed by the Theatre III class.

Theatre III:

Advanced theatre class. You must take theatre II in order to qualify for theatre III. This is a directing intensive course. You will learn the meaning of a vision and what that entails. From the set design, lights, sound, music, history of the piece, theme and blocking. Understanding how to work collaboratively. You will learn how to put together a production book that keeps your notes of each rehearsal, set design, lights etc. This class requires a directing notebook, which has all your notes from class and scenes that you’ll work on over the course of the school year. At the end of the year Theatre III will direct the Theatre II students in a final showcase that will be presented to the faculty and students.

Theatre IV:

You must take all three theatre courses before you can take this course. In this class you will work on your acting, directing or technical portfolio.

    • Acting Focused
      • Work on audition material
        • Monologues: Comedic, Dramatic, Classical
        • Musical Selections: Uptempo, Ballads, Classical and Contemporary
    • Directing Focused
      • Work on directing material
        • Production Book
        • Vision
        • Theme
        • Style of directing
    • Tech Focused
      • Scenic Design
        • Putting together ground plans
        • 3D models (Rendered)
        • Design styles
      • Lighting Design
        • Photos of previous work
        • How to light different types of performances
          • Plays
          • Musicals
          • Dance shows
          • Concerts
        • How lighting and colors and set the mood and location
        • Having the knowledge of how to work different types of lighting boards
      • Sound Design
        • Creating the proper sound balance
        • Board Operation
        • Mixing different instruments and vocals
        • Choosing music that fits with the directors vision
        • Getting or creating sound effect

At the end of the school year there will be a senior showcase. The performers, directors and technicians will collaborate and put on a night of theatre. Monologues, musical numbers, partnered scenes will be performed, directing and produced by the senior students to the faculty and students in the RPAC.

Other Features of the Theatre Arts Program

Open Mic Night: This will take place in the cafeteria once a month. (Thespian Society)

      • Student Run (with faculty supervision): Students will have the opportunity to perform songs, musical instruments, monologues, poems, etc.
      • Hosted by a student(s): This event will be hosted by a student(s) with donations collected at the door to go towards the Theatre Department for production costs and guest artists.

Guest Artists/Workshops/Master Classes: Special events can only complement and enrich the scholastic offerings and productions at RHS. Every effort will be made to get the best in every field to share their professional and life experiences. These guests may come from Nashville (colleges and professional), New York (professionals on and off broadway), and Department chairs of prestigious University and Colleges around the country.
Theatre Advisory Board: The Program Director invites two elected members of the Thespian Society to participate with the Program Director and/or Theatre Arts Faculty members to help define all areas of the program, curriculum development and input on choosing the season. The Board should provide a conduit for theatre students to convey their views and concerns to the theatre faculty, provide training in parliamentary procedure, and to educate students in the economic realities of play production.
Advisement: All members of the theatre department are heavily involved in advisement on all levels, formally and informally.

Did you Know?

Art classes are designed so that ALL students can be successful + express personal ideas.

We have common assessments, grading and scope & sequence for same courses, all instructors.

Student artwork is consistently displayed from Mid-Sept thru early May in school foyer and Fine Arts hallway.

There are many opportunities for art recognition & achievement…

  • Scholastic Art – December deadline (regional & national competition)
  • WCS Art Show at the Frist – February deadline
  • WCS Calendar & Awards – March deadline
  • Ravenwood Annual Art Show & Awards – in April