Welcome to Carmel High School's Performing and Visual Arts Departments
Carmel High School offers one of the nation’s best performing arts programs for freshmen through seniors. The entire community attends outstanding choir, band, orchestra and theatre performances in the high school’s 1,500-seat Dale E. Graham Auditorium.
The CHS Performing Arts Department offers students a full and diverse curriculum (over 45 courses) within six divisions, and serves about forty percent of the student population at Carmel High School.
The band program consists of marching band, five concert bands, four jazz ensembles, and percussion ensembles. The choral division includes ten choral music ensembles. The orchestra program includes two full orchestras and three string orchestras. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Piano classes as well as Music Theory, Composition and Electronic Music are offered. Marching Band, Color Guard and Winter Guard students are enrolled in Dance Performance Class throughout the school year. The Theatre & Film division offers two levels of Theatre Arts, Advanced Acting and Theatre Production. Students may also take classes in Technical Theatre, Advanced Theatre Management and Advanced Theatre Design. International Baccalaureate courses are offered in Music, Theatre, and Film.
Carmel High School offers one of the nation’s best visual arts programs for freshmen through seniors. The CHS Art Department offers students a full and diverse curriculum (over 28 different elective courses) that allows students to develop their art portfolios and critical thinking skills through various media experiences. Every year, our students achieve state and national award distinctions through the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards, and many of our students continue to study art at the collegiate level with scholarship awards.
Our program courses include Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Jewelry, Fiber Arts, Art History, AP Art History, Photography, Digital Photography, Digital Design, Intro to 2D/Intro to 3D Art, AP Studio, and International Baccalaureate Visual Arts. Through these courses, students have the opportunity to showcase their work at our CHS Fall and Spring Art Shows, Carmel International Arts Festival, Robin Run Festival Show, Empty Bowls charity event, and the CCS All District Art Show.