Arts Education: A Focus in Marietta City Schools (MCS)





    Marietta Bands

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     Director:Paul Marimon

    Assistant Band Director

    Welcome to the Marietta Band; Music Excellence in Motion!.

    The Marietta Band Program has a long history that has influenced and benefited thousands of students throughout six decades. The program starts in the 6th grade, continues into Middle School and culminates into several performing groups in the High School including the Marching Band, beginning, band, and small ensembles. Our directors, staff, and parents are dedicated to providing a world class music education and experience for our students. The Marietta Band performs at marching and concert band competitions and festivals around the state and local community. 


    Please visit the independent band website at: 


    MHS Orchestra

     Marietta High School Orchestra was established in 2016. The program begins at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy and continues at Marietta Middle School and segues to Marietta High School. At the high school students can take Beginning Orchestra if they want to begin learning a string instrument. For students with experience they participate in Intermediate or Advanced orchestra. In and outside of class, students have opportunities to participate in quartet or chamber groups. Through the Georgia Music Educators Association students can compete in Solo and Ensemble Festivals as well as audition for District Honor Orchestra and All-State Orchestra.  

    Marietta Orchestra performs at school and community events. We strive to provide a caring and supportive environment for students to thrive and grow musically and personally. 


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    Director: Lars Grevstad

    Chorus Director
    Welcome to singing Marietta style

    The MHS Choral Music program is designed to enhance the musical, creative, and expressive qualities of all students.  Musical opportunities are provided for every child to learn the basic skills of singing, playing and reading music, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas.  The MHS Choral program performs throughout the year at various functions, events, and festival.  Welcome to singing Marietta style! 


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    Director: Chiazor Nwabude 

    Dance Teacher


    Welcome to the world of : MHS Dance 

    The Dance Division of the Marietta High School Arts Department is where students can pursue the art of movement in space and time. Marietta High School dancers are a collective of students celebrating the energy, voice and spirit of movement. Dancers 9-12 enjoy an exploration of Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, Ballet and World Dance Forms. Students have an opportunity to study improvisation and complete choreography studies. Events include Spring & Winter Dance Concerts as well as performances for community events. 
    Please access the independent website of our Dance Department at:




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    Director: Holly Smith

    Theater Director

    Assistant Director:  Sophia Steigerwald 

    Theater Assistant Director

    MHS Theatre provides opportunities for students to participate in a wide range of theatre arts classes and theatrical productions. We are committed to showcasing student talent thus providing students the opportunity to perform and learn about multiple facets of theatre. Students will explore areas such as Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, Advanced Drama, Acting, and International Baccalaureate Theatre. In an effort to support the arts and bring them to as wide an audience as possible, we strive to develop professional level theatrical opportunities for both our students and the larger Marietta community. Through these experiences, students will gain the power to impact and inspire others through their craft. 


    Video and IB Film

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    Instructor: Josh Dempsey

    In conjunction with the CTAE Department, our video broadcast program is an extensive and school integrated program that introduces and extends students through all components of video production. It is a program that it CTAE sponsored, MYP Arts, and heavily involved in almost all major school functions including those in the Marietta Performing Arts Center. This program is also linked to the IB Film Option in our IB Program. Extracurricular AVTF opportunities are available as well, including the morning newscast Good Morning Marietta and a variety of student-driven film productions.


    Visual Arts 

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    Instructor: Amanda Rudolph 


    Visual Arts Teacher

    Instructor: Jill Hooley

    Visual Arts Teacher

    The MHS Visual Arts Department provides a diverse arts education for all students. Students begin with an introductory course that covers art making skills and knowledge that will provide a strong foundation for the advanced studio classes that we offer. Our studio classes highlight the mediums of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture/Ceramics. Students considering a career in the visual arts can push their skills further in AP Drawing, AP 2D Design and AP 3D Design.   

    Exceptional student artwork is put on display twice annually during our Fall and Spring Juried Art Shows sponsored by the Marietta Business Association and Art in the Park. Students are awarded prizes in the categories of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Alternative Media. The “Best in Show” winners are put on permanent display in the Emerging Artist Galleries of the Marietta Performing Arts Center.   

    We strive to not only provide students with the skills needed to create art, but also an appreciation of art and a desire to be artistic.  


    MCS serves some 8,500 students at eight elementary schools, one Sixth Grade Academy, one middle school, and one high school.

    The district features strong music programs in each of its elementary schools with one being an integrated arts school, Hickory Hills Elementary.

    With a large band program, vibrant choral program, flourishing theatre/drama program and a dance program in high demand, MCS supports and stresses the arts in all schools, K-12.

    MCS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District with required arts studies for all students in grades 6-10. juniors and seniors are eligible to take IB World Music and Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory studies or two years of IB Drama studies.

    MCS allows limited non-resident students to apply for and pay tuition to attend.