Our Fine Arts Program

Queen Creek High School’s Fine Arts Department offers an array of courses that not only meet the fine arts requirement, but offer students various opportunities to experience the arts. We offer visual arts courses such as Art Survey, Painting, Drawing, and Ceramics. For those students who have an interest in screen and stage, we offer Cinema, Drama I, and Advanced Drama. Each year, our Fine Arts Department produces a play in the fall and a full musical in the spring. Our Music Department has been consistently growing over the last five years. For our vocalists, we offer Women’s Ensemble and Chorale, which is an SATB Choir. Our instrumentalists can choose from Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Orchestra, or Symphonic Orchestra. We also offer piano and guitar courses for beginners who are looking for a more individualized music experience. Our music programs participate in Arizona Music Festivals such as the Chandler-Gilbert Choral Festival, ChoDA Choral Festival, Marching Festivals, Orchestra Festivals, and Solo and Ensemble. In the past, our ensembles have traveled to San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York City. Our Fine Arts Department offers something for everyone!

Fine Arts Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide a high quality education in the visual and performing arts, while fostering an appreciation of artistic expression for all students. We, as educators, will provide all students the opportunity to learn skills and technologies, to gain knowledge which will facilitate becoming a productive member of society, and to pursue a worthwhile vocation. We hope to mold students who are open to new ideas, are creative problem solvers, and who have critical thinking skills to understand the importance of expressing thoughts and feelings. These skills will help students learn to manage stress and rejuvenate their lives. The arts contribute to both the educational and personal enrichment of a child.

Our Teachers and Courses

John Davenport
Marching Band, Concert Band, AP Music Theory
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James Hutchins
Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Guitar, Sinfonietta Orchestra
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Gail McFarland
Introduction to Art, Drawing and Painting
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Emily McIntyre
Ceramics
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This is my third year at Queen Creek High School. This year I am teaching all of the ceramic classes, and I can finally say that I am now in my dream job and couldn't be happier. Prior to coming to Queen Creek, I taught at Mesa Public Schools at the elementary level for one year then junior high for one year. This is my fifth year teaching in Arizona. I graduated college with a bachelor of arts from Southern Illinois University then moved to Indiana after graduation. In Indiana, I worked as a youth fitness director and adult fitness instructor at the local YWCA. After several years, I went back to what my original degree was intended for and started teaching art at elementary level.

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Elizabeth Reynolds
Fine Arts Department Chair, Women's Ensemble, Chorale, Piano I, Piano Independent Study
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Mrs. Reynolds began her teaching career in the Tempe Elementary School District teaching general music and choir. After one year, she transferred to Queen Creek High School, where she has been teaching since 2006. She directs the women's vocal ensemble and the chorale as well as teaching the piano classes and serving as the Fine Arts Department chair. Mrs. Reynolds acts as the vocal music director each year for the musical and is the advisor for the Choir Club. She has taken her choirs on tours to both Los Angeles and New York City. She is a graduate of Oakland University in Michigan where she earned a bachelor of music degree in music education K-12 and graduated summa cum laude. While at OU, she received the Outstanding Student in Music Education MaTilda Award in 2005. She also holds a master's degree in choral conducting from Oakland University and master's degree in educational leadership from The American College of Education.

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Kyle Spitler
Beginning Theater Arts, Advanced Theater Arts, Drama Director
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Newt Wilson
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