The Heart Lake Music program offers a variety of ensembles that are active in both the school and community settings. In April 2008, our Senior Concert Band traveled to Anaheim, California where they received a First Place standing at the Festivals of Music Competition, competing against bands from across North America. In previous years the Senior Band has won awards at Festivals of Music competitions in Chicago, New York, Orlando, Ottawa and Montreal. Performances by our guitar ensemble, chamber ensembles, soloists, Grade 9 Beginner Band, Intermediate Concert Band, Senior Concert Band and Jazz Band are featured in our Winter and Spring concerts at Heart Lake Secondary School, as well as various feeder schools in the community. The Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands participate annually in the MusicFest Canada competition in February, and have consistently won awards at the Bronze, Silver, and Silver Plus levels; both bands have been invited to compete at the National finals in Ottawa and Vancouver. We are very proud of our musicians at Heart Lake!
Photography, videography, digital imaging, claymation, digital animation and photo collage ... these are just some of the media explored by Heart Lake Media Arts students. These courses are directed at developing students' artistic knowledge and skills by providing them with hands-on skill development as well as exploring issues of media art in the world around them. These experiences will benefit all students by enhancing their understanding of visual communication. Sign painting, graphic arts and printing technology will catch your eye in the Visual Arts area. Students are involved in a number of design and creative ventures designed to provide an appreciation for the various genres of Visual Arts. You don't have to be Monet to enjoy the diverse programs offered by the Heart Lake Visual Arts Department.
The key to success in Drama is participation. The courses are designed to encourage students to step out of the "comfort zones" and explore the rich variety of the Performing Arts. Areas explored include: audience appreciation, mime, tableaux, script writing and performing, monologues, abstract interpretation, improvisation, character development and much more. Drama courses are offered in Grades 9 - 12.