Santa Fe High School is the largest interdisciplinary public school in Northern New Mexico with a comprehensive art program open to all students. At Santa Fe High, several hundred students attend art classes every school day, whether its theater tech, studio art, advanced mixed choir, marching band or one of the other many classes. Santa Fe High recognizes that arts are not a luxury but an essential component of a quality education. Students who participate in art are more likely to perform well in academic classes. Whether they become professional artists or not, they take with them an experience that will serve them throughout their lives.

Santa Fe High arts students have performed locally, nationally and internationally and their art has been seen in major galleries. Many graduates have used the skills they learned at Santa Fe High to earn scholarships for higher education.

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North Central District Choir Solo and Ensemble Choir members sing alone and in groups for a panel of judges. Performances are open to the public. October 10. All day. Santa Fe High Performing Arts Building. Free.

Valencia Classic Marching Festival The Demon Pride Marching Band will join other ensembles from across the state to perform in front of a panel of judges. October 10. Bands perform all day. The Santa Fe High band is scheduled to perform at 2:20 pm. Valencia High School, Los Lunas.

Canyon Road Paint/Sculpt Out  The Santa Fe high guitarists will be among the student musicians from across the school district who will perform in the opening parade and at galleries throughout the afternoon. This year's parade is dedicated to the late Pat Burns, long-time guitar instructor at Santa Fe High. The guitar ensemble is scheduled to play at Canyon Road Contemporary Art between 2 and 3 pm. October 17. Parade at noon.

New Mexico Pageant of the Bands The Demon Pride Marching Band will be among dozens of bands from across the state performing before a panel of nationally recognized judges. October 17. The bands perform all day. The Santa Fe High band will perform during the first block from 8:30 am to 10 am. Adults, $10. Students and seniors, $8. Children under 5, free. Cash at the door. Wilson Stadium, Albuquerque (next to Manzano High School).

The Laramie Project A performance based on hundreds of interviews conducted by playwright Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project in the wake of the 1998 kidnap and beating death of Matthew Shepard, a gay student from Laramie, Wyoming, whose murder was determined to be a hate crime. Mature theme and language. October 22, 23 and 24. 7:33 pm. Santa Fe High Theater. Adults, $12. Students and seniors, $8, Thespian Club members, $7. Buy tickets online.

Interschool Orchestra Concert The Santa Fe High and Capital High orchestras will perform classic rock tunes and contemporary punk and funk along with more classical fare in their annual joint concert. October 28. 6:30 pm. Capital High School. Free.



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