Upton Middle School’s Fine Arts Program is one of the hallmarks of our school system. It is so outstanding that 75% of our students participate in band, orchestra or choral.
These programs have far-reaching benefits socially and academically for your middle school student. They are a great way to meet friends, learn responsibility, build self-confidence, and improve memorization, reading and math skills.
St. Joseph has a strong tradition of excellence. Sharp marching bands, accomplished concert musicians...all of this starts at the Middle School. The Upton Bands are led by Mr. Aaron Engleman and Mrs. Rachel Cabanilla-Sinnett. Students perform many times throughout the year at concerts, state and local festivals, and in combination with the high school bands. They also have the benefit of learning with several artists in residence each year. Band is a full-year class offered at three levels – 6th, 7th & 8th grades.
Orchestra is one of the benefits of choosing St. Joseph Public Schools. We are one of very few schools in West Michigan that offer 6th, 7th & 8th graders three levels of this full-year class. The ensembles perform several public concerts, and 7th and 8th graders compete in festivals for which they are renowned in the state for superior performances.
Symphonic Orchestra Club is open to all 7th graders who play an orchestra instrument and is required for all 7th and 8th graders who play stringed instruments. All other 7th and 8th grade band members are welcome to join.
St. Joseph Public Schools offer choir for all students grade 6-12. All choirs perform at Fall, Winter, Pre-Festival, and Spring Concerts. They also attend MSVMA Choral Festival, and various other community and school events.
Each Spring, Upton Middle School offers a musical for students in grades 6-8. Students are invited to sing, dance, act, work backstage, create costumes, and more! All are welcome!
The award winning Visual Arts program at Upton middle school is designed to foster and enhance your students creative and artistic skills. Besides creating artwork, we will reinforce your child’s ability to look at and understand the many functions of the visual arts. Our curriculum is constantly evolving so that we may provide new and innovating assignments that captivate your child’s interest.