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  • Performing Arts Finals

    Posted May 28, 2015

    From Mozart, Maceo and Miles, to more contemporary tunes, students covered a lot of territory this semester with music chair Dave Cosby. Here are some short clips of today's final assembly performances.

  • Special Musical Guest Artist, Ji, Amazes the Zalk Theater

    Posted May 21, 2015

    Visiting Ojai, California from New York City, Ji followed his Sunday "Chamber on the Mountain" concert with a special performance Monday morning in the Besant Hill School Zalk Theater. Ji's playing was energetic, brilliant and inspiring. Watch the last 3 minutes of Ji's performance of an 11 minute piece by 19th century composer Maurice Ravel.

  • Students to Perform at Hardrock Cafe Sunday 5-17

    Posted May 15, 2015

    After reviewing a video sent in by Music Chair Dave Cosby, Besant Hill School advanced band members and special guests were selected to participate in Hard Rock Cafe's Youth on Stage event in Hollywood this Sunday, May 17.

  • School Open Mic at Bohemia Coffee House

    Posted May 11, 2015

    It was a great turnout for this year's Besant Hill School hosted open mic at Ojai's Bohemia Coffee House. Thanks to the good folks at Bohemia and to the students, faculty, friends and family who were able to make it out to perform and support this fun, creative evening. Thanks to Michael H. '16 for the great video that really captures the feeling of the night!

  • Ojai School Musicians come together for Battle of Bands

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Aaron said "the best thing about this year's Ojai School Battle of the Bands was when musicians from different schools all started to jam together, it would be nice to do that more!" It's a great event hosted by Thacher and attended by students from Cate, Oak Grove, Dunn, OVS and Besant Hill. Thanks to Cobin H. '18 for video!

  • School Celebrates Family, Music, Art, Theater & Honors Former Faculty

    Posted April 30, 2015

    Thanks to all who participated in this year's Family Day/Spring Arts Celebration 2015. The weekend was filled with amazing student artwork and performances and the spirit of the entire community was lifted by sharing and celebrating their work.The Memorial Sculpture Garden Ceremony honoring Lane Toler was beautiful and inspiring.

  • Spring Concert 2015

    Posted April 25, 2015

    A lot of talent was packed into our small California boarding school over the weekend including a student art show, two performances of Chicago and the annual Spring Concert. The Besant Hill 2015 Spring Concert highlighted original work as well as arrangements, exploring Latin rhythms, blues pop and classical music.

  • Full house for CHICAGO!

    Posted April 24, 2015

    Tonight the Zalk Theater was full of students, family, friends, alumni, as well as folks from the Ojai community. All were fully entertained by a fantastic, energetic production of Chicago. It was the culmination of months of hard work by the Performing Arts Department, cast and crew members, and support of many others. Anyone who attended will surely be humming the tune to "All That Jazz" for quite some time! Click to see pictures and video.

  • Cast of over 30 students get ready to razzle dazzle for Spring Arts Weekend!

    Posted April 23, 2015

    School campus has been buzzing as Spring Arts weekend fast approaches. Artwork is going up in the Logan Art Gallery, rehearsals for Chicago and Spring Concert are in full swing! The Memorial Sculpture Garden is looking beautiful in anticipation of the very special induction ceremony for Lane Toler on Saturday.

  • Aun Aprendo, Seasonal Magazine, Spring 2015

    Posted March 20, 2015

    For this edition, we are thrilled to have an alumni illustrated cover! Thanks to Chi Birmingham '01 for taking time to help create a very special edition. See the Alumni Message Board for more updates on Chi. We thank our alumni for their contributions, our dedicated staff for the amazing work they do and our students for the great spirit they fill the campus with, each and every day.

Performing Arts

The Besant Hill School Performing Arts Department is dedicated to educating students of all levels in the art of theatre, film, vocal and instrumental music and musical theater. Curricular offerings include classes in acting/directing, beginning and advanced levels of instrumental and vocal ensembles, music theory, applied instruction in any instrument as well as voice and beginning and advanced levels of film.

We believe that education in the performing arts occurs not only in the classroom, but must occur in performance/production opportunities as well. Each year, Besant Hill produces mainstage theater productions, formal musical concerts and student led variety shows. Students are also actively involved in performing in the community as well.

Recent opportunities have included, Ojai Day, local battle of the band competitions, a combined concert with the Ojai Youth Symphony and the Ojai Film Festival. Occasionally, curricular offerings are supplemented with opportunities to work side by side with professional artists for lectures and workshops, sharing their knowledge of the art and business of theater and film. Here at Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, from the earliest days of Aldous Huxley to Beatrice Wood, the arts have been an integral part of every student’s education and in an era when the arts are often eliminated, here, we celebrate them!

The arts are forms of storytelling, human relations, and emotional expression. Imagination has always been a celebrated characteristic of those learning & teaching at the school. Yes, we are “still learning”, but, in the arts we’re also dreaming and in the words of playwright Jane Martin: “You gotta have a dream. It’s our dreams that make us what we are.”

Theater Program

The Besant Hill School Theater program is dedicated to educating students of all levels in the art of theater through classes in acting, directing, design, voice, dance, musical theatre, production and technical theater. Education occurs not only in the classroom, but also in production opportunities.
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Music Program

The music program at Besant Hill is performance based, providing performance opportunities for all skill levels from beginning to advanced. These opportunities include not only school concerts, variety shows and assemblies, but off campus events as well. Some of these off-campus events include Ojai Day, M.L.K. Day, Battle of the Bands, performances at other county High Schools, the Beatrice Wood Studio, and a variety of other venues.
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Dance Program

During our time together, students will be introduced to dance, movement, and creative exploration through various styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, modern, tap, social dances, and the current commercialized style known as hip hop. Students will learn dance technique through ballet barre work with correct body alignment, conditioning, traveling floor and center combinations, and choreography.
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News

  • Performing Arts Finals

    Posted May 28, 2015

    From Mozart, Maceo and Miles, to more contemporary tunes, students covered a lot of territory this semester with music chair Dave Cosby. Here are some short clips of today's final assembly performances.

  • Special Musical Guest Artist, Ji, Amazes the Zalk Theater

    Posted May 21, 2015

    Visiting Ojai, California from New York City, Ji followed his Sunday "Chamber on the Mountain" concert with a special performance Monday morning in the Besant Hill School Zalk Theater. Ji's playing was energetic, brilliant and inspiring. Watch the last 3 minutes of Ji's performance of an 11 minute piece by 19th century composer Maurice Ravel.

  • Students to Perform at Hardrock Cafe Sunday 5-17

    Posted May 15, 2015

    After reviewing a video sent in by Music Chair Dave Cosby, Besant Hill School advanced band members and special guests were selected to participate in Hard Rock Cafe's Youth on Stage event in Hollywood this Sunday, May 17.

  • School Open Mic at Bohemia Coffee House

    Posted May 11, 2015

    It was a great turnout for this year's Besant Hill School hosted open mic at Ojai's Bohemia Coffee House. Thanks to the good folks at Bohemia and to the students, faculty, friends and family who were able to make it out to perform and support this fun, creative evening. Thanks to Michael H. '16 for the great video that really captures the feeling of the night!

  • Ojai School Musicians come together for Battle of Bands

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Aaron said "the best thing about this year's Ojai School Battle of the Bands was when musicians from different schools all started to jam together, it would be nice to do that more!" It's a great event hosted by Thacher and attended by students from Cate, Oak Grove, Dunn, OVS and Besant Hill. Thanks to Cobin H. '18 for video!

  • School Celebrates Family, Music, Art, Theater & Honors Former Faculty

    Posted April 30, 2015

    Thanks to all who participated in this year's Family Day/Spring Arts Celebration 2015. The weekend was filled with amazing student artwork and performances and the spirit of the entire community was lifted by sharing and celebrating their work.The Memorial Sculpture Garden Ceremony honoring Lane Toler was beautiful and inspiring.

  • Spring Concert 2015

    Posted April 25, 2015

    A lot of talent was packed into our small California boarding school over the weekend including a student art show, two performances of Chicago and the annual Spring Concert. The Besant Hill 2015 Spring Concert highlighted original work as well as arrangements, exploring Latin rhythms, blues pop and classical music.

  • Full house for CHICAGO!

    Posted April 24, 2015

    Tonight the Zalk Theater was full of students, family, friends, alumni, as well as folks from the Ojai community. All were fully entertained by a fantastic, energetic production of Chicago. It was the culmination of months of hard work by the Performing Arts Department, cast and crew members, and support of many others. Anyone who attended will surely be humming the tune to "All That Jazz" for quite some time! Click to see pictures and video.

  • Cast of over 30 students get ready to razzle dazzle for Spring Arts Weekend!

    Posted April 23, 2015

    School campus has been buzzing as Spring Arts weekend fast approaches. Artwork is going up in the Logan Art Gallery, rehearsals for Chicago and Spring Concert are in full swing! The Memorial Sculpture Garden is looking beautiful in anticipation of the very special induction ceremony for Lane Toler on Saturday.

  • Aun Aprendo, Seasonal Magazine, Spring 2015

    Posted March 20, 2015

    For this edition, we are thrilled to have an alumni illustrated cover! Thanks to Chi Birmingham '01 for taking time to help create a very special edition. See the Alumni Message Board for more updates on Chi. We thank our alumni for their contributions, our dedicated staff for the amazing work they do and our students for the great spirit they fill the campus with, each and every day.

The world is a complicated place, and there's a lot of division between people. The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does." David Rubenstein
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