Fall Concert


  • Alumnus Kiefo Nilsson plays Harry Nilsson's "The Point!"

    Posted October 23, 2016

    On October 22, alumnus Kiefo Nilsson '03, with brother Zak Nilsson narrating, and a stellar band, put on a great performance of their father Harry Nilsson's 1971 album and animated feature The Point! Local Ojai musicians Vaughn Montgomery and Aaaron Embry opened the night together singing Nilsson's The Moonbeam Song each followed with a set of originals. What an honor it was to host fans from near and far to enjoy this magical night of musical storytelling. The show was live streamed on Facebook.

  • Alumnus Kiefo Nilsson '03 will play Harry Nilsson's "The Point!" on 10-22

    Posted September 16, 2016

    On October 22 at 6pm, 2003 alumnus Kiefo Nilsson, son of the late, great singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson, known for such hits as “Everybody’s Talkin’,” “Without You,” and “One (is the loneliest number),” returns to the Zalk Theater to perform his father’s album THE POINT!.

  • Battle of the Bands

    Posted May 1, 2016

    Congratulations to our talented students for their well-deserved first and second place wins! Kudos to them, Music Chair Dave Cosby, and all who participated in this year's Battle of the Bands. We are grateful to The Thacher School for continuing to host this fun event for Ojai students!

  • Spring Musical is a Dirty Rotten Hit!

    Posted April 24, 2016

    A cast of 27 students performed to a full Zalk Theater, both Friday and Saturday nights, during the 70th Anniversary and Spring Arts/Family Weekend. This year's hilarious production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the 1988 film of the same name, was the culmination of months of rehearsals, along with extensive costume and set design.

  • Spring Concert 2016

    Posted April 23, 2016

    Directed by Arts and Music Chairs Dan Call and Dave Cosby, the Besant Hill School Chamber Singers and Advanced Instrumental Ensemble gave an energetic concert during Spring Arts Weekend featuring many genres and styles of music. During the show, one audience member was asked to the upcoming prom by a chamber singer! It was a fun concert enjoyed by all those attending the weekend Spring Arts Celebrations!

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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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


student actors

music students playing piano


choral singers

The Zalk Theater