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  • Ojai Playwrights Conference 2015

    Posted August 7, 2015

    Where do award winning playwrights and actors gather to develop new works for the American theater and beyond? Right here at Besant Hill School in Ojai! We are excited to be hosting to the incredible Ojai Playwrights Conference once again. It's an amazing opportunity for young writer/actors to work with seasoned professionals who come from all over the country to California to attend this prestigious conference. Great to see so many current and former Besant Hill School students in attendance!

  • Summer Institute 2015 Comes to an End

    Posted July 31, 2015

    It was a fun, educational, and action packed few months! Thanks to all of the wonderful students and faculty for their dedication in, and outside of, the classroom. They all made this year's Summer Institute a huge success. We wish everyone a relaxing few weeks before the next school year begins!

  • The New Yorker reviews The Ojai Music Festival

    Posted July 13, 2015

    What does a New York music critic have to say about the Ojai Music Festival? In the July 6 edition of The New Yorker magazine, Alex Ross describes his experience at the Zalk Theater morning concert: "Nothing I witnessed in opera houses this past season was as dramatic." How about that?

  • Aun Aprendo Magazine, Summer 2015

    Posted July 12, 2015

    Our school's seasonal magazine, Aun Aprendo, is named after our school motto, which means "I am still learning." In this latest edition you will find articles, photos and links to video, save-the-dates, and more. Find alumni news in the Alumni Howl section. View as a PDF download, or as an interactive magazine (works best on desktop/laptop).

  • Ojai Music Festival Comes to Zalk Theater

    Posted June 19, 2015

    The Ojai Music Festival is a week long event with concerts taking place in different venues across the Ojai Valley. The Ojai Sunrise Concert, a sold out, early-morning concert took place in the in the Zalk Theater, with one act using sound and custom light mapping software that made the bulbs pulse along with the strings and percussion.

  • Music & Art 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!

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

  • Ojai Playwrights Conference 2015

    Posted August 7, 2015

    Where do award winning playwrights and actors gather to develop new works for the American theater and beyond? Right here at Besant Hill School in Ojai! We are excited to be hosting to the incredible Ojai Playwrights Conference once again. It's an amazing opportunity for young writer/actors to work with seasoned professionals who come from all over the country to California to attend this prestigious conference. Great to see so many current and former Besant Hill School students in attendance!

  • Summer Institute 2015 Comes to an End

    Posted July 31, 2015

    It was a fun, educational, and action packed few months! Thanks to all of the wonderful students and faculty for their dedication in, and outside of, the classroom. They all made this year's Summer Institute a huge success. We wish everyone a relaxing few weeks before the next school year begins!

  • The New Yorker reviews The Ojai Music Festival

    Posted July 13, 2015

    What does a New York music critic have to say about the Ojai Music Festival? In the July 6 edition of The New Yorker magazine, Alex Ross describes his experience at the Zalk Theater morning concert: "Nothing I witnessed in opera houses this past season was as dramatic." How about that?

  • Aun Aprendo Magazine, Summer 2015

    Posted July 12, 2015

    Our school's seasonal magazine, Aun Aprendo, is named after our school motto, which means "I am still learning." In this latest edition you will find articles, photos and links to video, save-the-dates, and more. Find alumni news in the Alumni Howl section. View as a PDF download, or as an interactive magazine (works best on desktop/laptop).

  • Ojai Music Festival Comes to Zalk Theater

    Posted June 19, 2015

    The Ojai Music Festival is a week long event with concerts taking place in different venues across the Ojai Valley. The Ojai Sunrise Concert, a sold out, early-morning concert took place in the in the Zalk Theater, with one act using sound and custom light mapping software that made the bulbs pulse along with the strings and percussion.

  • Music & Art 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!

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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