List of 10 items.

  • Concert Band

    Band Director: Mr. Hector Ramirez

    Band at Cardinal O'Hara High School is a "major" subject, meaning that students receive a grade for participation in the program. It is a class on the roster, just like English, math, or history. There are individual instrumental lessons worked into the curriculum; we offer brass percussion and woodwids. Lessons are taught by instructors who are expert teachers and performers on their instruments. The Concert Band performs concerts, for school events, and travels every other year to participate in competitions and adjudications.
  • Marching Band

    Band Director: Mr. Hector Ramirez

    The Band and Guard perform together for football games in the fall as a marching band. The Band kicks off marching band season in August at band camp to learn the halftime show that is performed at the varsity football games. The Marching Band is featured in both the Springfield and Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day parades. They have had the honor of leading the Philadelphia Phillies into opening day at Citizen's Bank Park since 2004.
  • Co-Curricular Ensembles

    Band Director: Mr. Nick Corvino

    Band students have the opportunity to perform in smaller ensembles such as Jazz Band, Saxophone Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. These groups rehearse once a week and are featured in the Christmas and Spring Concerts.
  • Blue Haze

    Moderator: Mr. Ed Allen 

    Blue Haze, a student pop rock vocal group, mixes traditional music with new music. This organization was a big part of the first few decades here at O'Hara. In 2013, as part of our 50th Anniversary Year, there was a Blue Haze event that brought back alumni who were once members of the group for a night of music and memories. The event was such a huge success that Mr. Ed Allen, a member of Blue Haze when he was a student at O’Hara, decided to bring the group back after an almost 15 year hiatus. The organization is open to junior and senior singers and musicians.
  • Cappies

    Moderator: Mr. David Kelly

    The CAPPIES are a nationwide organization created to celebrate high school theater. Cardinal O'Hara joined the Greater Philadelphia Critics Award Program (CAPPIES) in 2013. Student critics from 34 member schools attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and vote for the CAPPIES awards. Faculty mentors at member schools screen the reviews online anonymously. Top reviews are then published in area newspapers and the Philadelphia Inquirer online. School teams consist of six critics.

    Cardinal O'Hara is the ONLY school in the Archdiocese that is a member of the Philadelphia Area CAPPIES. Membership is open to all O’Hara students. To become a member of the O’Hara CAPPIES team, in September students submit a written review of a selected show on a tight time schedule. The top six students are then invited to join the team.

    CAPPIES critics attend CAPPIES training prior to attending at least five school shows throughout the Delaware Valley. Critics review both plays and musicals, must provide their own transportation to the shows, and are the voters for the CAPPIES Awards in May.
  • Choir

    Choral Director: Mr. Jeffrey Braconnier

    The choir brings the message of St. Augustine to life each day -- One who sings, prays twice. All students are welcome to join the choir. Choir practice takes place every Tuesday from 2:35-3:30 in the Green Room. The choir provides music for all Cardinal O'Hara High School liturgies and other special events.
  • Color Guard

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    The color guard performs with the band for parades and at football games, and in the winter and spring they perform as an indoor guard. Indoor guard combines the equipment and marching used on the football field with theatrics and dance to entertain audiences as they compete throughout the tri-state area in the TOB circuit.
  • Dance Club

    Moderator: Miss Aimee Kate Braconnier 

    The Dance Team has been designed to bring students together through dance expression in various forms: hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, modern & tap. All levels of experience are welcomed to be a part of the dance team, as we will work together. The Dance Team is designed for the team members to be part of the choreography process where they will be able to contribute to routines and performance plans. The Dance Team will perform at home (and occasionally away) football games, home (and occasional away) basketball games, COHS events (such as pep rallies, O’Hara Family Christmas, 7th/8th Grade Day), parades and other events where our attendance is requested. Additionally, the goal is to have the COHS Dance Team to compete at competitions.
  • Stage Crew

    Moderator: Mr. Jeff Braconnier

    The stage crew is an essential part of the Fine and Performing Arts program at O'Hara. Stage crew is not just a part of the theatre productions and concerts; but the overall day to day school community. Throughout the academic year, the stage crew works in the theatre program by designing and constructing the set for each show.

    The stage crew also programs the audio and lighting design for each production.
    When not working on the theatre productions, the stage crew is often setting up for school Masses, school dances and other events such as the Mane Event.

    All students are welcome to join stage crew. There is a place for everyone!
  • Fall and Spring Musical

    Director: Mr. Jeffrey Braconnier

    The O'Hara Theater program produces two, full length, broadway musicals every year. Within each of these productions the students explore all aspects of theater, both on stage and off. Students who perform on stage have the opportunity to learn new acting techniques, improve their singing and dancing abilities and work as an ensemble. Each production features a live student orchestra. Instrumentalists participating in the orchestra have the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians and play a broadway level score. Those students who wish to remain behind the scenes are welcome to join the O'Hara Stage Crew. While on Stage Crew, students learn about the various elements of technical theater, such as set construction, scenic painting, lights, sound, and so much more. Newer and flourishing opportunities include the Cappies Critics program and Marketing team.
    It is the mission of the O'Hara Theater program to provide its students the opportunity to practice the various elements of theater in a challenging, yet nurturing environment. Not only will they learn the expectations demanded in professional theater, but they will more importantly learn commitment, collaboration, communication, and confidence.

    The fall production always opens the Friday after Thanksgiving and typically auditions within the second week back to school.

    The spring production usually runs the two weeks prior to Easter and auditions are the first week back from Christmas break.

    In April, the O’Hara Theater program holds its annual Theater Banquet to give out awards, and celebrate a successful year.

    May is when the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala is held. This past year, O’Hara was nominated in 12 different categories including Best Musical.

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