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Visual and Performing Arts

Mission Statement

The mission of the visual and performing arts department at San Juan Hills High School is to give all students an encounter of the creative experience through the mediums of visual arts, theater arts, music, and dance.  The creative experience is the personal interaction that one has while creating, critically analyzing, and performing art.  Students will encounter these art forms on several different levels as defined through the California State Framework including, but not limited to artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing.  All students of varying artistic aptitude and prior experience will receive quality instruction at the appropriate level, with a focus of challenging them to reach a greater level of artistry.  Students who have the aptitude and desire to pursue any of these areas as a profession will be given the full opportunity through quality instruction and a variety of course offerings for them to reach their goal.  However, the primary focus will be to bring the creative experience to all students of San Juan Hills High School through every artistic medium to the end result that all students bring a ‘creative spirit’ and critical analysis to all of their life challenges.

Visual and Performing Arts Teachers

Beilstein, Cambria (949) 234-5900 ex.16604 VAPA Department Chair
Calder, Kristine (949) 234-5900 ex.16607 Dance/Body Composition/PE9 Teacher
Carlson, Greg (949) 234-5900 ex.16518 CTE Teacher
Colt, Jan (949) 234-5900 ex.16517 Visual Arts Teacher
Devaney, Brian (949) 234-5900 ex.16609 Video/Film Teacher
McElroy, Dean (949) 234-5900 ex.16606 Director of Instrumental Music
Norgren, Ryan (949) 234-5900 ex.16516 Digital Photography/Yearbook
Ushino, Michael (949) 234-5900 ex.16605 Director of Choral Music
Wooten, Jeremey (949) 234-5900 ex.16514 CTE/AI/CCP Teacher

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Courses Offered in Visual and Performing Arts

Instrumental Music

Instructor - Dean McElroy   Email

  • Concert Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Marching Band
  • Drumline

Vocal Music

Instructor - Michael Ushino  Email

  • Mixed Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Advanced Womens
  • Guitar
  • Commercial Music
  • AP Music Theory


Instructor - Kristine Calder   Email

  • Beginning Dance
  • Intermediate Dance
  • Advanced Dance Production 

Theatre Arts

Instructor - Cambria Beilstein   Email

  • Drama 1A/1B
  • Advanced Drama
  • Actors' Repertory Theatre
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatrical Production and Management
  • Drama/Musical Comedy PE
  • Drama/Musical Comedy FA

Visual Arts

Instructor - Jan Colt   Email

  • Drawing/Painting
  • Advanced Drawing/Painting
  • Ceramics
  • AP Studio Art

Instructor - Ryan Norgren   Email

  • Digital Photography
  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Yearbook
  • AP Studio Art

Video/Technological Arts

Instructor - Brian Devaney   Email

  • Video Production
  • Advanced TV Production
  • TV Broadcast Journalism
  • Film Studies
  • Computer Graphics

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Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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