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LuHi Fine Arts and Music

The Arts at LuHi offer several avenues for students to express themselves. Music and art classes are part of the daily curriculum while Theater is an after-school club. Learn more about Music, Art, and Theater opportunities below.

Lutheran High School Music Department

The Mission of the Music Department

The mission of the LuHi Music Department is to give glory to God through performances and rehearsals. The program exists to perform music at the highest level possible, challenge students to improve, and grow as a program.

The ensembles perform at church services, concerts, community events, and weekly chapel services. The Ensembles compete at the CHSAA Music Festivals and CHSAA Vocal Music Showcase. The Jubilate Choir has appeared as one of the performing ensembles at the Colorado Music Educators Conference.

We encourage students in grades 9-12 to participate in the music ensembles of LuHi. We value the arts and encourage participation in a variety of activities throughout a student’s high school years. The department is unapologetic about the top priority being the proclamation of the Gospel.

Choir and Band Options

The Jubilate Choir is the top vocal ensemble here on campus performing 30-35 times a year. The group is an auditioned ensemble and is open to first-year students through seniors. Jubilate performs in concerts, community events, church services, and the CHSAA choral festival. We also take a spring tour on a yearly basis.

The Jubilate Choir began in January of 2012 as the school’s first auditioned ensemble. We met before school 2-3 times a week, but as the group grew in size and ability, we moved into a class slot.

Since its inception, the group has performed at the CHSAA Vocal Music Gala and CHSAA music festivals. We have also made multiple appearances at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference. The group tours across the state of Colorado and the country.

If you have an interest in auditioning for the group, auditions are each year in April. Information will be available in late March.

  • The Concert Band is our instrumental group at Lutheran High. We perform a variety of music throughout the year including the traditional concert, jazz, pep band music, and more. The group performs in LuHi's significant concerts. We also travel to the CHSAA band festival and other engagements. Concert Band is open to any individual that can play an instrument. Strings are welcome!

  • BluHi Jazz is our newest band on campus. We meet before or after school and perform at various events on campus and around town. This group specializes in jazz and blues music.

  • Bel Canto, or Women's Choir, is an opportunity to sing without the high commitment of the Jubilate Choir. We perform throughout the year at on-campus events like the Christmas Concert and LuHi Arts Showcase. The group also travels to the CHSAA choral festival. Bel Canto gives students a fun opportunity for a high-quality music education in the process. There is no audition required, and it is our goal that we will have 40 to 50 women in the group on a regular basis.

  • The Men's Choir is our final music ensemble and has the potential to be one of the fastest growing here at LuHi. The Men's Choir is a group that focuses on the joy of singing and also on having fun in the process. This ensemble is open to any male in the school, and there is no audition necessary to be a part of it. Music performed ranges from traditional choral music to pieces specifically for a group of high school guys. Singing isn't just for girls; guys can make quite an impression when they take up the craft of song.


Concert Dates

  • LuHi Christmas Concert, December 7th and 8th at 7pm, Parker Bible Church
  • Jubilate at Colorado Music Educators Conference, January 26th, 2018 at 9:30 AM, Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs
  • All State Concert, February 3rd, 2018 at 4pm, Buell Theater
  • CHSAA Choir Choral Festival, April 4th and 5th, 2018, Rock Canyon High School
  • April Concert Series featuring BluHi Jazz, Men's and Women's Choir, and Concert Band - April 2018
  • Jubilate Tour, April 11th - 16th, 2018; St. Louis, Louisville, Nashville
  • Jubilate Home Concert, April 19th, 2018 at 7pm, Grace Lutheran Church
  • CHSAA Vocal Music Gala, May 4th, 2018 at 6pm, University of Denver
  • LuHi Arts Showcase, May 10th, 2018 at 7pm, PACE Center
  • Performing Arts Banquet, May 15th, 2018, Lutheran High School

Why Music is Important

Our teachers are asked about the importance of music in schools. Statistically, studies have shown students who practice music have higher ACT scores. A decreased at-risk behavior improved academic achievement, and higher math scores are also a proven benefit. While all these are valid reasons to have music in schools, there is a deeper reason.

Music has value because it is music. God has given us a gift that we get to enjoy daily, and we have the opportunity to cultivate that gift. For example, let's say someone enjoys working on cars. They don't invest in that passion because it will improve their science grades. Instead, they invest in that passion for the sake of cultivating a gift.

Music is essential to who we are as human beings. Music creates a well-rounded individual. It enhances the blessings that God showers on us here on this earth. Music has value because its music...and it’s as simple as that.

Mr. Chris Loesel, Miss Rachel Webb, and Mrs. Rebecca Elmshauser have a passion and love for music. They care first about the individual and then about the result. They are excited about the future of the music department and have plans to see it expand and succeed.

Lutheran High School Art Department

The mission of the Lutheran High School Art Department is to prepare students to have the confidence, knowledge, and tools to find the courage to be creative.

Much is being written today about the need for opportunities for our students to be creative. Art classes are an excellent environment for students to explore new ideas in a safe, light environment.

Courageous expression of new and different ideas is a skill that's honed in an art classroom. The LuHi Art Department will push students to expand their comfort zone in every way. We understand and nurture students who respond best to visual learning. Innovative thinkers need training and encouragement.

A student's art path begins with Introduction to Art, a required class for all freshmen. It is the foundation they will need to be either a flourishing artist or an active art appreciator. Students explore a variety of media in other classes for a broad background in the necessary disciplines of traditional art.

Our art teacher, Mark Hollenbeck, brings a mix of real-world experience and insights. A 1985 graduate of Concordia College in Seward, NE, Mark Hollenbeck has been a “teaching artist” for almost 30 years. He has also started his own Christian-based art business, Drawing on the Truth.

For ten years, Mark has been a featured artist at the Denver Chalk Art Festival and the Festival Italiano in Lakewood. Becoming involved in the Denver Chalk Art Festival was a pivotal point in Hollenbeck’s artistic development. He is recognized for his work in this area. He also develops relationships with essential artists within Denver’s art community.

Through these contacts, he became involved with “The Art of Winter.” This group paints on recycled skis and snowboards. His current work, “Persistence,” hangs in Larimer Square. He is also a member of the Parker Artist Guild. Between his dedication to his students and continued participation in the local art scene, Mark is a valuable addition to LuHi.

Art and Music Academies are available for students interested in diving deeper into those subject areas.