Performing Arts

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Lakewood City Schools has a long legacy of excellence in arts education, including the performing arts. From our many performance groups at the high school to our elementary music program, there are many options available to all our students.

If you have a question about our Performing Arts programs, please email



George P. Read Music Department

Band Program (website)
Director: Dale Hildebrand (long-term sub)  I email I  216-227-5980
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Band
Concert Band
Jazz Band*
Jazz Workshop*
Ranger Marching Band* (website); director: Clinton Steinbrunner l email
Ranger Pep Band*

Orchestra Program (website)
Director: Dr. Elizabeth Hankins  I email I  216-227-5990
Chamber Orchestra
Symphonic Orchestra
String Orchestra
Lakewood Project (electric rock orchestra)*
       Check out LP in this video
Four Seasons string quartet*

For more information on the LHS Orchestra Program, visit Dr. Hankins' teacher web site by clicking here.

Choir Program
Director: Rayna Brooks I email I  216-227-5981
Symphonic Mixed Choir
Symphonic Treble Choir
Soprano/Alto Concert Choir
Tenor/Bass Concert Choir
Men's Choir
Chamber Choir* 
Vive Le Four men's quartet*
Fourtes women's quartet*

Drama Program
Director: Domenic Farinelli  I email I  216-529-4162

The Drama program offers Broadcast/Theater Production as an elective through the English Department. Theatre Arts is also available through the West Shore Career-Technical District. The Barnstormers Drama Club peforms three plays throughout the school year, including a spring musical.

Non-Performance Classes
Music Theory
AP Music Theory


Grade Level Bands
Grade Level Choirs
Jazz Band*
Strolling Strings*
Show Choir*

Harding Band Director: John Blasko  I  email

Garfield Band Director: Julie Tabaj  I email 
Harding & Garfield Orchestra Director: Patty Mullinax  I email
Harding & Garfield Choir Director: Lisa Richards  I email

Garfield Middle School: 216.529.4241
Harding Middle School: 216.529.4261


Kodaly and Orff-based General Music
5th Grade Band
5th Grade Orchestra
Performance choirs (varies by school)
Field trips to Cleveland Orchestra

Emerson music teacher: Matthew Fitz  I email I  216-529-4254
Grant music teacher: Carrie Smith  I email I  216-529-4217
Harrison music teacher:  Stephanie Grant l email 216-529-4230
Hayes music teacher: Karen Bescan   I email I  216-529-4228
Horace Mann music teacher: Aaron Waryk  I email I  216-529-4257
Lincoln music teacher: Emily Murphy l email 216-529-4232
Roosevelt music teacher: Renee Wagner  I email I  216-529-4224

Elementary strings teacher: Mary Jo Mallchok  I email I 216.227-5707, ext. 8370
Elementary band teachers: John Blasko, 216-529-4261 and Julie Tabaj, 216-529-4241 (see emails under Middle School Programs)

Events & Forms

Events are in Civic Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

LHS Jazz Band Concert
Wednesday, May 8, 7 pm

6th Grade Spring Concert
Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm

Chamber Choir Concert
Saturday, May 11, 3pm
Black Box Studio Theatre

5th Grade Instrumental Concert
Monday, May 13, 7 pm

LHS Spring Choral Concert
Tuesday, May 14, 7 pm

Hayes Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 15, 9:15 am
Hayes Gym

LHS Orchestra Spring Concert
Thursday, May 16, 7 pm

Harding's "Annie Jr." play
Thurs. & Fri, May 16-17, 6:30 pm
Harding Cafetorium

Lakewood Project Spring Concert
Saturday, May 18, 7:30 pm

LHS Bands Spring Concert
Monday, May 20, 7 pm



Music Boosters Website

2018-2019 Instrument Rental Application

Music Boosters Membership Form 2018-19