Clubs of the Arts

Art Club

Art Club is a place for students who enjoy being creative. It is a place that provides an opportunity for you to express your individuality through the creation of artworks. A place to practice your skills, develop new techniques, and collaborate with other creative individuals. This relaxed and informal environment encourages all students to pursue your own creative interests. Members also plan and create group projects that benefit the school and community, participate in setting up art displays and exploring art events through field trips.

During Remote; meetings are every other Friday at 3:00 pm

Meetings are on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in room 2610

Sponsor: Sue Berns

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Encore! Theatre

Encore! is the group for students who wish to be involved in the high school’s theatre program. Its primary purpose is to produce three shows during the season: a comedy or drama, student-directed one-acts, and a musical. Additionally, Encore! provides social and educational opportunities in the theatre by sponsoring trips to see professional, community, and high school shows in the area, and by arranging and attending state and national theatre festivals. The group serves as the umbrella organization to the local chapter of the International Thespian Society and participates in several theatre related service projects throughout the year. Membership is open to all students interested in any part of theatre production: acting, directing, set design and construction, lighting design and implementation, sound engineering, costuming, and stage management.

Lauren Tracy (Fall/Winter/Spring): Email Lauren Tracy

Maureen Ritter (Winter/Spring): Email Maureen Ritter

Assistant Directors:
Kara Brzostowski (Musical): Email Kara Brzostowski

Levi Ofsanik (Winter): Email Levi Ofsanik

Tech Directors:
Sean Evans(Fall/Winter/Spring): Email Sean Evans

Nick Salinger (Fall/Winter/Spring): Email Nick Salinger


Carlye Friedman

Vocal Director:

Emily Ferguson - Email Emily Ferguson

Instrumental Instructor:

Kamal Talukder - Email Kamal Talukder


Inkblots is the school’s literary magazine. It is a collection of students’ original creations in the areas of poetry, short stories, drawings, and photography. The publication, in its final version, is a reflection of the diversity in thought and vision of our student body. It is a place for all students to find a "voice" for their talent.

Sponsor: Heather Fee-Alverez
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Thursdays at 3:30 in room 2120

Jazz Band

This ensemble will explore different styles in jazz literature. Instruments include saxophones, trumpets, trombones, percussion, piano, and guitar. It is a select group that may perform at school concerts as well as other public engagements.

Director: Kamal Talukder: Email Kamal Talukder

Jazz Choir

Jazz Choir :  Jazz Choir is open to any student enrolled in a choir class at GCHS who would like to commit to making music with this group.  We rehearse on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 pm in the choir room.  We learn the foundations of singing in varied jazz styles and explore a variety of other contemporary singing styles.  

Sponsor: Emily Ferguson

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Marching Band

Dumline is a segment of band students, by audition, who work to further develop their percussion skills while participating in drum line practices and competition related to marching band.

Color Guard is the visual effects portion of the marching band. This group interprets the music through the use of show flags, ribbons, dance, and a variety of other equipment. This group performs during all home varsity football games, Homecoming, Grayslake Days and Memorial Day parades, and competes in various competitions. Members must attend a mandatory week long band camp in the summer, practices twice weekly beginning in July, and all required games, competitions, and activities.

Director: Kamal Talukder
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Assistant Director: Andrew Magosky
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Color Guard: Joan Moya
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Drumline: Jon Locke and Mason Jenkins
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National Art Honor Society

This organization recognizes high achievement in visual art and promotes GCHS artists and their creative activities. It provides students leadership opportunities as well throughout each school year.

Sponsor: Bonnie Shorr
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Orchesis focuses on dance techniques such as ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary/modern dance styles. Orchesis is designed to develop versatile dancers and provide valuable performing experience.


Amber Jones
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Francesca Bevente
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Tri-M National Music Honor Society is an organization open to all District 127 music students. It was founded in 1936 at Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, and currently has over 4500 chapters throughout the US. It is designed to recognize music students for academic and musical achievement, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and inspire others to excel in leadership and music. Students must be an active member of a school music performance group and meet the standards of criteria in five categories: scholarship, character, cooperation, leadership, and service. Tri-M members perform numerous community and school service projects throughout the school year.

Sponsor: Emily Ferguson

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