Visual & Performing Arts

  • The Fine and Performing Arts Program at Passaic Valley High School offers students a wide array of classes taught by experienced and knowledgable faculty. Students have the opportunity to take electives throughout their 4 years in Music and Theatre. Our program offers a nurturing and and supportive environment and encourages all enrolled to be well rounded performers and students.


    Rumors 2017   August Osage County 2016

    • Course Offerings: Theatre I, Theatre II, Advanced Theatre, Advanced Theatre TV/Film
    • Advanced Theatre Internship
    • Coursework includes: Theatre history, stage managing and directing, acting techniques, improvisation, monolouge work, scene study, fundamentals of lighting, sound, make-up, costumes, and set design, and more
    • Students completing all theatre coursework will graduate with a complete Career Portfolio
    • Four main stage productions per school year
    • Multiple performance opportunities
    • View Past Productions


    • Outstanding Theatre Teacher in NJ - Caren Atamian, PVHS, 2011 - 1st Annual JoAnne Fox Award


    • Top Ten Finalists - Dramatic Pairs - 2018
    • 3rd place - Dramatic Pairs - 2017
    • 3rd place – Improvisational Pairs - 2017
    • 6th place - August: Osage County Scene - 2017
    • Top Ten Finalists, Dramatic Pairs – 2016


    • 2017 Best Ensemble August: Osage County
    • 2017 Best Actress August: Osage County
    • 2016 Best Actress The Odd Couple
    • 2014 Best Actress All My Sons
    • 2014 Best Actor All My Sons


    Choir Spring Concert   Music Department Combined Performance

    The study of music at the secondary school level provides the student with the opportunity to practice many skills that may not be found in other academic disciplines.  Foremost among these are the self-discipline and self-motivation necessary to master music, combined with the sense of camaraderie and teamwork when performing with a group.
    Students learn higher-level functions of mathematics and world cultures through the study of music. They experience a variety of musical styles that they may not otherwise hear in their everyday experience.  They are given the opportunity to express their feelings in a positive and constructive manner.
    Add to this the sense of accomplishment and public recognition for their achievements.  The study of music can motivate students who are otherwise unreachable, and bring joy and meaning to the disenchanted.  Music can make a difference.

    • Course Offerings: Concert Band I-IV, Concert Choir I-IV, Music Theory, School of Rock, Piano Keyboard, Intro to Classical Guitar, Zero Period Concert Band and Concert Choir
    • Instrumental Music Coursework: Students choose an instrument in order to learn playing techniques and music fundmentals such as note reading, rhythm, intonation, ear training, breath control, tonal balance, production, and quality, phrasing, and ensemble playing skills
    • Vocal Music Coursework: Students will receive training and experience in music fundementals such as note reading, rhythm, intonation, ear training, breath control, diction, intonation, blend, and phrasing. Students will sing a highly diverse repetoire in multiple parts and develop critical listening, thinking, and evaluative skills.
    • Positions of leadership availble within the Concert Choir (section leaders, music librarians)
    • General Music Coursework: Elements of music and theory, terminology, various musical forms, materials and methods of composition from different historical periods and world cultures, awareness of various music related careers, history of music/contemporary music, music technology, performance
    • Three concerts in conjuction with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year
    • Student enrichment through field trips and in-school presentations
    • Extra-curricular performances groups (A Cappella Vocal Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band)


    • Music Department Holiday, Spring, and Pops Concerts
    • School Wide Assemblies and Community Events
    • Holiday Show, Variety Show, and Spring Musical (Drama Club)
    • Collaborative Performances with Surrounding School Districts
    • Marching Band and Color Guard Performances and Competitions

    Field Trips and Events


    Tri-M, the only national honor society for student musicians in the country, highlights our school’s music program and gives students the opportunity to perform, lead, and serve. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments, and to inspire other students to excel at music and become leaders. 
    To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a school sponsored music ensemble for at least two marking periods, show academic excellence in all subject areas, be a leader in their school/community, and complete different service activities. Students are also chosen based on character; a person who demonstrates respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
    Any student who meets the above criteria, the bylaws written by the Passaic Valley Music Department, and have been approved by the advisors will be fully vested as new members.


    • Members of STANJ (The Speech and Theater Association of New Jersey), an organization which advocates for the study and teaching of communication and theater arts
    • Tri-M Music Honors Society
    • NAFME (National Association for Music Education)
    • North Jersey Area Band 
    • Region 1 NJSMA (North Jersey School Music Association)
    • Marching Band: USBands


    PVTV Music and Theatre: View concerts, shows, and behind the scenes interviews.

    Art Department

    Passaic Valley Summer for the Performing Arts: Four week summer camp funded by the Passaic Valley Education Foundation.

    Passaic Valley Summer Theatre: an artistic enrichment program designed to provide first class instruction to developing high school theater students through the production of professional quality musical theater; sponsored by the Passaic Valley Education Foundation.