FAST (Fine Arts Support Team)

The Mission of the Fine Arts Support Team is to provide assistance for and promotion of the various fine arts curricula and programs at The Oakwood School.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

The Fine Arts Support Team (FAST) at Oakwood is a parent group dedicated to supporting the arts within the school, and increasing our students’ exposure to the arts in various ways.This year, Oakwood is continuing its partnership with the East Carolina University College of Fine Arts and Communication, which allows our students unique experiences and access to the arts at ECU, through the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series (SRAPAS), Family Fare Series, and ECU’s other academic and artistic programs. I’m sure it’s not necessary for me to explain the tremendous value of exposing our children to the arts. Please see below for further details on how your family can participate in the arts at ECU.

I also want to welcome anyone interested in supporting Oakwood’s fine arts to join me on the Fine Arts Support Team. There are so many ways for parents to get involved, whether you have a lot or a little time to give, and we want as many of you involved as possible. This year, we are focusing on strengthening our programs internally, and developing collaborations between the various arts programs at Oakwood. We are also hoping to create powerful ways for our older students to share their love of visual art, dance, music, and theater with the younger children. Finally, we are inviting upper school arts students to help our school’s arts to grow by developing programming that they would like to see at Oakwood.

Please contact me if you have any questions, and I hope to see many of you at upcoming FAST meetings and arts events.


Cassandra Mehlhop
Parent of David (11) & Emma (Class of 2017)
Oakwood FAST President

FAST Leadership

This year, FAST is being led by:

Please feel free to contact any of us with questions or ideas.

Important Art Dates

Mark your calendars! Here is an initial schedule of Oakwood Arts events for 2017-2018:

LS Winter Concert - Thursday, November 9
US Winter Concert - Wednesday, November 29
MS Winter Concert - Thursday, December 7
US Musical - February 15-18
Variety Show - Friday, March 2
US Spring Concert - Wednesday, May 2
Art Show and Fine Arts Honor Societies Induction Ceremony - Sunday, May 6
MS Spring Concert - Tuesday, May 8
LS Spring Concert - Thursday, May 17

Student Spotlights

Logan Saad (10) attended Perry-Mansfield, the country's longest running fine arts camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for 6 weeks this summer. There she studied dance for 9 hours per day, as well as "cross-cultural" studies in equestrian, creative writing, voice and acting.

Jessica Pabst (Class of ’17) attended the Rockettes Summer Intensive in August for the second year in a row. She is studying musical theater at Florida Southern College.

Rachel Foster (12) attended Complexions Contemporary Ballet in Dallas at Southern Methodist University in June. She also attended The Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia in August.

Lenora Jantzen (6), Julia Moore (10), and David Mehlhop (11) attended the ECU Summer Chamber Music Institute in July. This program brings advanced middle, high school, and college-aged strings players together to study and perform chamber music with professional musicians.

Hayley Allen (12) attended St. Olaf’s Summer Music Academy in Northfield, Minnesota for a week in June. There she performed in a full concert and a recital.

Oakwood violinists, Nnamdi (9) and Ozioma (7) Obi, both attended Greenwood Music Camp in Cunningham, Massachusetts this August. There they studied chamber and orchestral music for two weeks.

This summer, Leslie Harker (10) attended ECU Summer Vocal Intensive in June for ten days, and then the UNC-Chapel Hill Music Workshop (Soprano section) in July for a week. At UNC, Leslie sang in the student recital and the “Cabaret" talent showcase.

Ella Holdeman (7) attended the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan this summer for three weeks, where she majored in Vocal Arts.

Ford Amerson (7) went to Duke Energy Center in Raleigh last April to see violinist Damien Escobar perform. Escobar, formerly of Nuttin’ but Stringz, was the youngest student ever admitted to Julliard Music School - at age 10. At the concert, he invited Ford up on stage to play a song on his viola!

Weatherly Tate (7) has been taking private art lessons at Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge for 4 years. She has taken lessons in pottery, silk painting, mixed media, drawing, and acrylic painting.

Ms. Sauls brought this fantastic group of Oakwood vocalists to the North Carolina Summer Institute of Choral Arts for a week during the summer. The students who attended were Noor Ali (7), Faylee Crawford (7), Addie Reedy (6), Ellie Surles (6), Cole Daugherty (11), Liyah Edwards (10), Dru Lindsay (11), Kristina Kessler (9), Helayna Clark (8), Tyler Morgan (8), Nate Davis (11), and Sarah Howard (10).

This past June, Nora McCunney (8) and Jude Saverino (8) attended ECU Summer Band Camp. Nora plays the flute and Jude plays bass clarinet.

ECU Arts Collaboration/SRAPAS Dates

This year, Oakwood is continuing its partnership with the East Carolina University College of Fine Arts and Communication, which allows our students unique experiences and access to the arts at ECU, through the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series (SRAPAS), Family Fare Series*, and ECU’s other academic and artistic programs. For 2017-2018, we have been offered a tremendous discount, available only to Oakwood families, which will work like this:

  • Tickets available to the public are tiered and priced from $45 to $10, depending on the quality of the seats.
  • Oakwood families may purchase tickets at a rate of $10 for students and $15 for adults on the FAST webpage (credit card). The seats purchased through Oakwood will be the best seats available. Oakwood families will be getting a savings of up to $30 per ticket!
  • Parking on the ECU campus is tricky! For $5, a reserved parking pass close to Wright Auditorium can be purchased when you purchase your tickets.
  • The Oakwood discount will be available until midnight, one week before the show. Tickets are non-refundable.

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2018 SRAPAS Dates:

Broadway Live! - Friday, April 13