Our Performing Arts program offers students the opportunity to create and collaborate—to make mistakes in a supportive space that promotes flexibility and growth.
At each level, we expose students to new experiences, which become more robust as you go up through the grades. Additionally, the K-12 musical offers an opportunity for upper schoolers to mentor younger children, who we see then come up to the Middle and Upper School and continue to perform.
Our Lower School music program invites enthusiastic participation from our students. By connecting the notes to words and movement through rhythm, music lessons are a whole body experience, inspiring creativity and innovation. Throughout their six years in the Lower School, students will study various composers, bringing their work to life through song and dance. Each year, students grow in their experience with unpitched percussion instruments, xylophones, and the recorder and begin to accompany their own performances as early as Kindergarten.
These experiences teach concepts such as rhythm, melody, harmony, style, and expression and integrate with the thematic learning at each grade level. As 3rd Grade students journey the world, they learn music from various operas. Kindergarten and 5th Grade students perform a culminating musical that connects to their core curriculum.
Kindergarten "Baby Elephant"
Middle School performing arts courses balance between exposing students to new opportunities and taking their skill to the next level. Sixth graders begin by either taking a musical instrument or participating in choral music class. Students in 7th and 8th Grade choose at least two semesters of the arts, one visual and one performing, and at least one oratory course. Advanced, audition-based ensembles in theater, music and dance, as well as after-school musicals allow students to grow in skill and responsibility.
MS Dance: All About Love
By the time students reach the Upper School, more elements of our productions are student-run. Increasing opportunities to design sound and lighting, build scenery, and stage manage offer students a more complete perspective of the professional world of performing arts. Students who choose to pursue performing arts all four years often move fluidly between music, tech, acting, and dance. Rehearsals are organized according to professional expectations, and students progress in commitment as the standards elevate.
Upper School faculty select meaningful and challenging work, encouraging students to develop in different avenues and broaden their scope of performance technique. They take risks on selecting shows for depth, mixing classics with new works. Faculty collaboration models for students what it means to prioritize collective storytelling over individual spotlight, as students shape futures with artistic meaning.