Performing Arts

All Lower School students perform in concerts as well as in annual class plays, many of which the students write themselves. Singing, creative movement, and playing instruments are all part of life in the Lower School.

In Middle School, all students take classes in vocal music, instrumental music, and drama. Music classes include music theory, composition, technique, and performance preparation. The drama program features an annual play and a musical as well as a focus on a student-generated improvisation technique known as Playback Theatre.

Upper School students may pursue theater arts, including acting and technical theater. Young musicians join the jazz ensemble or play in the chamber orchestra. Students interested in vocal music sing in the chorus or chamber chorus. View the curriculum guide for additional details. Dance is offered as part of the physical education program.

Clubs and Other Opportunities

Co-curricular and extracurricular offerings are an important part of the Middle School and Upper School performing arts program.

Faculty members sponsor a range of performing arts opportunities. Each year, the Upper School produces one-act plays, full-length plays, and a musical. The jazz ensemble, chamber orchestra, and choruses offer concerts twice a year, in addition to performing in other locations ranging from the National Cathedral to New Orleans jazz halls to the Prague Music Festival.

Students also lead performing arts extracurricular activities.