Our performing arts and music offerings range from introductory to advanced and provide both formal training and instruction in each discipline’s theoretical, historical and cultural background.
From the first experience with music class in Pre-K through a broad study of performing arts in Middle School and advanced and specialized courses in the Upper School, our curriculum fosters collaboration and is dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the creative process. This intentional framework allows our students to grow in their own artistic understanding, capabilities and free expression. Facilities include the 375-seat McAneny Theater equipped with state-of-the-art digital lighting and sound equipment, a scene shop and a costume and props room. The theater is augmented by a dance studio and rehearsal space.
Our award-winning theater program has earned local, national, and international recognition for both the depth and breadth of our curriculum and the quality and diversity of our programming. At all levels, courses strike the perfect balance between creative freedom and self-discipline, encouraging students to develop the skills needed to become confident actors, technicians, or designers. In our state-of-the-art facilities, students often work alongside visiting professionals as they bring numerous productions from the page to the stage.
Instrumental and Choral Music
Our music program offerings range from introductory to advanced and provide both formal training and general instruction. This intentional framework allows our students to grow in their own artistic understanding, creative capabilities and free expression. Performance ensembles include multiple choirs, string ensembles and bands at all levels. Our students participate in performance-based courses, academic music courses and extracurricular activities for enrichment. Facilities include the 375-seat McAneny Theater, equipped with state-of-the-art digital lighting and sound equipment, a scene shop and a costume and props room, a dance studio and rehearsal spaces.
Dance in the Middle and Upper Schools cultivates the creative voice along with skill and artistry in a non-competitive and collaborative environment. From contemporary to classical dance styles to improvisation and choreography, students at all skill levels develop a well-rounded, comprehensive repertoire. Our program provides numerous performance opportunities for performers and choreographers, as well as interdisciplinary performances in collaboration with theater, film and music.
The Jacobson Music Scholar Program
Designed to encourage, guide and nurture students who are serious about pursuing music beyond their secondary education, the Jacobson Music Scholar Program supports our most passionate and talented juniors and seniors. Named in honor of beloved former music teacher Frank Jacobson, this selective program prepares students for the college audition process and experience. During each winter, students prepare and perform "juries" for a faculty panel. At the conclusion of each year, each Jacobson Scholar performs a solo recital.
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