Our Upper School Advanced Chamber Ensemble's annual Collage event is an evening of interactive listening, art, poetry, dance, and chamber music. Middle School and Upper School music teacher Sarah Yoon first worked with students to launch Collage in 2018, and it's since become a favorite annual cross-disciplinary arts event, showcasing our students' boundless creativity and thoughtfulness.
When our students have the opportunity to perform and create, they find new ways for self-expression and self-discovery, and gain self-confidence.
Taught by faculty who are professional actors, writers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists, our extracurriculars and curriculum open doors for students who want to develop confidence and creativity in practicing an art form.
Art is woven into the very fabric of our students’ lives. Beginning School teachers integrate visual art and music throughout the curriculum. Instruction becomes more formal in the Lower School, where children enjoy weekly visits to the McCarthey Campus' beautiful art studio to learn technique, history, and criticism, and to make 2D and 3D masterpieces under the able direction of professional artist-teacher Kathryn Czarnecki.
Learning to play Orff-Shulwerk instruments and exploring music theory, history, and performance from the talented baton of Susan Swidnicki also enthralls lower schoolers as their artistic interests begin to bloom. Stage performance starts in the Lower School, and students can develop their dramatic talents in the middle and upper schools.
Dance is everywhere—from movement exploration in the Beginning School, to impromptu playground rehearsals for the Lower School's annual Puttin’ on the Arts concert, to the Lincoln Street Campus studios where our older students develop fierce, animated choreography to express their feelings about the world they want to change.