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Middle School studio art class.

Arts | Middle School

The arts are an important piece of day-to-day life in the Middle School. Music, theater, and the studio arts are woven into both the curriculum and co-curricular life. 


Every Middle School student takes a music class every day in the ensemble of their choosing (band, orchestra, or choir) and all students perform in two concerts each year. Private music lessons are also available through the school, with instructors who specialize in teaching students of this age.

Visual Arts

The Grade 6 visual art course covers various media and techniques; Grade 7 visual art courses introduce two-dimensional art techniques and three-dimensional ceramics. In Grade 8, students may opt to take elective courses in two and three-dimensional art.


The required Grade 6 drama class prepares students for later electives in Grade 8, including acting, production and performance, and scriptwriting. The Middle School's three yearly theatrical productions are popular co-curricular activities, and auditions are open to all students.

2021-22 Middle School Arts Calendar

We look forward to welcoming live performances back to the Middle School! Please note that all dates and performances below are subject to change.

October 29-30, 2021: Middle School Fall Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream | View the programView photos
December 16, 2021: Winter Choral Concert | View the program | View photos
January 6, 2022: Band and Orchestra Winter Concert | View the program | View photos
March 4-6, 2022: Middle School Musical | View the program | View photos
April 30, 2022: Middle/Upper School Jazz Band Cabaret | View photos
May 19, 2022: Middle School Spring Showcase | View the program
May 25, 2022: Band and Orchestra Spring Concert | View the program
May 26, 2022: Spring Choral Concert | View the program

See below for links to recordings of the livestreams from the fantastic Middle School musical and theatrical performances during 2020-21.

For a full list of performances and art events, click here!

May 27, 2021: middle school spring showcase

May 27, 2021 was the livestream debut of this year's Middle School Showcase. The show included a series of one-act plays, musical performances, poetry, and dance performances by our amazing Middle School performers. View the program. The show is available for on-demand streaming until May 30.

Middle School Arts 2020-21 Archive: Due to the pandemic there were no live performances in 2020-21. All performances were held virtually and recorded; please enjoy all these recordings below!

spring musical: fame jr

In Spring 2021, the Middle School presented FAME JR.! Due to in-person performance limitations, the performance was streamed on-demand over the weekend of April 9-11, 2021. 

View the performance program or watch the promotional video to get a taste of the talent and hard work of our Middle School cast and crew!


Fall Play: Alice in Wonderland

In Fall 2020, the Middle School presented Alice in Wonderland! Due to in-person performance limitations, the fall play was shared in a special, digital premiere on Broadway On Demand on Friday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. The show was also available for on-demand streaming on Saturday, November 21.

See photos from the performance on SmugMug or watch the promotional video of the show!


choir and instrumental performances

Middle School Jazz Band: "Spring Awakening"

Middle School Choirs: "Music Changes the World"
December 2020

Middle School Jazz Compilation
Winter 2020

Middle School Orchestra: "Let it Snow"
December 2020

Middle School Jazz Band: "My Dinner With Ronald"
October 2020

Middle School Choirs: "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho"
September 2020

Middle School Art Show 2021

In May 2021, our Middle School visual art students contributed their work to the Middle School Art Show 2021. Visitors may view the exhibit as a 3D "gallery tour" or view the entire exhibition catalogue.

Congratulations to all our Middle School visual artists!