An independent day school serving grades K-12 | St. Paul, MN

Arts

Middle School studio art class.

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. 
 
Music

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.

Theater

The required Grade 6 and 7 drama classes prepare 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.

2022-23 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, 2022: Middle School Fall Play: And a Child Shall Lead
December 14, 2022: Middle School Winter Instrumental Concert
December 15, 2022: Middle School Winter Choral Concert 
March 3-5, 2023: Middle School Musical: Matilda
April 19, 2023: Middle/Upper School Jazz Band Cabaret
May 25, 2023: Middle School Spring Showcase
May 31, 2023: Middle School Spring Instrumental Concert
June 1, 2023: Middle School Spring Choral Concert

HARRY M. DRAKE GALLERY Exhibition Schedule

September 9-September 30, 2022: Alumni Exhibition
October 7-November 11, 2022: Koua Yang 
November 18-December 16, 2022: Advanced Student Workshops
January 6-February 3, 2023: New Art Faculty Exhibition
February 10-March 17, 2023: Joy Liberman Exhibition
March 24-April 8, 2023: Middle School - Art 8 Exhibition 
April 14-May 6, 2023: Advanced Workshop Student Exhibitions: Seniors Only 
May 13-June 2, 2023: Advanced Workshop Student Exhibitions

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.

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!