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


Middle School studio art class.

2023 Middle School Musical: Matilda!

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 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.

2023-24 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.

For a full list of performances and art events, click

October 27-28, 2023: Middle School Fall Play: Broadway Lullaby| Program | Photos
December 20, 2023: Middle School Winter Instrumental ConcertProgram | Photos
December 21, 2023: Middle School Winter Choral ConcertProgram | Photos
March 8-10, 2024: Middle School Musical: Frozen Jr.
April 17, 2024: Middle/Upper School Jazz Band Cabaret 
May 23, 2024: Middle School Spring Showcase 
May 29, 2024: Middle School Spring Instrumental Concert 
May 30, 2024: Middle School Spring Choral Concert 

HARRY M. DRAKE GALLERY Exhibition Schedule

September 8-September 29, 2023: Alumni Exhibition
October 6-November 3, 2023: Regional Artist Exhibit -  Anomalies: Interventions into the Digitized Feminine Space
November 10-December 15, 2023: US Advanced Workshops and MS Capstone Exhibit
January 8-January 27, 2024: Regional Artist Exhibit - Mikayla Ennevir
February 10-Spring Break, 2024: Regional Artist Exhibit - Anita Gobalaswamy
April 5-April 26, 2024: Advanced Workshop Spring Exhibit (Grade 12)
May 3-June 3, 2024: Advanced Workshop Spring Exhibit (Grade 11)

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 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!