All students are required to take at least three semesters of fine arts, choosing among visual arts classes, musical ensembles, or theater courses. Ensembles include Summit Singers, Academy Chorale, Academy Symphony, Honors Sinfonia, and Upper School Jazz Band, all of which produce two performances a year. More than half of the Upper School student body performs in the fall Pops Concert, which is a highlight of the year for students, faculty, and families. The Honors Music Seminar, for students in Grades 11 and 12, focuses on music analysis, composition, music history, and theory. Visual arts courses emphasize personal expression through drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and video arts. After introduction courses are completed, a variety of intermediate classes are available to students to reinforce and strengthen their skills in a medium of their choice. These electives culminate with the Senior Art Seminar course, the most advanced visual arts course in which students pursue independent projects and build a portfolio for college applications. Theater courses focus on acting, directing, production, and design. Theater productions include a student-directed one act play series, a fall drama, and a spring musical.