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

Arts

The arts are an essential piece of the Upper School curriculum and community life. Students are required to take at least three semesters in the fine arts, choosing from a robust selection of electives in the visual arts, music, and theater. Student artwork is showcased in the Harry M. Drake Gallery, and the Upper School's two concerts and three theatrical productions are highly-anticipated community events, all of which take place in the Huss Center for Performing Arts, the school's state-of-the-art, 650-seat auditorium.

Music

Upper School music courses are ensemble-based and include two orchestral ensembles, two choral ensembles, a jazz ensemble, and the Honors Music Seminar. All ensembles perform in two concerts every year, and the extracurricular a cappella singing group also performs at school events. Private music lessons are also available through the school, with instructors who specialize in teaching high school students.

Visual Arts

Visual arts coursework is offered in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and the video arts. The Honors Art Seminar is designed for the most advanced students, who exhibit their work in a dedicated show in the Harry M. Drake Gallery at the end of the year.

Theater

Topic-based theater courses focus on Theatrical Arts, Acting, Design, Directing, and Production. Three audition-based theatrical performances each year include the Fall Play, the Winter One-Acts, and the Spring Musical. 

2019-20 Upper School Performance and Arts Calendar

Fall Play: "The Madwoman of Chaillot"

2019 Upper School Fall Play:

"The Madwoman of Chaillot"
Friday, November 22, 2019, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7 p.m.
Huss Center for the Performing Arts (Google map)

All performances are free of charge and open to the public.

 

Pops Concert

2019 Pops Concert

Featuring all of the Upper School music ensembles
Friday, December 6, 2019, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7 p.m.
Huss Center for the Performing Arts (Google map)

All performances are free of charge and open to the public.

Winter Student Art Exhibit (Grades 6-12)

Winter Student Art Exhibit

Exhibit: January 10 - February 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 3-4:30 p.m.
Harry M. Drake Gallery (Randolph Campus)

The Winter Student Art Exhibit features the work of students in Grades 6-12 who took art classes in the fall/winter.

Winter One-Acts

2019 Winter One-Acts

Friday, January 21, 2020, 7 p.m.
Huss Center for the Performing Arts (Google map)

The Upper School One-Act cast and crew will also compete in the MSHSL section competition on January 25 (prelims) & February 1 (finals). If they qualify, the State competition takes place on February 6-7, 2020.

Middle and Upper School Jazz Band Concert

2019 Middle/Upper School Jazz Concert

Featuring the Middle and Upper School jazz bands
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 7 p.m.
Huss Center for the Performing Arts (Google map)

All performances are free of charge and open to the public.

US Vocal/Orchestral and Community Chorale Concert

2019 Upper School Spring Vocal/Orchestral and Community Choral Concert

Featuring the US choirs, US orchestras, and the Community
Chorale

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 7 p.m.
Huss Center for the Performing Arts (Google map)

All performances are free of charge and open to the public.

Senior Art Seminar Exhibit

Senior Art Seminar Exhibit

Exhibit: May 1 - June 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 5-6:30 p.m.
Harry M. Drake Gallery (Randolph Campus)

This exhibit features the work of Senior Art Seminar students and reflects numerous mediums, including painting, ceramics, photography, videography, and printmaking.

Spring Musical: "Chicago"

2019 Spring Musical

"Chicago"
Friday, May 15, 2020, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 2020 4 p.m.
Huss Center for the Performing Arts (Google map)

All performances are free of charge and open to the public.

2019-20 All-School Arts Calendar

Upper School studio art class

Upper School ceramics class