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 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.
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 coursework is offered in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and the video arts. Advanced Art Workshops enable students to deepen their skills through independent projects and create a small body of work for presentation or exhibition in the Harry M. Drake Gallery.
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.
2022-23 Upper School Arts Calendar
We look forward to welcoming live performances back to the Upper School! Please note that all dates and performances below are subject to change.
November 18-19, 2022: Upper School Fall Play: The Trojan Women
December 2-3, 2022: Pops Concert
January 27, 2023: Upper School Winter One-Acts
April 19, 2023: Middle/Upper School Jazz Band Cabaret
April 29, 2023: Vocal/Orchestral Spring Concert & Community Chorale
May 19-21, 2023: Upper School Spring Musical: Urinetown
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 21, 2021: upper school spring showcase
Friday, May 21, 2021 was the livestream debut of the 2021 Upper School Spring Showcase, featuring performances by the Academy Symphony, Honors Sinfonia, Summit Singers, Academy Chorale, Jazz Band, Orchestra Winds, and the Community Chorale. View the performance program or view the livestream. Congratulations to all our Upper School musicians and singers!
The 2021 Senior Art Seminar Exhibition is the creation of students enrolled in the Honors Art Seminar, the Upper School's most advanced art seminar. This year, seminar students worked hard to curate two exhibitions of their work. "The Observer Effect" is on display in the Harry M. Drake Gallery on the Randolph Campus through June 6, 2021; and "Atmospheric Pressure," a virtual exhibition, is accessible online here.
Upper School Jazz Band: "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square"
Upper School Orchestra Winds: "March" by Bach
Honors Sinfonia: "All I Want for Christmas"
Upper School Jazz Band: "Ain't Misbehavin'"
Summit Singers: "Let the Mystery Be"
Academy Symphony: "Hallelujah"
Academy Chorale: "Wonderwall"
Upper School Orchestras: "Neesun Dorma"
Summit Singers: "Like A Girl"
Academy Chorale: "When the Party's Over"