The mission of the arts department is to nurture the creativity inherent in all by promoting courageous exploration, self-awareness, and cultural fluency through a collaborative approach that allows students to discover their unique creative voice.Kalya Yannatos, Director of the Arts and Department Head
- Dance Composition
- Music Production
- Visual Studies: Mixed Media
- Playwriting and Screenwriting
- Symphony Orchestra
Open to all students, this course is an intensive laboratory in which students work cooperatively as both choreographer and dancer to experiment with diverse compositional practices from contemporary dance. Video viewing, discussion, reading, and writing assignments complement daily creation activities. Each class consists of experimentation, individual and group studio research, presentation, and discussion.
This course addresses the fundamentals of making art from conceptual development to technical skill development. Students explore a variety of 2-D and 3-D media gaining project-based technical skills to strengthen their visual literacy. In addition to projects using traditional media, students may also experiment spatially with installation and performance art.
The Symphony Orchestra, for advanced string, wind, brass and percussion players, performs symphonic masterworks from the Classic, Romantic, 20th and 21st centuries. The Orchestra performs at annual Choate concerts in the Paul Mellon Arts Center, as well as on tour. Past tours have taken the orchestra to 12 European countries, Asia, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, Yale University, and The White House.