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

Sample Courses

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance focuses on creating a deeper understanding of movement as a whole as students are encouraged to find their own voice through movement as they gain core strength, flexibility, understanding of alignment, and coordination of body and mind. Additionally, various dance techniques and movement vocabularies, (ballet, modern and more) are introduced and developed. In a supportive, multi-level environment, these classes build a strong, expressive physical foundation from which to move.

Music Production

Students are introduced to the fundamentals in theory and practice of contemporary music production, with emphasis on modern recording studio practices. The course teaches students how to listen and think like a producer and to provide a working knowledge of the evolving music-related technologies in today’s culture and in the music business of tomorrow.

Digital Media Design

Students explore the world of designing and creating graphic and animated digital media content. The media content created in the course will be used in various campus publications, posters and events. The course also examines graphical design in print, advertising, app design, and online media while focusing on color, composition, and style.

Playwriting and Screenwriting

Through writing exercises and workshops of each other’s materials in class, students expand their screenwriting techniques and develop their individual voices as writers. In seminar, students discuss the screenwriting process— from the outline and treatment through the draft and the pitch.

Symphony Orchestra

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 annual Choate concerts in the Paul Mellon Arts Center, as well as on tour.

2016 Dance Concert Highlights

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