The Arts program is an essential part of the day-to-day life of our students across the three divisions of our school. We firmly believe that students must engage with the arts and the creative process every day. Our program emphasizes a breadth of experiences for each student, combined with a depth of inquiry and practice in those areas that students need greater challenge as they hone their artistic talent and craft.
The Department of Music is an academic enrichment offering at Country Day. A faculty of three full-time teachers and five private-lesson teachers provides instruction to students in music and related coursework from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Country Day offerings include Instrumental and Choral Music for all students in the Lower School as well as offerings in Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Ensembles and Choir for Middle and High School students.
The Director of Theater offers electives in both the Middle and High Schools and directs and produces several student performances. High School productions over the last few years include Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Moliere’s The Learned Ladies, Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, and Our Miss Brooks by R. J. Mann. Bewitched, and Ghost Stories are two of the recent plays performed by Middle School students. The school is a member of the International Thespian Society, which honors outstanding High School actors at an annual dinner.
The Country Day Art Department is comprised of two full-time teachers and two part-time teachers who teach art to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The Lower School art teacher teaches several projects throughout the year, and lessons include both studio processes and an introduction to concepts from Art History.
The school has a chapter of the National Art Honor Society. Each fall, the group orchestrates the creation of a sidewalk masterpiece in chalk. This mural celebrates a selected artist or a period in art history and is treaded upon carefully for weeks following its completion.
The chalk mural is an all-day event and the Country Day National Art Honor Society creates the exhibit.