Upper School Arts

Students take at least two full years of art, or four courses, in the Upper School. They may choose from a wide range of electives in the artistic disciplines that include such offerings as Photography, AP Portfolio, Video Production, Electronic Music, and Playwriting. Many students elect to take more than the required four courses and enroll in art classes throughout their years in the Upper School.

Students work in a range of media and have the opportunity to pursue advanced work. They may choose from electives in drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. Guest artists often visit and lead master classes in specific techniques. Brimmer and May students win prestigious awards for their visual art work each year.

The Upper School music program offers a balance of performing ensembles and academic classes. Greenline, the Upper School chorus, performs regularly and sings a wide range of styles including classical, jazz, Broadway, Gospel, and popular music. Outside performances include an annual Independent School Gospelfest and choral festivals. A variety of instrumental ensembles perform regularly and include jazz, classical, blues, and rock groups. Popular electives use current music technology and include Making Music and Electronic Music. The After School Music Program provides provides quality musical instruction and seeks to strengthen music appreciation and literacy. Students in Pre-K through Grade 12 have the opportunity to take private instrumental and voice lessons on the campus. 

A fall play, a winter musical, and student-directed plays in the spring are the heart of the Upper School program. These productions feature a large number of students and active participation in all aspects of the theater, from operating the light and sound boards to assisting with costumes. Upper School students may choose from such electives as Acting for the Stage, Improvisation, and Screenwriting.

Upcoming Events

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  • US Play

  • US Play

  • US Play

Creative Arts News

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Permanent Art Collection

Recent Productions

Creative Arts Diploma Program

Click here to learn more about our Upper School Creative Arts Diploma Program which offers students with a strong interest in pursuing the arts the chance to complete a sequence of independent study, workshops, and seminars that leads to the awarding of a diploma in art.

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Meet the Staff

List of 6 members.

  • Bill Jacob 

    Creative Arts Department Chair, Middle & Upper School Drama Teacher
    Vassar College - B.A.
    Emerson College - M.A. and M.F.A.
    Columbia University - M.Ed.
  • Scott Koven 

    Middle and Upper School Music Teacher & Choral Director
    James Madison University - B.M.
    Westminster Choir College - M.M.
  • Kathryn Lee 

    Director of Innovation, Co-Dean of the M.S., Middle & Upper School Art Teacher
    Bowdoin College - B.A.
  • Brent Ridge 

    Middle & Upper School Art Teacher
    Michigan State - B.F.A.
    The Glasgow School of Art - M.F.A
  • Christian Kiley 

    Digital Cinema Teacher
    Bard College - B.A.
    Emerson College - M.F.A.
  • Luca Antonucci 

    Director of After School Instrumental Program, Instrumental & Music Teacher
    Amherst College - B.A.
    University of Hartford-The Hartt School - M.M.
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