Growth. Exploration. Creativity. Enjoyment.
The arts are not extracurricular at Country Day; they are integral to the complete education we provide our students in JK–12. Our robust program includes visual art, vocal and instrumental music, and drama—all essential manifestations of the human spirit. The entire school community benefits from the remarkable talents of our students and their teachers through student-produced fine arts events, exhibits, a yearly film festival, and drama productions. At Country Day, the arts connect our students to history, to diverse cultures, and to their own imaginations.
Our award-winning Upper School Theatre program earned five Blumey nominations. Drama students starting in Lower School perform in grade-level class plays, and Middle and Upper School students produce separate full-scale productions and musicals each year.
The Hance Family Gallery exhibits artwork from our students, faculty, alumni, and visiting artists. Every year, we proudly host an exhibit open to the public featuring famous artists, such as Romare Bearden.
Our music program offers many vocal and instrumental options beginning in junior kindergarten. By Upper School, students choose from concert choir, chamber/honors choir, a cappella choir, concert/honors band, and string/honors orchestra.
As part of our Artists in Residence Program, the Charlotte Ballet worked with Middle School students in a variety of impactful ways.
Congratulations to several of our Upper School students on their accomplishments in music and theater.
Friends of the Arts (FOTA) is a volunteer parent organization that raises awareness of Country Day's fine arts program in all divisions. Courtney Eliasek serves as the Upper School drama representative and has been an integral parent volunteer for years. Read her behind-the-scenes glimpse of all that goes into our theater performances.
Under Director of Theater Arts Jenny Goodfellow's leadership, the theater program has grown in both participation and recognition, with last year’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone earning five Blumey nominations, including Best Musical.
As seen in Charlotte Agenda featuring Lower School Art Teacher Kandise Hayes.