Drama instruction begins at the junior kindergarten level and each child in Lower School participates in a musical performance annually. All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for two plays presented in the fall and spring. Our Upper School students put on several performances each year: one-act play, two mainstage productions, and a student-directed play.

Artists in Residence

The Artist in Residence Program offers students a unique experience fueled by art and culture. Upper School art students are offered the opportunity for in-depth artistic expression in Italy, while Middle School students explore creative writing opportunities in England.


Comprehensive music instruction begins in junior kindergarten and continues all the way through Upper School. Middle and Upper School students are offered opportunities in band, orchestra, and various choirs. Our student musicians participate and receive awards in state, regional, and national competitions.

Visual Arts

Our visual arts program develops our students’ talents and abilities at all levels. While they learn the fundamentals of art, explore the principles of design, and study the history of art, our visual artists learn to express themselves creatively.


The Hance Fine Arts Center's unique features include a ceramics/3-D studio, a photography studio with two darkrooms, Black Box Theater/drama classroom with two catwalks, a two-story dance studio, a music suite, six individual practice rooms, and more.


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.


Lower School drama students perform in grade-level class plays, and Middle and Upper School students produce several separate full-scale productions and musicals each year. Recent productions include The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and The Addams Family.

Hance Family Gallery

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.

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True Grit

Chris Rydel, Upper School Director of Instrumental Music, and some Middle and Upper School students share the rigors required to audition and perform with regional and state ensembles.

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