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.
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.
Upper School students receive notable awards in theater and music.
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.
The Mid Carolina Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recently recognized Country Day students for their achievements in visual arts and creative writing.
One Act Plays wins multiple awards
Long-time Upper School Instrumental Music Teacher Chris Rydel shares her reflections on Brian Zhan, one of her talented violin students whose unwavering commitment and perseverance have led to success.