Arts

The arts 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. We invite you to join us at our events. 

Friends of the Arts

Interested in getting involved with the arts and volunteering? Consider joining Friends of the Arts (FOTA), a volunteer parent organization dedicated to supporting Country Day's fine arts programs in all divisions. Check out the volunteer opportunities.

Arts Calendar

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Arts News

Spring Arts Achievements

Congratulations to several of our Upper School students on their accomplishments in music and theater.

With Appreciation from Behind the Curtain

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.

Award-Winning Theater Program

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.

Photo Highlights

Country Day administrators and artist Chas Fagan at the annual art exhibit Gallery Reception in February 2019.

Third Grade Play

All Lower School students participate in a production in every grade.

Theater Arts At a Glance

  • Five 2018 Blumey Award nominations for The Drowsy Chaperone, including Best Musical
  • Back-to-back state championships for one-act plays in 2017 and 2018
  • Multiple awards for direction, production design, choreography, and acting from the NC Theater Association
  • Across all divisions, the theater arts program involves
    —878 cast members and 40 crew members
    —53 performances per year
    —275 parent and faculty volunteers
    —530+ hours of rehearsal

On Display

Hance Family Gallery

August 29–September 25

Faculty/Staff Showcase

October 4–November 15

Visiting McColl Center Artist

December 9–January 10

Fall Semester Upper School Student Art Show

February 10–March 2

Annual Art Exhibit: Contemporary African-American Art and Music

March 11–April 7

Spring Semester Upper School Student Art Show

May 5–June 5

Upper School IB & AP Student Art Show

Dalton Gallery

Student Art on display  throughout the year.