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Performing Arts

At Convent & Stuart Hall, fostering creativity and fluency in the arts is an essential component of the curriculum. Beginning in kindergarten, students learn the fundamentals of musical instruments and voice. Starting in fifth grade, the school offers an elective instrumental music program, providing comprehensive instruction in wind, brass, percussion and string instruments. Student musicians learn to read music, employ music terminology, comprehend theory and play diverse styles from classical to world music. Students are given instruction and encouraged to write, arrange and perform their own music.

At the high school, we offer a coeducational Instrumental Combo class to student musicians who can read music. The class covers a diverse range of styles, including classical, jazz, Latin, rock, funk and pop, and students learn to improvise their own solos. The school also offers instruction, practice and performance in theater and musical theater along with vocal programs ranging from traditional chamber choir to classical and contemporary a cappella.

Made possible by a generous gift to support the Beaux Arts Artist-in-Residence Program, Lincoln Center's Susan Thomasson leads second graders in a weeklong theatrical workshop. In May 2023, Convent students told the story of The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.

Student performers share their talents with each other and the school community throughout the year. Public performance begins at the kindergarten level, encouraging students to step into the spotlight and inviting them to share their creative skills and talent.

Elementary students who are in the Music Conservatory often share their talents in music classes, chapel services and recitals.

To conclude a May 2023 dance workshop with Artist-in-Residence Susan Thomasson, Stuart Hall second graders performed Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which chronicles the plight of the environment.