|Welcome to the Fine Arts department at Savannah Country Day. |
The center for creative, expressive, and meaningful learning.
At Savannah Country Day, the Fine Arts program exposes students to visual art, general music, choral music, dance, jazz band, theater, drama, photography, orchestra, and technology-based visual arts. Much of the program is performance and studio–based, culminating in exhibits and performances by individual groups as well as performances and exhibits collaboratively produced by the whole department. Class instruction focuses on process, the enhancement of technical skills, communication, performance skills, art criticism, and aesthetic awareness with reference to historical and cultural perspectives. Instruction is augmented by supplementary reading, research, discussion, technology, and exposure to professional artists and performing groups.
Our talented Fine Arts instructors work to develop the student’s ability to access, interpret, and evaluate imagery ,movement, and sound; develop visual/spatial/hearing intelligence; and to build a life-long appreciation and understanding of the arts. Both independent and ensemble work is encouraged to develop self-reliance and confidence and to offer opportunities for social interaction and ethical development. Opportunities exist for student growth through local, state, and national festivals; conferences; and competitions. Students are offered a variety of formal, expressive, and technical experiences with the arts in grades kindergarten through twelve, with traditional Fine Arts Nights serving as cumulative performance assessments.
The arts curriculum reaches students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in obligatory classes. Middle School students are required to take a full year of a fine arts discipline each year. Upper School students are required to have two semesters of fine arts for graduation. Opportunities exist all four years for both exploration and in-depth study in art and music through a variety of electives including advanced placement courses. The ensemble performs each semester and is often involved with school musical productions as choreographers and dancers.
Fine Arts students and faculty receive additional support from the Arts Alliance, a parent-formed and run organization that celebrates the arts at Savannah Country Day.
|A Christmas Cantata|
On the evening of December 8, the Upper School Chorus presented a special holiday concert at Christ Church. While the concert included traditional favorites such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful," the chorus performed an especially meaningful piece, "Joulu-Kantaat," by Helen Tobias-Duesberg, an Estonian-American composer and the mother of SCDS Choral Director Maaja Roos. Congratulations to the following students on their breathtaking performance: Regan Bowers, Bayne Brannen, Hannah Buchman, Becky Buelvas, Martha Ann Dodd, Grace Eckmann, Alexander Fleming, Brentton Ford, Sam Glenn, William Gompels, Marcus Hardrick, Maya Hardrick, Ryan Khan, Asher Kolman, Gabby Lauretti, Lucy Ma, Andy Paul, Lindsay Pindar, Emily Roher, Brookey Sligh, Tristan Tait, and Kate Templeton.
Link to "Laudamus Te" by Vivaldi: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152069278383874&set=vb.47649643873&type=2&theater
|Fine Arts Nights|
For two evenings last week the Upper School Fine and Performing Arts Department hosted performances for family and friends. The opening night began with an art exhibit filled with ceramics, perspective drawings and more. Afterwards, attendees filled Jelks Auditorium for performances from both our choral students and drama classes. Later that week, the orchestra and jazz bands hosted a memorial concert honoring two members of the Class of 1975, Ruskin Cooper and Lynn Hepinstall. Audience members included several members from the class of 1975. Thank you to the talented students and teachers for two amazing nights!
One selection from the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-lmGJqna-g&feature=youtu.be&safe=active
|The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.|
The Middle School drama students delighted audiences with three shows of The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.. Based on the children's novel by Norton Juster, the students transported the audience into the world of young Milo and his adventures in the time-traveling tollbooth. Congratulations to the cast and crew!
|Trumpeter Vincent DiMartino Performs with Jazz Band|
On Sunday, November 10, the Varsity Jazz Band participated in a community concert to raise funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The concert, which raised $1,600, was hosted by First Presbyterian Church and featured renowned trumpeter Vincent DiMartino, who has performed with the likes of Doc Severinson, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and many others. As an added bonus, Mr. DiMartino traveled to campus and met with the students this morning for an open workshop in Jelks Auditorium.
|Opera Stars Spend Time with SCDS Students|
In celebration of National Opera Week, renowned Opera star Sherrill Milnes' VOICExperience group visited Country Day's Chorus students on Wednesday, October 30. Maaja Roos' 5th grade, Middle & Upper School students participated in a lesson and showed their amazing talent to the guests, who are all said to be future opera stars. Upper School students joined the opera entourage in a flash mob in the cafeteria, singing from La Traviata.
WTOC was there to capture some of this fabulous experience. Thank you, Ms. Roos and Chorus students, for making us proud--and on the news, no less! Enjoy the link:
|Advanced Acting Class Wins GHSA One Act Play Competition|
DJ Queenan's Advanced Acting Class (the same group who won 1st place in Kingsland 2 weeks ago) took top honors at the GHSA One Act Play Competition in Macon on Saturday, October 26. Their breath-taking performance of "Elephant's Graveyard" showed the passion, dedication, and incredible skill of these young actors and their director, DJ Queenan. Abbie Black walked out with a BEST ACTRESS award for her portrayal of Ballet Girl, & Bailey Keith was awarded ALL-STAR CAST for her role as Trainer. The students will compete again next Saturday, November 2, in Warner Robins for the State Title. GO HORNETS!
|Advanced Drama Class Wins First Place at the Georgia Theatre Conference |
Congratulations to DJ Queenan's Advanced Drama Class. Their intense performance of "Elephant's Graveyard" last Friday at the Georgia Theatre Conference in Kingsland, Georgia, won them a FIRST PLACE trophy and the opportunity to compete in Mobile, Alabama, at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March. SCDS also won Best Costumes for costumer Chann Givens, and students Abbie Black, Maya Patterson and Bailey Keith were awarded All-Star Cast! This is their second consecutive win at this prestigious competition!
|Chase Waller and Bayne Brannen Take 1st and 2nd Place in Savannah Folk Music Youth Songwriting Competition|
Congratulations to seniors Chase Waller and Bayne Brannen on their first and second place finishes in the Savannah Folk Music Youth Songwriting Competition! The 24th Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival, presented by the Savannah Folk Music Society on October 11, 12 and 13, 2013, featured the 2013 Youth Songwriting Competition. The purpose of this competition is to encourage young people from the Greater Savannah Area, Tri-County and Jasper/Beaufort County, SC to develop their skills in musical and lyrical expression, promote the time-honored method of storytelling by song, and recognize outstanding achievement in these efforts. Congratulations, Hornets!
|Aluminum Can Cameras!|
The students in Mr. George's Photography class have been busy creating pin-hole cameras made out of recycled aluminum cans that they will dispurse throughout campus. The cameras will be mounted up in trees and will include a sheet of light-sensitive paper that will take a series of unique, interesting images that will be combined at the end of the quarter to create a snapshot of life at Country Day. What a fantastic and unique project for our Photography students!
|Chorus Students "Retreat" to Epworth by the Sea|
On Friday, September 27, the Upper School choral students traveled to Epworth by the Sea for their annual overnight retreat. The goal of the retreat was not only to learn repertoire for the year, but to work on becoming a unified and supportive ensemble. After many hours of rehearsing, these dedicated and talented students returned Sunday and performed an impressive debut concert in Triol Hall followed by a potluck dinner with family and friends. Many thanks to the Arts Alliance for helping to fund the retreat.
To expand on their studies of Linear Perspective, Kristin Mulzer's Art 101 students have been seen all over campus using the buildings to inspire their drawings. The students have been sketching buildings on campus in 1 and 2-point perspective -- a type of drawing that is often used by Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, Industrial Designers, and Engineers. What a great way to take advantage of our beautiful campus!
|Jazz Band Rocks out at Jazz Festival|
On Sunday, September 22, the SCDS Jazz Band kicked off the Savannah Jazz Festival in Habersham Village to a crowd of about 200 slightly damp fans. Soloists, vocalists and the entire band put on a fantastic show! Congratulations to Dave Elliott and all of the Country Day Jazz Band students!
|Jazz Ensemble Opening Performance at the Savannah Jazz Festival!|
The Savannah Country Day School Jazz Ensemble is honored to be selected as the opening performance at the 32nd Savannah Jazz Festival! Make sure to head out to Habersham Village on Sunday, September 22 at 2pm to support your Hornets! Click here to see a full schedule of events.
|Ceramics Students Help Feed the Hungry |
In an effort to give back to the community, students in Kristin Mulzer's Ceramics class have been creating handmade bowls for the Empty Bowl Event at the Emmaus House Soup Kitchen. The event recognizes the organization's 30 years of service to the homeless and hungry of Savannah. The students hope to contribute 45 bowls to the event, with the proceeds directly assisting the needs of the community. Click here to learn more!
|It's Not too Late!|
It's not too late to join the Arts Alliance! The Arts Alliance provides a forum for parental involvement and support of Savannah Country Day School Fine Arts programs, to provide financial support for approved Fine Arts program projects and amenities, and to increase the awareness of the school’s Fine Arts programs both inside and outside the Savannah Country Day School family. Click here to view a video on what the Arts Alliance is all about and click here for the membership form.
|Kindergarten Artwork featured at The Children's Hospital|
Ms. Ammerman's kindergarten class recently created creative and colorful self-portraits to fill the hallways of The Children's Hospital at Memorial Health Medical Center. The students were excited to brighten the hallways with their artwork!
Kristin Mulzer's Art 101 students set up class near the Shakespeare Garden to practice their basic drawing techniques. The students focused on contour lines and using view finders to isolate compositions. Throughout the day, teachers and students can be found utilizing the outdoor space available on our 65-acre campus.
|Savannah Country Day School Hosts Project 440|
On Saturday, September 21 from 9:00am-12:00pm at Savannah Country Day School, artists from Project 440 will lead their "High School Seminar." The Project 440 High School Seminar teaches high school musicians to use their own musical gifts to enhance the lives of others. After receiving training from P440 teaching artists and staff, students are charged with presenting a community engagement performance anywhere in their own community. The goal of the program is to highlight the array of career paths for a young, burgeoning musician and to ignite an early appreciation for community engagement and educational outreach." Participants receive a copy of the "High School Survival Kit", "designed to provide pre-college students with the relevant tools and information necessary for a career in music in the 21st century. The High School Seminar is free and open to any high school musician, but registration is required. Click here for additional information!
|Artwork on Display at Children's Hospital|
Congratulations to our Middle School art students! Several pieces were selected for display at the Children's Museum at Memorial University Medical Center.