Fine Arts

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.

Fine Arts News
GMEA District Auditions- Orchestra
Plenty of practice time, serious private study of three-octave major and melodic minor scales and arpeggios, a demanding etude, and complex sight reading are part of what over 70 students from 15 schools in GMEA district 1 grappled with on Saturday, October 18 at the first of two all-state orchestra auditions.   Ms. Swart is very proud of everyone who auditioned; and the following students have advanced to January auditions in Atlanta, where they will compete with kids from all over the state of Georgia: Alvin Adjei ‘20, Christopher Cheng ‘’19, Joyce Cho ‘16, Duke Cowart ‘19, Olivia Johnson-Liu ‘20, Christian Jones ‘17, Nina Kolman ‘19, Sydney Moore ‘20, Danny Park ‘15, Ava Stewart ‘19, Ben Stone ‘20 , Ethan Strother ‘19, Patti Tao ‘18, and Rachael Tao ’15.  Congratulations!

District Honors Choir
Congratulations to the below choral students for representing Country Day at the District Honors Choir performance on Saturday, October 18. The performance at Armstrong State University featured the best high school and middle school singers in the district.
Anna Stone(9), Parker Grove(9), Kate Templeton(10), Becky Buelvas(11), Marcus Hardrick(11), Stephanie Prill(11), Dorothy Collins(12), Lucy Ma(11), Blake Thacher(8), Katherine Lemack(8) and Graham Glass(6).

SCDS Wins Regional One Act Play Competition
On Saturday, October 18, the Upper School Advanced Acting Class traveled to Macon to defend their regional title in the GHSA One Act Play Competition. The group performed The Yellow Boat by David Saar and took home to top prize. Senior Davis Tate was named to the All-Star Cast.
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They will travel to Warner Robins on November 1 to compete for the state title. This is the third year in a row that SCDS has won the regional competition. Congratulations to director DJ Queenan and students Andy Paul, Kianna Maynard, Catherine Atkinson, Maya Hardrick, Davis Tate, Will Dismukes, Rares Cristian, Maya Patterson and Emma Huennekens.

Campus Inspiration
Kristen Mulzer's students took to campus to find inspiration for their linear perspective drawings. Thanksfully, the arched walkway between the Lower and Middle Schools provided a wonderful source of lighting and lines.

Jazz Bands Kicks Off the 33rd Annual Jazz Festival
For a second year in a row, SCDS was honored to kickoff the annual Savannah Jazz Festival. The Varsity Jazz Band performed on Saturday to a packed tent in Habersham Village. The 33rd Annual Jazz Festival is held by the Coastal Jazz Association and is a week-long celebration of jazz and blues.

Middle School Enameling
The Middle School students were eager to kickoff the school year with a creative and challenging project—enameling! Thanks to guest artist Jessica Duckworth for visiting campus to work with students to hone technique.  

Upper School Field Trip
A recent field trip for the ART 400 class was especially meaningful as they took in the work of famed SCDS alumnus Jack Leigh ‘67. The exhibit, “Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs” is the first museum survey of work by the photographer since his passing ten years ago. In addition to the exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art, students also spent time at the Jepson Center.

Chorus Retreats to Tybee
An annual highlight for the Upper School choir is the Fall Retreat where students mix and mingle, making great memories through music. Apart from the usual singing and fun on the beach, there were moments that demonstrated the character of the group, including when the entire group rallied to encourage and support the students who tried out for solos (almost everyone!) and during Saturday night's talent show where the wide range of instrumental and vocal talents, enthusiasm, and camaraderie were on full display. The weekend also included the election of Choral Council officers: Regan Bowers, president, Gabby Lauretti, vice president, Maya Hardrick, secretary, and Becky Buelvas, publicity.
A huge thank you to Val Bowers for working out all of the logistics, the Templeton family for graciously lending their beach house for the weekend, Deborah Glenn for catching some fantastic moments on film, and to all of the parents that provided meals and snacks for the retreat. Big thanks to Leah Nestor, who came to help work sectionals with the group on Saturday, and to Michael Ray for overseeing the fun and festivities with his new students. 

Arts Alliance Video
Fine Arts Instructors
Ms. Kristin Mulzer
Upper School Art Teacher
Grades 9-12

Mrs. Jadde 'Jadde' Nolty
Lower School Strings Teacher
Grades 4-5

Mrs. Sharon Eswine
Lower School Art Teacher
Grades K-5

Mrs. Ann Jones
Middle School Art Instructor

Mr. Dennis 'DJ' Queenan
Middle & Upper School Theater

Mr. David Elliott
Jazz/Band Instructor

Mrs. Maaja Roos
Upper School Choral Director

Ms. Paula Swart
Strings Teacher

Mrs. Leah 'Leah' Nestor
Lower School Music Instructor