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Arts

At Savannah Country Day, the Fine & Performing Arts program exposes students to visual art, general music, choral music, jazz band, theatre, 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.

Arts News

Junior Kindergarten Art Show

Last week, family and friends gathered in the ECLC courtyard for the annual Junior Kindergarten Art Show! After welcoming their guests with a (precious) choral performance, the talented artists worked as "docents" and led family members around their classrooms, proudly showing off the pieces they had created. The students' artwork reflected the styles of Bellamy, Christopher Marley, Eric Carle, Hervé Tullet, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and Tana Hoban!

Guest Presenter: Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

On Friday, May 3, Lower School music was treated to a special visit from members of the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra as part of its educational outreach initiative, Equinox Global Missions. Students danced and clapped their way through the lesson, learning about various instruments, how music is related to history and culture (who knew "You Are My Sunshine" was written by a former Louisiana governor about his horse named Sunshine?!), and having fun with movie music. It was a lively visit, culminating in a traditional "second line" parade around the music room!

GMEA All-State Orchestra

Cellist Oskar Johnson-Liu ‘28 and violist Ryan Lin ’28 successfully auditioned in two GMEA auditions, earning them spots in Athens, GA. They rehearsed and performed in Athens in GMEA All-State Middle School String orchestras under the direction of a wonderful conductor. They played advanced literature, made new friends from around the state, and represented Savannah Country Day School exceptionally. This was Oskar’s third year in a row participating in an All-State orchestra event. Congratulations!

Two Students Place in the Shakespeare Monologue Contest

Congratulations to our talented theatre students for outstanding performances at the English Speaking Union's 2024 Shakespeare Monologue contest! Students from the greater Savannah area competed in this annual contest, with the winner advancing to New York City to perform in the National Competition.

Silas Johnson '24 showcased his incredible talent and earned second place with a performance of a monologue from Much Ado About Nothing, while Gabriella Galoni '26 mesmerized the audience and secured third place with her performance from Two Gentlemen of Verona. We are incredibly proud of their dedication and hard work. Way to go, Silas and Gabby!

Rave Reviews for Bright Star!

Bravo to the cast, crew, and production team of the Upper School musical Bright Star. Audiences gave rave reviews following each of the three nearly sold-out performances. Congratulations to these students, and stay tuned for the spring theatre productions of Almost, Maine and Seussical Jr.