Jonny '19 — an All-IAC varsity wrestler and leader of a nonprofit organization — spoke about the value of being a good teammate to those around you in more ways than the traditional sense of the word.
We offer 22 courses in the arts that span music, theatrical arts and studio arts, and our program is among the strongest and most highly regarded in the region — thanks to teachers and instructors who are still very much practicing their own craft. The 30 members of adjunct music faculty, some of whom have played with Aretha Franklin and other stars, perform at marquee venues such as Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center. Our studio arts teachers routinely put on their own solo exhibitions at area galleries. And our theatrical arts director is a professional actress who has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award, recognizing theatrical excellence in the D.C. area.
All students participate in music, theatrical arts and/or studio arts (specific requirements vary by division) during their Landon years, and our Bears routinely excel in competitions. (See the above all-school literary arts magazine, Virtute, for examples of their photography, art and writing).
In the Lower School, you take a studio arts class, belong to a musical group (Band, Strings or Chorus), and can participate on the stage or behind the scenes in the annual spring play. Our Lower School Bears display their paintings and drawings in the Lower School Art Competition, have earned superior ratings for their performances at Hersheypark’s Music in the Parks festival, and have recently performed in Honk Jr. and The Lion King Jr..
Performing and studio arts are also a required part of the Middle School curriculum. Your work could be celebrated during “MAD” (Music-Art-Drama) Day assemblies, where students perform for one another. You continue to pursue the studio arts and can elect a music or theater class to fulfill your performing arts requirement. You can also act alongside girls from Holton-Arms School in theater performances such as Peter Pan Jr. If you are more interested in studio art, you could earn accolades for your paintings in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, following in the footsteps of other Landon students.
In the Upper School, you are required to take two years of classes in the arts — studio or performing — and have the option to take more if you so choose. You can take a theatrical arts class and participate in the two Upper School plays, done in conjunction with sister school Holton-Arms (recent productions include Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men and the musical Damn Yankees!). You can choose to join one of our outstanding musical groups, including choruses such as the Bearitones and Chamber Singers and instrumental ensembles including Jazz and Symphonic Band, which travel to competitions throughout the East Coast, including in New York and Orlando. Or you can pursue a studio art: Upper School artists often exhibit their work in the school’s galleries, which host solo shows throughout the year, and excel in local and national competitions: In recent years, they have taken home prizes from the Best of the Independent Schools Art Competition and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
A new student-led buddy program to Upper School life has been launched by the Class of 2019.
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