Arts at Pace
Welcome to Pace Academy Arts!
There’s just something about escaping into a character, really feeling the music or translating the image in your head onto canvas. In all of its forms, art introduces new perspectives, presents exciting challenges and encourages students to THINK BIG.
At Pace, we provide the highest level of artistic experience and knowledge, and we embed study of the visual and performing arts in our curriculum at every level. It begins with introductions to art and music in the Lower School, where students participate in class plays, our annual holiday program and, in the fourth and fifth grades, join our band, chorus or strings ensembles.
Our offerings expand in the Middle School as young artists explore new mediums through visual art courses, participate in drama, play in the band or orchestra or sing in the chorus. Extracurricular activities offer additional outlets for students to discover their artists passions and hone their talents.
Upper School students further specialize in the visual arts with courses in photography, ceramics, drawing, painting and sculpture. Or, they pursue band, chorus, strings, acting and stagecraft in the performing arts. Advanced Placement classes in art history and music theory provide additional opportunities to develop expertise—knowledge and experiences we encourage students to leverage in the college-application process.
Our teachers are committed to delivering positive personal feedback as part of the learning process. They encourage students to explore and experiment in the arts, to find and pursue their passions. We emphasize process and tradition while remaining current with pedagogy within each discipline. Over time, expanding performance and visual arts opportunities provide outlets to share talents both within and outside the Pace community.
We’re proud of our artistic traditions, and we’re sure that every student will find a place in the arts!
Dr. Danny Doyle
Visual & Performing Arts Chair
During the Upper School theatre department’s kick-off picnic on Aug. 16, Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan revealed the first two productions of the 2017-2018 season.
Students will stage The Brute by Anton Chekhov as the fall one act, and will enter the production in the Georgia High School Association’s One Act Play competition. Performances will take place Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph’s “coat of many colors,” will take the stage in November. Public performances will take place Nov. 9 and 11 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. A special in-school performance is scheduled for Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Musical auditions will take place Aug. 28-30 at 3:30 p.m.
As the year comes to a close, our musical ensembles will present their final concerts. The Middle and Upper School bands will kick things off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, with a concert including performances by small ensembles and soloists and original work by Composer in Residence Will Pitts.
At 5:30 p.m. that day, Lower, Middle, and Upper School strings students will present a joint concert featuring senior Whit FitzGerald in his final solo performance and fourth-grade students’ big-stage debut. We’ll celebrate our senior musicians at both the band and strings concerts. A reception will follow.
The Middle School chorus concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9. Come celebrate our eighth-grade singers as they make the move to Upper School!
Every spring, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre.
This year, senior Kyle Duval received Honorable Mention in the Shuler Awards for his work as sound designer on Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Upper School fall musical.
“Running sound for a musical is a tremendous amount of responsibility, and Kyle handled it with great poise and a level head,” says Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan. I’m super proud of him and our technical team, lead by [Technical Director] Scott Sargent.”