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



Arts News

The Upper School spring play will open tomorrow evening, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the FAC. Students will present The Laramie Project, a play that brings to life the true story of the residents in Laramie, Wyoming and their connection to the 1998 nationally recognized hate crime against gay college student Matthew Shepard. This docudrama was made from hundreds of hours of interviews with the actual people directly connected to the crime. Moises Kaufman and his company, The Tectonic Theatre Company, created a piece of work that inspires communities to have the discussion; "What are we, as a community, doing to prevent hate?"

A second performance will take place on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets still are available at https://pace.booktix.com. Please note that The Laramie Project is appropriate for Upper School students and adults due to themes of hate, adult language and violence. This production is not recommended for Middle or Lower School students.

The Advanced Studio Art and Independent Study exhibits are on display in the Fine Arts Center through Saturday, May 11. The Advanced Studio Art exhibit (located in the foyer of the Fine Arts Center) is a culmination of a year-long study of visual art. This exhibit features artwork from sophomore Zoe Williams and seniors Nia Brown, Sienna Goren, Julia Gray, Hanna Greenberg, Isaiah Kelly, Justin Morris, Kate Snyder and Eliza Waldrop.

The Independent Art exhibit (located in the rear of the FAC theater) features works from the following seniors: Sebastian Bradley, Marc Mitchell, Molly Richardson, Charlie Stonecipher and Alex Tolliday.

To celebrate these artists, a reception will be held tomorrow, April 27 at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center lobby.

As the year comes to a close, our musical ensembles will present their final concerts.

The Lower, Middle and Upper School strings students will kick things off with a joint concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 30. On Tuesday, May 1, the Upper School chorus concert will take place at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow. The Middle and Upper School band concert is Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. And, wrapping up the week, the Middle School chorus will perform on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

The Upper School recognized outstanding student artists during its annual Spring Arts Festival, April 16-20. Arts Laureates were chosen by their peers for exhibiting excellence, dedication, and passion in one or more areas of the arts, including, but not limited to, dance, visual art, drama and music.

Congratulations to the following 2018 Arts Laureates:

Class of 2018: Jeb Carter, Sienna Goren, Isaiah Kelly and Cole McCorkle

Class of 2019: Jared Rayman, Carter Ferguson, Jacob Sloman and Abby Ray

Class of 2020: Robert Cushman and India Behl

Class of 2021: Annbeth Bradley and Audrey Holton

The Middle School recognized outstanding student artists during its annual Spring Arts Festival, April 16-20. Arts Laureates were chosen for exhibiting excellence, dedication, and passion in one or more areas of the arts, including, but not limited to, dance, visual art, drama and music.

Class of 2022: Eleanor Dupree and Mira Solomon

Class of 2023: Leah Faser and Marit UyHam

Class of 2024: Carly Cannon and Emma Lowry


Excellence in the arts has long been a Pace tradition, and we've been applauding our visual and performing artists this week during our annual Spring Arts Festival Week. Events included the opening of the seventh-and eighth-grade Studio Art Exhibit, now on display in Knights Hall; Upper School photography workshop and glassblowing demonstration; and performances by the Middle School laureates during morning assemblies.

Spring Arts Festival Week will conclude tomorrow, April 20, with special assemblies featuring our bands, strings ensembles and choruses, as well as performances and presentations from our Upper School Arts Laureates. The Lower and Middle School assembly will take place at 8:20 a.m.; the Upper School assembly will take place at 2 p.m. Both events will be held in the Fine Arts Center.

The Upper School spring play opens one week from tonight. Students will present The Laramie Project, a play that brings to life the true story of the residents in Laramie, Wyoming and their connection to the 1998 nationally recognized hate crime against the gay college student, Matthew Shepard. This docudrama was made from hundreds of hours of interviews with the actual people directly connected to the crime. Moises Kaufman and his company, The Tectonic Theatre Company, created a piece of work that inspires communities to have the discussion; "what are we, as a community, doing to prevent hate?"

Performances will take place Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the FAC. Tickets are available at https://pace.booktix.com. Please note that The Laramie Project is appropriate for Upper School students and adults due to themes of hate, adult language, and violence. Not recommended for Middle or Lower School students.

The Middle School's Studio Art show and reception takes place next Thursday, April 19 from 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. in Knights Hall. Stop by to celebrate the artists' hard work and talent!

Don't miss the Middle School's first-ever sketch comedy show, Short Attention Span Theater: A Knight of Sketch Comedy, tomorrow April 13 at 7 p.m. in the FAC. There are 17 short comedy sketches to be performed in this quick 30-minute show. With 41 cast members, 14 monks and over 200 frozen french fries, this show promises to be funny, silly and smelly! The performance is free and open to the public.

The Upper School will present The Laramie Project, a play that brings to life the true story of the residents in Laramie, Wyoming and their connection to the 1998 nationally recognized hate crime against the gay college student, Matthew Shepard. This docudrama was made from hundreds of hours of interviews with the actual people directly connected to the crime. Moises Kaufman and his company, The Tectonic Theatre Company, created a piece of work that inspires communities to have the discussion; "what are we, as a community, doing to prevent hate?"

Performances will take place Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the FAC. Tickets are available at https://pace.booktix.com. Please note that The Laramie Project is appropriate for Upper School students and adults due to themes of hate, adult language, and violence. Not recommended for Middle or Lower School students.