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!

Every December, Lower School students share the stories of Hanukkah and Christmas with the Pace community through Light One Candle. This beloved school tradition celebrates its 29th anniversary this year.

A performance for parents, grandparents, other relatives and siblings will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Lower School parents are invited to a performance on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Save the date!

Join our visual and performing arts department for a week of holiday concerts. On Monday, Dec. 2, the Upper School chorus, ensembles and soloists will perform a variety of classic and comedic holiday favorites representing countries and traditions around the world. 

The Lower, Middle and Upper School bands will take the stage on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The crowd-pleaser Sleigh Ride will be on the program; the Upper School jazz band will make its debut; and a steel drum ensemble will bring a special sound to A Charlie Brown Christmas medley.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Lower, Middle and Upper School strings students will present classics such as Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, Hanukkah Dances and selections from The Nutcracker. The Middle School chorus will close out the week on Thursday, Dec. 5. All concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and take place in the Fine Arts Center. Concerts are free and open to the public. 

The Upper School production of She Kills Monsters participated in the GHSA Class AAA state competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center and came away with fourth-place honors.

Seniors Madison Edwards and Jackson Gray were named to the All-Star Cast. Congratulations to Director Sean Bryan and the cast and crew of 31 Upper School students!