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!

Coverage of varsity boys basketball in the 2018 Pacesetter was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Jostens Look Book as an example of excellence, creativity and innovation.

The work of Virginia Hall ’18 and senior Calla Kaminsky, along with a crack team of editors, this yearbook assignment was recognized amongst the nation’s best work from 2018. Jostens’ yearly “best of the best” publication was curated by a team of experts who selected Pace’s annual from over 2,000 submissions—only 385 yearbooks made the cut!

A leading source for yearbook inspiration, 13,000 copies of the Look Book have been distributed to schools in the United States, Canada and around the world. Congratulations to the entire staff of the 2018 Pacesetter for this tremendous honor!

Tickets are now on sale for the Upper School’s spring musical, Disaster! The hilarious homage to disaster films of the 1970s takes the Fine Arts Center stage in just two weeks and chronicles the ill-fated opening of a floating casino and discotheque, where anything that might go wrong does. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults and may be purchased at

The production’s Saturday, April 27, performance is Senior Night, which means free admission for members of the Class of 2019 as we celebrate our performing-artists’ final curtain call at Pace. Attire reminiscent of the 1970s is encouraged! 

Over the course of Spring Arts Week, the Upper School has saluted its 2019 Arts Laureates for excellence in one or more areas of the arts.

Arts Laureates are nominated by their classmates and teachers and, following an audition process, are selected by a committee of faculty members and past Arts Laureates.

This year’s Upper School Arts Laureates are:

Seniors: Siofra Casey, Conor Hartman, Grace Pottorff and Jack Thomson

Juniors: Allie Appel, Anna Jordan, Lauren O'Sullivan and Matthew Quintana

Sophomores: Jack Brown and Kate Mallard

Freshmen: Eleanor DuPree and Olivia Healey

On April 4, the Middle School celebrated eight outstanding student-artists as part of its celebration of Spring Arts Week.

This year’s Middle School Arts Laureates, recognized for by their peers for excellence in one or more areas of the arts, are:

Sixth Grade: Enrique Alvarez (violin) and Kate Cunningham (vocal performance)

Seventh Grade: Jackson Allegra (vocal performance) and Blaire Ichter (vocal performance and songwriting)

Eighth Grade: Anna-Claire Cables (visual art), Belle Divine (harp), Amartya Kallingal (violin) and Oliver Loree (visual and mixed media art)

Congratulations, Arts Laureates! 

On March 30, members of the Upper School chorus, under the direction of Susan Wallace, competed in the Southern Star Music Festival at Six Flags Over Georgia. The two day-event brings together bands, choirs and orchestras from K-12 schools around the country.

Pace performers participated in a choral clinic and sang Tshotsholoza and Nine Hundred Miles in the adjudicated portion of the competition. Their performance received three gold ratings, the competition’s highest, and won the Grand Champion award in the high-school choral division!