The arts at Hockaday are nothing short of astonishing. Creativity and collaboration range from a Lower School musical celebrating the Centennial of the school to the Upper School AP Art Show, from orchestras in all three divisions of the school to a film program with twenty editing stations, from a nationally competitive debate program to entirety of the 8th Grade producing a full Broadway musical. Beyond the arts education of each student at Hockaday, this synergy of hands-on arts experiences instills leadership and entrepreneurship as students direct plays, choreograph dance pieces or curate art shows.
Hockaday has developed a full program in each of the art forms in which a student can test and develop her talent, take advanced and allied course work, have a significant opportunity for self-expression, and consistently find meaningful ways to be a part of group accomplishment and public acclaim.
The Fine Arts Program at Hockaday starts with the youngest student in prekindergarten and seeks to awaken and encourage her creativity and personal voice by allowing her to experience all the various art forms, whether it is painting an African mask or participating in a performance on stage. As she passes through Middle School, the program allows her to focus on music and the visual arts, while the 7th and 8th grade student has electives in all the various arts areas before choosing to concentrate in Upper School.
Upper School offers a panoply of riches including four choirs, five dance companies, a full orchestra of 65 players, the Hockaday Theater Company, painting and drawing, ceramics and sculpture, photography, film and video, debate, and private instrumental and voice lessons. Academic arts courses provoke inquiry and provide context for a student’s personal artistic work.
The arts at Hockaday draw inspiration from an outstanding teaching faculty of practicing artists, directors and performers. They have the commitment and the passion to allow each student to realize a personal artistic vision. The arts are alive and thriving at Hockaday – they offer a unique crucible where knowledge, creativity, innovation and initiative all converge. The arts are integral to what we do as a school and to the lives we imagine for our graduates.