June 29: Arts

If you have any questions regarding the Friday emails, or would like to include an announcement in one of them, please contact Sheila Hanrahan, Communications Director.

Friday Email
June 29, 2018

Good Afternoon All,

Below please find information regarding our Arts program.

I.  MIDDLE SCHOOL OVERVIEW

Overview of the program by grade level:

  • The 6th grade arts curriculum is a unique introduction to the full array of arts offerings at SAAS. Students will take courses in Dance, Theater, Vocal, and Visual Arts throughout the year. In the spring, there is a special 6th grade performance evening showcasing the developing talents of our 6th graders. 6th grade students also have the opportunity to take Instrumental Music as a year-long class during the day. If a student chooses the year-long Instrumental class, they must choose between taking other arts classes or taking PE.
  • All 7th grade students take a trimester of Visual Arts, Dance, and a Theater option. There are multiple options in each of these three areas, and there is also a Vocal Ensemble 7 option which can be taken in place of one of the three areas.  (Students who choose Instrumental Music are an exception to the trimester arts rotation.)
  • All 8th grade students take a trimester of Visual Arts, a Music option, and a Theater option. There are multiple options in each of these three areas. (Students who choose Instrumental Music are an exception to the trimester arts rotation.)

Overview of the program by arts subject area:

  • Dance – In addition to the during-the-day dance classes for grades 6 and 7, there is an after-school option called the SAAS Dance Project, which begins on Tuesday, September 11. This 6th-8th grade group meets all year on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 PM in the Dance Studio. (More information about the dance program will follow in a mailing July 27.) Students who wish to participate in Dance MUST have a physical and head injury form on file prior to the first day of rehearsals. Questions about the after-school dance program can be directed to Alicia Mullikin at amullikin@seattleacademy.org.
  • Theater – This is a class during the regular school day. Theater options for 7th and 8th grade include some combination of:  a 7th Comedy Production, an 8th Mystery Production, a 7th and 8th Middle School Musical, Tech Theater, 8th Costume Design, and Improvisation classes. The Productions and the Musical have evening performances, and during weeks of the performances, there are also after-school rehearsals.
  • Instrumental Music – This is a class during the regular school day. There are two evening performances (November and May), and the ensembles also perform at End of Trimester performances. Questions about the instrumental program can be directed to Matt Frost at mfrost@seattleacademy.org.
  • Vocal Music – This is a class during the regular school day. 7th and 8th grade vocal ensembles have evening performances. During weeks of the performances, there are also after-school rehearsals.
  • General Music – We offer classes in Digital Music Production and general music appreciation in the 8th grade.
  • Visual – This is a class during the regular school day and our curriculum includes a wide range of assignments, materials, and techniques. There is an all-grades Visual Arts Show, with student artwork displayed in the Arts Center and the Middle School and STREAM Buildings. The opening is May 2, 5-8 PM.

II.  UPPER SCHOOL OVERVIEW

Graduation Requirement

Students are required to take seven trimester credits of arts classes in order to graduate. They are required to complete an arts distribution – which includes 1 Dance class, 1 Visual Arts class, 1 Theater arts class, and 1 Music class. The other 3 credits may be made up of any of the arts classes offered at Seattle Academy.* After-school performances such as the Musical or Vocal Ensemble earn credit. The after-school Musical can be counted as a Theater or Music credit.

* Please see the “Graduation Requirements, Registration Information, & Course Description 2018-19” booklet for a detailed description of graduation requirements. CLICK HERE

Overview of the program by arts subject area:

Upper School arts classes are described by discipline rather than by grade level, because they are mixed-grade classes. Several arts classes happen entirely within the school day with no out-of-class time commitments, while other offerings involve after-school time commitments.

  • Dance – In addition to Upper School Beginning Dance classes during the regular school day, we also offer a “Dance Program” progression, from Beginning, to Intermediate, to Advanced/ Intermediate, to Advanced Dance. For those interested in the dance program, a placement audition is required (auditions were held in May). In addition to their regularly-scheduled class time, Advanced Dance and Advanced/Intermediate Dance must commit to a minimum of two after school rehearsals per week in winter and spring trimesters (3:15-5:30. After-school rehearsals are optional in the fall trimester). They perform at a number of school functions including Basketball Mania and SAAS in the City. They also have a dance concert in April and a Showcase on May 31-June 2. Students who wish to participate in the dance program MUST have a physical and head injury form on file prior to the first day of rehearsals.Questions about the Dance Program can be directed to Rhonda Cinotto at rcinotto@seattleacademy.org.
  • Theatre – We offer many Theater arts classes during the regular school day, such as Beginning Acting, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Mask, Costume Design, Tech Theater, and so forth. In addition to our classes, we offer several productions each year. The audition date for the fall musical will be announced during the first week of school. Auditions for subsequent productions are announced during the school year. Typically, rehearsals for major productions are held five days a week from 3:30 – 5:30. Questions regarding theatre classes, auditions, and productions should be directed to Michael Cimino at mcimino@seattleacademy.org. (Please Note: The auditions for the Upper School Fall Musical, Mama Mia, will be held in early September with rehearsals starting immediately following auditions.)
  • Instrumental – This is a class during the regular school day. We offer Advanced and Intermediate Jazz Ensemble classes (Jazz I and Jazz II). For those interested in the instrumental program, a placement audition is required (auditions were held in May). There are two evening performances in December and March, and they also perform at a number of school functions, including Basketball Mania and SAAS in the City. Questions about the instrumental program can be directed to Matt Frost at mfrost@seattleacademy.org.
  • Vocal – In addition to Beginning Vocal Music classes during the regular school day, we offer a “Vocal Program” progression that requires audition, placement, and additional performances (auditions were held in May). After-school rehearsal commitments vary for each show. Questions about the vocal program can be directed to Mark Hoover at mhoover@seattleacademy.org.
  • General Music – We offer a Digital Music Production class in which students develop original compositions and learn production software and recording studio techniques.
  • Visual – We offer several options for Visual Arts classes during the regular school day. Courses range from drawing and painting to ceramics to fiber arts to photography to film-making, to sculpture, and more. There is an all-grades Visual Arts Show, with student artwork displayed in the Arts Center and the Middle School and STREAM Buildings. The opening is May 2, 5-8 PM.

On July 27, the “Summer Mailing” will be emailed home to all parents. This will include the 2018-19 Arts Season Schedule which lists all of the performance dates, locations, and times. Tickets for the 2018-19 arts season will be available for purchase online at Brown Paper Tickets or in person at the Arts Center in September.

If you have any questions regarding our Arts program, please contact Fred Strong, Arts Department Chair, at fstrong@seattleacademy.org.

UPCOMING FRIDAY EMAILS:

  • July 6: A review of the communication tools and systems that are available to the community.
  • July 13: No Friday Email
  • July 20: A detailed preview of the opening days for the fall trimester.
  • July 27: Summer Mailing – which will include detailed Fall Trimester information regarding all aspects of the school.

Sheila Hanrahan
Communications Director
shanrahan@seattleacademy.org

206-676-6858