The Fine Arts Program at St. Andrew’s Upper School is unrivaled.
Supported by a state-of-the-art, 64,000 square foot fine arts complex – the Dell Fine Arts Center – St. Andrew’s offers 21 different fine arts courses taught by faculty with decades of experience combined. Our theatre sets have won statewide awards, our Select Choir is regularly invited to sing at the National Cathedral and Carnegie Hall, and our studio artists have been featured in galleries around the nation.
Students may choose from a variety of acting classes, advanced and AP art, applied filmmaking, choir, concert band, dance, jazz band, musical theatre, rock band, strings, technical theatre, and theatre production with multi-year course offerings available. Productions are known city-wide and many of our students graduate and go on to professional careers in the arts.
“We hope our mural is a splash of color and excitement...and that people find the cafeteria more welcoming. We hope to open the door for more art projects like this on campus,” says Allisonand Samantha Rauch ‘20, who collaborated on a large mural project this year that is currently installed in the Upper School’s cafeteria. “We think it is very important that students have opportunities to work on projects [like this] that interest them and play to their unique strengths. It gives them the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.”
Art and music students enjoyed a beautiful session inside Upper School’s chapel on April 5, when noted Austin harpist and UT teacher Delaine Leonard performed for St. Andrew’s classes. Art students tested their skills in drawing, painting and photography while Ms. Leonard performed and answered questions; music students also had the chance to interview her. Included here is a harp drawing inspired by Ms. Leonard’s visit by AP Studio Art student Erin Rusek ‘18.
Sophomore harpist Anna Booth auditioned and was selected by a panel of judges for the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Honor Orchestra. In November, students from numerous Austin area high schools participated in two days of rehearsals led by guest conductor, Stephen Heyde, Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence at Baylor University.
On November 29, the St. Andrew’s Jazz Band performed at Southwestern University, opening a concert for the university’s jazz band. Their program included “Hoe Down” by Oliver Nelson, “Speak No Evil” by Wayne Shorter, and “Upside Downside” by Mike Stern.
This year the Upper School fall musical “Legally Blonde” gave student performers a chance to show off their comedic timing and singing and dancing skills through a light-hearted story based on the popular Reese Witherspoon movie. Three seniors, Ellie Rudy, Christian Erben, and Ethan Rogers, reflected on the lessons they learned from this year’s project, and what it feels like to reach the culmination of their musical experience at St. Andrew’s. Click here to view the photo gallery.
Director of the St. Andrew’s Upper School Jazz and Concert Bands, Dr. David Guidi, was recently invited to serve as the conductor of the Texas Music Educator’s AssociationRegion 32 Jazz Band. This ensemble is comprised of high school students that went through a competitive selection process. The concert will be at Glenn High School in Leander, Texas, on Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 pm. The program includes:
Eighth grade students got a glimpse at life at the Upper School during their “step up” day on Oct. 26, when they visited a few classes, explored the mLab, and attended a special performance of the Upper School musical “Legally Blonde.” Cast members spent a few minutes before the show sharing their experiences as performing artists at the Upper School.
Over the October 14 weekend, the Upper School screenwriting and filmmaking class had the opportunity to go to the Austin Film Festival with all-access passes from the Young Filmmakers Scholarship program. The seven of us were able to see any panel, film, roundtable discussion, or conference - which we took advantage of.
Congratulations to Rachel Nezzer ‘17, Ford Chupik ‘18, Lucas Glass ‘18 and Theo Rankin ’18, our Applied Filmmaking students who won 1st place in the Travis County “Get the Vote” high school video competition. Click here to view their winning video, "Moving Forward": https://vimeo.com/183725850
When Upper School Theater Director Rick Garcia received an invitation to speak with the U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., he was flattered and intrigued. He says, “The invitation said I had been recommended by my peers, but I didn’t know who to thank.” It wasn’t until he arrived in Washington, D.C. that he began putting the pieces together.
Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.