Upper School


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, theatre production, and yearbook, 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.

Upper School Arts News

List of 15 news stories.

  • Two Artist Mentors Visit Studio Art

    Our Upper Schoolers welcomed two guest artists to Studio Art this month. Nico Schnitzer gave instruction using power tools to build tables for the art studios, repurposing our old chemistry tabletops. Sharon Rico Young demonstrated hot glass techniques with some AP Studio Art girls on the newly built tables!
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  • See Our MS, US Actors in ZACH Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol”

    Three St. Andrew’s Middle Schoolers—Laney Goodrum '22, Cecile McWilliams '22, and Luke Weaver '22—and two Upper Schoolers—Georgia Orchid '21 and Charlie Welland '21—are showing serious stamina, performing in seven shows a week for ZACH Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” now through December 31. The dual demands of school and an acting company have not deterred our students from this opportunity. Luke Weaver '22 says, "A Christmas Carol has been such an exciting experience and I have learned how to manage my time, and what it is like to be a professional actor.  My teachers have been very supportive by working with me on my deadlines and helping me manage my school work.  I am so excited to have them come to the show and see this great production!”
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  • Vienna Boys Choir Visit Inspires Student Vocalists

    St. Andrew’s hosted the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir this month at the Upper School’s Dell Fine Arts Center. One of our own Upper School vocalists in Select Choir, Lana Soileau ‘18, attended the performance on November 2. She said, “I heard from multiple people that seeing this choir was on their bucket list, and it's so amazing that we were able to hear them right in our backyard.” One of her favorite songs they sang was “Inneggiamo, il Signor Non e Morto” because “It's a song I've sung before and they did it so beautifully.”
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  • "Catch Me If You Can" Shines Light on Artistic and Technical Talents

    Congratulations to our Upper School students who dazzled audiences last weekend with their musical production Catch Me If You Can! Both the performers and the technicians had challenges to face, as Director Rick Garcia explains, “I am proud of all our work, but Catch Me If You Can was more challenging because the dancing was more complex and I also added a live television feed to the design. But, as always, the entire company of actors and technicians accepted the challenge and created an unbelievable work of art.  I never tire of hearing audience members question in disbelief, ‘Is this a high school production?’”
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  • Classroom Snapshot: Upper School Art

    The art studio has been humming with creative activity these past six weeks. The AP Studio Art students have been asked to create the background images for the Peter and the Wolf performance at the upcoming Austin Symphony Orchestra performance on Oct. 29. Ten artists have stepped up to the challenge of creating atmospheric images that relate to the story without telling the story. The imagery is stunning and the young artists will be given tickets to the performance and honored on stage for their efforts. The symphony is thrilled with the artwork and has asked that it be exhibited in the lobby of the performance.

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  • The Rauch mural was installed in August before school started.

    Rauch Sisters Craft Mural for SAS

    “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 Allison and 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.”
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  • UT Harpist Inspires SAS Artists

    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.
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  • Booth '19 Plays for All-Region Honor Orchestra

    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.

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  • US Jazz Band Performs for SU; 3 Students Make All-State

    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.
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  • "Legally Blonde" Gives Seniors Memories to Cherish

    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 RudyChristian 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.
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  • US Band Director to Conduct the TMEA’s All-Region Jazz Band

    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 Association Region 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:

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  • “Legally Blonde” Cast Share Insights with MS on Step Up Day

    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.
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  • Students Relish “All-Access” at Austin Film Festival

    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.
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  • Filmmaking Students Win 1st Place in "Get the Vote" Competition

    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

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  • Celeste Rodriguez-Jensen and Rick Garcia

    Mr. Garcia Goes to Washington

    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.

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Select Choir

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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.