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Saint Mary’s School invites you to explore and develop your creative talents in music, dance, theatre, and the visual arts.

Whether you’re bound for art school or just like to doodle, want to become a professional singer or just enjoy singing in the shower, hope to dance on Broadway or just turn a move at the prom, you’ll find classes that challenge and teachers who inspire.

Artistic pursuits may be motivated by curiosity, passion or an already developed discipline. No matter what your talent and goals, dedicated Saint Mary's teachers accommodate your level of skill and ambition and help you move forward.

Whether you are an artist, an actor, a dancer or a musician, visual and performing arts instructors strive to

  • Build your self-confidence by grounding you in your chosen discipline
  • Empower you to grow into a thoughtful, expressive adult
  • Teach you the appropriate level of skill to a degree that pride in creative outcome is a given
  • Motivate you and teach to your individual goals and learning style
  • Instill in you a fundamental appreciation of our rich cultural arts heritage
  • Encourage you to preserve and support the arts in your own community

Arts News

Monica Pan '19

Each year, the LIGHTUP Festival in Chapel Hill celebrates the Lantern Festival (the last day of the Lunar New Year) and gives everyone an opportunity to experience Chinese food, calligraphy, a dress-up photo booth, and other traditional arts and crafts. Most importantly, there are lots of indoor and outdoor performances, including bands, Peking Opera, and dance battles.

I have participated in these performances with my dance crews since freshman year; however, this year as a senior, my LIGHTUP memory has to include my Saint Mary's K-pop Girls. After putting all of our pieces together and making as much time as possible for practice in just two weeks, we finally created a 15-minute K-pop Mashup for the audience.

Read more about Courage and confidence at Chapel Hill LIGHTUP Festival