The Performing & Visual Arts curriculum at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School offers a broad range of courses in the disciplines of music, dance, visual arts and theatre arts. Students can pick up a guitar or lace up tap shoes for the first time, or they can hone their craft at a pre-conservatory level in our premier ensembles, or study in private lessons and Advanced Placement offerings.

Every student has the opportunity to explore interests through introductory courses, and advanced study is available for students wishing to concentrate on one or more disciplines. Our premier ensembles Arch Dance Company, Counterpoints chamber orchestra, theater group of Players, Elements of Sound vocal ensemble, chamber wind ensembles, and AP art courses allow students to undertake an intensive study of their craft, preparing them to enter a competitive degree program in the arts at the college or conservatory level.

Artists in residence and weekly private lessons inspire students to reach their artistic potential through close interaction with master teachers. Guest artists and performances are an integral part of the curriculum and give students an understanding of the critical role of the arts in society.

Each year the Fesler-Lampert Performing Arts Series brings eight to twelve professional performances to our campus. Theater and dance companies, orchestras, choirs, and blues and folk artists present free performances for our students and faculty in historic Newhall Auditorium. Master classes are often offered, allowing students the experience of working with world-class visiting artists.

Less than an hour away, Minneapolis and St. Paul boast a thriving arts community that includes the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, the Walker Art Center, Minnesota Opera, West Bank Arts Quarter, Guthrie Theatre, Ordway Center, Vocal Essence, and countless other educational arts organizations. Frequent field trips give students access to these cultural treasures.

Nearby Carleton and St. Olaf colleges allow SSM students the additional advantage of experiencing the varied arts activities provided by two of the nation’s finest colleges.