Visual and Performing Arts
Beginning in Kindergarten, students at BWL experience the arts as part of their everyday school curriculum. Musical instruction is organized around two important concerts: the Holiday Concert in December and the Spring Concert in May. Lower School students participate in the chorus and have the opportunity to learn violin, viola or cello in Fourth and Fifth grade.
Middle School students have the option to join smaller choral groups, to study electronic music, or to continue as classical instrumentalists. Our Middle and Upper School a cappella groups, the MsChords and the Beaux Ties, are extremely popular. The Theater Arts team works with the Music Department and Lower School faculty to coordinate dramatic performances with every grade in the Lower School. All students in grades Kindergarten through Five take part in a play that is written or adapted for their specific age group, fostering public speaking and reading skills, while also giving individual students a chance to shine.
The Theater Arts program is second to none, including theater and improvisational courses, Middle and Upper School extracurricular plays, and a spring musical showcasing the talents of students from the two divisions. The spring musical is performed in a professional theater near BWL, in order to allow all family members and friends of BWL to attend. It is with great pride that the School community witnesses the consistently dedicated and always dynamic results of every grade’s artistic efforts.
This is never more apparent than during the Annual Art Show in May. Artwork from every grade is displayed during an evening open house. BWL’s Visual Arts curriculum includes courses in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Students have an Art History requirement in Upper School, and they visit local museums as part of the curriculum. A select group of seniors take a fall seminar where they collaborate to design a calendar. Unique each year and always breathtaking in its originality, the calendar is a reflection of BWL’s emphasis on creative expression.
"It is with great pride that the School community witnesses the consistently dedicated and always dynamic results of every grade’s artistic efforts."