Fine Arts

The Fine Arts allow students to develop the creative skills -- through music, visual arts, and drama -- necessary for their full growth as engaged, imaginative participants in the 21st century. Through each of these arts disciplines, young people are challenged to view themselves and the world in new and innovative ways, which will help them navigate the ever-changing world they will enter as adults.

Marshall offers a variety of experiences for all students in the fine arts. Music education includes choral, band and orchestral opportunities. Middle and Upper School drama opportunities are available throughout the year. Visual arts offerings include drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and more.

Music

The exploration and experience of music at Marshall affirms the school’s goal to develop the education of the whole student in mind, body and spirit. Whether engaged in choral, orchestral or band activities, students learn through music to see themselves and their world in new ways.

Students are encouraged to develop strong independent practice habits, respect each other’s talents and abilities, and appreciate the value of music in daily life. The music program atMarshall offers individualized instruction at all levels as well as group performance opportunities. The program includes general music, strings, choir, chamber singers, chamber strings, music theory, band, jazz band and music listening contest.

Visual Arts

All of Marshall's studio art courses emphasize hands-on art making activities but also include slide presentation and discussion of cultural or historical art as context. Aesthetics and art criticism are studied and practiced as part of each art course. Upper School courses may be taken without regard to sequence.

One-half credit of visual arts must be completed (grades 9-12) before graduation. In the Middle School, visual arts meets every other day in the 5th and 6th grade, and may be taken as a daily elective in 7th and 8th grade.

Drama

The skills learned through making theatre reach further than the stage to enrich a student’s learning beyond middle and high school. Theatre activities foster imagination, encourage creativity and promote teamwork -- all of which enable young people to become stronger problem-solvers and community-builders.

Students have a number of opportunities in both middle and upper school years at Marshallto explore the theatre experience. Each year all Middle School students participate in a grade-level musical or play, while upper school students can choose to participate in two “main stage” productions as well as the annual One-Act Play competition.

The school’s Fregeau Auditorium is a sought-after performance space for drama and music. As a part of the 2007 “Our Second Century Campaign” it underwent a $ 1.3 million dollar renovation including the creation of the "Zeppa Stage", which re-equipped the space with state of the art lighting, sound controls and a new scene shop.

Topper Tunnels

One of our traditions is to send state bound students off to their competition with a "topper tunnel." where all students line the front hallway and cheer for their classmates. Some of the teams and activities honored recently include:

  • Math League
  • Dance
  • Robotics
  • All State Music
  • Tennis
  • CyberPatriots

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News

Not many trombonists have the opportunity to play in front of 85,000 adoring fans, but several times each fall, Andrew Jarocki and the Notre Dame Marching Band enter a packed stadium to the delight of the home football crowd--and in front of millions on television. Andrew, of course, has one particular advantage; he plays a Fight Song familiar to all of us who attended Cathedral/Marshall.

Click below to read about Andrew, and then tune in to NBC to watch the band when the Fighting Irish take on Navy a week from this Saturday.

The term "gap year" can mean different things to different people. To Garrett Jenkins, Class of 2017, it means a deep dive into a unique healthcare experience from the deck of a ship ... in Africa.

As a part of the Mercy Ships program, Garrett is helping support free healthcare efforts in Africa, while shadowing nurses. The plan is to return to the U.S. and South Dakota State University for their highly-ranked nursing program

Click below to learn more about this big-hearted, big-personality Marshall grad and his big-time gap year.

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