The Arts Programme at St. Michael’s College School encompasses the Departments of Music, Media and Visual Arts, with drama activities offered in the co-curricular programme. In the Basilian Fathers’ tradition of educating the whole person, the arts programme plays an important role in providing students with an avenue to develop a sense of culture, creativity, leadership and independence.
The Music Department offers students of all grade levels and ability an opportunity to learn to play a band instrument as well as to study the theory and history of music. Students are encouraged to learn and utilize the most recent computer technology to compose, edit, and record their own pieces. St. Michael’s offers its students several options of bands and ensembles which perform for public audiences. Each year, the Music Department is well represented at various music festivals through the participation of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and both the Senior and Junior Jazz Ensembles. Special trip bands are created for each grade to offer the students enriched performance opportunities by participating in an international tour to destinations such as Chicago, New York, Florida, and Europe. Students can also participate in our Drumline – a unique marching percussion ensemble for students of all grades and musical backgrounds.
St. Michael’s offers high-quality Media Arts programming. The Media Arts course encourages exploration in developing new skills, techniques and understanding of various software media. Courses are studio-based in well-equipped facilities and utilize video, audio and other media to offer students an intense educational program. Through hands-on experience, with a special focus on portfolio development and current arts practices, students learn to combine practical, theoretical, and critical skills to develop their own unique voice as artists, creators, and arts enthusiasts.
Visual Arts at St. Michael’s consists of a wide spectrum of styles and techniques from across the globe. Students develop knowledge and skills through industry-related assignments in media and digital art, as well as the more traditional skills of painting, sculpture, and drawing. Visual Arts students are taught about the connections between works of art and their historical contexts.
The Dramatic Arts celebrate a long history at St. Michael’s. Each year a dramatic play is produced in the fall or early winter as well as a lavish Broadway-style musical during the month of April. Our musical and dramatic performances are showcased in our own Centre for the Arts, a state-of-the-art, 450-seat theatre.
Celebration of the Arts Week is held each spring at St. Michael’s to appreciate and honour the achievements of our students. During this week, the Campeau Lecture Hall is converted into an Art Gallery and the cafeteria becomes “Club Blue Note”, our own version of a jazz club.