Performing Arts

spring concert

Students learn by doing, whether they are working out the tricky fingering for a Bach string piece or handling a complicated phrase from an Aeschylus monologue.

JENNIFER PAGOTTO, PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIR 

Overview

At Blair, art is not just a creative outlet, but also an ingrained part of the curriculum and the academic day. Our theatre, vocal and instrumental music groups perform broad repertoires that challenge students technically and conceptually; Blair performing artists range from the inexperienced-but-curious beginner to the tried-and-talented old hand who has performed  for years.

The Blair Academy Players entertain the Blair community with four major productions each year (including a musical), and our outstanding music department boasts a Symphony Orchestra, the Blair Academy Singers and Chamber Choir, as well as a host of smaller musical ensembles. In addition to performing at seasonal concerts in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts and collaborating with groups from other prep schools across the Northeast, the Blair Academy Symphony Orchestra and Singers have performed in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest, and throughout Italy and the United Kingdom. 

Meet the Faculty

Meet Blair's Performing Arts Department

Jennifer Pagotto

Jennifer Pagotto

Titles: Department Chair, Director of Instrumental Music
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Craig Evans

Craig Evans

Titles: Faculty
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Sonia Hanson

Sonia Hanson

Titles: Spring Play Coordinator
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Ryan Manni

Ryan Manni

Titles: Director of Vocal Music, Faculty
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Wayne Rasmussen

Wayne Rasmussen

Titles: Faculty
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Courses

  • Theatre 1 & 2
  • Theatre 3: The Theatrical Self
  • Improv
  • AP Music Theory
  • Digital Music
  • Advanced Digital Music
  • Independent Study in Music
  • Applied Music/Dance
  • Blair Academy Singers
  • Chamber Choir
  • Religious Roots in Choral Music
  • Religious Music of the World
  • Religious Roots in Orchestral Music
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Chamber Ensemble

Beyond the Classroom

  • Four theatrical productions a year, including at least one musical
  • Student-run A Cappella group
  • At least five concerts on campus each year
  • Solo recital each spring
  • Annual Bartow Series performances featuring internationally renowned performers
  • Student composers/arrangers featured at Blair
  • music concerts
  • Private lessons
  • Spring break performance tours across the United States, United Kingdom & Italy
  • Master classes with visiting professional musicians & actors as part of endowed Bartow Series
  • Trips into New York City to watch concerts & Broadway shows
  • Blair Academy Dancers & Dance Company