Upper School | Gr. 9-12

The Arts Will Find a Way

The arts at Severn are more than outlets for creative expression. They provide a lens through which to view our world with an understanding of self and empathy for others. And as we celebrate our creative community this spring with awards and performances, we are reminded that the arts can also be a powerful tool to persevere through struggle. Upper School Arts Department Chair and Choral Director Mr. Rob Redei put it best, "Between remote learning, distancing, quarantines and COVID restrictions, there have been many chances for our artists and performers to throw in the towel. But at every obstacle, our programs and our students have found a way or made a way."

Celebrating Arts Achievement

This year due to COVID restrictions, our annual Fine Arts Assembly was held both in-person for our seniors and on Zoom for all other grades with a recording shared on mySevern for families and friends. This format allowed the Class of 2021 to gather in Price Auditorium and celebrate this milestone in their four years together while also recognizing the contributions of our underclassmen artists in a way that could be shared online with loved ones. Following the event, all honorees gathered for a group photo (sporting their spirit gear!).

20-21 US Arts Awards Assembly

Honorees included:
  • Elizabeth Barroll '21: V Award in Vocal Music
  • Peyton Behling '21: Daniel Maurice Rothman Three-Dimensional Art Award
  • Elizabeth Biran '21: Arts Achievement Award in Vocal Music
  • Emily Bond '21 (not pictured): Jane Schwartz Memorial 2-Dimensional Art Award
  • Cameron Christie '23: Arts Achievement Award in Digital Art and Photography
  • Maddie Clarke '22: The Renaissance Award
  • Grace Derderian '21: Performing Arts Award
  • Yeala Grimes '21: Jane Schwartz Memorial 2-Dimensional Art Award
  • Abby Hayden '21: V Award in Music
  • Sam Hill '21: Digital Arts Award
  • Sarah Jay '22: 2-D Arts Achievement Award
  • Louis Lentz '23: Arts Achievement Award in Music
  • Ella May Corckran '22: 3-D Arts Achievement Award
  • Zarah Meek '21: Performing Arts Award
  • Erin Murphy '21: V Award in Vocal Music

During the assembly, Mr. Redei recounted the ways our student artists and teachers have gone above and beyond to overcome challenges and grow in ways we couldn't have predicted.
"Our visual artists took supplies home and continued to draw and sculpt when remote. Our fall play, Gaslight, was filmed in isolation booths outside entirely on students’ phones. We could not have our Dillon Moran Musician in Residence as usual in January, so instead we used Zoom to have five different sets of musicians from as close as Baltimore to as far away as Paris. Our ensembles and choirs rehearsed much of the year outside in cold and rain. They put out videos in lieu of performances and in spite of only having a few weeks since being fully back will have outdoor concerts tonight and tomorrow night. With all the disruptions to our lives it is easy to assume that arts stopped at Severn, but, as these awards and recognitions show, we have done the exact opposite." — Mr. Redei

A Year in Review

Please scroll through this selection of photos and videos of musical and dramatic performances, along with artwork that has been displayed in the McCleary Gallery throughout the year.
Fall and Winter Performances During Hybrid Learning 
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Fall Outdoor Concerts: Jam Band and Instrumental Ensemble
20-21 US Jam Band and Instrumental Ensemble Outdoor Concerts
Spring Instrumental Concert
20-21 US Spring Instrumental Concert

Spring Vocal Concert
20-21 Spring Vocal Concert

Spring Musical: Water Street Players Present Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
20-21 US Spring Musical: The Little Mermaid
Visual Art on Display
20-21 US Art on Display

Thank You to our Admiral Artists

As our students and faculty have demonstrated this year, arts education involves much more than a focus on artistic ability. It's about creative problem solving and expression, critical thinking, celebrating multiple and diverse perspectives, and learning to communicate in a variety of ways. Thank you to every Admiral artist, and their supportive families, who have strengthened our community with their dedication, grit, and joyous creativity this year.

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