Students elect to take drama as an afternoon activity so they practice the dramatic arts every weekday for two hours. Shows are staged in the Graham Theater of the Walker Arts Center and begin at 7:15 p.m. Asheville School's Drama Department produces two shows a year. With each production, the director explores works that will both challenge and inspire the cast and crew. When appropriate, Asheville School productions participate in regional dramatic competitions.
Chorus is Asheville School’s largest choral group. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome. In addition to performing at our annual Thanksgiving Service, Christmas Candlelight Services and Spring Concert, this organization also learns about choral singing and the voice. Repertoire ranges from sacred to secular. Members have the opportunity to audition for and attend several regional choral festivals as well. Membership in this group is required for membership consideration in our other smaller choral groups.
Chorale is a select mixed group of eight members who perform not only at school functions but also at off-campus venues in conjunction with the Handbell Ensemble. Much of their repertoire is a capella and ranges from sacred to secular.
Chamber Choir is a mixed group of between twelve and sixteen members who perform a weekly selection for our chapel program. Their repertoire is predominately sacred in nature.
Ashefellas is an eight member male a capella group who perform at various school functions. Their repertoire is contemporary.
Handbell Ensemble is a five octave handbell and handchime group that performs both on and off campus at various venues and for a variety of functions. This auditioned group performs a wide variety of music from sacred to secular and is often joined by instrumentalists as well as choral groups. Membership is limited to fifteen ringers.
Instrumental Ensemble is open to anyone with instrumental experience. In addition to playing as a larger ensemble including all members, instrumental ensemble members also work in small chamber music groups. Members are often featured soloists with both the Handbell Ensemble and our choral groups. They also provide music for our chapel program. Advanced instrumentalists also have the opportunity to audition for and perform with the Asheville- Buncombe Youth Orchestra.
For more information about the school's music offerings, contact Music Director John Crawley.
Dance is offered as an afternoon activity in winter and spring. All students are welcome to participate, as the experience levels range from beginner to advanced.
We teach various styles of dance, including ballet, modern and others from around the world. Our dance instructor combines the varying talents of our dancers to craft a performance for our school community in late February and again in May. Dancers may also play an integral role in our semi-annual school musical.
For more information about the school's dance program, contact Kathy Leiner.
Asheville School students excel in the visual arts. Students may take art courses for credit, or they may take art instruction as an afternoon activity.
Students participating in the afternoon art program work for approximately 90 minutes each weekday afternoon, planning and executing individual projects in a variety of mediums.
In spring, the Crawford Art Gallery showcases the best in student work through an annual show. During the remaining months, the gallery displays diverse collections from artists of local, regional and national reputation.
For more information about the school's art department, contact Casey Arbor.