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Visual & Performing Arts

The visual & performing arts program thrives on the collaborative energy of dance, music, photography, theatre, and visual arts. Each department offers courses designed to support the curious beginner and challenge the experienced artist. Through the arts program, students develop the tools for authentic self-expression, gain confidence in their ability to jump into the unfamiliar, and expand their capacity for self-reflection.

Program Directors


FABIO WITKOWSKI
Head, Visual & Performing Arts Department

Director of Music


J. Bradley Faus

Director of Art


GREG LOCK

Director of Photography and Related Media

Marcus Olson

Director of Theatre

ALICE SARKISSIAN WOLF

Director of Dance

Programs

Art

Visual Art at Hotchkiss offers a place for every student, regardless of experience or talent. You may be curious about your artistic abilities, but hesitate to engage because you have never studied art before. Perhaps you are well-versed in drawing or ceramics, but you are interested in new challenges and new media. Whatever your degree of confidence or experience, our program provides opportunities for success at every level. We are committed to teaching students how to see, how to compose and design, how to work through complex visual problems, and ultimately, how to manipulate various media in a compelling and personally meaningful manner.

Explore the Art program and view student and faculty work.

Dance

Dance at Hotchkiss offers students the opportunity to learn the discipline and craft of ballet and modern dance and to explore the creative challenges of this art form. Placement of students in the various courses will be made at the discretion of the instructor. A mid-term performance examination is given in certain classes during each semester. Upon request, a winter special project in dance can be arranged in place of athletics only after a student has completed one semester of study in either medium.

Music

Music Performances and News

There are three ways a student can get involved in music at Hotchkiss: performance courses, general music courses, and non-credit music lessons. Students come to Hotchkiss with a wide range of musical interests, ability, and experience. The music program is designed to meet the needs of this diverse student body. Those students who are serious musicians aspiring to a performance career, or those who are simply curious to know more about music or to take up an instrument, can find the courses, faculty, private instruction, and performance opportunities to meet their goals.

The music program offers Hotchkiss's active and diverse student body excellent facilities and a range of course selections that accommodates all levels of interest and involvement. Courses in music literature, theory, and performance reflect the department's commitment to serve all students, regardless of knowledge, talent, or music experience. Students taking a performance course have the unique opportunity to work in a private lesson setting with an outstanding faculty of music professionals. Students can also express their musical talents in group settings by joining one of our student ensembles: the Hotchkiss Chorus, the Hotchkiss Orchestra, or the jazz ensemble, Right Brain Logic. Throughout the year, students are encouraged not only to perform, but also to appreciate a wide variety of musical experiences by attending student and faculty recitals, off-campus concerts, and our excellent guest artists concert series.

Private music instruction is offered for academic credit to students at no additional cost. Students may receive non-academic private lessons for a fee. Full academic credit is available to students in vocal or instrumental ensembles such as the Hotchkiss Chorus. A chamber orchestra and other instrumental ensembles are organized when enough students can be found to form a balanced ensemble. The music department offers an active series of student chamber music concerts. Guest artists frequently visit the school, offering workshops, master classes, and concerts.

Music courses fulfill the arts requirement.

Photography, Film & Related Media

The Photography, Film & Related Media program at Hotchkiss has been established for over 40 years and is housed in one of the finest facilities of its kind in the country. Students begin in the traditional darkrooms before moving into the digital domain to explore digital photography and video. Basic, advanced, and independent courses are offered in traditional photography, digital photography, and film. In addition to regular classroom instruction, students take field trips to galleries and museums. Guest artists and photographers exhibit their work in the Tremaine Art Gallery and hold workshops for students. Owning a camera is not required for beginning classes, but members of advanced photography classes should consider having their own DSLR cameras.

  • Two digital classrooms and analog darkrooms
  • A video editing classroom
  • Screening room
  • A lighting studio
  • Green screen room
  • Laser engraver
  • Printers: large format, medium format, and b/w digital printer
  • Mounting and laminating room

Explore the Photography, Film and Related. View student and faculty work.

Theatre

Open to all students, regardless of experience level, the theatre program offers courses in acting, design, directing, musical theatre, public speaking, and theatre technology. All of the courses help students develop creative problem-solving skills through practical, hands-on experience. Qualified students may also be permitted to direct or design productions sponsored by the Hotchkiss Dramatic Association. All courses offered in the Theatre curriculum fulfill the arts requirement.

The goal of the theatre program is to enhance students' appreciation of theatre as a literary and performing art, whether they're participating in a stage production or attending one.

Faculty

Sarah Anderson Lock

Sarah Anderson Lock

Arts Administrator
Helena Baillie

Helena Baillie

Instructor in Violin and Viola

Andrea Bargabos

Instructor in Voice
Jay Bradley

Jay Bradley

Instructor in Percussion
Derek Brashears

Derek Brashears

Director in Theatre
Resident Designer and Technical Director
Jack Brown

Jack Brown

Instructor in Voice
Julia Cavagnaro

Julia Cavagnaro

Instructor in Brass
Elizabeth Chinery

Elizabeth Chinery

Instructor in Flute

Scott Clary

Swimming Coach
Delores Coan

Delores Coan

Instructor in Ceramics, Instructor in Ceramics
Mary Costanza

Mary Costanza

Instructor in Cello
Verena Drake

Verena Drake

Instructor in Art History, Instructor in History and Humanities
J. Bradley Faus

J. Bradley Faus

The Marie S. Tinker Chair
Program Director of Art
Instructor in Art, Design, and Architecture
Paul Green

Paul Green

Instructor in Clarinet
Sooran Lee

Sooran Lee

Instructor in Piano
Greg Lock

Greg Lock

Director of Photography and Related Media
Instructor in Photography and Related Media
Colleen MacMillan

Colleen MacMillan

Instructor in Photography
Teresa Mango

Teresa Mango

Instructor in Harp
Terri Moore

Terri Moore

Instructor in Art
Danny Musha

Danny Musha

Director of Blue Notes and Calliope
Michael Musillami

Michael Musillami

Instructor in Jazz Guitar, Instructor in Jazz Guitar
Charles Noyes

Charles Noyes

The Edgar Cullman Chair
Instructor in Art, Fairfield Farm Curriculum Coordinator
Marcus Olson

Marcus Olson

Instructor in Theatre
Parker Reed

Parker Reed

Instructor in English, Instructor in Theatre
Alice Sarkissian-Wolf

Alice Sarkissian-Wolf

Director of Dance
Instructor in Dance
Alan Simon

Alan Simon

Instructor in Jazz Piano
Richard Syracuse

Richard Syracuse

Instructor in Bass
Charles Tokarz

Charles Tokarz

Instructor in Saxophone
Annie Trepanier

Annie Trepanier

Instructor in Violin
Ann Villano

Ann Villano

Instructor in Film
Fabio Witkowski

Fabio Witkowski

Department Head
Director of Music Technology
Instructor in Piano
Gisele Witkowski

Gisele Witkowski

Instructor in Piano

Resources and Facilities