Department Chair: Richard Hogle, (505) 828-3315
Ever wonder what you might do if given a moment on stage?
If you are a sixth grader at Albuquerque Academy, you have the opportunity to dance, play an instrument, and put together a theatrical experience. In fact, every sixth-grade student will take a general music class to establish a foundational understanding of music theory through voice and instrument as well as a drama class to develop the skills to tell stories of the world through theatre and opera, ultimately writing their own works. Additionally every student chooses a performing group where they either learn or continue existing studies in dance, guitar, chorus, band, or string orchestra, with each discipline presenting several performances a year.
Advanced performance groups – band, orchestra, and chorus; our Honor Guitar Quartet; and the thespian and dance troupes – participate in regional and national festivals and competitions, allowing them to showcase their talents beyond our own stages and receive feedback from noted professionals.
Through a variety of electives and extracurriculars, students have the opportunity to pursue their interests in traditional and uncommon studies like modern and world dance, the 6-7 Opera Project, Steel Drum Band, Mariachi Band, and focused choral groups. Our largest theatre extracurricular, the spring musical, serves as a vehicle for students of all grades and many talents: vocal, instrumental, dance, technical design, and technical support.
No matter which path our students choose, they gain more than skill development – the performing arts courses stress individual growth, collaborative learning, and an understanding of performance as part of a shared world experience. Through the three performing arts disciplines – dance, music, and theatre – students learn art is an expression of peoples and cultures.
Our performing arts groups are a great source of pride for our student performers as well as our faculty and the wider school community. All are welcome to attend the dozens of performances presented each year; please visit our calendar for details.