Fine Arts

Studies show that in an all-male educational setting, young men are more likely to engage in a creative outlet – be it art, drama, music. At Notre Dame, the arts are a vital part of the curriculum all four years. Credit-bearing course options include studio art I, II, & III (A.P. also available), black and white photography, advanced photography, music appreciation, music theory, concert chorus, string ensemble, introduction to guitar, guitar ensemble, introduction to band, intermediate band, concert band, and more. 

In the last 30 years, Notre Dame students have captured All-State Musician honors 36 times for their outstanding performances. The range instruments represented by N.D. All-State musicians is extraordinary: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, tuba, percussion, jazz saxophone, and violin. Included in this distinguished group are ten alumni of our well-regarded chorus. 

The following performance groups earn credit for participating, and their collective talent adds to the spirit of Notre Dame: 
  • Concert Chorus 
  • Concert Band 
  • String Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble 
To broaden the creative outlets available to all our students, Notre Dame also offers an array of arts-related co-curricular activities including student art exhibits, concerts, and annual stage plays. 

Upcoming Events for 2017


Here is a list of our exciting engagements for Spring 2017. 

On February 11th the Notre Dame Jazz Band will participate in the Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston, MA. They will be adjudicated by Faculty of the Berklee College of Music. There are 15 Jazz Bands in our class. The top 3 are announced as award winners and there is also an Honorable Mention. Students started work on this Music in October. Our Jazz Band has shown significant improvement in preparing for this Festival.

On February 18th the Notre Dame Band and Chorus will present a Mid-Winter Concert. This concert will feature original works for Band and Chorus, including The Washington Post, Pulse, Ye Bank and Braes O'Bonnie Doon, and Espana Cani.    

On March 12th the Notre Dame Marching Band will participate in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in New Haven, CT. Students are excited about Marching in their first Parade with our band. We will perform Shipping Up To Boston as well as the Notre Dame Victory March. Mr. Arnold is looking forward to many parades in the future.

On April 22nd the Notre Dame Band and Chorus will present a very special Concert at the Saint Paul's Chapel in New York at 12 pm. This concert is free to the General Public. Our students will then have lunch in Little Italy and end the day by seeing the Blue Man Group. We are excited about this performance opportunity and look forward to showcasing our Fine Arts Students in New York.

On April 30th the band will perform in the Notre Dame Pops Concert. This event will feature music from well-known artists such as Coldplay, Adele and Green Day as well as Broadway Musicals. This is always a very fun concert and is a great way for us to wrap up our year.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me or Jason Arnold at jarnold@notredamehs.com.

List of 3 members.

  • Mr. Jason Arnold 

    Fine Arts Department Chair; Moderator: Jazz Ensemble & Pep Band; Academic Board
    West Texas A&M - BA
    Manhattan School of Music - MM
    2015
  • Mr. Robert Miller '71 

    Fine Arts Teacher; Moderator: Art Club, Guitar Club, and Stage Crew; School Advancement Committee
    (203) 933-1673 x244
    University of Bridgeport - BFA
    Southern Connecticut State University - Certified Art Teacher
    2005
    1971
  • Ms. Sarah Reed 

    NW Missouri State - BS
    Univ. of Hartford - M.M.
    2013