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Arts preview for 2023-2024

Dear Families,

Gordon’s visual and performing arts faculty cannot wait to begin working with your children in September! In addition to classroom work in the arts throughout all grades, Gordon continues to offer rich co-curricular experiences after school. Here is an overview of our offerings for music ensembles, after school theater, and the public sharing of visual art. Opportunities will be added as we navigate the year, so stay tuned for further developments.

Music ensembles

Formal music ensembles in Middle School are offered through the arts electives program, and include Choral Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Band. These begin at the start of the school year and meet throughout the schedule rotation, with grades seven and eight combined. Fifth and Sixth Grade Choral and Percussion Ensembles will begin later in the year, also meeting during the school day. Younger students will showcase music learning by grade level throughout the year. Please note the Gordon School calendar for the latest on concerts and gatherings – these are joyful experiences for performers and audiences alike!


G-Notes continues this year as our auditioned a cappella ensemble. Any student entering seventh or eighth grade who is willing to meet the challenges of this style of singing is welcome to audition; students who have been part of the group do not need to re-audition. Separate information on the audition process is at

All State ensembles

The opportunity for seventh and eighth grade students to audition for All State music ensembles will be available again this year. As always, participation is contingent on a student’s participation in at least one Gordon music ensemble, whether it is Band, Choral Ensemble, or G-Notes. Sign up information will be posted as it becomes available.

Private music lessons 

After school music lessons will continue on campus this year.  Please see for further information on instruments and instructors.

No Fear Friday

The Eighth Grade Arts Council will continue to run “No Fear Friday” Open Mic nights throughout the year. All of Middle School is invited to sign up to share any style of performance. As the dates approach, we will publish specifics on participating as a performer or audience member..

The annual art show and the Britt Nelson Visiting Artist

Two of Gordon’s most beloved traditions will continue, and demonstrate the power of self-expression and the joy of creation. The annual Art Show will take place in the Wales Theater in March, in conjunction with Conference Day. Stay tuned for the exciting announcement of this year’s Britt Nelson Visiting Artist! Learn more at


After school theater will continue throughout the year. All are welcomed to audition for their respective grade level division, and all will be cast. The work will be creative, child-centered, and celebrated! Rehearsals run Monday through Thursday from dismissal to 5:00pm, with three culminating performances throughout the year.

Middle School fall play
Open to fifth through eighth grade
Auditions will be held in September

Middle School musical
Open to fifth through eighth grade
Auditions will take place before winter break

Third and fourth grade musical
Open to third and fourth grade
Rehearsals will begin after spring break

The arts at Gordon School continue with vibrant and vital programming that seeks to engage students and ignite passion. Please reach out to any of the arts faculty with questions or concerns. We look forward to welcoming your children back to school!

Keri King
Director of Visual and Performing Arts