Performing Arts at Concord Academy - Dance, Music, and Theater
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At Concord Academy, anyone can dance — or act, or sing, or play an instrument. With nearly 40 courses to choose from and 20 theater, dance, and music performances on campus each year, CA students can participate in the performing arts at every level of experience.


Programs in music, theater, and dance, as well as interdisciplinary courses, develop the skills necessary to progress toward greater mastery and self-expression. And our performing companies are regularly presented with opportunities for both national and international travel.

At CA, we encourage students to explore the world around them by questioning the conventional. As learning in the performing arts centers on the artistic process itself, students synthesize knowledge gained in other academic pursuits and their personal lives, build skills through rigorous training and critique, and communicate new ideas and ways of understanding.

Engagement with performing arts prepares students for success in all areas of their lives. Students learn individual expression within group pursuit, and develop skills in collaboration and communication, creative problem solving, improvising, and working within structure — gaining self confidence and finding inspiration.

Performing Arts Events


Performing Arts News

In a Guest Artist Residency, Lily Kind ’04 Brings Her Love of Vernacular and Experimental Dance Back to CA

February 19, 2019

The love Lily Kind ’04 has for vernacular and vaudevillian dance traditions and her abiding interest in taking risks were evident in her teaching approach during her two-week visit to CA in January. Kind is one in a series of professional dance artists — including Alexander Brady and Rika Okamoto from Twyla Tharp Dance — who ...Read More

Directors’ Workshop Festival Delivers a Great Evening of Theater

April 20, 2018

On April 13 and 14, The Concord Academy Performing Arts Department presented two back-to-back plays in the Directors’ Workshop Festival 2018. The evening of theater directed, designed, and acted entirely by students provided both comedy and heartbreak. Sasha Rechler ’18 directed Stop Kiss by Diana Son, a tale of a furtive romance interrupted by violence. ...Read More

Much Ado About Nothing Soundtrack

March 1, 2018

Much Ado About Nothing from CA Films, last year’s collaborative Feature Film course production and CA’s first movie musical, was recently submitted to festivals for consideration. Director and film teacher Justin Bull shared this soundtrack of covers of songs by The Magnetic Fields (a band that includes Claudia Gonson ’86 and Sam Davol ’88). The alum ...Read More

Film, a Creative Collaboration

November 7, 2017

A video interview with Justin Bull about teaching filmmaking at CA, and the recent feature-length movie musical Much Ado About Nothing.

The Big Picture

November 7, 2017

CA’s ambitious filmmaking program has been around for 50 years. Faculty and alumnae/i take you behind the scenes.

Photos and Recap of Fall Mainstage Production: Antigone

November 18, 2016

The fall mainstage production of Sophocles’ Antigone considers the value of an individual life in the scheme of larger ideals and the power of love in the face of hostility. See pictures from the show.

There’s Music in the Air in May!

April 26, 2016

The Music Program invites the CA Community and friends to a series of workshops and performances as the end of the year approaches. Each event represents the culmination of a yearlong study of music.

Concord Academy’s 2015 Holiday Music Concert

December 21, 2015

From a Bach bourrée to a Joplin waltz and popular Christmas and Hanukkah songs, the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel rang with contemplative and festive melodies at the Holiday Music Concert on December 11, 2015. The Concord Academy community gathered to celebrate the holiday season and support the many musical groups performing: Concord Academy Chorus, Concord ...Read More

CA Students Perform in Crucolo Cheese Parade

December 4, 2015

Concord Academy students took part in the sixth annual Crucolo Parade down historic Main and Walden Streets to the Concord Cheese Shop on Thursday, December 3. Each year, town residents gather to celebrate the arrival of a gigantic 400-pound wheel of crucolo cheese from the mountain village of Scurelle, in northern Italy, where the Purin ...Read More

Neave Piano Trio Master Class

November 17, 2015

On Tuesday, Nov 3, students in Dance, Chamber Music, Orchestra, CA Singers, and Chorus gathered together to attend a master class given by the Neave Piano Trio, a dynamic young ensemble that is currently in residence at San Diego University but has roots in the Boston area. Three of our Chamber music students, Katie Painter ...Read More