Performing Arts

Chorus is Darrow's vocal ensemble, which explores music from the Renaissance to modern pop, and from world music to original songs. Each member of the Chorus learns to read music and develop their voice for choral singing. Chorus members sing at various performances including school concerts, Miss Hall's Coordinate Concert, and other off campus concerts.

No Prerequisite

Students involved in this ensemble will work to improve their ensemble playing as well as their individual musicianship. This group will work on standards, blues, fusion as well as contemporary and original compositions. On and off campus performances will be included.

Prerequisites: Musical experience required

Students will utilize state-of-the-art technology to create, compose, remix, and record music. We will learn programs including ProTools, Logic, and more.

No Prerequisite

This fast-paced course in music notation and ear training is designed to provide the basic skills necessary to compose and analyze music. Students utilize technology to document their work in written scores and recorded works.

No Prerequisite

In NFP we make movies. From history and theory to practical application, students will work all year long to produce films of their own imagining for an audience in the Spring.

The Fall semester focuses on studying and writing for Film. Students gain a historical perspective on film, watching and analyzing movies from the turn of the century visionaries to some of today’s most revolutionary independent films. We will study the mythic story structure from the book The Myth and the Movies with each student completing a shootable screenplay by the end of the semester.

The Spring semester is all production. Instead of learning from a book or a lecture, students will start making short films from the first day, with the wealth of original screenplay material they’ve generated in the Fall. They will learn editing, sound design, and special effects programs depending on the need of the films they decide to create. Their group projects have them working in small groups to plan, shoot, and edit professional quality films. The emphasis in this class is on creative collaboration: working with our peers to create exceptional work. The standards for work created in this class are exceptionally high. The class culminates with the Narrative Film Festival, an event open to the public, showcasing all of the best work created throughout the year.

No Prerequisite for this full year course.

Students will gain exposure to a broad spectrum of performance modes. Students will be examining performance behaviors in, ritual, play, spectacle, identity, everyday life, the arts, and performance history. Additionally students will study different areas of performance studies (including storytelling, performance art, film, music, and dramaturgy), design/tech and/or musical theatre. Throughout the semester students will be presenting individual presentations focused on connecting to their own aesthetic. Projects combine written and performance elements to help students develop as scholar-practitioners.

No Prerequisite

In this course students will be introduced to writing for performance. Each week students will be exploring writing for performance tools through a workshop style classroom setting culminating each final class in a table reading of that week’s work. We will analyze and explore a variety of performance writers, styles, and contents. Students will choose to focus on their favorite piece and style to present in a “staged reading” style for their final exam. This piece will be a completed One Act. Students will be encouraged to invite members outside of the class to be a part of the audience as well as submit to the winter theater student production Darrow on the Fringe.

No Prerequisite