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Performing Arts


Tap your creativity in Emma Willard School’s music, dance, and theatre programs, where you will be empowered to hone your love of the performing arts.

We offer courses for all levels—for those exploring performance for the very first time to lifelong performers—and encourage girls to explore new areas, styles, and techniques. Whether you want to find your voice in one of our vocal music or theatre programs or bring movement to the music that moves you, you’re sure to find your place on our stage.

Visual Arts


Context and intention are keywords as our art students solve problems, build skills, gain confidence and learn the history of the various media they study in Emma Willard School's visual arts program. From sight-specific installations around campus to collaborations with the science department, we seek to expand students' understanding of both the function and meaning of art. They are challenged to experience their world in a fresh way, to open their eyes and really see.

News from the Arts

List of 2 news stories.

  • Prepping the Manor Hall

    Revels Returns to the Stage

    By Melissia Mason
    The Class of 2022 returned Revels to a live performance this December, after last year’s foray into film-making presented in the spring. Under the guidance of new Theatre Director Faith Lawson, the class put their own magical touch on the 107-year-old tradition.
  • History Instructor Emily Snyder

    Engaging Art History

    By Melissia Mason
    Last year, we announced a plan to “go beyond” Advanced Placement™ classes, replacing AP with our own Emma-specific Advanced Studies (AS) courses. Over the summer, faculty spent time together in a coordinated effort to dream of and plan for advanced classes that are student-centered, relevant, and meaningful. History Instructor Emily Snyder was among those faculty, pursuing a vision for “going beyond” with AS Art History.
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