Arts

Students Looking at Art

St. Andrew's-Sewanee has long enjoyed a strong reputation for its arts programs. All Upper School students must complete an arts course for graduation. Classes are demanding in scope and expectation. In addition to scheduled courses, students are able to pursue instrumental, vocal, and dance studies through private lessons. Students also may audition for the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra, the Sewanee Jazz Ensemble, and Perpetual Motion dance productions at the University of the South. 

All courses listed below are one semester courses and may be taken repeatedly for credit. In addition to these offerings, students may take private voice, instrumental and/or dance lessons for an additional fee. They may also participate in SAS, community, and University performances in theatre, orchestra and dance.

In addition to these academic day courses, in 2020-2021 Afternoon Programs in Songwriting, Theater, Textile Arts, Musical Theater, and Portrait and Figure Painting.

2020-2021 Arts Courses

Facilities

Recording Studio (14)

Our recording studio is located in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts and is used in conjunction with our Songwriting, Music Production, and Recording courses and Afternoon Program.

Theater with students moving

Built in 1929 as a gymnasium, the building was transformed in 1981 to provide a spacious classroom and rehearsal studio.

Student working at pottery wheel

Located in the Simmonds Building, our art facilities include three studios.

Arts Faculty

Rachel Malde

Rachel Malde

Titles: Middle School Coordinator, Arts Department Chair, Photography, IDE8, Service Coordinator, Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Co-Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., The University of the South
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J.R. Ankney

J.R. Ankney

Titles: Music & Music Production, Musical Director, Chapel Music Director, Lead House Parent (Warner), Music Lessons Coordinator
Degrees: B.M.Ed., Berklee College of Music
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3209
Kinion Asmus

Kinion Asmus

Titles: Humanities 8, English, 8th Grade Class Coordinator, Textile Arts, Art History, Mind*Body* Exercise, Literary Magazine
Degrees: B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.A., Bowling Green State University
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1017
Julie Jones

Julie Jones

Titles: Librarian, Visual Arts
Degrees: B.A., Indiana University
M.A., University of Iowa
M.F.A., University of Iowa
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3143
Chelsea Padro

Chelsea Padro

Titles: Theater, Filmmaking, McCrory Hall Coordinator, Creative Expression, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A., Theatre Arts, Nazareth College of Rochester
M.A., Theatre Education, The Catholic University of America
Email:
Thomas Simerville

Thomas Simerville

Class of 2016
Titles: Father Flye Fellow, History, Art, Adventure Education, Humanities
Degrees: B.A., History, The University of the South
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Margaret Wilson

Margaret Wilson

Class of 2016
Titles: Farm Educator, Functional Pottery, Art, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A., Psychology, Warren Wilson College

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