THE CREATOR, THE CREATION
The visual and performing arts curriculum at The Stony Brook School is based on two essential truths
First, that the creation process enables students to notice and explore the richness and complexity that can be found in the everyday world around them; and
Second, that the language of art provides a unique means for students to articulate and communicate the discoveries made during that exploration.
The visual arts curriculum at The Stony Brook School focuses on the comprehension and use of art elements in a variety of media. Essential definitions and skills are learned in a foundations program and developed as the student completes higher-level courses. Art history is an integrated part of each studio class, with visits to major museums in New York City.
Music has played an integral part in the school’s rich history and expression, and is considered an indispensable part of the college preparatory experience. Our recently renovated music facility, with choral and instrumental practice rooms, is indicative of the emphasis we place on the participation and study of music at The Stony Brook School.
Concert Choir is one of three vocal ensembles at The Stony Brook School. The group is comprised of students in grades 9-12 and specializes in concert and chamber styles of choral music. Concert Choir performs fall and spring concerts, a service of Lessons and Carols, numerous chapel services and Music in the Parks. The group is under the direction of Dustin Ramirez and accompanied by Majida Smith.
Chamber Singers is the second of the vocal ensembles at The Stony Brook School. This auditioned group is comprised of students in grades 9-12 and specializes in madrigal, concert, and chamber styles of choral music. This ensemble performs a fall and spring concert, a Christmas service of Lessons and Carols, Maundy Thursday Service, numerous chapel services on campus and in the local community, Music in the Parks, and additional festivals in the Tri-State area. The group is under the direction of Dustin Ramirez.
Chorus is the third of the vocal ensembles at The Stony Brook School. This group is comprised of students in grades 7-8 and specializes in concert choral music. Chorus performs numerous times throughout the year. Their main focus is learning performance skills. The group is under the direction of Dustin Ramirez and accompanied by Majida Smith.
Chamber Orchestra is comprised of students in grades 10-12 and specializes in concert and chamber styles of orchestra music. They perform at the fall and spring concerts, a Christmas service of Lessons and Carols, and an Easter Service for Maundy Thursday. Chamber Orchestra has competed at Music in the Parks, where they consistently receive superior ratings and overall first place. This ensemble will occasionally have pull out ensembles to create a Chamber String or Chamber Wind Ensemble. This year, the group will compete at Music in the Parks. The group is under the direction of Jamie Ramirez.
Instrumental Ensemble is comprised of students in grades 7-9 and specializes in concert and chamber styles of music. Instrumental Ensemble performs numerous times throughout the year. The group is under the direction of Jamie Ramirez.
Private Music Lessons
The Stony Brook School offers a wide range of private music lessons during the school day. For more information, please contact Dustin Ramirez, Director of Performing Arts.
Involvement with theatre and drama enhances perception, sensitivity, critical ability, commitment to participation, and recognition of the potential for artistry. All those who choose to participate learn transformation and transcendence. At The Stony Brook School we treasure the education of young artists. Students are encouraged to explore their interest in theatre through acting, directing, set design, light and sound crew, stage crew, and playwriting.
Past Performances Include:
Past performances include: The Addams Family the Musical, Clue, All Shook Up, Pride and Prejudice, Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Steel Magnolias, The Sound of Music, An Ideal Husband, Godspell, Much Ado About Nothing, The Time of Your Life, Fiddler on the Roof, The Winter's Tale, Our Town, West Side Story, The Lilies of the Field, The Taming of the Shrew, The Wizard of Oz.