At MICDS, the fine and performing arts are an integral component of the JK-12 curriculum. In fact, 100% of our students study vocal and instrumental music, theatre, dance and the visual arts. Create with us.
From production to performance.
MICDS offers multiple avenues for students to explore theater arts, both behind the scenes and in the spotlight. Our world-class faculty coaches performers to feel as confident as solo artists as they do supporting an ensemble. Students can also learn technical theater skills, including lighting, set and sound design. The MICDS theatrical experience uniquely caters to all divisions of students of various interest and skill levels, offering age-appropriate challenges and inspiration to make them lifelong patrons of the Arts.
Instrumental and Vocal Arts
Discover your own beat.
From choir concerts and band performances to our new strings ensemble course, students of every division create musical melodies throughout the year. They perform, listen, rehearse and work together while sharing harmonies at assemblies, competitions and everything in between.
A foray into the world of ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting, MICDS offers a vibrant Visual Arts program. As evidenced by the handcrafted masterpieces on display throughout the School, our commitment to the arts is palpable. Classes include ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, architecture, digital design, sculpting and more.
Upper School's Orthwein Theatre is a 350-seat proscenium space with separate booths for lights, projection and sound as well as integral platforms for follow spots.
Named after legendary actor and St. Louis Country Day School alumnus Vincent Price '29, Price Theatre is a flexible 35 by 40-foot black box theater that seats around 90 people.
Middle and Lower School students enjoy the Freeman Theatre, a studio performance and classroom space that seats up to 135 people and features a computerized light board and sound system.
Mary Eliot Chapel
Tucked into the Middle School, Mary Eliot Chapel is a full theatre that hosts talent shows, choir concerts, assemblies and classes if needed, with drama and musical rooms backstage.
From cheers and jumps to stunts and dance routines, the Dance Studio is the perfect place to learn how to move and groove.
Fine arts students create masterpieces in well-equipped art studios located throughout campus: Lower School students utilize their art space, Middle School students create in the Freeman Arts Building and Upper School Students use Bryant Arts Center.
The Messing Gallery fosters an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art and its role in society for the students of MICDS and the public at large. Messing Gallery acquires, exhibits and makes art from emerging and established artists accessible for a variety of audiences.
Rehearsals take place in the theater spaces, the occasional classrooms and in the Messing Gallery spaces.
Promote & Fundraise
Our Arts Backers volunteers share updates on arts-related news and activities, as well as promote upcoming events and performances. They work diligently to help provide MICDS students with the best fine arts resources like instruments, supplies and new technology.
Events throughout the year allow the MICDS community to celebrate our thriving arts programs and our students' unique talents and accomplishments.