Visual and Performing Arts

Our foundress, Cornelia Connelly, reminded us throughout her teachings that the fine arts are a vital part of a Holy Child education, stressing the art of observation in acquiring knowledge–of the world, and of ourselves. Since our students face rigorous academic schedules, we encourage them to get truly engaged in their fine arts courses, to take full advantage of the opportunity to escape and expand their individuality in a completely different way. Not only do we believe in educating the whole child, which includes instilling that passion for the arts, we also inspire them to explore a whole host of “big ideas,” to expand their horizons, their minds, and their creativity along the way.

Our visual and performing arts instruction is deeply rooted in the hands-on exploration of each discipline. We have created a climate that nurtures and celebrates each student’s individual diversity and talent. We treat Visual Arts and Performing Arts with equal care, encouraging creative expression in a wide selection of course offerings. Our goal is to enhance the students’ lifelong appreciation of the arts, bring joy to their process, and to challenge their ability to grow in personal expression, and overall achievement.

Holy Child’s Visual and Performing Arts Program allows each student to develop her skills and passion for the arts. The Arts Department is part of the school curriculum and has several extracurricular programs.  Each student is given every opportunity to advance as a young artist in the following disciplines:

• Visual Arts

• Vocal and Instrumental Music

• Music History

• Theatre – Acting and Technical

• Dance


Elsbeth Fager
Director of Visual and Performing Arts
MS and US Music

Sonya Payne
Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair
US Arts Teacher

Carole Dorlipo
MS and US Music

Tony Thomas
Dance Instructor
MS and US Dance Choreographer

James Carpenter
Theatre Instructor
MS and US Theatre Technical Director

Grace McNicholas
MS and US Art Teacher