Arts Program

The Arts Program at Rivers provides a connected, integrated approach through a variety of performing and visual mediums. There are, within the program, two parallel and equally comprehensive divisions: the visual arts and the performing arts. 

Rivers' visual arts program offers a wealth of opportunities for students to experiment, explore and cultivate their creative vision in a variety of media. Foundation art courses are brief yet intense encounters with an artist-teacher who guides students through the often spontaneous, challenging nature of the creative process. The arts studios are lively environments where both structured classes occur and student artists return to work further on their projects and assignments outside the class environment. Student artwork is displayed throughout the Rivers campus in four different locations. Our formal exhibit area, the Bell Art Gallery, features numerous student art shows along with an annual arts faculty exhibition and select shows by invited professional artists.
 
From musical theater to musical ensembles, digital video making to play-writing, the performing arts at Rivers provides a plethora of creative avenues for students of all levels of abilities. Whether novice or virtuoso, students of the performing arts will find a wide array of courses and instructors to help them develop and refine their passions. In addition to numerous courses in theater arts, the school puts on three major productions a year: two Upper School productions (including a musical) and one middle school production. Several smaller productions are performed in the Black Box Theater. 
 
The opportunities for music at Rivers are truly extraordinary. Student musicians will find a variety of vehicles for performance, including jazz chorus, jazz combos, big bands, chorus, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. Access to The Rivers School Conservatory's programs and instructors allows students from Rivers to develop and polish their talent through private lessons, theory classes and ensemble work. 


Showcasing the Arts

List of 3 news stories.

  • Former Art Teacher Exhibits Latest Work

    Former Middle School art teacher Whitney Robbins returned to Rivers this week for the opening of the exhibit “Lost and Found,” featuring work by Robbins and her partner Marjorie Morgan. The work, in a variety of media, includes pieces done individually as well as jointly by both artists under the name Woolly Mammoth.
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  • The Big Band performing Wednesday night at the MAJE Senior District Competition.

    Big Band Earns Gold at MAJE Senior Districts

    On Wednesday night the Rivers Big Band competed at the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education (MAJE) Central Senior District Big Band Competition at Nipmunc High School and played an outstanding set, earning the only Gold medal awarded at the competition.
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  • Gold Key Award: Miranda Bachman '14 – Ceramics -

    Rivers Students Receive 39 Honors from 2014 Scholastic Art Awards

    The 2014 Scholastic Art Awards recognized Rivers students with a whopping 39 awards this year. Approximately half of all of Rivers’ entries gained recognition: The school received eight Gold Keys, 15 Silver Keys, and 16 Honorable Mentions.
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