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Over the weekend of May 12-14, St. Andrew’s welcomed families to campus to celebrate the school’s 53rd annual Arts Weekend. This annual three-day festival of the performing and visual arts showcases student creative work across all artistic disciplines taught at St. Andrew’s—dance, theatre, instrumental and choral music, film studies, creative writing, drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography—while also giving families the chance to convene on campus together in the spring.
The hub of the weekend's activity was the O’Brien Arts Center, where we kicked off the festivities with a student gallery show opening in the Warner Gallery and an Orchestra performance in Engelhard Hall (watch here), conducted by instrumental music teacher Fred Geiersbach.
On Saturday morning, families were invited to Engelhard Hall to watch a screening of student films, listen to a talk by Head of School Joy McGrath ’92 (listen here, or read her remarks here), and take in a performance by the Andrean Ensemble, the school’s choral music group (watch here).
Families enjoyed an afternoon of lunch in the Dining Hall and athletics competitions on our fields. Girls lacrosse lost a 10-9 heartbreaker to St. Mark's, girls soccer beat MOT Charter 4-0, and baseball topped Tatnall 10-4. Meanwhile, the Saints boys rowing 1V boat was competing off-campus at the US National Mid-Atlantic Youth Championship, where they made it to the final race and placed 5th out of 6th. Other SAS rowers competed in exhibition races on Noxontown Pond.
Later in the evening, families and students for a performance by the school’s Jazz Ensemble (watch here), also led by Dr. Geiersbach, and later, the Forbes Theatre, where students put on a production of Perspicacity: An Evening of One-Act Plays. You can view photos and videos from the production process on Instagram @forbestheatre.
On Sunday morning, families gathered in the duPont Memorial Chapel for an Episcopal service and homily delivered by senior parent Tracy Ehrlich P’23,’26. Following Chapel, we closed out the weekend with performances by the Noxontones—the school’s a capella group—and dance students back in Engelhard Hall (watch both performances here).
A gallery of photos from Arts Weekend 2022 is available below. Follow the arts at St. Andrew’s throughout the school year on Instagram @life.in.obrien!
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