Some endeavors provide immediate gratification. You put in the hard work and see immediate results. The arts is not one of those endeavors. Students spend an entire term refining their talents, exploring new techniques, trying different mediums. There is no right or wrong, just a constant opportunity to get better. The end of the term provides the community a window into this journey as student work is showcased at the art show and the dance team, jazz/rock ensemble, and vocal music ensemble perform.
Friday evening saw students, faculty, and parents puruse student work displayed throughout the Wilkins Meeting House. Studio art, wood working, metal engineering, metal sculpture, and video classes produced remarkable artwork for all to enjoy.
One student's work was not displayed at Proctor, but in a far bigger venue as Zachary Webster '18 took a trip to Washington, DC this weekend to have one of his photos displayed in the Nature's Best Photography 20 Year Anniversary Best of the Best Exhibition Windland Smith Rice International Awards at the Smithsonian Institute!
Following the art show, the dance team packed the theater for their end of term performance. Under the guidance of coaches Kyle Tremblay and JR Linden, the thirteen dancers who graced the stage shared video interviews of their respective journeys to Proctor throughout the evening. The common thread of those interviews: a passion for dance and a love for this team!
Saturday evening afforded another opportunity to see student work at the Art Show before the jazz/rock ensemble rocked the Wise Center with their end of term performance. More than twenty students took to the stage to share their musical prowess, but what was most impressive was the diversity of student involved in jazz/rock at Proctor. Clearly, there is not a 'typical' musician at Proctor, but rather many students for whom music is a part of their Proctor experience. It is both impressive and refreshing to see varsity athletes alongside ninth graders singing vocals, playing bass, and stretching their definitions of self through music.
Sunday capped a weekend of the arts with a beautiful vocal ensemble and a cappella concert in the Stone Chapel. Rob St. Cyr's leadership has infused tremendous energy around vocal music at Proctor. This was clearly evident Sunday afternoon!
Thank you to all of the students and faculty who worked so hard to make this weekend celebrating the arts a success! Check out many more photos from the weekend in the link below!