The Arts at Linden Hall

The Visual and Performing Arts are an integral part of human culture and education. Historically, they have served as a means of storytelling, religious enhancement, social documentation, and personal expression. Ultimately, the arts reflect the conventions of the society in which they are created.

The Linden Hall Arts Program — including music, theater, dance, and visual arts — develops students’ skills and appreciation for historical and contemporary aspects of the arts. We strive to nurture each student's creativity and celebrate her individuality.

Linden Hall students are encouraged to:

  • Understand the cross-curricular connection between the Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math, as part of the STEAM curriculum, as well as relate the arts to humanities concepts;
  • Embrace the influences of their international peers; and
  • Share their talents beyond the classroom through exhibitions, performances, and competitions.

Programs of Study


Students at Linden Hall have the opportunity to participate in Dance as either an academic course worth a half-credit in either Physical Education or Art or as an extracurricular activity. Only one academic course in Dance is offered per semester, however students may audition for the Linden Hall Dance Team and receive 0.5 credit in Physical Education for a full-year commitment.

Click here to visit the Dance Department's page.


Music classes at Linden Hall develop comprehensive musicianship with a focus on musical literacy and development. We believe that all students are musical by nature and have tremendous potential to learn and enjoy music. Students may take music courses for credit and also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular music activities such as Sinfonia, Musea Chamber Choir, and Community Musicians.

Click here to visit the Music Department's page.


As William Shakespeare once said, "All the world’s a stage." The Theater Department believes it is essential to provide the skills needed for those students who may want to pursue communication careers. It is our goal to assist each student in developing poise and grace when speaking/performing in public. Course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Theater
  • Acting

Click here to visit the Theatre Department page.

Visual Arts

Linden Hall offers a wide range of visual arts classes, from studio classes in the Middle School that explore media—including painting, drawing, and sculpture—to Upper School coursework in a variety of disciplines. Courses in the Visual Arts include:

  • Middle School Art
  • Foundations of Art
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • 2D Visual Art
  • 3D Visual Art
  • AP Studio Art - 2D Design (studio work)
  • AP Studio Art - 2D Design (photography)
  • AP Studio Art - 3D Design
  • Art History

Click here to visit the Visual Arts page.

Arts News

On Thursday, October 10, our piano club went to Lebanon Valley College to take part in the Artist-in-Residency program. Madame Ruth Slenczynska, the last living student of famed Russian pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, gave lectures on performance practice as well as sharing her life experiences and playing for those in attendance. Two of our students had the honor of playing for Madame Slenczynska.

Piano Club students had an opportunity to listen to and learn from Madame Ruth Slenczynska, the last living student of famed Russian pianist and composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Read more about Piano Club Artist-in-Residency

Music Program Coordinator Jennifer Lobo wanted to teach her 6th grade music students about creating their own instruments and writing short pieces to perform on them. Spanning five weeks, this Make-Your-Own-Instrument unit touched on every step of the creation process as students built their instruments in the Makerspace and participated in a class performance in the Mary Dixon Chapel on December 10.

"I liked this quarter in music because it was more hands-on," Lilah Gentzler said. "I learned new key words like tempo, moderato, melody and what they mean in music." Lilah chose to make a percussion instrument that she named "Bob the Drum" because she likes drums as instruments.

The unit started on November 7, with reviewing online resources and brainstorming ideas of which instrument each student wanted to make. Ms. Lobo asked that overall the students make at least one of each type of instrument: string, wind, and percussion. Students then spent several weeks of class time making their instruments in the school Makerspace, and fine-tuning them to fix things that weren't working.

Zhara Hunter made an instrument that she called a "styrophone because she thought it would be a challenge. "We learned a lot in this unit," she reflected. "We learned about different notes and tempos, and we learned what an a-b-a pattern was and how to use it."

According to Ms. Lobo, after the instruments were finished, students worked on their compositions, then transcribed them into Finale, a music notation software. They printed the sheet music, practiced, and then performed them.

"When students performed on their instruments, the rest of the class had great observations, comments, and constructive feedback about the music based on the quality of the instrument; the rhythm and tempo; the variation of melody and ABA structure of the composition; the quality and interest of the melody and sound; and the performance quality," Ms. Lobo said.

Juliet Lamichane made a finger piano out of a wood base, bobby pins, and staples. It was able to play different pitches because she placed the staples that attached the bobby pins to the wood in different locations along the bobby pins, to allow more or less vibration.

"I chose to make it because I play the real piano," Juliet said. "I really liked this unit because it let us use our creativity and helped us understand how to transcribe our own music."

Read more about Students Make Instruments; Compose and Play Songs
Nora Workman's 3D Art class marked the last day of classes by hanging a sculpture they created in the rear stairwell of the Evita Allen Center for Academic Excellence. The collaborative lesson resulting in this piece included researching ideas, drawing designs, and voting for one to create together. The piece's materials include sculptures made of plaster-impregnated gauze wrapped around an inflated ball and painted with acrylic and faux copper leaf, a bicycle rim, and retired climbing ropes donated by Linden Hall biology teacher Scott Zanar, who is also a rock climbing teacher off-campus.
Read more about Art Class Creates Stairwell Sculpture