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Orhcestra Concert on Stage

Fine Arts Facilities

Samuel C. Johnson Theater

The Johnson Theater, which features cutting-edge technology and extraordinary acoustics, is an active place on campus. Senior speakers deliver their speeches to the Upper School from the stage. Guest speakers, including many alumni, inspire students with wise words. And visiting musicians, particularly from the Virginia Arts Festival, perform for students and the Hampton Roads community.

Dance Studios

Norfolk Academy has two dance studios, which are in active use during the school day with the Lower School dance program. After school, the Dance Team moves in, preparing for performances that feature innovative choreography, creative set and costume design, and unconventional music.

LS Music Classroom

The music room, which features natural lighting and tiered seating, is well-equipped to launch students on adventures in sound!

Spaces for Art, Woodworking, & Sculpture

The Lower School art room is a bright, airy space with ample room to spread out and create. Middle School students study art during 9th grade in a well-equipped art room upstairs in the Tucker Arts Center, while Upper School artists pursue Studio Art classes in an expansive arts corridor downstairs.

Digital Production Lab

The Digital Production Lab features Apple computers with professional video, audio, film, and digital art production software.  The lab is the center for film, broadcasting and communications courses and is used by classes and programs for cross-curricular production work.

Practice Rooms for Private Lessons

The campus features 11 small practice rooms for private lessons and chamber music. There are four large rehearsal spaces for large band, string, and vocal ensembles.

Band & Orchestra Rehearsal Spaces

The Lower School’s band, orchestra, and chorus practice upstairs in the newly expanded Lower School, which also includes an array of studios for private instrumental lessons. Middle and Upper School musicians have separate rehearsal spaces in the Tucker Arts Center. 

Perrel Art Gallery

Made possible through the generosity of the Allen E. Perrel family, the gallery is a cornerstone of the visual arts. It is the focus of revolving exhibits by local artists and showcases for our students’ artistic creations.

John H. Tucker Jr. Arts Center

The John H. Tucker Jr. Arts Center features the Samuel C. Johnson Theater, a 575-seat theater, as well as dance and art studios, choral, band and orchestra rooms, practice rooms designated for private music lessons and a digital movie editing lab.

 

Our Faculty

Fine Arts Faculty

Caroline Bisi

Caroline Bisi

Drama, Middle and Upper School
B.F.A., Pennsylvania State University
Jeffrey Danielson

Jeffrey Danielson

Chairman, Fine Arts Department; LS Orchestra; Director, School of the Arts
B.A., Oberlin College
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
M.M., University of Akron
Karin Feild

Karin Feild

Art, Lower School
B.F.A., Old Dominion University
Gertrude Gaba

Gertrude Gaba

Art, Middle School
B.F.A., Georgia State University
Old Dominion University
Knox Garvin

Knox Garvin

Art, Upper School
B.A., Old Dominion University
M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
Martha Gentry

Martha Gentry

Administrative Assistant, Athletics & Fine Arts
B.M.Ed., James Madison University
Aimée McElroy

Aimée McElroy

Dance Instructor
B.F.A., Belhaven University
M.A., University of North Carolina
Edward Patterson

Edward Patterson

Film, Upper School and Director of Academic Technology
B.S., James Madison University
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S.Ed., Old Dominion University
Rebecca Peterson

Rebecca Peterson

Music, Lower School
A.A., Peace College
B.M., Appalachian State University
M.S.Ed., Old Dominion University
Kelby Schnepel

Kelby Schnepel

Music, Band & Orchestra, Middle and Upper School
B.M.E., Old Dominion University
M.M.E., Old Dominion University
Crystal Villanova

Crystal Villanova

Chorus, Middle School; Piano Accompanist, Lower School
B.M.E., Winthrop University
Elbert Watson

Elbert Watson

Dance Master
Principal Dancer, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Staatstheater of Kassel, Germany
The Pearl Primus Earth Theater
The Joan Miller Dance Players
Kecia Yeates

Kecia Yeates

Band Instructor, Lower School
B.M., East Carolina University

Adjunct Faculty

Craig Adams

Craig Adams

Fine Arts Production Staff
B.F.A., University of Utah
M.F.A., University of Utah
Amy Danielson

Amy Danielson

Adjunct Instructor - Violin/Viola
B.M., University of Southern California
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
Steven Jolemore

Steven Jolemore

Adjunct Instructor - Guitar
Alexandra Mullins

Alexandra Mullins

Adjunct Instructor, Piano
B.M., Indiana University

Meg Murray

Costume Shop Manager; Costumer, Drama Department
Walter Noona

Walter Noona

Adjunct Instructor - Piano
B.M., University of Illinois
M.M., University of Illinois
Gayle Pougher

Gayle Pougher

Adjunct Instructor - Piano
B.M., Southern Methodist University
M.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music
Mary Wick

Mary Wick

Adjunct Instructor - Piano
B.M., Coe College