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Visual & Performing Arts

Inspiring Artists Through Creative and Supportive Programs

The Father Ryan Visual and Performing Arts Department provides students the opportunity to express themselves and expand their knowledge of their chosen discipline. Courses focus on artistic and technical development while building an appreciation for the rich and varied history and tradition of the visual and performing arts. 

Whether a student is interested in band, choir, dance, theatre, or the visual arts, Father Ryan offers a comprehensive curriculum that encourages individual growth through creative, personal, and spiritual development.


Band - Our award-winning Band, Drumline, and Color Guard have traveled the world and continue to impress since the band program's founding in 1947.


Choir – Students have the opportunity to develop their vocal abilities through participation in four different choral groups, including Mosaic, the Father Ryan Show Choir, all led by our Grammy-nominated Choir Director. 


Dance – With four levels of dance instruction, including our competitive Father Ryan Dance Team, students of all abilities have the chance to develop their dance skills in our fastest growing arts program.


Theatre – With a wide variety of courses available in all aspects of theatre production and multiple performances each school year, theatre students develop strong foundations to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts – Students unlock their artistic ability in a variety of mediums and learn how to express themselves under the instruction of our teaching artists - Visual Arts educators who spend their time outside of the classroom working professionally on their craft. 

30 Visual and Performing Arts Courses
44% Student Participation in Arts Programs

Arts Calendar

I was looking for schools with good musical opportunities, and Father Ryan was the best fit. Since I came to Father Ryan, I’ve felt very included and feel like I can be myself in everything I’m involved with. By participating in the arts programs, I’ve made great friends and have been able to get out of my shell.

Brisa Barreto '24

Center for the Arts

Opened in 2003, the Center for the Arts provides a multi-purpose facility for the variety of band, choral, dance, and theatre programs on Father Ryan's campus.

The centerpiece of the facility is a 574-seat theater with a full production room, expansive stage, and welcoming lobby. In addition, the Center for the Arts has a dance studio, three music practice rooms, an outdoor amphitheatre, and two concession stands.

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Father Ryan Arts Department

All Father Ryan Arts Department faculty and staff serve as Teaching Artists to our students, as they all continue to professionally work in their chosen discipline outside of the classroom to fuel their creative spirits and inspire our students to never stop learning.

From recording Grammy-nominated soundtracks and performing professionally on saxophone to exhibiting art across the country and choreographing for local theatres, our Teaching Artists continue to impress us with their God-given talents.

John Durand

Visual & Performing Arts Chair

Kelli McClendon

Center for the Arts Manager | Theatre Director

 Julie Cox

Choral Director

Lauri Dismuke

Dance Director

Jereme Frey

Band Director

Andrew Bannan

Associate Director of Bands

Jennifer George

Visual Arts Teacher