The Arts

Our approach to the Arts at Thacher is much like our approach to everything else: We provide students with the foundational tools and true support they need to take chances and discover their own voices.

Every student takes at least two years of arts courses. It starts in their ninth grade year with a rotating introduction to studio arts, performance studies, and music. It continues with more specialized courses, providing a deeper exploration of technique and process while continuing to cultivate creativity, expression, and spontaneity.

Students regularly have the chance to perform and exhibit their work on campus and off, opening up opportunities for dialogue and discussion about individual works. Above all, the Thacher community emphasizes respect for varied perspectives and critiques.

Academic offerings in the arts are complemented by dynamic opportunities beyond the classroom, including plays, musicals, dance training and performances, student-run productions, independent study projects, and more. Additionally, artists and performers with expertise in various mediums visit campus regularly for presentations, performances, and workshops with students.

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Gregory Haggard

    Mr. Gregory Haggard 

    Chair of the Arts Department and Director of the Music Program
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    University of California, Los Angeles - BA
    University of California, Los Angeles - MA
  • Photo of Evan Avery

    Mr. Evan Avery 

    Director of the Chamber Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble
    University of North Texas - BA
    University of Southern California - MA
  • Photo of John Bueti

    Mr. John Bueti 

    Wood Design Teacher
    Extension 261
  • Ms. Gianna Burright 

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    Ms. Megan Hooker 

    Ceramics Teacher and Independent Project Coordinator
    University of California, Santa Barbara - BA
  • Photo of Grace Lowe

    Ms. Grace Lowe 

    Assistant Director of Admission
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    New York University Tisch School of the Arts
    Goddard College - Bachelor of Arts
  • Photo of Elizabeth Mahoney

    Ms. Elizabeth Mahoney 

    Visual Arts Teacher and Riding Instructor
    Skidmore College - BA
  • Photo of Lisandro Malissia

    Mr. Lisandro Malissia 

    Theater Technical Director, World Language--Spanish Instructor
  • Photo of Bo Manson

    Mr. Bo Manson 

    Wood Design Teacher, Rock Climbing Instructor
    University of Virginia - BA
    University of Virginia - MEd
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