Young artists flourish in Mayfield's Conservatory for the Arts
We dance, draw, paint, write, take stunning photos and sing our hearts out. We love to perform under a spotlight. The Conservatory is far more than an extracurricular activity. With rigor and excitement our UC-accredited courses unfold on stage, in studios and in hands-on workshops as Mayfield trains the next generation of artists and artistic thinkers.
We nurture and develop artistic talent
Mayfield’s signature Conservatory for the Arts program strikes an engaging balance for both aspiring and dedicated artists. For more than 25 years our program has produced artistic thinkers who know how to integrate creativity, voice and expression into their lives. Our artists develop confidence and resilience as they form bonds with a group of girls who become their closest friends.
Mayfield teachers are working artists who enthusiastically share their real-world knowledge at every meeting. As Holy Child educators they teach students to use their artistic gifts to engage with and interpret the world around them.
— Cornelia Connelly
Art is a universal language, and also a discipline which calls for close attention, leading to wonderment and contemplation.
The work of our Mayfield artists transformed the Student Commons into an art gallery and performing arts space, brought beautiful music to Strub Hall and turned the Pike stage into a dance and theatre performing arts house.
“Chin up a little bit...good, good. Now look into the camera and now tell me an amazing secret with your eyes,” theatre teacher Andrea Sweeney ’12 told her student. “Relax your jaw... Ah! These are so good!”
The glorious voices of the Mayfield Women’s Ensemble won top honors, including the Best Overall Choir award, at the prestigious WorldStrides San Francisco Heritage festival over the weekend, elevating our singers to the highest echelons of high school choirs in the nation.
They walked in the footsteps of Holy Child foundress Cornelia Connelly and climbed 528 stairs to reach the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral. They not only visited Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, but also learned how to act out two scenes from Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theatre. They received a special blessing in Canterbury Cathedral, visited multiple museums and saw the hilarious West End musical, Matilda.
Two spring theatre productions within two weeks of each other brought a frenzy of artistry, drama and a lot of set changes to Pike Auditorium as Godspell and Everywoman featured two all-female casts of musicians, singers and actors on stage.
You just can’t take your eyes off those mesmerizing masks! It’s not enough that our Theatre Conservatory students to rewrote the medieval morality play Everyman into their own powerhouse voice of Everywoman. They delved deep into artistic interpretation to design and make Commedia-style masks to represent their characters.
Laura Noriega ’18, a three-year member of the Visual Arts Conservatory, had always viewed sketching, drawing and her newfound love for watercoloring as a somewhat solitary pursuit with pencils, paint, brushes and canvas.
The works of five outstanding Mayfield visual and photography artists will take a place of honor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the annual Robert Graham Memorial Exhibit that celebrates select work of Catholic high school students.
Breathe deep. Stand straight. Lift your head. Loosen your shoulders. Support your core. Wiggle your fingers. Project outward! When world-renowned countertenor Jeffrey Kim conducted a master class for Mayfield’s Vocal Conservatory, it looked a lot like a PE class—but with exercises that included hitting high-reaching notes and singing soaring scales.
In an unforgettable field trip, AP Photography students toured the rustic Silver Lake studio of an award-winning, internationally recognized artist—Mayfield’s own Conservatory for the Arts teacher, Paul Tzanetopoulos.
The sun bakes the pavement into a sweltering lake of condensed heat. Freckles of sweat spot each student’s face and arms as they line a narrow shelf with glue and heft a long slab of wood atop it. They’re making flats—vertical wall panels—for the upcoming play, Steel Magnolias.
In an interdisciplinary undertaking that began in English classes and culminated on stage, Mayfield students experienced an immersive theatre studies lesson with their spellbinding spring drama production of the The Main, based on Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible.
They wrote from their hearts, explored what it means to be a teenager and delved into societal attitudes about children. Others took up their camera or paintbrush to capture a moment in time. For their excellence in poetry, storytelling and the visual arts, 12 outstanding Mayfield students have won 41 awards and honors in a national contest.
The eye-catching and inspirational work of five Mayfield visual artists has been selected for the 2017 Robert Graham Memorial Exhibition at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a display that will draw thousands of visitors through May.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.