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Passion and purpose are discovered through artistic expression.

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Arts

GAC celebrates giftedness, passion, and intelligence in all its forms.

We believe that everyone is created with an innate desire for expression and connection, and we recognize that every student has his or her own aptitudes, goals, and purpose.

This is a community where distinct individuals become empathetic, attuned partners as they pursue their artistic endeavors. Whether they choose to pursue band, drama, orchestra, choir, dance, or visual arts, each GAC student is encouraged and empowered with the resources and support they need to grow and thrive. Our award-winning arts programs are led by accomplished faculty and gifted student mentors. Under their guidance, students of every age are encouraged to pursue curiosity and push their limits.

Learn how a rigorous arts education brings out God-given gifts and nurtures bright futures.

Arts News

GDP: Bob Yu Named to All-National Mixed Choir

Greater Atlanta Christian School rising senior, Haotian (Bob) Yu, has been selected for the 2020 All-National Mixed Choir.  Bob entered GAC as an International home-stay student his freshman year and quickly gravitated to the offerings in the Fine Arts Department and onsite private music lessons. 

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AJC: Counselor gives hands-on exercises to build kids’ emotional health

Perhaps one of most difficult things to gauge with students is their mental well-being. Even without a worldwide medical crisis requiring schools to shut down suddenly, many factors can cause stress and anxiety in children. And having to look for those signs through a computer screen can make the challenge that much more difficult for school professionals.

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GAC Drama Gains Judges' Favor with Multiple Shuler Nominations

Congratulations to the entire cast of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and Director Kristy Winkes for three Shuler Award Nominations in the following categories: Overall Production; Direction - Kristy Winkes; ⁠and Lighting Design - Kristy Winkes and J.D. Cooper⁠. GAC also earned seven honorable mentions. ⠀

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GAC Student Leaders Use Music to Highlight Black History

“Music embodies the words we can’t express. It comforts us during our deepest tragedies and fuels us during our greatest triumphs. More importantly, it unites us. Black History Month is not just for African Americans. The music you will hear today is woven into all of our lives” shared Simone Roberts, GAC’s Student Leader of Unity, who then proceeded to further describe the reason for the day’s special chapel assembly. 

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GAC’s Accomplished Musicians Join With the State’s Finest for JanFest

Ten GAC High School students traveled to Athens over the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend to participate in the prestigious JanFest, one of the oldest and largest high school band festivals in the Southeast. Hosted by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, JanFest welcomed 2,000 students onto campus for the 70th Annual January High School Band Festival. This four-day event is open only to invited musicians who represent the most accomplished among their high schools across the state of Georgia and the Southeast.

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The Gift of a Performance

For the Christmas holiday season, the GAC School of Ballet gave many the gift of a beautiful performance. Not just to their parents, grandparents, friends, and classmates here at GAC. Middle School and High School dance elective students performed for Meadowcreek Elementary School, Village Park Senior Living Center, the Winship Cancer Center, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston during the month of December.

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Teamwork Made This Dream Work

Congratulations to our Middle School One Act play cast! "Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook" received third place at the Middle School Georgia Theatre Conference. This was an ensemble-driven play with a focus on collaboration.

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Raising an Artist

AAt a K-12 school, younger students often spend their days looking up to the older students, aspiring to be like them one day. So when 5th-grade Spartans were invited to a special “meet and greet” session with GAC’s best High School visual artists, they were delighted. Together as a class, the young artists toured the Art & Design Center, the building where the most serious and talented visual artists take classes.

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GAC Flutist Ivy Lee Invited Back to Carnegie Hall

GAC sophomore Ivy Lee is headed to Carnegie Hall in New York City for the second time this year to perform. She recently placed 2nd in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. That win comes with an invitation to play at the winners recital in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on November 3. Ivy plays flute and piccolo in the GAC Symphonic Band and the GAC Marching Spartans.

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By The Numbers

40+

Visual and performing arts electives

8

Shuler nominations in 2019

7

Art studios

8

Drama productions a year

15

Musical ensembles

18

Instructors in School of Ballet and School of Music

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Where the Art Happens

Sara D. Williams Fine Arts Center

The Sara D. Williams Fine Arts Center is one of the most vibrant areas on campus. Students participate in a vast array of performing arts including: Band, choir, drama, and orchestra. The facility also houses the School of Music which features 8 private music lesson studios. The Clifton Jones Theatre is home to eight drama performances a year. Talented instructors combined with numerous rehearsal spaces make it possible for even more students to perfect their skills in the performing arts. This building was named in honor of a GAC grandmother who is a big supporter of the arts.

Artusa Hall in the Performing Arts Center

Renovated in 2017, the Performing Arts Center includes the expansive Artusa Hall, a performance space beautifully adorned and crafted to accommodate up to 150 performers on the stage alone, as well as 950 audience members. The facility is a space for school chapels, band performances, ceremonies, and other events. The space is recognized for Frank and Susan Artusa and their children.

Art & Design Center

With more than 16,000 square-feet of space, the Art and Design Center is home to GAC's growing Visual Arts program. Students have access to the tools and space they need to nurture their artistic talents in classes like Sculpture, 2D and 3D art classes, Photography, and AP art classes.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Nelson Galarraga '99: GAC’s Orchestra Director

Nelson Galarraga picked up his first violin at age 5. His parents made a large financial sacrifice in Venezuela to enroll him and his siblings in a private Conservatory of Music, Colegio Emil Friedman. In order to continue a ministry with the Hispanic community, the Galarraga family relocated to Atlanta and the children found themselves at GAC.

Nelson Galarraga picked up his first violin at age 5. His parents made a large financial sacrifice in Venezuela to enroll him and his siblings in a private Conservatory of Music, Colegio Emil Friedman. In order to continue a ministry with the Hispanic community, the Galarraga family relocated to Atlanta and the children found themselves at GAC.
 

As an 8th grader, Nelson did not have a strong understanding of the English language and he attended a school without a dedicated string program. Through the help ESL teachers, Nelson quickly became a part of the GAC family and, at school, poured his efforts into advancing as a soccer player.

Nelson continued to study under the tutelage of Atlanta Symphony violinist and his biggest musical influence, Juan Ramirez, for years, but his friends and teachers at school had no idea he was such a skilled musician. Nelson’s soccer coach vividly remembers sitting in a school talent show one year and the MC announced, “Now, Nelson Galarraga will play Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor on the violin.” He laughs and says he sat up in his chair and looked around as if it were a joke. “I just knew it was going to be bad. But to my surprise, Nelson made such incredible music with his violin the entire crowd went silent. Who knew that this kid I had coached for years on the soccer field had an incredible hidden talent!” The word was out – Nelson was gifted.

Fast forward to Nelson’s junior year at GAC when administrators started a 12-member string ensemble. He shakes his head with disbelief at being the Orchestra Director in 2014. “It really is quite surreal. I came to GAC, didn’t know English, and didn’t have an in-school music outlet. To see the string program start with such humble beginnings, and now to be directing the firmly established program is incredible. Who has this kind of opportunity?”

The student becomes the teacher. Director Galarraga desires to teach his students that all talent comes directly from God. He prays daily for wisdom on how to direct them, mentor them, and encourage them to be advocates for the arts. Every now and again, Nelson still kicks the soccer ball around.

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