Student of the arts have several opportunities for learning supplementary to their curricular objectives. Three honors societies and Salt & Light Studios offer valuable exposure to arts in the professional realm and advanced opportunities for networking and enrichment.
Tri-M Music Honor Society, was established in 1978 by the National Association for Music Education (NAME) to honor and advance the growth outstanding music students. The CPA chapter initiates upper school students annually per national qualifications. Led by a board of officers, students engage in musical service activities such Christmas Caroling and Singing Valentines.
The International Thespian Society was established in 1929 by the Educational Theatre Association (ETA) to honor and advance the growth outstanding theatre students. The CPA chapter initiates upper school students annually per international qualifications. Led by a board of officers, students create and direct the fall production Coffeehouse Theatre, gather for Tony and Oscar parties, host guest workshops open to all upper school students, and attend the Tennessee State Thespian Conference featuring performances, masterclasses and scholarship auditions at MTSU each January.
The National Art Honor Society was established in 1978 by the National Art Education Association (NAES) to honor and advance the growth of outstanding visual arts students. The CPA chapter initiates upper school students annually per national qualifications. Led by a board of officers, students engage in such events as Art Party in the Studio, gallery visits, and other activities that promote visual arts within the school and community.
The Salt & Light Studio is a symposium that brings students into relevant, engaging connections with professional arts culture-shapers to hear their stories, learn from their artistic and spiritual journeys, and find encouragement to discover their own unique paths in life. An important aspect of the Salt & Light Studio is to provide students with an opportunity to connect on their own art-making, and to have a forum to collaborate on positively affecting the culture of the upper school through creativity.
Studio membership is selected on an annual basis by an application review board comprised of members of the arts faculty.
Guests have included musical artist Amy Grant, songwriters Ashley Gorley and Natalie Hemby, producer Ben Howard, author and producer Karen Kingsbury, musical artist Melinda Doolittle, and more.