News Archive - Arts

March 1, 2022

Madeira Students Recognized in Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Madeira art students were honored with several 2022 Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Yoyo S. ‘24 was selected for the Gold Key award in photography for... Read More

December 10, 2021

Winterfest 2021

View performances from Madeira dancers, orchestra, singers, and visual arts classes at our annual Winterfest assembly.

April 12, 2021

Arts at Madeira Presents: Dance/Gate 2021

Please enjoy a collaboration between Gate, Madeira's literary magazine, and Madeira Dance!





February 16, 2021

Madeira Arts Department Presents "Pippin" online - Feb. 19-20

Live online: February 19-20, 2021
Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

March 24, 2020

Virtual Revisit Days!

Madeira is bringing Revisit Day to you!

We have planned several live sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about community life, the... Read More

February 25, 2020

2020 Shakespeare Competition winners announced

Each year, Madeira participates in the English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition. Students first compete at a school-level competition... Read More

February 19, 2020

The Pirates of Penzance


  • Thursday, February 20 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 21 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 22 - 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for... Read More

January 30, 2020

Michelle Zheng ’20, Victoria Yu ’22 win Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Madeira students Michelle Zheng ’20 and Victoria Yu ’22 have received 2020 Regional Scholastic Arts Awards. Michelle received a Silver Award her piece... Read More

November 5, 2019

Arts Showcase & Open House - Nov. 14

Whether you want to sing or dance in a musical, prepare your portfolio for art school, throw ceramic pots, dance ballet or hip hop, learn viola, or vie... Read More

October 31, 2019

The Spectator - Halloween Issue

The Halloween 2019 issue of Madeira' student newspaper, The Spectator, is now available

Read the online edition

May 30, 2019

Award-winning Madeira senior presents final piano recital

Senior Angela He presented her final piano performance in a solo recital of works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Ravel this week.

Her riveting performance... Read More

October 22, 2018

Madeira Senior Pursues Passion for Dance

For Sophie Fouladi being a day student at Madeira offers her a great opportunity.

“Being a day student at a boarding school is interesting to say the... Read More

May 25, 2018

Chapin Brown ’19 selected to attend International Performing Arts Institute in Germany this summer

Chapin Brown has been accepted to attend the International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI) in Kiefersfelden, Germany this summer. Chapin has the distinguished... Read More

May 5, 2018

Photography students juried at local arts festival

Each spring, The Nora School sponsors a photography festival open to students in grades 6 through 12 from a wide variety of public, private, home, and... Read More

April 9, 2018

2018 GATE literary magazine is available online

The 2018 issue of GATE is now available! The new issue was presented to the community after the Dance/GATE All School Meeting on March 15. Madeira Dance... Read More

February 27, 2018

Giggles and Ghouls: Madeira Arts presents "The Addams Family"

Friends and family packed the auditorium in late February for a fun-filled viewing of the 2018 Madeira winter musical, The Addams Family.

A musical comedy... Read More

August 28, 2017

Welcome to our new faculty and staff

Allow us to introduce you to the new faces at Madeira (and a reintroduce a few familiar ones).

Carla Belsher joins the Madeira team this year in the Health... Read More

June 8, 2017

Madeira Fashion Club publishes first magazine

This spring, the Madeira Fashion Club published their first fashion magazine. Club members, CiCi Wu and Monica Shen were the founders and publishers of... Read More

May 24, 2017

Advance Photography students present final projects

As the year comes to a close, the Advance Photography class presented their final projects using a variety of techniques learned throughout module 7 and... Read More

May 23, 2017

Five Students nominated for 2017 Cappies awards

Congratulations to Sasha Alexander ‘17, Briana Harrington ‘17, Millenah Nascimento ’17 and Grace Ye ’18 for their Cappies Award nomination in the category... Read More

May 18, 2017

GATE literary magazine is available online

At the close of MadeiraED this year, the 2017 edition of GATE was presented. Madeira Dance and Madeira Select performed several numbers as students read... Read More

May 15, 2017

Local choreographer, dancer visits Madeira dance program

After several impressive performances at SpringFest, The Madeira Dance program kept their training going with guest instruction by Victor Adebusola, a... Read More

April 24, 2017

2017 SpringFest and M.A.C Awards

SpringFest is an annual event in which the visual, performing, and musical arts are celebrated. This year the students excelled in every routine, song... Read More

March 17, 2017

Julia Skinner-Grant '19 first runner-up in regional Shakespeare Competition

Sophomore Julia Skinner-Grant competed in the 2017 English-Speaking Union Washington D. C. Branch Shakespeare Competition at the Lansburgh Theatre downtown... Read More

March 17, 2017

The Spectator - Winter Issue

The winter issue of The Spectator, is now available. The paper features wide-ranging articles and opinion pieces from a number of Madeira writers.  

... Read More
March 6, 2017

2017 Madeira Film Festival accepting submissions

The 2017 Madeira School Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The Festival is open to submissions from all high school students in the D.C. metro... Read More

March 2, 2017

Audiences captivated by Into The Woods

Review by Victoria Akagha '19

This February, Madeira put on a production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. The musical is a twist... Read More

February 27, 2017

Madeira hosts Resident Artist for Winter Musical

Madeira students in the Winter Musical, Into the Woods, blazed new trails in musical theater under the guidance of Resident Artist, Mary Sugar. Ms. Sugar... Read More

February 1, 2017

Lucy Li named to All-District Band

Junior Lucy Li was recently named to the All-District Band through a competitive audition with students from Arlington, Fairfax Schools, Chantilly, Herndon... Read More

January 19, 2017

Chamber Orchestra tours Kennedy Center

On Friday, January 13, the Madeira Chamber Orchestra went to the Kennedy Center for a tour, and a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra. Their tour... Read More

January 10, 2017

Nandi Ndoro places in New York Times writing contest

Nandi Ndoro ’19 was named a runner-up in the second annual Student Review Contest organized by The New York Times. Her article, Black Girl Lemonade, originally... Read More

November 11, 2016

Madeira Dance troupe attends Master Class

In October, several students from Select Dance, Madeira’s advanced dance group, attended master classes with the Washington Area Independent School Dance... Read More

September 1, 2016

Under the Shell orientation edition

The orientation edition of the student newspaper hit the stands on September 1.

Read the online version here

August 26, 2016

Art activities and announcements

For the students who want to try something new this year, or return to a familiar community of artistic challenge and enjoyment, the Arts Department offers... Read More

May 24, 2016

Michelle Sarson named Director of Dance

Effective for school year 2016-2017, Madeira will be managing its Dance curriculum in-house, under the direction of Ms. Michelle Sarson. For our students... Read More

May 18, 2016

Madeira actress nominated for 2016 Cappies award

A big congratulations to Faith Slaughter ‘16, who is nominated for a Cappies award in the category of Female Vocalist for her role as Lilli Vanessi in... Read More

May 10, 2016

Slam Poetry Team takes first in regional competition

On May 7, 2016 the Madeira Slam Poetry Team, made up of Gaelyn Smith ‘16, Mona Hagmagid ‘16, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ‘17, and Mae Hunt ’17, won first place... Read More

May 5, 2016

Students share passion projects during MadeiraEd Day

On April 29, the last day of Module 6, students, faculty and staff participated in the second annual MadeiraED Day. With the theme “Passion Projects,”... Read More

May 2, 2016

Student uses passion for film to raise awareness in her home country

After taking a summer film making program in New York City, Victoria Garcia ’17 was inspired to create a video that would bring awareness about the current... Read More

April 26, 2016

Four students jury in local arts competition

Four Madeira art students juried in the 2016 Best of Independent School’s Art Competition sponsored by the Landon School in Bethesda, MD. Since 2006, Landon... Read More

April 18, 2016

Sculpture class reveals first project of spring

This week the Studio III - Sculpture class completed a Wind Spinners project and placed them out on the lawn in front of the art studio for the community... Read More

April 4, 2016

Private music instruction students recognized in Washington-area competitions

Emily Hamilton ’17, Sabrina Ni and Fay Zhang ’17, private music students of Deborah Morris, were recently recognized for their music achievements in The... Read More

March 9, 2016

Master Artist visits Madeira

On Monday, February 29, local Master Artist Mrs. Ellen Cornett came to impart her wisdom and experience with charcoal drawing in the Studio 1 - Drawing... Read More

February 24, 2016

Kiss Me, Kate captivates audiences

The Madeira Arts production of Kiss Me, Kate was a high-spirited success! Kiss Me, Kate is a fun 1940s musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack, with... Read More

February 12, 2016

Join Madeira Arts for the annual winter musical

Madeira's dedicated students and faculty are working very hard to produce a crowd-pleasing rendition of Kiss Me, Kate. Written in the 1940's, Kiss Me,... Read More

February 11, 2016

Advanced Acting Classes present first showcase

On February 4th, students were invited to be an audience for the first Advanced Acting Showcase. Students from the Advanced Acting class created original... Read More

November 13, 2015

Gaelyn Smith '16 wins slam poetry competition

On Wednesday, November 11, two members of the Madeira Slam Team, Mona Hagmagid '16 and Gaelyn Smith '16, competed in the NOVA Invitational Slam Competition... Read More

November 9, 2015

Class uses phones to create works of art

In Ms. Linda Northrup’s class, students are not told to put away their phones as they are in other classes. During the five-week Phone Photo Imaging class... Read More

November 5, 2015

The Cherry Orchard charms audiences

Friends and family packed the Chapel Auditorium for an end of October viewing of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” Taking place in turn of the century... Read More

October 30, 2015

Madeira clarinetist wins second place at Asian American Music Society

Madeira Chamber Orchestra member Lucy Li '18, won second place in the senior woodwind division of the Asian American Music Society Competition. Lucy, a... Read More

September 15, 2015

Learning and sharing at the STEM to STEAM Conference

Faculty in the Science and Arts Departments presented in multiple topics at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) Conference “From STEM to STEAM... Read More

September 3, 2015

Private Music Lessons at Madeira

Did you know that an amazing group of professional musicians come to Madeira's campus every week to teach students in piano, voice, strings, flute, guitar... Read More

May 21, 2015

2015 Madeira School Film Festival

Madeira Advanced Film class students organized an impressive, fourth annual Madeira School Film Festival on Saturday May 15, 2015.

A student committee... Read More

May 19, 2015

Madeira actress nominated for 2015 Cappie award

A big congratulations to Jeeho Ha ’17, who is nominated for a Cappies award in the category of Comic Actress in a Play for her role as Trinculo in our... Read More

May 13, 2015

GATE literary magazine is available online

At the All School Meeting, April 10, selections of poetry, along with photography and artwork from the 2015 edition of GATE were presented at the All School... Read More

May 11, 2015

2015 Springfest and art awards

Springfest is an annual event in which the visual, performing, and musical arts are celebrated. Both visual and performing arts were on full display at... Read More

April 17, 2015

Get ready for The Madeira School Film Festival

The 2015 festival will be held May 15 and will celebrate films created by Madeira students and community. The deadline for film submissions is May 1, 2015... Read More

April 17, 2015

Join us for One Acts Festival

Support student directors, designers, and actors in the annual One Acts festival. The festival features short plays students have produced in the Advanced... Read More

April 17, 2015

Senior earns National Federation of Music Teachers Gold Cup

Madeline Ahern '15 was awarded her third consecutive "Superior" rating at the National Federation of Music Teachers Festival on March 29, 2015. She will... Read More

March 18, 2015

All School EduCase Day

On March 13, the last day of Module 5, students, faculty, and staff participated in the first all-school EduCase Day. The day involved over 75 different... Read More

February 27, 2015

"Anything Goes" delights audiences

Madeira’s winter musical production of Anything Goes, set aboard an ocean liner in the 1930s with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, was a rousing success... Read More

February 12, 2015

Join Madeira for "Anything Goes"

Escape the everyday on a trans-Atlantic cruise. With top-notch lounge singers, wealthy heiresses, and second-rate mobsters on the loose, you’re never sure... Read More

February 2, 2015

A slam poetry team win at Hyper Bole

On Saturday, January 31, 2015 Madeira’s slam team including Zharia O’Neal ’15, Mona Hagmagid ’16, Gaelyn Smith, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ’17, Katie Barack ’15... Read More

January 29, 2015

Renowned choreographer visits Madeira Dance

The Madeira dance program, directed by Michelle Sarson, hosted CityDance guest Master Teacher, Resident Artist and renowned choreographer, Jason Garcia... Read More

January 16, 2015

Madeira alumna, Rory Kennedy?s film nominated for Academy Award ®

“Last Days in Vietnam” was produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, Madeira class of 1987. The film, which has been nominated for an Academy Award ® for... Read More

November 20, 2014

Music and math in harmony

In Ms. Taylor’s module on probability (a STEAM course), some students took on the challenge of using a music composition website that also involved a probability... Read More

November 14, 2014

AP and Advanced Studio Art visit to the National Gallery

On November 5, 2014, the Advanced and AP Studio Art students made the short trip to the National Gallery of Art in our nation’s capital to view one of... Read More

November 6, 2014

"The Tempest" transports audience to a magical island

Shakespeare’s Tempest begins with the illusion of a shipwreck, but there was no disaster to plague Madeira’s visually beautiful and dynamically staged... Read More

October 22, 2014

Madeira Arts Department presents "The Tempest"

Set your sails for excitement on an island of fairies and monsters October 30 and November 1. Here lives Prospera, an unjustly exiled Duchess, and her... Read More

October 21, 2014

Gaming with the Intro to Computer Programming class

During the last week of Module 1, the Introduction to Computer Programming class invited the Madeira community to the computer lab to test their final... Read More

May 20, 2014

Third annual Madeira School Film Festival celebrates community

Advanced Film class students organized a fantastic third annual Madeira School Film Festival on Saturday May 3, 2014. The program featured door prizes... Read More

April 30, 2014

Madeira junior selected to attend pre-college pianist program this summer

Linda Yang ’15 has been selected to attend the High School Solo Pianist division of Westminster Choir College - Rider University pre-college program, in... Read More

April 17, 2014

Two Madeira girls chosen as finalists in art competition

Congratulations to juniors Griffin Ball and Julia Mandel for being selected as finalists for the Best of the Independent School’s Art Competition. Their... Read More

April 17, 2014

2014 One Acts Festival was truly one of a kind

The Advanced Theatre Production class held the 2014 One Acts Festival on April 10-11. The festival was originally part of the Stage Directing class for... Read More

March 21, 2014

Sophomores perform Romeo and Juliet

For the 35th annual Shakespeare Festival, the English Department chose the most well-known of Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet. Part way into reading... Read More

March 20, 2014

2014 Madeira School Film Festival

Get ready for the third annual Madeira School Film Festival on May 3, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This year, the festival will feature Madeira work exclusively... Read More

March 20, 2014

Music and language talents collide at Chamber Orchestra ASM

The All School Meeting on March 7, 2014 showcased Madeira’s Chamber Orchestra with a full program of pieces performed by the full orchestra, the string... Read More

March 7, 2014

Footloose delights Madeira audiences

Madeira Arts’ production of Footloose was a rousing success! Please join us in congratulating all of the players, from the large cast of actors, singers... Read More

February 20, 2014

Alumna makes a cameo appearance in Film Production Class

Film producer Tai Burkholder '95, Madeira class of 1995, visited the Film Production class on January 10. Students enjoyed learning about Ms. Burkholder... Read More

December 12, 2013

Emily Dickinson one-woman show performances

Ms. Sokolov's Senior English class "Emily and Friends" performed one-woman shows in Main Living Room today...

November 14, 2013

?Arsenic and Old Lace? astounds

Students, parents, and friends packed the Chapel/Auditorium over the first weekend in November for a spectacular production of “Arsenic and Old Lace,”... Read More

November 14, 2013

Student art unveiling at Mosaic

Students in Advanced Studio Art class will unveil murals for a community art project at the Mosaic shopping district in Fairfax, VA on November 22, 2013... Read More

October 18, 2013

Madeira Theatre presents "Arsenic and Old Lace"

You’ll be thoroughly entertained by the wit and talented acting of the Madeira cast in the farcical comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The play is set in... Read More

August 12, 2013

PINK Award winner spends summer at Alvin Ailey School of Dance

With the support of the PINK Award, established by Katherine Kies ’07, Courtney Jefferies ’13 spent her summer at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive in New... Read More

July 30, 2013

Traveling Players brings theatre outdoors

After two weeks of touring throughout Virginia, the Traveling Players Ensemble returns home to perform Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Madeira... Read More

May 20, 2013

Student photography selected for international photography competition

A photo by Likando Kumoyo ’13 was chosen for Exposure 2013, an international photography competition. Likando’s photo was selected for a digital projection... Read More

May 20, 2013

The Madeira School Film Festival draws a crowd

In just its second year, The Madeira School Film Festival is seeing tremendous growth. This year, close to 200 people came to the festival’s screenings... Read More

May 6, 2013

Trisha Brown Dance Company performs at Madeira

Madeira welcomed the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) to campus for a special two-day visit during which the company performed and instructed a master... Read More

February 26, 2013

Alvin Ailey School accepts two Madeira dancers

Senior Courtney Jefferies and Junior Gabby Bullard have been accepted to the Summer Intensive Program at The Ailey School in New York City. The six-week... Read More

February 11, 2013

Students showcase musical talents at soiree

January 31, 2013 the campus enjoyed a musical line-up full of variety – both instruments and musical styles – at the private music instruction soiree in... Read More

January 31, 2013

Arts Council heads to NYC

Madeira Arts Council's annual trip to New York City was a great day-long adventure for 50 Madeira students and faculty on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Students... Read More

January 28, 2013

Literary magazine, Gate, earns rating of ?excellent?

The National Council of Teachers of English awarded The Madeira School 2012 literary magazine, Gate, a rating of “excellent.” NCTE’s program to recognize... Read More

January 28, 2013

Madeira Arts Department presents "The Wizard of Oz"

The Madeira School is proud to introduce its winter musical, The Wizard of Oz. This musical follows Dorothy Gale in her journey home after waking up in... Read More

January 2, 2013

Madeira a cappella ensemble performs for AAUW chapter

Sweet Ti, a cappella ensemble, performed for the McLean chapter of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) at their holiday luncheon in December... Read More

December 17, 2012

Madeira junior performs at the Kennedy Center

Over the weekend of December 7, Nadia Nobrega ’14 danced at the Kennedy Center with Ballet West in their production of The Nutcracker. In September, the... Read More

December 17, 2012

Madeira celebrates annual Winterfest

On Friday, December 14, Madeira's Arts Department showcased the varied talents of our students. From Orchestra to Glee Club, Madeira Dance and the acapella... Read More

December 11, 2012

Winterfest at Madeira

Madeira students in Arts Department classes and activities will perform for the community in the annual Winterfest celebration on Friday, December 14 at... Read More

November 29, 2012

Visual art students tour Corcoran Gallery

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, eight visual arts students took advantage of the beautiful warm afternoon to explore the Corcoran Gallery. They were entertained... Read More

November 19, 2012

Madeira Arts puts their spin on Moliere?s The Bourgeois Gentleman

Performing Arts put on a very successful production of The Bourgeois Gentlewoman for their fall play. While the performance dates had to be moved because... Read More

November 11, 2012

Two Madeira students' photos stand out in competitions

Sam McClain’13 won Honorable Mention at the FotoweekDC Youth Competition. Her photo featuring a crowd in afternoon sunlight won in the people category... Read More

October 4, 2012

Madeira Fine Arts presents "The Bourgeois Gentlewoman"

The Bourgeois Gentlewoman, adapted from Moliere’s play, is a 17th Century French farce which pokes fun at the ridiculous business as social climber. Madame... Read More

September 20, 2012

Linda Yang ’15 awarded the highest level of achievement by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music

Linda Yang ’15 completed an extensive music performance exam in the spring of 2012 for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music based in London... Read More

September 17, 2012

Su Ji Kim ’14 recognized for outstanding artwork

Saturday, September 8, Su Ji Kim received a second place award for her outstanding artwork, titled Le Vol, in the “Express Yourself!” teen art show. Mr... Read More

July 18, 2012

Madeira drama standout talks of collegiate aspirations in the Washington Post

Recent graduate, June Schreiner ’12, has been featured in the Washington Post once again. On July 18th, the newspaper posted an online article in which... Read More

June 8, 2012

London calling!

Eight Madeira students and two faculty headed to London Friday, June 1. Their week has been filled with theater performances at the West End, a Shakespeare... Read More

June 6, 2012

Madeira Slam Poetry Team wins second place at competition

Madeira's Slam Poetry team won 2nd place in the Louder than a Bomb competition held at George Washington University Saturday, June 2! The team, Rachel... Read More

May 25, 2012

Susan Lee '12 and Kelsye Little '13 perform at Kennedy Center

Tuesday, May 22, Susan Lee '12 and Kelsye Little '13 performed at the Kennedy Center with the DC Youth Orchestra. It was a memorable performance, the orchestra... Read More

May 24, 2012

Gabby Bullard '14 nominated for Cappie award

Congratulations to Gabby Bullard ’14, who was nominated for a Cappie Award for her role as Seaweed in Hairspray! The nomination was in the category of... Read More

May 24, 2012

Final installation of "Youth" by Susan Lee '12

The final installation of Susan Lee's '12 independent art project was installed today. The sculpture called "The Fountain of Youth and Wild Reveler" is... Read More