Student Life

Arts at St. Mary's

The arts at St. Mary’s High School are committed to the belief that each and every student can be taught to enhance their God-given creativity. Student artist and performers succeed in a variety of artistic endeavors including drama, music and the visual arts. These areas of artistic expression and study are actively cultivated not only inside the classroom but outside in the school community.

Students enrich their lives and the lives of others through the arts. Actors and Actresses have the opportunity to showcase their theatrical talents as a part of St. Mary’s Theatre, which puts on two drama productions per year. Vocalist may sing during school liturgies or be a part of St. Mary’s a cappella group, Nothing but Treble. Nothing but Treble performs throughout Annapolis including shows at Maryland Hall and downtowns yearly midnight madness extravaganza. Students in the visual arts have the opportunity to enter works in shows throughout the area as well as competitions through St. Mary’s. There is no doubt that the arts are alive and thriving at St. Mary’s.
Students from St. Mary’s High School love sharing their talent with those in the Parish and Annapolis communities. Each year a student is selected to design the Parish Christmas card. Additionally, many students choose to enter their artwork in local competitions. In recent years as a school we adopted one of the plaster chickens you see throughout Annapolis to paint with school spirit. In 2016 seven of our students painted parts of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to be displayed at the 150th year celebration of the icon being given to the Redemptorists. The students of St. Mary’s thrive as artists and are always excited to share their passion and have their work displayed throughout the community. • Performing at the Grand Illumination in Annapolis (December 2014) • Christmas Caroling in Downtown Annapolis for Midnight Madness (December 2015) • Singing the National Anthem at the Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta (April 2016) • Singing Christmas Carols for the SoFo HoHo (Forest Drive Toy Donation Drive Event, December 2016).


Art Club provides students with the opportunity to grow as individual artists outside of a structured class setting with open studio time. Additionally, members participate together in various art projects within the school, parish and surrounding community.

The Band program accommodates both experienced student musicians and those who would like to learn to perform instrumental music. In addition to concert performances at the end of each semester, the band frequently appears at assemblies, athletic events, at select Masses (in collaboration with the liturgical music ensemble,) and other events throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to get involved in band via band class, or through the after school band.
The Liturgical Music Ensemble provides music for monthly school liturgies.Under the direction of performing arts faculty, this flexible group rehearses a variety of liturgical music and leads the music ministry for fellow students. Any student singer is welcome to join, as are student guitarists and other instrumental musicians.
The Forensic Speech and Debate Club is open to any student interested in performing competitively. Under the dedicated training of our Midshipman coaches, students prepare their speech or debate content and travel to high schools around Maryland and Virginia, competing against both local students and performers from across the country. Individual performance events include delivery of original speeches, declamation of famous speeches, impromptu speaking, storytelling, and theatrical scenes.
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.