Fine Arts at Loretto
One of the most important ways to educate a child is through the creative process.
Mr. Paul Sanchez, the elementary music teacher, teaches young children the basics of music. They start learning how to read music, understanding beats and rests that compose rhythm. They begin to learn to play different instruments, such as the bongos, marimbas, xylophones, flutes, recorders, and electric and acoustic guitars. Elementary children perform their musical talents at the annual Christmas and Spring Programs.
Ms. Karla Ramos teaches the middle and high school music department. She teaches various instruments, including the ukulele, guitar, and piano. She is also Loretto’s voice teacher, in charge of Loretto’s beautiful Middle and High School show choir. With harmonizing voices, the girls sing at special masses and events, including their own show choir performance each semester.
Ms. Cecy Diaz is the elementary art program teacher. The art program fosters creativity and artistic articulation among the student body. It encourages the expression of feelings and helps build self-awareness, confidence, and pride in the students' original artistic creations. Elementary students showcase their art in a themed, annual Spring Show and fundraiser.
The middle and high school art program features competitive curriculum that motivates young girls to be expressive and art boundaries. Loretto’s art program features different enrichment and elective courses, and AP level classes. Annually, the high school hosts the International Extravangaza, where girls make beautiful dresses out of recycled materials
Loretto Academy is home to newly renovated, a state of the arts theater, directly below the chapel. The Little Theater is home to our award winning TAPPS Theater Company, Angels in the Wings, who perform three different plays, a one act show in the fall, a spring play, and spring musical. The theater is also home of Loretto’s High School Drama Club, and the International Thespian Society.
Loretto Middle and High school students benefit from dance classes and electives taught by Mrs. Ceci Cortez ‘85. Loretto Academy’s famous Orchesis dance club is one of Loretto’s longest standing student organization. It has earned a reputation for being a state of the art dance group. The Orchesis girls perform at various school and city events, including the Diocesan Raffle, the All Academy Mass, and other charity events. Each year, Orchesis officers visit New York City’s Broadway Dance Center, where they learn a routine, and bring it back to show their peers, and perform in their different shows.