University School of Jackson


USJ’s extensive fine arts program begins in the Lower School with visual arts and music enrichment classes. Starting in Jr. Kindergarten, classes stage annual musical productions. The visual arts department challenges our students’ artistic talents and showcases them throughout our school and the community through art exhibits and competitions.

Middle School students take classes in band, vocal music, and visual arts. They also have the option to perform in up to two musicals each year and have the opportunity to perform in Upper School theatrical plays and musicals.

In the Upper School, the fine arts curriculum includes drama, band, chorus, and visual arts classes. USJ is one of a few schools in West Tennessee to offer AP Studio Art and AP Music Theory. Each year, Upper School productions include band and vocal concerts, two musical productions, two dramatic productions, and a schoolwide art exhibit and talent montage. Many efforts cross the spectrum of the arts. Band students, for example, make up much of the live orchestra for musicals, visual arts students help with sets and posters for theater productions, and choral students perform at visual arts events.


Virtual Arts at the U

Due to unfortunate circumstances we were unable to do our annual Arts at the U this year.  This is an elegant evening that showcases the many talented students we have across all divisions: lower, middle and upper.  Our arts teachers collaborated with the help of faculty and parents to present an incredible video which includes many different facets of the arts.  We hope you enjoy this video as much as we do.  Please click on the link to view the this year’s Virtual Arts at the U!

Order of Appearance:

USJ Concert Choir 

USJ Upper School Theatre Department 

Upper School Band

5th Grade Art

Mmesoma Nwokolo – Vocal Performance

Maddy Gastador – AP Studio Art

Grace Hudson – AP Studio Art

Meg Miller, Olivia Cherry, Madison Maroney – Vocal Performance

Middle School Art

Emily Hailey – AP Studio Art

Upper School Musical Theatre

Art II & III

USJ Concert Choir

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Art

Middle School Band

Marimac Ellis – AP Studio Art

Lower School Musicals

Tori Ellis – AP Studio Art

Ethan Schlegel & Lily Richardson – Vocal Performance

Gabrielle Evans – AP Studio Art

Kelsa Lunsford – Vocal Performance

Starr Wolfork – AP Studio Art

Ashlynn Isbell – Vocal Performance

Upper & Middle School Theatre

Jenna Leigh Sammons – AP Studio Art

Michael Saridakis – Instrumental

Art I

Alexia Celarie – AP Studio Art

Channing Sellers & Savannah Tabor – Vocal Performance

Hope Smith – AP Studio Art

Sadie Hanna – Vocal Performance

Annie Short – AP Studio Art

Greta Trigony – AP Studio Art

Upper School Band

Madison Bruno – AP Studio Art

Upper School Musical Theatre

Arts at the U

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For More Information

Darlene Tanner
Junior Cubs-1st Grade Art

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Kay Thomson
2nd-5th Grade Art

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Anna McPeake
Middle School Art, Upper School Sculpture, 6th Grade Art

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Libby Lynch
Upper School Art, Department Chair

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Elizabeth Atkins
2nd-5th Grade Music, Federal Funds Coordinator

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Leslie Scott
Junior Cubs-1st Grade Music

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Erica Davidson
Upper School Theater, Lower School Spanish

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Dian Eddleman
Middle School Music, Middle and Upper School Choirs

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Tammy Grant
AP Music Theory, Musical Theater Director, 9th Grade Choir

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Tom Grant
MS/US Band, Music Department Chair

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Choral Students Selected to UT Martin Honor Choir


Nineteen of our Upper School Concert Choir students were selected to participate in the University of Tennessee at Martin's annual Honor Choir held January 16 and 17. Students spent Thursday and Friday working with faculty and guest conductors in preparation for their performance with the Jackson Symphony in May. The following...

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Students to Perform in the All-National Honor Ensembles


Four University School of Jackson students have been recognized as the “best of the best” nationally by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).   USJ students, Meg Miller (’21), Keaton Miller (’20), Ethan Schlegel (’20), and Lily Richardson (’20) will join 236 vocalists from around the United States...

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Color of Music Winners


USJ students in Mrs. Tanner and Mrs. McPeake's art classes recently participated in the Color of Music contest sponsored by the Jackson Symphony. They listened to the selections and created artwork based on their interpretations of the music.  Congratulations to these lower and middle school art students for...

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USJ Students Choir Students Selected to Showcase Their Talents as Part of the All National Honor Choir


During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or...

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