Lundin Fine Arts Center

Webb's creativity takes place among the 11,000 square feet of halls and classroom that comprise the Lundin Fine Arts Center. This facility features a choir room, piano lab with 12 pianos, string ensemble room, recording studio, theatre room for drama classes and rehearsals, individual practice rooms, an art gallery and a 4,000 square-foot room that houses two and three dimensional art classrooms.

 

Fine Arts

The Webb School's Fine Arts program is quickly earning a reputation internationally and especially across the state of Tennessee and the South for offering diverse course offerings in a professional workshop atmosphere. Upper level students at Webb (grades 9-12) are required to complete one semester of Fine Arts per year, with three of these classes representing different art emphases. The Fine Arts faculty at Webb has practical and professional experience in their respective fields, providing students with an inside view of the arts as a working industry, as well as a pleasurable outlet for personal expression.

Being a Webb Player doesn't mean you have to perform on stage. Webb players range from actors to ushers to light technicians. There is a place in Webb's theatre community for everyone.

-Nicole Woodward '06

Theatre

With two full productions a year, rehearsals three to five days a week, classes in beginning and advanced levels of acting and theater, one-act productions, and trips to see plays in Nashville, The Webb School is the perfect place to study theatre. Under the guidance of a director and technical director, students run every part of the major productions. Plus, Webb's Theatre Department belongs to the International Thespian Society, honoring student achievement in theatre for more than 80 years and is more than 2 million strong internationally from pre-professional to emeritus levels. 

Ruth Cordell serves as Webb's Theatre Director. She is a member in long and good standing with Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Recording Artists and Actors' Equity Association as a professional performer for more than 35 years. She uses her connections with professional colleagues to recruit their involvement in Webb's Master Course workshops and mentorships. Emphasis is on training students as professionals from day one.

Webb performers benefit from the opportunity to take Theatre I, Theatre II and Advanced Acting classes.

Music

Webb's choir and string ensemble perform both on and off campus throughout the year. Rehearsals take place at Webb's Lundin Fine Arts Center, which also includes a piano lab and rooms for individual practice. Courses in Classical Piano I and II, Music Appreciation, Guitar, Sound Engineering, Sound for Film, and Music Theory are offered.

Choir

Webb's choir is both an academic class and a performance group. Students learn to read and sing music from a variety of periods as they work to prepare and perform as a group. The Choir performs both on and off campus throughout the year with the December Service of Lessons and Carols and the Spring Concert serving as highlights.

Webb's choir is led by Mrs. Janet Linton who is also the Fine Arts Department Chair, Piano and Music Theory instructor. Mrs. Linton has taught at the university level. Additionally, as a performer specializing in contemporary music, she has played for Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, Ned Rorem, Alice Parker, and Randall Thompson, among other composers.

String Ensemble

Webb's string ensemble is an excellent opportunity for new and experienced musicians. The string ensemble is both an academic class and a performance group. The string ensemble includes the violin, viola, cello, and bass. The Strings I class is the perfect opportunity for students to learn basic string techniques, music reading and musical terms through daily ensemble practice. Strings II class is for more experienced musicians, as music reading and performance skills are stressed in preparation for more advanced orchestras. Both the Strings I and Strings II ensembles perform concerts each school semester.

Webb's string ensemble is led by Susan Mullen. Ms. Mullen has extensive experience both as a performer and conductor. She performed with the Orquesta Divertimento in Costa Rica, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Wyoming Symphony, and University of the South Symphony. She has also conducted the Alabama All-State String Orquestra, the Williamson County String and Orechestra Bash, and helped pilot the after-school string program at the Bradley Arts Magnet School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Ms. Mullen served 11 years as the Music Director and Conductor at the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra that she co-founded.

Guitar

Michael Cimino-Hurt is the Guitar instructor at Webb. A professional guitarist and vocalist, Mr. Hurt studied music and theatre in college, and performed with bands as a support musician. He also has recording studio and equipment design experience. He continues to compose and perform, while teaching guitar and performance technique.

Art

Aspiring artists get the training and recognition they need at Webb. Students can study pottery and visual arts such as drawing and painting. Student artwork is displayed throughout the year at the Lundin Fine Arts Center, and the annual Fine Arts Center. The annual Fine Arts Week, held each spring, also showcases student creations. There are three levels of art classes available for students, with Advance Art serving the needs of the most dedicated artist. This class is an individualized portfolio course where students may be guided through painting, printmaking, videography, and/or sculpture.

Webb's Art program includes instructors Mike Quinn and Sue Wood.

The recipient of the 2001 David Newton McQuiddy Award for excellence in teaching, Quinn's professional experience includes set and puppet design, as well as acting for public television - some may remember him as P.T. Pickens. He also operated his own clay studio, the Dinosaur Dirt Farm, until August 1999. At Webb, Quinn teaches Art I, Art II, Advanced Art, and Art Appreciation.

Sue Wood has taught at Webb since 1992. She teaches both pottery and sculpture to middle and upper school students. A practicing sculptor, Wood sells her work to galleries and private collections throughout the United States.

 

Recent Performances

Previous productions by The Webb Players:

  • The Rivals
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Our Town
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Twelfth Night
  • Grease
  • Bye, Bye Birdie
  • Dearly Departed

Photos from recent productions.

Fine Arts Special Events

Fall and Spring Plays

The Webb Company Players perform great literary works from William Shakespeare to Thornton Wilder under the direction of Ruth Cordell. Photos from previous productions are available in the above section.

Middle School Play

Our eighth grade led an all-middle school performance of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

Webbstock

A late October event where Webb students, faculty, and staff perform a diverse collection of songs for their peers.

Studio Band Concert

This late winter event is another chance for Webb students, faculty, and staff to perform music for their peers. The performance is led by our student studio band club.

Lessons & Carols

This annual Christmas celebration includes a reading of lessons by faculty and students along with a performance of traditional Christmas carols by The Webb School Choir.

Fine Arts Week

This student-based event is a multiple-week celebration of the various facets of the Fine Arts Department. Outside guests are brought in to perform.