Fine & Performing Arts

Whether it’s art, design, music, public speaking, or theater, the arts are one area of the Xaverian experience where young men surprise themselves and those around them as they discover new talents.
Whatever form of artistic expression you want to try, you’ll have the whole community supporting you. We offer a wide array of avenues for students to express themselves: studio art, music, theater, architecture, guitar, piano, jazz band, film studies, and more. If stand-up comedy is your thing, we’ll find a place for that (just not in class).
The arts are not only a confidence builder for a young man, but art can strengthen every facet of a Xaverian education. Participation in the arts can help students improve academic performance, help them grow socially and emotionally, think more critically, and be more innovative and collaborative. Art helps to build a wide range of higher-order thinking skills, the skills required for effective leadership. At Xaverian, every student participates in arts education as they learn that an appreciation for the arts is an important component of being strong young men. In addition, extracurricular opportunities abound. Check out the list below to see some of your options. 

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  • Music

    Music is a universal language. Students at Xaverian have the opportunity to experience the joy of music through performance. They gain lifelong skills as well as self-confidence from working with others. We challenge our students to perform, create, and respond to music with excellence while making connections with their peers. In addition to the many courses offered, from Beginning Piano and Music Appreciation to Chorus IV, there's plenty to help our students hit the right note after the close of school bell:

    • Chorus
    • Jazz Band
    • X-Men A Capella Group
    • Liturgical Music Ensemble
    • Xaverian Players
    • LIVE@theX
    • Tri-M Music Honor Society 
    Additionally, through Xaverian's private music lesson program, students in grades 7-12 can study with some of the top teachers and musicians in the Boston-area, right here at Xaverian.
  • Theater

    Xaverian’s theater program includes two productions a season, one musical and one straight play. The productions rehearse Monday thru Friday, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Opportunities for students range from actor to costume assistant to makeup designer to light board operator. The theater program welcomes students in grades 7-12 and encourages female students from surrounding schools to take part in our productions! Actors commit, roughly, two months of time to a production, while technical positions commit about three weeks of time to a production. 

    Recent shows have included: Death of a Salesman, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Something Rotten!, The Odd Couple, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Newsies

    In addition to the productions, high school students have the opportunity to take part in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s Contest Day, where students in grades 9-11 perform scenes and students in grade 12 perform two contrasting monologues.

    The following are theater, film, and media courses offered at Xaverian:
    • Theater 8
    • Public Speaking
    • Film Studies and Design
    • Screenwriting
    • Theater I
    • Theater II

    In addition to theater classes, students can audition for the:
    • Fall Production
    • Spring Production
  • Visual Art

    Through the arts, students are given a channel to express their visual intelligence and creativity. The works of art they create connect to their personal and social lives in meaningful ways.
    In addition to the many art classes and the fall and spring gallery shows that go along with them, art students may also participate in:

    • Art Club
    • Art National Honor Society
    • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
    • The Concordian
    • Worcester Art All-State
Xaverian is a Catholic, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12. As an inclusive community, we embrace diverse experiences and perspectives, welcoming students and families from all faiths and backgrounds. Through exceptional academics, athletics, the arts, faith formation, and service opportunities, we help young men discover their unique gifts and talents so they can share them with a world in need.