Starting in Fifth Grade, Altamont students explore diverse opportunities in the visual arts, music and theatre. With active artists as teachers, outstanding facilities and rich local arts resources, student creativity is exceptionally well supported.
In addition to experiencing an impressive collection of professional art throughout the campus, Altamont students benefit from remarkable spaces that serve their own creativity. Pharo Art Studio offers multiple lighting options and plentiful space for students to refine their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, kiln firing, and much more. Lacey-Day Photography Studio is dedicated to students refining their skills in photography, multimedia and filmmaking. The Livingston Gallery offers a permanent space for displaying student artwork and hosting community exhibits. Upper school students participate in the National Art Honor Society, which provides opportunities for leadership growth on campus and in the vibrant Birmingham arts community.
Altamont's award-winning theatre program presents three mainstage productions per year, with a mixture of comedy, drama and musical theatre. Students of all ages participate in the productions, either on stage or as crew via the school's comprehensive technical theatre program and facilities. Our state-of-the-art performance space, Cabaniss-Kaul Center for the Arts, features theatre-style seating for 500 guests and a two-story back-of-house building dedicated to set construction, painting, lighting and prop design.
Altamont's music ensembles include Beginner Strings, Beginner Band, Middle School Jazz Band, Middle School Orchestra, Upper School Jazz Band and Upper School Orchestra. The 7th-8th Grade Jazz Band, Upper School Jazz Band and Orchestra perform winter and spring concerts each year, with selections ranging from classics to contemporary. In addition to local performances, Altamont's musicians routinely compete at regional festivals. They are frequently selected for All State Orchestra honors.