The arts have always been an important part of student life at Mercy High School. Listen to an interview with Jeff St. Pierre at iHeart Media about how Mercy is expanding its fine arts opportunities: Maryland Today Mercy Charm City Players.
Students are encouraged to explore their creative gifts and share their talents in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Music and Theater Arts. With the opening of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium Building, Mercy has expanded its physical facilities to include a dance studio, a drama studio, a choir room and a 660-seat auditorium, complete with state of the art sound and lighting. With this new space comes an expansion of the arts curriculum and activities.
In 2015, the Mercy welcomed the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale (HVSO) as its orchestra-in-residence. This provides an extraordinary opportunity for Mercy students to perform with professional musicians and to take master classes. Mercy offers a four-year program for students interested in music. The executive director and co-founder of the HVSO Mr. Gregory Lauer, who is also the director of fine arts at Mercy High School.
Mercy enjoys a new partnership with the Charm City Players, an award-winning, family-focused children's theater group committed to bringing the performing arts to the Baltimore community. Mercy students perform, learn theater technology as well as interact with play-goers. Mr. Steven Knapp and Ms. Chrissy Knapp are co-founders of the Charm City Players. Ms. Knapp is a member of Mercy's faculty and teaches "Women in Theater."