“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” - Saint John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Preparatory School's Visual and Performing Arts program is an essential component of a Pope Prep education. Research has proven that focusing on art education in depth over time improves students' academic, emotional, and intellectual development, which has deepened our resolve to invest in the arts. 

The Arts are composed of five tracks: Choral, Dance, Instrumental, Theatrical, and Visual. We believe that the student should tailor their art education to their personal desires. Students may sample a variety of arts or concentrate on a particular area. Over four years, students are required to take one year of study (or two years of Fine Art and zero years of Innovation and Entrepreneurship). Still, students may pursue as many Fine Art classes as their schedule allows (there have been students in the past who have graduated with eight art credits). 

Our performing arts facilities include a state-of-the-art theater, a full instrumental room, a recording studio, a choir room, and individual rehearsal spaces. The first-class visual art studios are designed for 2D and 3D projects. Equipment for photography and advanced computer graphics and design is also available. Additionally, students have the opportunity for publication through Digital media courses. 

Our innovative faculty and fine arts courses have led Pope Prep artists to participate in performances and competitions beyond the Pope community. Groups have traveled to festivals and competitions all over the country, and students have won numerous awards, honors, and recognitions in local and regional contests. Pope alumni have gone on to study art in colleges and universities throughout the nation, and many alumni have built careers in music, design, theater, cinema, and performing arts. 

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Please join us on the following days when we showcase our fine arts. Our students are talented and have been working hard all year to prepare for these performances. The events are free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Spring Instrumental Concert

  • April 21, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Ann and Monroe Carell Auditorium
  • Featuring Middle School Ensemble, String Ensemble, and Symphonic Band

Spring Choir Performance

  • April 21, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Ann and Monroe Carell Auditorium
  • Featuring Voices uKnighted, Chamber Choir, and Middle School Choir

Arts uKnighted 
May 2, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the CIE and Ann and Monroe Carell Auditorium

Middle School Spring Theatre Performance
May 7, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ann and Monroe Carell Auditorium
Featuring 7th & 8th-grade students

Kate Joseph and Jenna Byrum

Join us in congratulating Pope Prep's Choir Members of the Month! 

Freshman Kate Joseph and 8th grader Jenna Byrum were selected as December's honorees by the choir officers for showing great effort and a positive attitude while truly impacting the choir. 

Congratulations, Kate and Jenna!

Walker Clausen and Kate Sparks

Join us in congratulating Pope Prep's Choir Members of the Month! 

Sophomore Walker Clausen and 8th grader Kate Sparks were selected as November's honorees by the choir officers for being focused and prepared for each class, working hard in the choir, and showing a ton of respect, kindness, and positive attitudes while in the classroom.

Congratulations, Walker and Kate!

Austin Peyret and Jonas Reynolds

Join us in congratulating Pope Prep's Choir Members of the Month! 

Freshman Austin Peyret and 8th grader Jonas Reynolds were selected as October's honorees by the choir officers for helping to create a welcoming, positive, and energetic choir environment. 

Congratulations, Austin and Jonas!

Emma Chittle and Henry Curlee

Join us in congratulating Pope Prep's Choir Members of the Month! 

Junior Emma Chittle and 7th grader Henry Curlee were selected September's honorees by the choir officers for their positivity, strong work ethic, respect, and kindness in the choir classroom. 

Congratulations, Emma and Henry!