Fine Arts have been at the core of a Maumee Valley education since the school's founding in 1884. Providing unparalleled opportunities for individual self-expression and creativity, the Fine Arts curriculum recognizes and nurtures the unique "voice" within every child. At Maumee Valley, students are immersed in the arts through experience.
A wide variety of musical instruments, materials, techniques, concepts, and history are explored in a non-competitive atmosphere that emphasizes discovery and creativity. From the early grades through their senior year, students work with professionally trained teachers who bring their own enriching experiences as artists, musicians, actors, and choreographers to them.
Maumee Valley students have endless opportunities to explore their creative passions. Students are not passive observers but makers of music, sound, paintings, sculpture, photography, and drama. Music instruction is a hallmark of Maumee Valley’s fine arts education. Programs include choirs, string ensembles, jazz ensemble, and private lessons.
It has been a great year for Maumee Valley Country Day School artists at the 2018 Focus Art Exhibition, held at the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts. Seven student artworks have been selected for this show. Out of over 1000 works, 180 were selected from high school students from NW Ohio and SE Michigan from the 2017-2018 school year.
Congratulations to MVCDS cellist, Loa Cho, for advancing to the finals of the 2018 OMTA State Buckeye Music Competition. Loa was the winner of the district competition in Bowling Green last March which qualified her for the state competition. Loa’s performance at the state level this June earned her Honorable Mention in the Junior Strings Division. She was one of three award winners in her division. The MVCDS junior was last year’s principal cello in the Ohio All-State Orchestra and is currently principal cello of the TSYO Philharmonic Orchestra.
Congratulations to this year’s MV regional orchestra members! Shreyas Banerjee, Jonathan Buchanan, Isabelle Broman, Stephen Kilpatrick, Grace Lee and Julia Xiong all successfully auditioned for the 2018 District One Regional Orchestra. Julia and Shreyas qualified for the Ohio All-State Orchestra which will perform this coming February at the OMEA Music Conference in Cleveland. Seniors Julia and Shreyas have each advanced to State Orchestra three times in their high school careers and they have both gained membership to the All-National Honors Orchestra. MVCDS is truly blessed to have enjoyed the talents of these exceptional musicians!
Congratulations to MVCDS senior, Julia Xiong, who will join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles November 25-28, 2018, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Julia was accepted into the first violin section of the All-National Symphony Orchestra. Eligible students qualified nationwide for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in this national honor ensemble. Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for a performance under the baton of Dr. Jean Montès. The Symphony Orchestra Concert begins at 10:00AM, November 28, in the ballroom at Disney Coronado Springs Resort. The cost of admission is $10 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase onsite.
The Marcy Kaptur Ninth Congressional District Art Exhibition is currently on display in the Fifth Third Building downtown from March 12th- April 4th, then will travel to Baldwin Wallace University from April 19th-May 11th.
MVCDS has three students exhibiting in this show. Emily Rigby, Sasha Grinevich and Caiden Lambert-Lyons. On Sunday Emily Rigby received a Congressional Honorable Mention Award and Sasha Grinevich received a Congressional Honorable Mention and the Baldwin Wallace Award. This is a great artistic honor for these students, congratulations!
Congratulations to Makenzie Harvey and Michael Jarrell who will have artworks on display in the 2017 Focus Art Exhibition at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery on the BGSU campus. The exhibition will be display from August 22nd-September 16th. This is a juried exhibition that includes high schools students from the area. Their pieces were selected out of 1200 submitted art works. It is a wonderful honor to be included in this exhibition.
Freshman Mihir J won the first place ($250) and audience choice ($50) cash awards from 21 entries in the Underage Drinking- Not a Minor Problem Video Contest by Sylvania Community Action Team. The students had to make 30-60 second videos identifying the problems of Underage drinking. Congratulations Mihir for addressing this very important issue.
She won FIRST PLACE at the Toledo Museum of Art's Ekphrastic Writing Competition. The competition had over 300 entries in the Middle School, High School and adult divisions. Eleanor read her poem at the May 12th ceremony in the Glass Pavilion. Her poem will be on display at the museum for all to enjoy.
The Bowtie Boys at Maumee Valley Country Day School invite you to a special performance on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00pm in the Millennium Theater. The Bowtie Guys, made up of students Evan Heritage ’19, Alex Evans ’18, Daniel Cagle ’18, and Shreyas Banerjee ’19, will perform over 15 songs during the concert. The quartet will be accepting donations for admittance and the concert is open to the public.
More than 1000 students from schools throughout the greater Toledo area participated in the Showcase of the Arts Sponsored by the Toledo Symphony League and Orchestra competition. This year the symphony selected music associated with the theme of water. Students in grades K - 7 could create either a visual art piece, write a descriptive essay, or develop a musical composition connected to the theme.
MVCDS middle school musicians had a great day at the MS OMEA Solo & Ensemble Competitiont in Defiance, Ohio, Saturday, April 8. Out of 8 entries they received 7 Superior ratings and 1 Excellent. Congratulations!
Maumee Valley’s Drama department will present four performances of Footloose, at their Millennium Theater, Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 pm., and Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students (any age) and $12 for adults. Presale tickets are available starting April 4, 9:00 am at mvcds.ticketleap.com. This will be the first time seats can be reserved in advance by ordering online. Tickets will also be on sale, in house, one hour before each performance.
Upper School students, Maria C. ‘17, Emily R. ‘18 and Carissa W. ‘18 currently have artwork on display in the Marcy Kaptur 9th District Congressional Art Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display in the lobby of Fifth Third Center, at One Seagate, downtown Toledo, until March 8th. The exhibit will then travel to Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio.
For 38 years Northwest Ohio Art Education Association has hosted a regional art exhibition. Outstanding K - 8 student artwork is selected by art teachers from nine counties in NW Ohio. The exhibition is currently on display in the Maumee Valley Country Day School Wolfe Gallery and the following students from MV's Lower School have art pieces on display: Adrienne B., Joseph F., Simon A., Erik B., Akash J., Jordan R., Satvika R., Tejasvi R., Addie H., Rami R., Lila W., Jillian F., and Paige Y.
MVCDS musicians had an exceptional day at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest Saturday, Jan 28, 2017. Entered in 19 separate events, students came home with 15 top ratings of Superior(I) and 4 ratings of Excellent(II).
Congratulations to Maumee Valley's 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams! All 10 team members have qualified for the regional tournament at Lourdes University on March 8th. Out of 23 schools participating at the district tournament, Maumee Valley is one of only three schools advancing to regionals with their entire teams intact. What an accomplishment!
Congratulations to the MVCDS art students who have been accepted into the state Young People's Art Exhibition or Youth Art Month Show. The artwork will be on display February 27th- March 26th at the Rhodes State Office Tower and the State Teachers Retirement Systems building in Columbus.
Saturday, January 14th, 23 schools and over 240 students competed in this year's Power of the Pen District Tournament at Timberstone Junior High School. Maumee Valley students did a great job. Congratulations!!
The Results: 7th Grade Individual Awards: Warm-Up Challenge: Mia Westfere 14th place overall: Grace Lee 2nd place overall: Mia Westfere
8th Grade Individual Award: 2nd place overall: Eleanor Byers
8th Grade Team Award: 3rd place overall: Maumee Valley Country Day School
Eighth grader Danah E. received the following congratulations from Alexis Culotta, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of The Daphne Review.
“On behalf of the entire team at The Daphne Review, congratulations! Your submission, Infatuation, has been accepted for publication in our forthcoming Spring 2017 edition of The Daphne Review. We had an incredibly strong pool of submissions this round but felt that your work really resonated with a powerful artistic voice, so we are thrilled to include it.”
Congratulations to poets Cimran N. '22 and Loren W. '22, as well as artist Zoe G. '22! Their poetry and artwork exploring the global water crisis will be published in the spring edition of Skipping Stones: An International Multicultural Magazine.
Maumee Valley’s Drama department will present four performances of The Lost Boy, at their Millennium Theater, Thursday, November 17, Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm. The closing performance is Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm.
Tickets are available at the door, Student tickets (any age) are $8.00, Adult tickets are $10.00. The box office opens 1 hour before curtain and the house opens 1 half hour before curtain. Presale tickets are available at mvcds.ticketleap.com.
Maumee Valley Country Day School students in grades 1 through 6 created an art exhibit last year which was exhibited at the Toledo Zoo Aquarium’s Reflections Gallery for several months. The exhibit will now reside at the Children’s Library at the Main Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library from October 17, 2016-January, 2017.
Congratulations to MVCDS string students for acceptance into Northwest Ohio Regional and All State Orchestras. Violinists Sheryas B.'19, Jonathan B.'20, Emma D.'18, Julia X.'19, violist, Lang L.'18, and cellists, Loa C.'20 and Michelle L.19 were all accepted into this years regional orchestra. They will perform Sunday November 20th at 3:00 pm at Perrysburg High School.
Shreyas, Julia, Lang and Loa all advanced to Ohio All State Orchestra. They will perform in February with the Ohio All State Orchestra at this year's OMEA convention in Cleveland.
The Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books is the world's first and largest collection of original art from children's picture books. The museum is located at The University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. www.mazzamuseum.org/. The Mazza School Extension Program is a yearly school program where a school studies three Mazza book artists, integrating their books into the curriculum. Only three Mazza Schools are selected each year.
Maumee Valley is happy to announce auditions for our fall production of The Lost Boy. This performance opportunity is open to students grades seven through twelve. The play, which opened off Broadway in 2005, is a fictionalized retelling of the origin story of Peter Pan. In the show, playwright JM Barrie returns to his childhood home and mother to confront the loss of his older brother as a youth. By recognizing his deceased brother as "the boy who would never grow up" Barrie begins to weave the tale of Neverland. Ten actors will take on twenty-three roles and travel from the Scottish Highlands, passed the second star on the right, and straight on to Neverland.
Maumee Valley’s Wolfe Gallery Exhibition Committee is developing the schedule of art exhibits for the next school year 2017-18. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in showing the in the Wolfe Gallery, please send the contact information and photographs of 6-10 art pieces to LouAnn Glover at email@example.com by Sept. 30, 2016.
The Wolfe Gallery at Maumee Valley Country Day School is featuring an exhibition of ceramic artwork by Kristin Kowalski and Kaname Takada. “Ceramics by Kowalski and Takada” will be on display from August 19 – October 7, 2016, from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
A reception will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016, from 5:30-7:00pm in the Wolfe Gallery.
Congratulations to Lang ‘18 for his acceptance into next years All-National Honor Ensembles Symphony Orchestra. Membership is by audition and involved nationwide competition. The orchestra meets next November and will perform in Grapevine, Texas. Lang is a violist with the MVCDS string ensemble and is highly deserving of this honor.
MVCDS entered 14 pieces in the juried 2016 Focus Art Show. 4 were accepted. There were over 1200 artworks submitted from around the area and 230 artworks were accepted. They will be on display in multiple locations around Toledo next fall from November 17th-December 16th.
Kassie Fuiten ‘16 had three paintings accepted, 2 will be on display at The University of Toledo CVA gallery and 1 will be displayed at the Art Supply Depo. Denise Tamesis ‘19 had 1 painting accepted, it will be on display at the University of Toledo CVA gallery.
The Wolfe Gallery at Maumee Valley Country Day School is featuring the Upper School Annual Art Exhibition, Grades 9-12. This exhibition will be on display from May 9 – June 3, 2016, from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
A reception will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, after the Upper School string and choir performance, about 8:30pm in the Wolfe Gallery. This reception is free and open to the public.
MVCDS Middle School string students had a fantastic day at the music contest Saturday. Ratings at this event (presented in roman numerals) range from I-V. The top rating of I is a Superior and the next highest rating of II is Excellent. Students were entered in 11 events, Maumee Valley recorded 9 ratings of Superior and 2 ratings of Excellent.
The Upper School art students did great at the Marcy Kaptur Ninth Congressional District Art Exhibition. Zoe Pham, Sean Kling and Riley Howard all have works on display at the Fifth Third Center. Zoe Pham’s portrait drawing won a Congressional Honorable Mention Award. Sean Kling’s cityscape painting received three awards, the Commercial Design Honorable Mention, the Lourdes University Art Department Award and a Congressional Honorable Mention Award.
Some MVCDS art students will exhibit at the Northwest Ohio Regional Youth Art Month Show, Grades K-8, March 1 - March 31, 2016, Pilgrim Library at The Defiance College, 201 College Pl., Defiance, OH. Reception: Sun. March 6, 1-3pm.
The Wolfe Gallery at Maumee Valley Country Day School is presenting People I’ve Know an exhibition of artwork by Rachel Nasatir ’78 and Denis Chalwick. This exhibition will be on display from March 7 – April 28, 2016, from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
A reception will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Wolfe Gallery
Some MVCDS music students will be traveling to Cuba, June 2016 as part of the Toledo International Youth Orchestra. TIYO will be one of the first youth orchestras to the island nation since travel restrictions were eased last year.
The Toledo International Youth Orchestra is composed of musicians ages 12 to 21 from 13 schools from Northwest Ohio. The mission of the orchestra is “bridging cultures through music” and musicians of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds are welcome. The music performances reflect cultures around the world.
Steve Stranahan won the opportunity to conduct the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at a MVCDS auction. He will be conducting the Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld, by Offenbach this Sunday, January 24th for the Family Series concert at the Valentine.
The show begins at 3pm at the Valentine and tickets are available online at toledosymphony.com or by calling the TSO box office at 419-246-8000.
The Selfies, Invitiational Student Show is an invitational exhibition of artwork by N.W. Ohio/S.E. Michigan students in grades K-12. This exhibition will be on display from Jan. 11 – Feb. 26, 2016, from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday in the Wolfe Gallery. There will be a reception on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3:00 - 4:30pm.
Maumee Valley’s Drama department will present three performances of Larry Shue’s 1983 hit comedy, The Foreigner, at their Millennium Theater, Friday, November 20, at 7:30pm, Saturday, November 21, at 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 22, 2:00pm. Tickets are available at the door, Student tickets are $5.00, Adult tickets are $8.00. The box office opens 1 hour before curtain and the house opens 1 half hour before curtain.
The Wolfe Gallery at Maumee Valley Country Day School is featuring an exhibition of artwork by Bahu S. Shaikh M.D. and Steven J. Athanas. This exhibition will be on display from Oct. 19 – Dec. 17, 2015, from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
Congratulations to Maumee Valley students Sean Kling '16, Bari Resnick'15, Kennedie Jackson '15, Zoe Pham '16, and Osama Alkhalili '15 for placing nine works of art in the regional Focus Art Exhibition. With over 1,100 entries this year, the exhibition is highly competitive. The Focus Art Exhibition winners will be on display this fall at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at BGSU from September 12th - October 4th.
Sponsored by the Toledo Symphony League and Orchestra, students were asked to listen and respond to selected music by creating a piece of art. The work was on display at the Imagination Station until May 17 when these students were honored at an awards ceremony. More than 1200 students from various schools participated in this competition, which includes art, music composition and writing. Congratulations to the following students.
The Maumee Valley Country Day School Middle School string students received all top marks this year at the Northwest Ohio Solo and Ensemble Competition held at Defiance High School on Saturday, April 11. Their strings teacher, Colleen Sieberg, could not praise this group of talented young musicians enough for their stellar performance.
Congratulations to Maumee Valley students Deena Zucker and Emma Daugherty who auditioned for and were accepted to play in the Northwest Ohio Regional Orchestra. This group of talented area musicians will present their concert at Perrysburg High School on Sunday, November 16th at 3:00pm. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Wolfe Gallery at Maumee Valley Country Day School announces an exhibition of abstract paintings titled “Sunset Fields” by Holly Harbaugh and wood fired ceramics by John Thies and Tiffany Hyland.
The show will be on display from August 18th through October 10th. A reception will be held in Wolfe Gallery on Friday, September 5th, from 5:30-8:30pm. The gallery is located at Maumee Valley Country Day School, at 1715 S. Reynolds Road, Toledo, Ohio, 43614 and will be open weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information, contact Kristin Kowalski at firstname.lastname@example.org.