The Arts

For William Shakespeare, the poet as artist “gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.” The “airy nothings” embodied by the artist’s art are the transcendental attributes of God—truth, goodness, and beauty. In the words of the Renaissance poet Sir Philip Sidney, many disciplines give only a “wordish description” of their principles. Art on the other hand gives us “a speaking picture,” not telling us who Mars is but instead showing us what Mars is like. Art has the virtue of localizing truth, goodness, and beauty, rendering the attributes of being itself sensible and perceptible. This is why art has traditionally played such an important role in evangelizing and in giving expression to the many truths of Divine Revelation and the Tradition of Holy Mother Church.

What we learn through art shapes our view of reality itself. The better the art, the better our grasp on reality. Great art teaches and delights, embodying the ineffable and orienting us to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.


Band, Choral & Sacred Music, Drama, Elementary Music

The arts are essential to integrating the lessons learned in the study of the trivium and quadrivium. Nowhere is the integral unity of the trivium more apparent than in story. Why are some stories really compelling? Because they “teach and delight” (Horace, Ars Poetica), and because they do both at the same time.

In a similar way, music brings profound joy to the study of mathematics, lending movement to counting and emotion to interval. Story and music come together in a special way in the study of the ancient myths associated with the constellations, and here again music does best what it is—it causes us to muse at the wonder of our being in this universe under the stars.

At Holy Family Cathedral School, our students have the opportunity to experience this profound joy through the study of music, participation in our middle school band, and singing in our choir.


Advanced Art, Drama Sets, Elementary Art

Aristotle held that art is mimetic and that it fundamentally imitates reality. If you’ve ever found yourself scratching your head at formless or chaotic “works of art,” chances are you have experienced the discord of modernism’s rejection of the notion that art imitates and re-presents what is real. We naturally delight in a great work of mimetic art precisely because it is mimetic. This is why we appreciate good actors and actresses: because they are able to imitate with varying degrees of excellence the emotional and psychological realities signified by their very imitation. More than anything we love the real in a work of art’s imitation of reality because we ourselves participate in reality and “hear the echo” of reality whenever it resounds in our souls.

2020 – 2021 Enrollment

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