Here at Christ School, we believe that the Fine Arts are an integral part of every boy’s education. The Arts are vital in developing a core of aesthetic judgment, as well as emphasizing and engaging the highest levels of learning. We hold fast to the concept of a “Renaissance Man,” as it provides the template for a well-rounded and vibrant curriculum for the 21st century. A variety of opportunities abound in Theater productions and Art and Music classes. The inner artist, actor, and musician await to be discovered and developed by a talented and caring faculty of experienced professionals.
Sarah Baldwin earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College. While attending Wofford, Ms. Baldwin worked as a resident assistant at the college, as an intern with the Hub City Writers Project, and with the Spartanburg Art Museum. She also co-founded the Wofford Artisan Market and Free the Artist, a service project to raise awareness of Wofford’s studio art program. Ms. Baldwin teaches studio art and assists in the fall and spring drama productions.
M.Ed., Columbia College
Marshall Baltazar teaches Spanish and assists with theater. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and his Master’s in Education from Columbia College in Chicago. Mr. Baltazar has taught for many years at schools in Chicago, Florida, Costa Rica, and Spain. He also taught Spanish and directed the drama program at Asheville School. For many years, Mr. Baltazar lead student travel groups on a study abroad summer program in Salamanca, Spain.
M.A., Literature, Bread Loaf School of English
Mary Landingham Dillon teaches World Literature, Honors World Literature, Journalism, Film as Literature, and English as a Second Language (ESL). She is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She also serves as a frequent director and executive producer for student theater productions.
M.S., Music Education, University of Tennessee
Patrick McMurry is Christ School's choirmaster, music teacher, and Chair of the Fine Arts Department. Mr. McMurry teaches Music Appreciation and Music Technology. He has worked as a minister of music in several churches during his career as well as Musical Director for the Hendersonville Chorale and Land of the Sky Chorus. Mr. McMurry maintains professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association. He frequently performs as a vocal soloist regionally and is a current member of a local brass quintet at First Baptist Church of Asheville, N.C. As a former collegiate member and alumnus, Mr. McMurry utilizes Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia's motto "to instill in all people an awareness of music's important role in the enrichment of the human spirit" as his foundation for life long music learning for his students and colleagues.
Master of Sacred Music, Scarritt College
Doctorate of Music, Indiana University
Vance Reese is Christ School’s chapel organist, AP Music Theory teacher, and sometime Musical Director in the theatre program. Mr. Vance has served in many capacities in churches in the Asheville area, and also has performed in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra as Co-Principal Double Bass and in the Asheville Symphony Chorus as Accompanist Conductor. He also was the coach of the Asheville Lyric Opera and the Staff Accompanist at Brevard College.
B.A., Recreational Management, Belmont Abbey College
Felice Stokes serves as the Director of Learning Resources. She is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College. Mrs. Stokes is Orton-Gillingham trained and is a member of the Learning Disabilities Association.
Ross Weathersbee ’10 is not that far removed from his own experience as a Christ School student. That's what makes his work as Digital Media Specialist and Director of the Christ School Broadcast Network so rewarding.
CSBN is a student-driven media operation, and not only provides live web-streaming of Greenie athletic events, but special school functions and profile pieces on Christ School students, faculty, and programs. CSBN recently completed its first documentary, a 33-minute piece on the Christ School lacrosse team’s 2017 state-championship season entitled “Leave No Doubt.” Now in his fourth year, Mr. Weathersbee says, “I enjoy teaching students the fundamentals of live filmmaking and sports broadcasting.”
Mr. Weathersbee earned a B.A. in Electronic Media from High Point University in 2014. Mr. Weathersbee learned to sing as a Christ School student from Patrick McMurry. At High Point, he performed in the auditioned co-ed ensemble, Chamber Singers, and the school’s all-male a cappella group, the Toccatatones. Mr. Weathersbee continues to sing locally with multiple groups.