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.
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.A., Art Education, The City University of New York at City College
The streams and mountains of Asheville have inspired the artwork of Katie Massaroni since she was young. Just like the mountains have been an incubator for the great artists of Black Mountain College, so too have the streets of New York City, where Mrs. Massaroni has spent 10 years creating and teaching art.
She has taught art and art history at North Carolina public schools, the McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte, several after-school programs, homeless shelters, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her art has been exhibited in England, New York, and North Carolina.
For fun, Mrs. Massaroni likes to travel. She has ventured to many European countries, Puerto Rico, and India. Her next trip will take her to Peru to see Machu Picchu.
In her free time, she dabbles in the culinary arts, making competition gingerbread houses and chocolate truffles. Mrs. Massaroni inline skates, cycles, runs, hikes, and is always looking for friends to share in these activities. She and her husband, Kevin, have two loving cats named Syllabi and Sriracha.
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.
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.