Salem pupils use many different ways to discover their talents, develop them freely, and attain self-confidence – whether it's 'treading the boards', playing in the school orchestra, dancing or creating their own works of art.
School drama groups, the school choir and orchestra, or productions which arise out of lessons, are all part of the cultural programme of the school year. The big plays or musicals that the school puts on are open to the public and attract big audiences from the whole region. Some school productions go on tour or enter famous competitions. Both as a group and as solo performers, Salem pupils are regularly among the prizewinners at competitions on the regional and national level, for example the annual national young musicians competition “Jugend musiziert”. The school orchestra goes on worldwide concert tours.
Artists from all over the world also appear at the school, and visits to pop and classical concerts in Stuttgart, Zürich or stages in the Lake Constance region are organised.
But the pupils also enjoy artistic-creative activities on a smaller scale. Various fine arts groups or musical ensembles apart from the orchestra, for example the jazz band or the school's own rock band, prepare pieces for performance, which are presented at school events.
In these artistic-creative entertainments and craft guilds the pupils discover new aspects of themselves and develop sensual and creative skills – whether it's learning to play a musical instrument in individual lessons, or acquiring practical skills which they can benefit from in many different areas of their lives.
Book clubs, the film club and informal meetings of pupils interested in the arts complete the varied cultural life of the boarding school.