Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Music

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Link to voice page
composition
link to jazz

The Walnut Hill Music Department is the only high school program linking a major conservatory, New England Conservatory (NEC), with an independent school. This partnership engages our students in a comprehensive music curriculum delivered both at NEC and at Walnut Hill. Students can major in an orchestral instrument, piano, voice, composition, or jazz. The curriculum is enhanced by innovative performance projects, master classes by dynamic guest artists, and the thoughtful integration of contemporary topics such as entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Walnut Hill’s proximity to Boston allows students to attend a wide variety of concerts by major ensembles and soloists at the city's world-class concert halls. Our program—offered within an inspiring creative and community—prepares graduates to thrive in a conservatory, university, or college setting.

link to NEC and WH program

Courses in Music

Types of Gifts

Annual Gifts

Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Annual gifts, both unrestricted and restricted, provide essential current-use funds.

Leadership Gifts

Annual Fund gifts of $1,000 or more paid in a single fiscal year, or gifts of $25,000 or more paid over 5 years are considered leadership gifts. Gifts may be restricted by donors in accordance with the gift acceptance policies of the school.

Planned Gifts

A Planned Gift is a donation from your assets instead of cash. With it you can create a meaningful philanthropic legacy through a bequest, beneficiary designation, trust, or annuity, while gaining tax benefits and/or life income.

Endowed Gifts

An endowed gift is a long-term investment in Walnut Hill. The minimum gift to create an endowed fund is $50,000. Funds may be restricted by donors in accordance with the gift acceptance policies of the school.

Memorial & Honorary Gifts

Making a memorial or honorary gift is a meaningful way to both recognize an individual's importance to you and to support Walnut Hill. These special contributions could acknowledge a birthday, special achievement, or milestone.

Gifts-In-Kind

Walnut Hill does accept select gifts-in-kind. Good condition Steinway pianos, new building materials, art supplies, among other items and services are welcomed.

Types of Gifts

Annual Gifts

Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Annual gifts, both unrestricted and restricted, provide essential current-use funds.

Leadership Gifts

Annual Fund gifts of $1,000 or more paid in a single fiscal year, or gifts of $25,000 or more paid over 5 years are considered leadership gifts. Gifts may be restricted by donors in accordance with the gift acceptance policies of the school.

Planned Gifts

A Planned Gift is a donation from your assets instead of cash. With it you can create a meaningful philanthropic legacy through a bequest, beneficiary designation, trust, or annuity, while gaining tax benefits and/or life income.

Endowed Gifts

An endowed gift is a long-term investment in Walnut Hill. The minimum gift to create an endowed fund is $50,000. Funds may be restricted by donors in accordance with the gift acceptance policies of the school.

Memorial & Honorary Gifts

Making a memorial or honorary gift is a meaningful way to both recognize an individual's importance to you and to support Walnut Hill. These special contributions could acknowledge a birthday, special achievement, or milestone.

Gifts-In-Kind

Walnut Hill does accept select gifts-in-kind. Good condition Steinway pianos, new building materials, art supplies, among other items and services are welcomed.

Student Work

Chamber Music: Reena Esmail Piano Trio

Walnut Hill Jazz Ensemble

Opera: Dido and Aeneas

Points of Pride

Music Faculty

Whitman Brown

Whitman Brown

Head of Theory and Composition
Jennifer Elowitch

Jennifer Elowitch

Director of Music
Teresa Winner Blume

Teresa Winner Blume

Head of Voice, Voice Teacher, Classical and Musical Theater; Opera Director
Laura Thielke

Laura Thielke

Director of Chamber Music
Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson

Voice Instructor, Classical and Musical Theater
Jung-A Bang

Jung-A Bang

Adjunct Music Faculty
Gina Beck

Gina Beck

Adjunct Voice Coach
Lisa Caliri

Lisa Caliri

Secondary Piano Instructor
Elizabeth Canterbury

Elizabeth Canterbury

Voice Instructor, Classical and Musical Theater
William David Cooper

William David Cooper

Music Theory & Composition Faculty
Craig Juricka

Craig Juricka

Voice Instructor
Mary O'Keefe

Mary O'Keefe

Office Assistant
Hannah Shields

Hannah Shields

Secondary Piano Instructor, Chamber Music Coach
Doina Simovici

Doina Simovici

Secondary Piano Instructor
Elaine Smith-Purcell

Elaine Smith-Purcell

Voice Coach and Diction Instructor
Ryan Yure

Ryan Yure

Chamber Music Coach
David Zoffer

David Zoffer

Jazz Faculty