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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

MUSIC PROGRAMS

Classical Instrumental

Instrumental students benefit from a combined program delivered both on campus at Walnut Hill and at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston. Chamber music is central to our on-campus program and includes many performance opportunities both here and off-campus. Our curriculum is enhanced by innovative performance projects, weekly masterclasses with dynamic guest artists, and the thoughtful integration of contemporary topics like entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Our instrumental majors graduate uniquely prepared to succeed in a conservatory, university, or college environment.

REQUIRED COURSES 

Private Lessons* - Chamber Music - Large Ensemble* - Music Department Masterclass - January Project - Music Theory I, II and Form & Analysis - Ear Training - Solfege - Music History - Piano Seminar (pianists only)*

*Note: Private Lessons, Large Ensemble, and Piano Seminar (pianists only) take place at New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

Student Work

Chamber Music Celebration 2018 - III

Chamber Music Celebration 2018 - IV

Classical Instrumental Faculty

Jennifer Elowitch

Jennifer Elowitch

Titles: Director of Music
Laura Thielke

Laura Thielke

Titles: Director of Chamber Music
Rohan Gregory

Rohan Gregory

Titles: Chamber Music Faculty
Christian Teal

Christian Teal

Titles: Adjunct Chamber Music Faculty
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Voice

Our voice program focuses on individualized training and guidance and includes several singer-specific arts courses as listed below. In addition to private lessons and classes, our program provides many performance opportunities each year including both art song recitals and our spring opera.
This program takes place primarily on our campus at Walnut Hill, including private lessons. All of our voice students also participate in the Youth Chorale at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School on Saturdays.

Student Work

Fallen Fairies - Winter 2018 Opera 

Scenes of Disguise & Deception - Winter 2015 Opera 

Voice Faculty

Teresa Blume

Teresa Blume

Titles: Head of Voice, Voice Teacher, Classical and Musical Theater; Opera Director
Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson

Titles: Voice Teacher, Classical and Musical Theater
Elizabeth Canterbury

Elizabeth Canterbury

Titles: Voice Teacher, Classical and Musical Theater
Michael Hanley

Michael Hanley

Titles: Voice Teacher, Musical Theater
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Composition

The Composition program takes place primarily on campus at Walnut Hill and combines intensive one-on-one study with group explorations of contemporary music. Composition students also participate in the large ensemble program at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School on Saturdays.

Student Work

New Music Composition - 2018 

Composer Concert - 2016  

Composition Faculty

Whit Brown

Whit Brown

Titles: Head of Theory and Composition
William David Cooper

William David Cooper

Titles: Music Theory & Composition Faculty

Jazz

The Jazz major at Walnut Hill launched in the fall of 2014. In addition to a comprehensive jazz program delivered on Saturdays at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Jazz Majors are members of the Walnut Hill Jazz Ensemble and participate fully in the on-campus instrumental music program.

REQUIRED COURSES 

Private Lessons* - Jazz Ensemble - Jazz Theory* - Jazz Styles* - Jazz History* - Jazz Combo* - Music Department Masterclass - January Project - Music Theory I, II and Form & Analysis - Ear Training - Solfege - Music History

*Note: Private Lessons, Jazz Theory, Jazz Styles, Jazz History, and Jazz Combo take place at New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

 

Student Work

Electric Jazz Fusion

Post-bop Jazz

Jazz Ballad

Classical Instrumental Faculty