Walnut Hill School for the Arts


Classical Instrumental

Our Classical Instrumental students benefit from a comprehensive music curriculum delivered on campus and through our unique partnership with the New England Conservatory in Boston. Weekdays, students focus on chamber music and music classes including theory, history, and solfège. The on-campus curriculum is enhanced by innovative performance projects and weekly masterclasses with prominent guest artists. Students also attend NEC Preparatory School on Saturdays for private lessons and orchestra or piano seminar. Our program, offered in an inspiring creative environment, prepares graduates to thrive in a conservatory, university, or college setting. 

Student Work


Prokofieff Quintet in G minor, Op. 39 - Tema con Variazioni

Classical Instrumental Faculty

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Our classical Voice program features a comprehensive conservatory-prep curriculum on the Walnut Hill campus. The program focuses on individualized technical training and artistic guidance in a variety of age-appropriate classical repertoire including art song and operetta. Students receive private lessons and coaching by esteemed professional singers and pedagogues, in addition to weekly sing-specific classes including Movement, Dictation and Translation. Our many performance opportunities include recitals, concerts, and one-act opera each Spring. We also welcome prominent guest teachers from top conservatories and opera companies. Past guest teachers include Ruth Golden (Manhattan School of Music), William Burden (Metropolitan Opera, Peabody Conservatory), Rebecca Folsom (Boston Conservatory at Berklee), and Penelope Bitzas (Boston University). Students in our voice program also participate in Youth Chorale at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School on Saturdays, culminating in performance at NEC's Jordan Hall.  

Student Work

Fallen Fairies - Winter 2018 Opera 

Scenes of Disguise & Deception - Winter 2015 Opera 

Voice Faculty

Christy Turnbow

Christy Turnbow

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Our 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 Youth Chorale or Piano Seminar at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School on Saturdays.

Student Work

New Music by Walnut Hill Composers 

Composition Faculty

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Our Jazz program features a comprehensive curriculum delivered both on campus and at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In addition to our Walnut Hill Jazz Ensembles, courses include Jazz Arranging and Jazz Composition designed to introduce students to music notation software and computer playback. Graduates of our Jazz program have gone on to prestigious music schools including New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and The New School as performance, contemporary improvisation, and music business majors.

Student Work

Electric Jazz Fusion

Jazz Faculty

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