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The Hill School Music Program

The Hill School's major performing ensembles - Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Chamber Choir - are full-year courses, which meet during the academic day, therefore enabling students to perform consistently five times per week. Each program is designed to allow those students with skill, desire, and commitment to become excellent instrumentalists and singers. It also provides those students with less experience and skills an environment where they can get the instruction they need in music reading and vocal technique, while experiencing a variety of literature, which will include some lighter repertoire. The courses may be taken as a graded or non-graded course. Anyone who is interested in participating in the music program must request the desired course on his or her schedule in the summer, rather than fall, to avoid scheduling conflicts.
 
Versatile students can be involved in multiple performing ensembles and it is not uncommon to be in both instrumental and vocal groups. Musicians are given the opportunity to receive a graded credit for their participation within an instrumental or vocal ensemble by electing to perform a performance jury each list.

 Instrumental Music  • Vocal Music 
Class Piano * (Levels 1-3)
Orchestra
 •  Chamber Music (advanced levels)
 •  Flute Ensemble
Jazz Band
 •  The Jazz Titans / Small Group Ensembles (advanced levels)
 •  Percussion Ensemble
 •  Guitar Ensemble 
Intro to Singing*
Chorus*
Chamber Choir (auditioned)
Hilltones (male ensemble)
Hilltrebles (female ensemble)
 •  Any student enrolled in a singling class is eligible to audition for a select a cappella ensemble

 Other Musical Opportunities   Additional Music Classes 
Private Lessons
Organ Scholar 
Independent Studies for Music
Coffee House Events
Music Theory & Harmony
Advanced Music Theory
Digital Music
GarageBand+*
Advanced Music Tech: Principles of Sound and Recording
 
Talented Hill musicians have the opportunity to audition for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's (PMEA) chorus, orchestra, and band festival. In recent years, our students have represented The Hill in District Regionals and State levels. Pianists and members of the orchestra often participate in the jazz improv group (the Jazz Titans) or as an accompanist for vocal groups. As noted above, there are many other opportunities available to to students interested in pursuing other musical opportunities. 

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