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 singers and musicians. 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.