The Arts

Instrumental Music

The Hill School’s major instrumental performing ensembles – Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble – 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 students with skill, desire, and commitment to become excellent instrumentalists. Students work to develop their individual skills as well as their ensemble skills. The Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble present three major performances each year.

A variety of literature is explored to challenge and educate Hill musicians. 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.

Additional Instrumental Opportunities:

Music Lessons: Students may sign up for private, weekly music lessons with adjunct music faculty.

School of Rock:  Evening practice sessions for student-led bands who perform on campus.

Afternoon Arts Program: Varsity-level musicians may participate in the Afternoon Arts program, which includes daily practice, afternoon lesson availability, and the opportunity to prepare for auditions. The Afternoon Arts program culminates in a term-end recital.


All State Ensembles:  Hill musicians can audition for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s (PMEA) orchestra and band festival. In recent years, our students have represented The Hill in District, Regional, and State Festivals.

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Hill School is one of the longest-subscribing members to the Philadelphia Orchestra. With a four-ticket, nine Friday concert package, interested students have many opportunities to enjoy performances at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts throughout the year.

Winter 2021 Orchestra

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

Winter 2021 Jazz Ensemble

"Jingle Bell Rock"

Spring 2021 Orchestra

Spring 2021 Jazz Ensemble

Fall 2020 Jazz Ensemble

Winter 2020 Jazz Concert

Winter 2020 Orchestra Concert