Instrumental & Vocal Music
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 courses. 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.
- Music Class Piano * (Levels 1-3)
- 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 (a cappella male ensemble)
- Hilltrebles (a cappella female ensemble) Any student enrolled in a singing class is eligible to audition for a select a cappella ensemble.
Additional Music Classes
- Music Theory & Harmony
- Advanced Music Theory
- Digital Music
- Advanced Music Tech: Principles of Sound and Recording
Other Musical Opportunities
- Private Lessons
- Organ Scholar
- Afternoon Arts Program for Music
- Independent Studies for Music
- Coffee House Events
Jake Fleck ’24 is one of two drummers in the entire state of Pennsylvania to win the audition. He will represent The Hill School in the 2022 All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble in April!
Ethan Ambrossi ’23, Anna Carroll ’23, Cordelia Davies ’23, and Frankie Halvey ’24 will represent Hill at the 2022 Choral Festival. Frankie Halvey also will represent the School at the Region 6 Choir Festival.
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 before a jury each list.
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.