Small ensembles in the wind, string and jazz departments enable students -- ages 8-18 -- to grow with musical friends as they mature in skills and understanding. In each department, the faculty works together to place students in the level that will be most comfortable for them.
Elementary ensembles are designed to be the first group experience for instrumentalists who have played for several years. They often include several musicians playing the same part. At the intermediate level, doubling of parts provides security as students move toward the independent playing needed for advanced ensembles. At all levels, rehearsals stress intonation, cueing, rhythmic security and cooperation. Frequent ensemble performances at the Music School and beyond provide incentives and fun.
Scholarship Ensembles - Scholarship Ensembles are designed for highly motivated and advanced high school students seeking a challenging experience. Auditions are in September, and those selected receive full scholarships funded by corporate and foundation sponsors. Members must make a commitment to weekly coaching sessions and frequent performances. Scholarship Ensembles have performed in New York, Boston, and at high schools and community events across New Hampshire, including governors’ inaugurations and national showcase concerts. Four of the Scholarship Ensembles listed below will be formed based on the auditions.
Permission of the instructor or department chair is necessary for participation in the sequenced instrumental ensembles. Most ensembles assume at least two years of private lessons at the Music School or elsewhere. Placement auditions may be held during the first two weeks of the school year to ensure a well-matched group.