Active engagement and participation is at the heart of the Exeter Music program, for a student who experiences music in the classroom, studies an instrument in the private teaching studio, composes or plays in an ensemble.
The department welcomes students of all levels of skill – those exploring music for the first time as well as accomplished musicians – to participate in the many activities and offerings of the department.
Students may choose from a range of music theory courses from the Introductory to the Advanced Placement level and Music History and Appreciation courses in classical and popular genres. Private vocal and instrumental instruction is available in Classical, Jazz, Popular, Folk, World Music genres and in Composition. Participation with fellow students in ensemble music-making is one of the most enriching experiences of school life. Students have opportunities for participation in Glee Club, Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonia, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Stage Band, Percussion Ensemble, African Drumming and Chamber Music.
Students have many opportunities for public performance—informal "in-house" concerts, student recitals on the Academy Concert Series and concerts of all large ensembles. The department also sponsors an annual Concerto Competition. Guest artists and distinguished teachers regularly visit the campus to perform and conduct master classes with students.
The music program is housed in the Forrestal-Bowld Music Center that was completed in the fall of 1995. The center includes three large rehearsal halls, 10 teaching studios equipped with grand pianos, a library equipped with electronic pianos and computer workstations, and 20 practice rooms with upright pianos. A new Ruffatti organ and a fine double manual harpsichord are housed in Phillips Church.
"We go into old-growth forests of singing," says Brad Wells, founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, to describe the 8-voice ensemble's music. Those old growths include Tuvan throat singing, yodeling and belting.
The vocal ensemble will lead a two-day residency of workshops and a concert performance.
Performers and choreographers explore a range of themes including celebration, grief, platonic friendship, separation, value transformation, compassion and empathy.
Students perform experimental, collaborative music throughout Fisher Theater, and turn the distinction between performer and audience on its head.
Enjoy the holidays with selections from the annual Holiday Concert.