Music on the Hill 2

Music on the Hill (MOTH)

Age: Ages 8-18 (CITs ages 16-18). Open to strings, piano, winds, brass, classical guitar.

Cost: Summer 2023 Registration Fee: $15. Summer 2023 Tuition: Session 1 (2 weeks) - $1,600, Session 2 (1 week) - $830, Both sessions - $2,310, CITs: 50% tuition discount. Limited financial aid is available - scroll down for instructions.

Audition Required

MOTH 2023 will run on the following dates –
Session 1: June 26-July 7 (No July 4th),
Session 2: July 10-14.

MOTH placement auditions (new and returning students) will be held March 17, 18, 24, April 28, 29, and May 5. New students are invited to register after audition and acceptance. Returning MOTH students are welcome to register starting January 3 using the registration links in the purple section below, then should schedule a placement audition.

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1, 2, or 3 weeks!

Looking for a unique summer music program? MOTH is perfect for intermediate and advanced music students looking for an inspiring and immersive music experience.

Music on the Hill (MOTH) offers a well-rounded curriculum of chamber music, orchestra, interactive workshops, musical and non-musical electives, solo recital opportunities, and private lessons. The program ends with performances by all ensembles.

For over 25 years, MOTH has attracted dedicated and curious music students from all over the Boston area. Students come to hone their skills within the classical music tradition, while also being exposed to music of other genres, such as jazz, traditional fiddle, and other music from around the globe.

MOTH faculty members are well-known for their experience and success with young people at this formative and decisive stage of musical development. Participants come away with a heightened musical awareness, new friendships, and an enthusiastic interest in music-making.

Summer 2023 Information:

Session 1: June 26 – July 7 (no July 4)
Session 2: July 10 – 14
Or attend both sessions!

Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 4:45 pm

New students should schedule an audition using the link in the audition section below, then are invited to register after audition and acceptance.

Returning MOTH students are welcome to register starting January 3 using the registration links in the purple section below, then should schedule a placement audition using the link in the audition section below.

Session 1 Performances:

Chamber Music Concert: Thursday, July 6th (Time TBD)
Orchestra/Electives Concert: Friday, July 7th (Time TBD)

Session 2 Performances:

Friday, July 14th (Time TBD)

After-Care Option (Late Pick-up)

  • 2 Week Session – 4:45-6:00 M-Th, no July 4th. $105
  • 1 Week Session – 4:45-6:00 M-Th, $60
  • Single day drop-in price: $20 (Please call to arrange this)

Financial Aid is available for summer day programs on a limited basis. Please see below for the application process.

Questions? Email

Core Faculty & Staff

(subject to change)

MOTH Artistic Director
Dr. Meghan Miller

Spencer Aston, Trumpet/Outdoor Recreation/Digital Music
Judy Bedford, Bassoon
Todd Brunel, Clarinet/Jazz Ensemble
Mary Cunningham, Chorus
Gavin Farrell, Hand Drumming Ensemble
Adam Grossman, Orchestra
Colleen McGary-Smith, Cello
Meghan Miller, Flute
Catherine O’Kelly, Guitar
Olga Patrmanska-Bell, Violin
Dimitar Petkov, Viola/Violin
Kathryn Rosenbach, Piano/Recital Accompanist
Dawn Scaltreto, Art
Liana Zaretsky, Violin
Ellery Klein, Fiddle Ensemble
Lydia Lucas, Percussion Ensemble

Sample Daily Schedule

Subject to change

  • 8:30 – 8:45 am Drop-Off
  • 8:45 – 9:00 am Meeting
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am Chamber Music (Session 2: Group Class)
  • 10:05 – 11:05 am Chamber Music
  • 11:05 – 11:20 am Snack
  • 11:25 am – 12:25 pm Jazz/Afro-Carribean Drumming (Session 1) or Traditional Music (Session 2)
  • 12:25 – 1:25 pm Lunch/Rec Time
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm Art/Digital Music
  • 2:35 – 3:20 pm Workshops/Recitals
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm Orchestra/Wind Ensemble
  • 4:30 – 4:45 pm Clean-Up
  • 4:45 pm Pick-Up

Private Lessons

Included in the MOTH program, students will receive:

Session 1: Two 45-minute lessons
Session 2: One 30-minute lesson

Private lessons may happen in-person, or virtually outside of the MOTH day.

Summer 2023 Financial Aid

Thank you to Watertown Savings Bank for their support of Powers’ financial aid program!

Financial aid is available for students who can document financial need. Financial aid applications will be accepted for summer day programs only until all available aid is exhausted.

At this time, all financial aid for the 2022-2023 year has been awarded.

All new and returning students interested in applying for financial aid should start by filling out the Financial Aid Application Form and following the instructions at the top.

Please reach out to if you have any questions about the financial aid process.


Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program provides leadership experience for students ages 16-18.

  • Students play and perform in chamber ensembles and the final performances.
  • Students have the opportunity to perform in weekly solo recitals.
  • Students assist faculty and staff in rehearsals and other activities during the day.
  • Enrollment is limited based on instrumentation.

To apply for a CIT position, follow the audition instructions below and ask your private lesson teacher to submit a teacher reference form.

Submit teacher recommendation here

MOTH Auditions (2023)

All students (new and returning) will attend an in-person placement audition before registering.

Submit an audition form

Click here to tell us a little about yourself before your audition and schedule a time:

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Someone from our staff will reach out to you to confirm your audition time after your audition form has been submitted.

Audition Dates:

In-person at 160 Lexington Street, Belmont on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 17th
  • Saturday, March 18th
  • Friday, March 24th
  • Friday, April 28th
  • Saturday, April 29th
  • Friday, May 5th

Audition Requirements:
Students are asked to play for approximately 10 minutes. Students should prepare:

  • Portions of 2 contrasting pieces that represent their playing (or two contrasting movements of the same piece
  • 2 scales (of the student’s choice, in as many octaves as possible
  • Sight-reading

Registration & Payment for Accepted / Returning MOTH Students

If you are a returning MOTH student or if you are a new student who has been accepted after your audition, please complete and submit your registration and tuition payment using the links in the purple boxes below.

If you are planning to attend both MOTH sessions, you may register for both sessions using the links below and use the discount code “MothFull23” to receive an $120 discount off of one session.

Final payment for returning MOTH students is due upon registration. Final payment for those new to MOTH is due 1 week after acceptance.

Students will receive their music for the program by early June, and are expected to thoroughly prepare and work on their music with their private lesson teacher beforehand to ensure a positive experience for all.

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MOTH Session 1

Schedule: MON - FRI, 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)

Dates: Jun 26 - Jul 7

MOTH Session 1 After-Care

Schedule: MON - THURS, 4:45 - 6:00 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)

Dates: Jun 26 - Jul 7

MOTH Session 2

Schedule: MON - FRI, 8:45 am - 4:45 pm

Dates: Jul 10 - Jul 14

MOTH Session 2 After-Care

Schedule: MON - THURS, 4:45 - 6:00 pm

Location: 160 Lexington Street (Main Building)

Dates: Jul 10 - Jul 14

Program Sponsors

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players, Watertown Savings Bank, and The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust. Thank you!

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