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: The $30 audition fee is now waived for all students. Tuition: Session 1 (2 weeks) - $1,150, Session 2 (1 week) - $575. 50% tuition discount for CIT students. Summer Registration Fee: $15.

Audition Required

The MOTH program is going virtual! Scroll down for a closer look at the new virtual Music on the Hill schedule, including a special digital orchestra project.

June 29 – July 17: 1 or 2 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) is a chamber music program encompassing 3 weeks (with the option to attend 1 or 2 weeks!). Our well-rounded curriculum offers 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 2020 Information:

The 2020 MOTH program will take place via Zoom (students must have reliable internet access and access to a computer, laptop, ChromeBook, iPad or similar device). The platform used for private lessons will be decided based on student and teacher preference.

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 2:15 pm

Session 1: June 29 – July 10
Session 2: July 13 – 17

Specially adapted for on-screen instruction, the new virtual MOTH program includes group instruction, master classes, and many of the same core elements that have made MOTH so successful.

Session 1 will be project-based, with the opportunity for students to participate in a digital orchestra piece, and a choice of elective between digital music instruction or art. Session 2 will focus on general skill-building and a fun “tour through music history.”

We encourage interested students to still audition for this summer’s virtual program! Your placement audition will help determine whether the 1-week or 2-week session is a better fit.

Financial Aid is available for summer day programs on a limited basis. Thank you to the Association of Chamber Music Players for support of MOTH financial aid! Click here for the application (due April 15, 2020).

Questions? Email moth@powersmusic.org

Core Faculty & Staff

(subject to change)

MOTH Artistic Director
Dr. Meghan Jacoby

Spencer Aston: trumpet, recreation
Judy Bedford: bassoon
Todd Brunel: clarinet, saxophone, jazz elective
Andrew Goodridge: piano, recital accompaniment
Meghan Jacoby: flute
Ellery Klein: fiddle elective
Guan-Ting Ku: violin
Colleen McGary-Smith: cello
Dimitar Petkov: viola, violin
Kathryn Rosenbach: piano
Adam Grossman: orchestra conductor

Sample Daily Schedule: Session 1

  • 9:00–10:00 am: Group Class
  • 10:00-10:15 am: Break
  • 10:15-11:15 am: Digital Music Production / Art
  • 11:15-11:45 am: Snack Break
  • 11:45 am – 12:30 pm: Jazz Ensemble / Traditional Music Ensemble
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:15 pm: Workshops / Activities
  • 2 private lessons per week, scheduled with teacher after hours

Sample Daily Schedule: Session 2

  • 9:00–10:00 am: Group Class
  • 10:00-10:15 am: Break
  • 10:15-11:15 am: Digital Music Production / Art
  • 11:15-11:45 am: Snack Break
  • 11:45 am – 12:30 pm: Jazz Ensemble / Traditional Music Ensemble
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:15 pm: A Musical History Tour
  • 2 private lessons per week, scheduled with teacher after hours

Counselors-in-Training

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 (see below).

MOTH Auditions (2020)

We encourage interested students to still audition for this summer’s virtual program! Your placement audition will help determine whether the 1-week or 2-week session is a better fit.

Submit an audition form

Click here to tell us a little about yourself before your audition.

Submit audition form

The $30 audition fee is now waived for all students.

Pay audition fee

Someone from our staff will reach out to you to confirm your online audition time after your audition form and audition fee payment (if applicable) have been submitted.

Teacher Recommendation (CITs only)

Any student applying to be a CIT should also ask their private lesson teacher to complete a teacher recommendation form.

Submit teacher recommendation here

Audition Dates:

  • Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am (Saturday Morning Music School students)
  • Wednesday, March 25, 4:00-7:00 pm (via Skype)
  • Saturday, April 4, 2:00-5:00 pm (via Skype)
  • Saturday, May 2, 2:00-5:00 pm (via Skype)
  • and by appointment

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 accepted after your audition, please complete and submit your registration and tuition payment using the links below.

Interested in taking private lessons this summer to prepare for the MOTH repertoire? Contact our Registrar after your audition and acceptance to register for lessons, and you’ll receive a discount on MOTH tuition!

Still have questions?

MOTH Session 1

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:45 AM - 2:15 PM

Location: Virtual Class

Dates: Jun 29 - Jul 10

MOTH Session 2

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:45 AM - 2:15 PM

Location: Virtual Class

Dates: Jul 13 - Jul 17

MOTH (Both Sessions)

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:45 AM - 2:15 PM

Location: Virtual Class

Dates: Jun 29 - Jul 17

Program Sponsors

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Thank you to the Association of Chamber Music Players for their support of financial aid scholarships for the MOTH program!