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Music on the Hill (MOTH)

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

Cost: Audition Fee: $30. Summer Registration Fee: $15. Tuition: Session 1 (2 weeks) - $1,375, Session 2 (1 week) - $715, Both Sessions (3 weeks) - $2,025. A $500 deposit is due by May 15, 2020. 50% tuition discount for CIT students.

Audition Required

Upcoming MOTH Auditions Will be held via Skype. Scroll down for all audition information.

June 29 – July 17: 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) is a chamber music program encompassing 3 weeks (with the option to attend 1, 2, or all 3 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:

Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 4:45 pm

Session 1: June 29 – July 10 (no July 3)
Session 2: July 13 – 17
Both Sessions: June 29 – July 17


  • MOTH Faculty concert: Thursday, July 2, 6:30 pm
  • Session 1 chamber concert: Thursday, July 9, 6:30 pm
  • Session 1 orch/jazz/fiddle concert: Friday, July 10, 6:30 pm
  • Session 2 final concert (all ensembles): Friday, July 17, 6:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2020

Financial Aid is available for summer day programs on a limited basis. Click here for the application (due April 15, 2020).

Questions? Email

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

Masterclass teachers:

Will be announced in the spring!

Sample Daily Schedule: Session 1

  • 8:30–8:45am: Student Drop-Off
  • 8:45–8:55am: Morning Meeting
  • 9:00–11:05am: Chamber Ensemble Coachings
  • 11:05–11:20am: Break
  • 11:25-1:00pm: Music Electives, Private Lessons, Practice Time
  • 1:00-1:25pm: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30pm: Non-Music Electives
  • 2:35-3:20pm: Workshops/Masterclasses
  • 3:25-4:35pm: Orchestra
  • 4:45pm: Student Pick-Up

Sample Daily Schedule: Session 2

  • 8:30–8:45am: Student Drop-Off
  • 8:45–8:55am: Morning Meeting
  • 9:00–10:00am: Chamber Music Coaching
  • 10:05–11:05am: Group Classes
  • 11:05–11:20am: Break
  • 11:25am-12:25pm: Music Electives
  • 12:25-12:55pm: Lunch
  • 1-2pm: Non-Music Elective
  • 2-3pm: Workshops/Recitals
  • 3:15-4:35pm: Orchestra
  • 4:45pm: Student Pick-Up


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)

Submit an audition form

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

Submit audition form

Pay your $30 audition fee

Click here to pay your audition fee. (The audition fee is waived for returning MOTH students and currently registered Powers 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 - 4:45 PM

Location: 404 Concord (First Church)

Dates: Jun 29 - Jul 10

MOTH Session 1 Late Pick-up Option

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 4:45 - 6:00 PM

Location: 404 Concord (First Church)

Dates: Jun 29 - Jul 10

MOTH Session 2

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM

Location: 404 Concord (First Church)

Dates: Jul 13 - Jul 17

MOTH Session 2 Late Pick-up Option

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 4:45 - 6:00 PM

Location: 404 Concord (First Church)

Dates: Jul 13 - Jul 17

MOTH (Full Session)

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM

Location: 404 Concord (First Church)

Dates: Jun 29 - Jul 17