Music on the Hill 2

Music on the Hill (MOTH)

Age: Ages 8-18 (CITs ages 16-18)

Cost: Audition Fee: $30. Tuition (MOTH Session 1: $1,345, MOTH Session 2: $695, Both Sessions: $1,995) + $15 summer registration fee. 50% tuition discount for CIT students.

Audition Required

July 1-19: 1, 2, or 3 weeks!

Looking for a unique summer music program? MOTH is perfect for music students in middle school or high school in Belmont and the greater Boston area hoping to work on their instruments before the fall!

Music on the Hill (MOTH) is a three-week chamber music program offering a well-rounded curriculum of daily orchestra rehearsals, musicianship classes, electives, and private lessons. MOTH students play in two chamber ensembles, weekly solo recitals, and the MOTH orchestra, and can explore new genres of music through jazz and fiddle electives. The program ends with performances by all ensembles.

The MOTH program is designed for motivated intermediate to advanced instrumentalists who are eager to have fun making music with others. 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 being part of future chamber music ensembles and orchestras.


Monday – Friday

8:30 am – 4:45 pm

Early drop-off and late pick-up options available! Scroll down for details.


  • MOTH Faculty concert: Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 pm, First Church, 404 Concord Avenue
  • Session 1 chamber concert: Thursday, July 11, 6:30 pm, First Church, 404 Concord Avenue
  • Session 1 orch/jazz/fiddle concert: Friday, July 12, 6:30 pm, All Saints’ Church, 17 Clark Street
  • Session 2 final concert (all ensembles): Friday, July 19, 6:30 pm, First Church, 404 Concord Avenue

Core Faculty & Staff

(subject to change)

MOTH Artistic Director
Dr. Meghan Jacoby

MOTH Program Manager
Dr. Spencer Aston

Daniel Acsadi, guitar
Spencer Aston, trumpet, recreation
Judy Bedford, bassoon, clarinet
Todd Brunel, clarinet, saxophone, Jazz Improvisation
Ben Fox, oboe
Andrew Goodridge, piano, accompaniment
Meghan Jacoby, flute
Ellery Klein, fiddle
Guan-Ting Ku, violin
Colleen McGary-Smith, cello
Dimitar Petkov, viola, violin
Kathryn Rosenbach, piano
Adam Grossman, orchestra conductor

Masterclass teachers:

Maria Finkelmeier – Founder/Director of Kadence Arts, percussionist, composer, called a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe

Eugene Kim – MIT/NEC Prep faculty, cellist, chamber coach

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30–8:45 Student Drop Off
  • 8:45–8:55: Morning Meeting
  • 9:00–10:00: Ensemble 1 Coaching
  • 10:05–11:05: Ensemble 2 Coaching
  • 11:05–11:20: Break
  • 11:25-1:00: Guided practice session with CIT, private lesson, or music elective
  • 1:00-1:25: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30: Afternoon Elective
  • 2:35-3:20 pm: Musicianship
  • 3:25-4:35 pm: Orchestra/Performance Class
  • 4:45 pm: 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.
  • CITs will receive 4 private lessons in their instrument taught by excellent faculty.
  • Enrollment is limited based on instrumentation.

MOTH Auditions (2019)

Auditions are now finished. Please check back with us for Summer 2020!

Pay your $30 Audition Fee

You will be asked to create an ASAP account if you do not already have one. The audition fee is waived for returning MOTH students and currently registered Powers students. Someone from our staff will reach out to you to schedule an audition time after your payment is complete.

Teacher Recommendation

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

Audition Dates:

  • Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Monday, April 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 27, 2:30-5:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 4, 2:30-5:00 pm

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
  • Students may be asked to sight-read

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.

Early Drop-Off & Late Pick-Up

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