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 - $2,410, CITs: 50% tuition discount. Limited financial aid is available - scroll down for instructions.

Audition Required

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

Information for new and returning MOTH student placement auditions will be posted shortly! Registration (after your audition) will be available starting January 3 using the registration links in the purple section below.

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 2023 Information:

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

All students new to MOTH will audition in-person before registering. Returning MOTH students should still attend a placement audition.

Monday – Friday, 8:45 am – 4:45 pm

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-F no July 4th. $100
  • 1 Week Session – 4:45-6:00 M-F. $55
  • 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
Liubomyr Senushyn, Violin
Liana Zaretsky, Violin
Ellery Klein, Fiddle Ensemble
Lydia Lucas, Percussion Ensemble
Karl Orvik, Violin

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 2022 Financial Aid

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players, the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, and Watertown Savings Bank. Thank you for your support of Powers’ financial aid program!

Financial aid applications will be accepted for summer day programs only until all available aid is exhausted – no private lesson or group financial aid is available at this time.

All returning financial aid students should reach out to Tristan Bouchard directly for instructions at Your application will consist of updated financial documents to be submitted via email.

All new financial aid applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the Music Scholarship Information Sheet (Google form).
  2. Submit your confidential financial documents to Tristan Bouchard at with secure information blacked out (or mail to Powers Music School, PO Box 398, Belmont, MA 02478). These documents include:
    • Copies of latest Federal Tax Returns and W2s – mandatory for all applicants. If parents are married but filing separately, copies of financial information for both parents must be submitted.• If applicable, records of non-taxable benefits such as veteran, social security, AFDC or ADC, and welfare or non-taxable income from pastoral work.• Documentation of other pertinent financial information you wish to have considered.
  3. Ask two people to fill out a confidential reference statement (Google form).
    All applicants currently studying at Powers Music School must have a reference from their private instructor at Powers. It is preferred that the second reference also be from a music teacher. However, a reference from an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary schoolteacher is acceptable.
  4. Audition
    Some new scholarship applicants are required to audition with exception for those enrolling in Kids Crescendo. Applicants will receive notification by telephone or mail concerning the exact date and time of their potential audition following a successful application. These times are dependent upon faculty availability and, in most cases, cannot be changed. Those applicants who do not appear for an audition forfeit consideration for possible funding.


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 (2022)

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:

Schedule your audition!

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

Audition fee: waived for all students.

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:

In-person at 380 Concord Avenue, Belmont (Cabot Room)

  • Saturday, April 2nd: 3-6 pm
  • Friday, April 8th: 3-6 pm
  • Saturday, April 9th: 3-6 pm
  • Saturday, April 30th: 3-5 pm
  • Friday, May 6th: 3-6 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
  • 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 below.

Final payments for MOTH are due on July 13!

If you are planning to attend both MOTH sessions, you may register for both sessions using the links below and use the discount code “MothFull22” to receive $115 off of one session.

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

Dates: Jun 27 - Jul 8

MOTH Session 1 After-Care

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

Dates: Jun 27 - Jul 8

MOTH Session 2

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

Dates: Jul 11 - Jul 15

MOTH Session 2 After-Care

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

Dates: Jul 11 - Jul 15

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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