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: Audition fee waived for Summer 2021. Summer Registration Fee: $15. Tuition: Session 1 (2 weeks) - $1,450, Session 2 (1 week) - $750, both sessions - $2,100, 50% tuition discount for CIT students. Limited financial aid is available - scroll down for instructions.

Audition Required

Summer 2021 – This year’s MOTH program will run onsite!

However, as health and safety guidelines are confirmed later in the spring, we anticipate a smaller capacity than past years. If you know you are interested in registering, we highly encourage you to schedule your placement audition now.

Important Note! Read our full list of COVID protocols here

Schedule your online audition

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 2021 Information:

Session 1: June 28 – July 9 (will meet on July 5)
Session 2: July 12 – 16
Or attend both sessions!

Monday – Friday, full-day (times will be announced this spring, but likely will be similar to the sample schedule below)

All students new to MOTH will audition online before registering. Your placement audition will help determine whether the 1-week or 2-week session is a better fit. Returning MOTH students will still attend a placement audition online.

Financial Aid is available for summer day programs on a limited basis. The 2021 application will be available shortly!

Questions? Email

Core Faculty & Staff

(subject to change)

MOTH Artistic Director
Dr. Meghan Miller

Daniel Acsadi: guitar
Spencer Aston: trumpet, recreation
Judy Bedford: bassoon
Todd Brunel: clarinet, saxophone, jazz elective
Mary Cicconetti: oboe
Ben Fox: oboe
Andrew Goodridge: piano, recital accompaniment
Adam Grossman: orchestra conductor
Meghan Miller: flute
Ellery Klein: fiddle elective
Olga Patramanska-Bell: violin
Colleen McGary-Smith: cello
Dimitar Petkov: viola, violin
Kathryn Rosenbach: piano
Dawn Scaltreto: art
Sarah Sutherland: French horn

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 will happen virtually, outside of the MOTH day.

Summer 2021 Financial Aid

Financial aid applications will be accepted for summer day programs only.

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.

Thank you to Watertown Savings Bank, Cityside Suburu, and Associated Chamber Music Players for their support of Powers’ financial aid program!


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 (2021)

All students (new and returning) will attend a placement audition online before registering. 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 and schedule a time:

Schedule your audition!

Someone from our staff will reach out to you to confirm your online 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

Online Audition Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 28th: 5-7pm
  • Friday, April 30th: 4-7pm
  • Saturday, May 1st: 4-6pm
  • Saturday, May 8th: 4-6pm
  • 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 a new student who has been accepted after your audition, please complete and submit your registration and tuition payment using the links 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 “MothFull21” to receive $100 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

Dates: Jun 28 - Jul 9

MOTH Session 2

Dates: Jul 12 - Jul 16

Program Sponsors

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This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.