In the Music Building and Chapel you’ll hear the orchestra, choirs, solo singers, jazz band and other student ensembles practicing for upcoming performances. While our ensembles are the driving force behind our music program, you don’t have to join them in performance to be a student of music at St. Paul’s. Maybe you’ll sign up for a course in basic musicianship, music theory, composition, sound design, or take private lessons from any of five full-time or 25 visiting music teachers. Music is everywhere at SPS.

Music lessons can be taken for credit or non-credit, and participation in choir or orchestra counts toward your grade if you are an applied music student. Music rehearsals happen in the early evening, early morning, and occasional lunchtimes, so students do not need to choose between music and athletics. It is even possible to pursue a variety of artistic disciplines at the same time. Some of our most successful choir and orchestra members are also varsity athletes, dancers or theatre students. Approximately 30% of our students take music lessons, and more than 25% of the student body are actively involved in one of the ensembles. There is a vibrant mix of school-sponsored musical groups and student-run musical groups and clubs, including three a cappella groups performing throughout the year.

PROGRAM HEAD

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  • Mr. Orlando Pandolfi 

    Music Program Director
    (603) 229-4681
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Choral Ensembles
The Madrigal Singers (20 singers)
The Women’s Voice Ensemble (16 singers)
The Chapel Choir (50 singers)

Choral Performances
Bi-weekly Chapel Services on Sunday
Weekly Compline on Thursday
Fall Family Weekend Concerts and Services
Termly Convocations
Termly School Evensongs
Monthly Choral Evensongs
Occasional Daily Chapel Performances
The Festival Of Lessons and Carols
Anniversary/Graduation Weekend concerts and services

Off-Campus Choral Performances
Alumni Lessons and Carols (Church of the Advent, Boston)
Joint Evensongs at Harvard, Andover, Groton and other New England locations
Local outreach events in the Concord area (Hospice services, receptions)
International tours (England, South Africa, Cuba)
Instrumental Ensembles
Symphony Orchestra (70 students)
Wind Ensemble (35 students)
Jazz Band (6 students)
Chamber Orchestra (20 students)

Instrumental Performances
Fall Family Weekend Concerts
Winter Concert
Spring Concert
Occasional Daily Chapel Performances
Individual Student Chapel Performances
Applied Honors Music Recitals (6th Formers)
Non-Credit Recitals
Jury Performances
Student Music Competitions

Off-Campus Instrumental Performances
Local outreach events
Occasional tours

The Keiser Concert Series brings a huge variety of world-class musical talent to the School, and also offers these as free concerts to the wider community. Any given year may offer a choral ensemble from across the world, an early music ensemble, a concert pianist, a string quartet, a solo singer, a cello and piano duo, and many more avant-garde combinations of instruments and musical styles. Our own Chapel Choir features strongly on this much-loved series with frequent musical services and recitals in the stunning Chapel spaces. Our guest musicians will often function as workshop leaders and clinicians with our student soloists and ensembles while they are at the School. For more information, take a look at the Keiser Concert Series page of the website.