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About Indian Hill Music

IHM Making Music ... Creating Community:

Now in its 31st year, Indian Hill Music (IHM) is a thriving non-profit regional center for music education and performance
located in picturesque Central Massachusetts and easily accessible from Boston, Northern Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire. One of only a small group of non-profit organizations nationwide that encompass a community music school, professional orchestra, and community outreach programs, IHM currently serves 79 communities ranging from Boston in the east, Metrowest, the Nashoba Valley, Merrimack Valley, and as far north as Nashua and Hollis, New Hampshire.

Founded in 1985 to fulfill a need for quality music education, high caliber performances, and collaborative community partnerships for all ages, IHM’s activities are motivated by the belief that music inspires both our hearts and our minds, encourages the growth and development of the "whole person," and is integral to the lives of the individuals and communities we serve.

At the core of IHM’s mission is a comprehensive and synergistic music education program serving a community of 1200+ students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, where studying music, attending performances and lectures, participating in workshops, and performing with others are key components. Through the integration of the music school and the professional performance series, and a commitment to giving music to the community, the transformative power of music is fully realized

The music school offers lessons in 30+ instruments and voice for individuals of all ages, abilities, and musical interests, taught by a distinguished and experienced faculty of over 60 teaching artists with degrees from the world’s foremost conservatories. Private and group instruction in classical, contemporary, jazz, rock, pop, folk, Irish, Broadway, opera, and early music are offered. Performing ensembles include the Indian Hill Music Youth Orchestras and the New England Flute Orchestra of Indian Hill, which provide students with high-quality training and opportunities to collaborate and share music in the community. IHM also features an extensive array of workshops and lectures, Alexander Technique, masterclasses with guest artists, recitals in our beautiful hall, a variety of summer music programs, an annual Performathon, and honors piano and concerto competitions.

IHM’s professional performance season is anchored by concerts of the 70-member Orchestra of Indian Hill, the region’s premier professional symphony orchestra, led by Artistic Director and Conductor, Bruce Hangen. Indian Hill Music also presents live performances by music school faculty, Orchestra of Indian Hill musicians, and other acclaimed guest artists in the Faculty Showcase Recital Series, the Marjorie Besas Memorial Concert Series, and the Kalliroscope Gallery Chamber Music Series.

Dedicated to enriching the communities it serves, Indian Hill Music has developed strong and flourishing relationships through a full complement of outreach programming, serving some 7,000 people annually. IHM provides $65,000 in scholarships annually to students on a need-basis, and $100,000 in outreach. In addition to its school music partnerships in the Ayer-Shirley Public Schools, Indian Hill Music presents the popular free Bach’s Lunch Concerts, a monthly series that regularly attracts hundreds of local seniors. IHM also offers the Threshold Singers of Indian Hill Music, a complimentary service providing compassion and comfort through the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are ill or at the end of life.

Indian Hill Music gratefully acknowledges the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, foundations, and government agencies that support our numerous programs.

Our History & The Future

Indian Hill Music (formerly Indian Hill Arts) was created in 1985 to provide the best in music education and performance for the whole community. The center's founders combined the music education programs developed by a local arts organization (Groton Center for the Arts) with the previously established Indian Hill Symphony. The music education programs grew into a full-fledged community music school, Indian Hill Music School, accredited by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts in 1991.

Over the past 30+ years, IHM has grown to become a major cultural institution in the region. In 1995, the National Endowment for the Arts selected the center as one of 30 organizations from across the country to participate in the Advancement Program for strategic planning. Our mission was clarified during the planning process and was vital in managing the phenomenal growth of the organization in the subsequent three years. In 2001, the center constructed and dedicated a 200-seat recital facility, Camilla Blackman Hall, completing a five-year, $3.5 million Capital Campaign called "Make Space for Music." The new space is used for Indian Hill's Guest Artist Series, student recitals, ensembles, and special events.

In August 2015, Indian Hill Music publicly confirmed that it had purchased property in neighboring Groton and announced plans for a new music education and performance center. As a result of generous contributed revenue, the IHM community is thrilled to move forward with an exciting new phase of the organization’s future and is currently in the master-planning phase of its new home, with potential plans for an expected move in 2019 or 2020.



MCCThe programs of Indian Hill Music are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Indian Hill Music School is a certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. The Orchestra of Indian Hill is a member of the League of American Orchestras.



Copies of our 501c(3) determination, conflict of interest policy, whistleblower policy, and financial statements are available upon request by contacting Mary Leahy, Development Manager, at (978) 486-9524 x107.

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Non-Discrimination Policy: Indian Hill Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any other category protected under applicable law in its admissions, education programs, activities, or employment policies.


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