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Excellence Together! Join the region's finest young musicians
and play in our multi-level orchestra program!

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the health and safety considerations around COVID-19, and the fact that synchronous music-making on the internet is almost impossible to achieve, we have made the difficult decision to suspend this program until it is safe to rehearse and perform again in person. Please see our COVID-19 response page to learn more about how Indian Hill Music is navigating the pandemic by prioritizing the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff.

CHAMBER MUSIC OPPORTUNITY: We are pleased to offer an alternative to our Youth Orchestra members until we can gather together again as a full group! Our Online Custom Ensemble program is designed for small groups to work and play together from the safety of home. Directors Simon Andrews and Deanna Leedy-Andreozzi have offered their services as small ensemble coaches to the members of the Youth Orchestras. Small ensembles include duos, trios, quartets, or quintets. Rehearsal times can be scheduled during the regular rehearsal blocks on Mondays evenings and also at other convenient times during the week, if needed. Utilizing the familiar format of a Zoom meeting and simple technology like iPhone or iPad and the Acapella app, students will learn and prepare their chamber music for audio/video recordings to share with friends and family. We will work with each student to put together a group that is matched by skill level and interest, and a schedule (length of session, number of weeks) that fits your busy lifestyle. Fill out our Custom Ensemble Questionnaire to get the process started!

The following information is provided for informational purposes only while the program is on hold:

SINFONIA CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Full orchestra for advanced level strings, winds, brass, and percussion

Chris Thibdeau, music director & conductor

CAMERATA STRINGS
Intermediate level string ensemble

Deanna Leedy-Andreozzi, music director & conductor

CHAMBER STRINGS
Advanced beginner level string ensemble

Simon Andrews, music director & conductor

Student Benefits:

Auditions:

Contact the Class & Ensemble Manager to set up an audition.
Auditions are held at Indian Hill Music School, 36 King Street, Littleton MA. Learn more

Concert Season:

Three public concerts per year are scheduled in November, March, and May.
Concert Venue: Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King Street, Littleton MA
TICKETS $10 (age 18 and under, free)

This program is generously supported by:

Program Schedule & Tuition

2020-2021

Day

Time

Start Date

Tuition*

SINFONIA CONCERT ORCHESTRA advanced level students
Monday
6:30-8:30 pm

TBA

$550
CAMERATA STRINGS
intermediate to advanced level students
Monday
5:00-6:20 pm

TBA

$550
CHAMBER STRINGS
for developing string players
Monday
5:00-6:00 pm

TBA

$395
*Tuition will be prorated for new members based on the start date.
Scholarships are available for all of our Music School programs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible for the Youth Orchestra program?

Membership in the Youth Orchestra program is open to all students in Grades K-12 by audition. Chamber Strings and Camerata are string ensembles, and Sinfonia is full orchestra, open to strings, winds, brass, and percussion students. See the Audition information page for details on schedule and playing requirements. Students are strongly urged to take private lessons, but there is no requirement to take lessons at Indian Hill Music.

Do I have to play in my school orchestra?

Members are required to participate in their school’s orchestra or band program if one is offered. Indian Hill’s large ensembles are considered extra-curricular, and are not intended to replace a school ensemble for any student. If there are extraordinary circumstances preventing a student from participating in school band or orchestra the family should contact Indian Hill’s Class & Ensemble Manager.

What does the program cost?

Chamber Strings – $395 tuition for the school year (September through May)
Camerata Strings – $550
Sinfonia Concert Orchestra – $550
If a student starts after the beginning of the school year tuition will be pro-rated.

>> Other Fees
There is a $25 audition fee for new members or current members who wish to move up to the next level ensemble. Concert tickets are $10 each for adult 18+, free to children and youth under 18 years of age. Concert DVDs or CDs are available to orchestra members for $25 each.

Do you provide instruments?

Woodwind, brass, and string students must own or have access to an instrument. Percussion instruments will be provided by Indian Hill for rehearsals and concerts; students must provide their own sticks and mallets.

What is the schedule for rehearsals and concerts?

Rehearsals are held weekly on Mondays in Blackman Hall – 5:00-6:00 pm for Chamber Strings; 5:00-6:20 pm for Camerata, and 6:30-8:30 pm for Sinfonia.
We do not offer makeup classes when rehearsals have to be cancelled due to snow days or other emergencies. In the event of Director illness, we will do our best to provide a substitute conductor for the rehearsal.

What is the schedule for rehearsals and concerts?

Rehearsals are held weekly on Mondays in Blackman Hall – 5:00-6:00 pm for Chamber Strings; 5:00-6:20 pm for Camerata, and 6:30-8:30 pm for Sinfonia.

We do not offer makeup classes when rehearsals have to be cancelled due to snow days or other emergencies. In the event of Director illness, we will do our best to provide a substitute conductor for the rehearsal.

>> Sectionals
Two times each concert cycle Indian Hill faculty or Orchestra of Indian Hill musicians lead additional rehearsal sessions for each instrument group or section of the orchestras. Camerata sectionals are held from 6:30-7:00 pm, and Sinfonia sectionals from 7:45-8:30 pm. There are no sectionals for Chamber Strings.
>> Performances
The Youth Orchestras will present performances three times per year at Littleton High School’s auditorium (next door at 56 King Street). Annual concerts are scheduled in November, March, and May. All concerts are at 7:00 pm. Concert dress and arrival times for warm-up rehearsals can be found on pages 8-9 in the Student Handbook.

Is practice outside of rehearsals required?

Regular home practice is required, as the music will be challenging and rehearsals will focus on ensemble playing and interpretation of the written material.

What are the attendance rules?

Unexcused absences are not allowed from rehearsals, dress rehearsals, or concerts. Students are allowed one (1) excused absence for each of the three concert semesters. Examples of commitments and circumstances which can be eligible as excused absences: district/regional/state music festivals and competitions, school concerts and dress rehearsals in which the student is performing, family emergencies, prolonged illness, observance of major religious holidays. Members of each ensemble are required to attend all dress rehearsals and concerts unless excused by the Director. At the discretion of the Director, students who miss a dress rehearsal may not be allowed to perform in the concert.

About Our Directors

Christopher Thibdeau - Sinfonia Concert Orchestra

Chris has served as Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Interim Music Director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Assistant Conductor of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra, Conductor and Artistic Manager of Orchestras for the Atlanta Music Project, Conductor of the El Sistema-inspired music program Bridge Boston, Conductor of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival, and Associate Conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra (New York). He also spent ten days as a guest artist at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul where he taught cello and conducting lessons and instructed the first ever female Afghan conductor, Negin Khpolwak. Chris holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Deanna Leedy-Andreozzi - Camerata Strings Ensemble

Deanna attended Boston University where she majored in Music Education. She completed her Master’s at the Hartt School of Music and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Lesley University. A cellist, she has performed with Civic Symphony of Boston, West Virginia Symphony, Rivers Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony. Deanna is currently President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association, and has adjudicated for both the Junior and Senior District Festivals. She maintains a private teaching studio in addition to teaching in the Sudbury Public Schools.

Simon Andrews - Chamber Strings Ensemble

Simon was born in England and has had a multifaceted career as an educator, composer, and chamber musician in addition to conducting opera and orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music, he holds a Ph. D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Winner of the 1985 Benjamin Britten International Composition Prize, Simon’s music has been featured at the Aldeburgh and St. Alban’s Festivals, broadcast on BBC radio, and performed around the world, from London, France, and China to New York, Boston, and San Francisco. His CD, And that moment when the bird sings, appeared on PARMA records in 2018 to enthusiastic reviews. His edition-completion of the Mozart Requiem is also widely performed in both England and America. Simon lives in Westford and has just finished his second opera, Po’pay, and is working on his third string quartet, Rilke episodes.

History

The Indian Hill Music Youth Orchestra (formerly Nashoba Youth Orchestra at Indian Hill Music) was founded through the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, Massachusetts as The Nashoba Youth Orchestra in 2004 by a dedicated group of professional musicians, music educators, performers, and parents who shared a common vision for a high-quality youth orchestra located in the Nashoba Valley region which would serve the needs of motivated musicians throughout the region. After ten successful years as an independent youth orchestra, in 2014, the orchestra became a part of Indian Hill Music’s program offerings.

Important Notice

Indian Hill Music School reserves the right at any time to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. We will make every effort to hold all classes offered. In the case of a cancellation, those affected will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund will be issued if another suitable class is not available.

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