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Student Experience

Music and Performing Arts

Creativity and Confidence Take Center Stage

Kents Hill School provides a rich program in music and performing arts that gives every community member the opportunity to practice and perform. Whether enrolled in our Early College Music Theory course to earn transferable college credit from the University of Maine at Farmington or performing with the Orchestra, Rock Band, or Classical Ensemble, Kents Hill offers a full slate of ways to develop creativity, curiosity, and character. Students showcase their talents and refine their skills by participating in music assemblies, concerts, productions, and coffee houses throughout the year. On-campus private music lessons and instruction are available for novice to experienced musicians.

The Bodman Performing Arts Center's state-of-the-art recording studio and expert faculty allows students to create their own digital recordings of individual or group work. The Center unifies our music and performing arts program, serving as home to three major drama productions each year. Students have the opportunity to direct and produce shows and gain performance experience in a range of productions, from one-acts to large-cast musicals. Academic course offerings include acting, playwriting, theater history, and stagecraft under the mentorship of faculty dedicated to helping students reach their fullest creative potential.

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  • Theater

    While at Kents Hill School students can take classes in acting, playwriting, theater history, stagecraft, drama as literature, and production. In addition, the theater program stages three major productions each year, which includes the opportunity for student-directed and produced shows. Performances vary in style, length, and genre, ranging from monologues to full-length musicals. 

    Recent shows include: Lucky Stiff, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, How to Succeed in Business without Even Trying, Guys and Dolls, Waiting for Godot, Into the Woods, The Breakfast Club, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, Mullen's Alley, Actor's Nightmare, and Pippin. 
  • Early College Music Theory

    This advanced music theory course is one of the Early College Courses and will be for both Kents Hill credit and college credit through the University of Maine at Farmington. Students will gain not only music theory knowledge but also get college credit for it. Most colleges require an arts course for graduation, regardless of your major, and this would be great way to get ahead. It will function similarly to Music Theory with the major exception being that its rigor is on par with a collegiate level course.
  • Music Theory

    This course is open to anyone and is designed to increase your knowledge of music and its composition.The course will focus on the fundamentals of music, notation, rhythm, melody, form, texture, and listening to and analyzing music. It won't require performing on an instrument and its main goal would be to give you terminology to talk about music, learn how to listen to music differently, and learn how to analyze and understand the composition process. No experience needed. 
  • Guitar Class

    This course welcomes any level of guitar player. The class will focus on the fundamentals of guitar, reading music notation, playing technique, and literature. Additionally, we will explore all styles and types of musicmusic history, guitar making, and even song writing. Students are not required to perform publicly as part of the course but playing opportunities will be available at Kents Hill and beyond.
  • Studio Recording

    A year long course dedicated to the study of all aspects of music recording and production. Students will work in our recording studio and will become fluent with the latest recording technology. Students will learn the nuance of recording, mixing, editing, and producing all styles and types of music. This course will have frequent guest lectures and trips to other recording studios in an attempt to broaden their knowledge of the recording industry. No experience needed.
  • Kents Hill Orchestra

    An instrumental ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of traditional symphonic music. Traditional symphonic orchestral instruments accepted (strings, brass, woodwinds, etc.). Students will perform as a group but solo and chamber opportunities will be available throughout the year. This group will perform extensively throughout the year. From this ensemble an auditioned chamber group will perform both at Kents Hill and beyond. This ensembles will be open to students, faculty, and community members.
  • Choir (Kents Hill Singers)

    A vocal ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of vocal music from a variety of genres and styles ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will perform as a group but solo singing opportunities will be available throughout the year. This group will perform extensively throughout the year at both formal events, like our annual Vespers Service at Kents Hill, as well as informal concerts throughout the school year. No prior singing experience necessary.
  • Contemporary Ensemble

    An instrumental ensemble open to any student who would like to participate. All instruments welcomed and no prior music reading experience needed. The group will perform throughout the school year including at our music assemblies. Music will be chosen based on the ability level and instruments available in the ensemble.


“As we seek to develop future leaders with the potential to change the world, never has there been a more important time to develop and practice creativity. Our institutional commitment to building exceptional art programs - from visual to performing to music - bolsters the ability of our students to explore key skills such as active listening, curiosity, responsibility, and resilience." - Christopher S. Cheney, Head of School 


Contact

Christian Giddings
Music Program Director
cgiddings@kentshill.org

Kathryn Congleton
Musical Theater Director
1614 Main Street, Kents Hill, Maine 04349
207-685-4914   info@kentshill.org
Since 1824, Kents Hill School has been dedicated to providing transformative experiences rooted in the power of community, character, and core values.