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Student Experience

Music and Theatre Arts

Creativity and Confidence Take Center Stage

Kents Hill School provides a rich program in music and theatre arts that gives every community member the opportunity to practice and perform. Whether enrolled in an Early College music course to earn transferable college credit or performing with the Orchestra 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 theatre arts program, serving as home to three major theatre 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, theatre history, and stagecraft under the mentorship of faculty dedicated to helping students reach their fullest creative potential.




“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 theatre 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


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  • Theatre

    While at Kents Hill School students can take classes in acting, playwriting, theatre history, stagecraft, drama as literature, and production. In addition, the theatre 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. 
  • The Western Classical Tradition in Music

    When you listen to music—on the radio, on your phone, or at a concert—how much do you really hear? This course refines students’ listening skills through the study of the major composers, styles, genres, and historical revolutions in the music of the Western Classical tradition. We will explore music from the Middle Ages to the Modern eras through a social-historical lens. Genres to be covered include Gregorian chant, choral music, the symphony, string quartets, sonatas, operas, songs, jazz music, and experimental music. Students who successfully complete this course will receive college credit. Additional course fees may apply.
  • Intro to Electronic Composition

    This course will focus on the fundamentals of music, and students will take that musical knowledge and learn how to compose music in various electronic media. Using our recording studio students will learn the nuance of recording, mixing, editing, sampling, and producing music. They will become fluent with various electronic composition programs such as Garage Band, Logic ProX, Adobe Audition, Musescore, and Finale. Students will create high-quality recordings and electronic compositions using a wide array of tools and techniques. No specific prior training is required.
  • Intro to Guitar

    This course welcomes any level of guitar player. The class will focus on the fundamentals of guitar, reading music notation, playing technique, and literature. Students are not required to perform publicly as part of the course, but playing opportunities will be available at Kents Hill and beyond for those who would like them. No prior musical training needed.
  • 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. 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.
  • Kents Hill Orchestra

    An instrumental ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of traditional symphonic music. Traditional symphonic orchestral instruments are accepted (strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion). This group will perform extensively throughout the year. From this ensemble, an auditioned chamber group will perform both at Kents Hill and beyond. The Kents Hill Orchestra also serves as a community ensemble and is open to students, faculty, and community members.
  • Contemporary Ensemble

    An instrumental ensemble open to any student who would like to participate regardless of ability level. All instruments welcome, and no prior music reading experience needed. There is not a requirement for public performance, but members can perform throughout the school year, including at our music assemblies. Music will be chosen based on the joint interest of the teacher and students.

Contact

Christian Giddings
Music Program Director
cgiddings@kentshill.org

Jeff McAdam
Director of Theatre Arts
jmcadam@kentshill.org
1614 Main Street, Kents Hill, Maine 04349       |       207-685-4914       |       info@kentshill.org