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The Music Program at St. Mark’s School serves a wide range of student interests and includes co-curricular vocal and instrumental performing groups; curricular classroom courses for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students; and a comprehensive private music lesson program.

We have a full schedule of music performances this year featuring our students and faculty as well as invitational festivals with guest student and professional musicians. Look in the events calendar for what’s planned for the school year.

Our Class of 1945 Hall is a popular recording venue for major artists and groups in the Boston area, including the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, soprano Maria Ferrante, cellist Sergey Antonov, the Lydian Quartet, the Muir Quartet, Anonymous Four, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Cello Quartet and the public radio show From the Top.

Nearly 100 St. Markers participate in music ensembles at the school. Most ensembles rehearse twice weekly during the school day. Ensembles include: St. Mark's Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band, and two *a cappella* groups, the Royal Blues (girls) and the Marksmen (boys). some students also choose to participate in outside groups, such as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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Music Samples

    Lessons and Carols 2017

    Music performed on Family Weekend 2016

    Photographer Ron Rosenstock's Work Exhibited in Taft Hall

    Ron Rosenstock has been creating images of the world and its people since the 1950's. His photography has had many incarnations from vivid colors to black and white, from the darkroom to digital, from large format cameras to full-frame digital, from early dawn to infrared dusk. At a reception in Taft Hall on Monday, November 13, St. Markers were introduced to his work with an exhibition of his photographs from Iceland.

    [read more] about Photographer Ron Rosenstock's Work Exhibited in Taft Hall

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    Performing Groups

    The Music Program at St. Mark’s School serves a wide range of student interests and includes vocal and instrumental performing groups; curricular classroom courses for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students; and a comprehensive private music lesson program. Director of Music James Wallace believes that all music making should be honored by the school and offers departmental support to any students who want to make music, regardless of musical genre.

    Nearly 100 St. Markers participate in music ensembles at the school. Most ensembles rehearse twice weekly during the school day. Ensembles include: St. Mark's Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band I and II, and two extracurricular a cappella groups, the Royal Blues (girls) and the Marksmen (boys). Ensembles are half-credit courses, so two years in the same ensemble will fulfill the minimum one-year arts requirement. Some students also choose to participate in outside groups, such as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
     

    St. Mark's Choir

    The members of the St. Mark’s School Choir rehearse twice each week and perform for major Chapel services and concerts during the year. The annual Christmas Lessons and Carols services are a school favorite and are the focus of the first semester. The Choir, led by Music Director James Wallace, sings a wide-ranging repertoire of music from the past seven centuries. . The choir tours biennially in the first week of spring break. Recent tours have ventured to Barbados, Cuba and Ireland. Auditions for new members are held in the fall.
     

    A Cappella Groups

    The Royal Blues and The Marksmen are female and male a cappella pop groups whose members are auditioned each fall. Students must be participating in the academic work of the music program in Choir, Orchestra or Jazz Band in order to audition. The Royal Blues and The Marksmen perform concerts for the school and community and host groups from ten schools and colleges at our annual Wick Choral Festival each February.
     

    St. Mark’s Symphony Orchestra

    St. Mark’s combined its string and wind groups in 2014 to create one orchestra, now under the direction of conductor Nathaniel Meyer. The orchestra performs major concerts for the school and public, and also does one run-out concert to a retirement community each year. The Choir and Orchestra usually perform one piece together at the end of year concert.
     

    St. Mark's Jazz Band
    St. Mark’s has a lively program for rhythm and jazz players with both beginning and advanced ensembles. The Jazz Bands rehearse twice each week. Students play standards and custom arrangements and benefit from guest professionals. The Jazz Band plays in three major concerts each year, including the Cutler Festival in the Spring when the students get to play with a professional group in a workshop setting and then hear them play in concert.

    Faculty

    Stephen Fell

    Titles: Jazz Band Director
    Departments: Arts, Music Department
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    School: 508.786.6343

    Ilya Kazantsev

    Titles: Accompanist (piano)
    Departments: Arts, Music Department
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    Phone Numbers:
    School: 508.786.6343

    Nathaniel Meyer

    Titles: Orchestra Director
    Departments: Arts, Music Department
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    Phone Numbers:
    School: 508.786.6343

    Charlotte Russell

    Titles: Choral Assistant
    Departments: Arts, Music Department
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    Phone Numbers:
    School: 508.786.6343

    Rachel Truman

    Titles: Music Administrative Assistant
    Departments: Arts, Music Department
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    School: 508.786.6343

    James Wallace

    Titles: Director of Music, Arts Department Chair, Arts Department Faculty
    Departments: Arts, Music Department
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    School: 508.786.6331

    Private Lessons

    Twenty professional musicians teach and coach in the SM Music program. Typically, over eighty St. Mark’s students participate in our private music lesson program. Lessons are offered for a fee on a credit or non-credit basis. Students may also seek permission to take lessons as an independent study project or in lieu of sports.
    [click here] to sign up for private lessons.

    Instruction is offered in these areas:
    • Keyboard — pipe organ, jazz, blues, classical piano
    • Voice
    • Strings — violin, viola, cello, bass
    • Guitar — acoustic, electric, bass
    • Winds — flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon
    • Brass — trumpet, trombone, French horn
    • Percussion — timpani, drum set, ethnic drumming

    Courses

    The Course Catalog contains all of the courses offered for the upcoming school year. To view the 2019-2020 Course Catalog select this link.