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Music


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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.

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

    Upcoming Events

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    Performing Groups

    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.

    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.

    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 Choir, led by Music Director James Wallace, sings a wide range of music from traditional to harmonic singing to Sting. In recent years the Choir has joined with leading choral groups from Harvard, Dartmouth, Williams, University of Massachusetts and Boston University in festival concerts in our Class of 1945 Hall. The Choir has traveled to Japan, England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Auditions for new members are held in the fall.

    The Royal Blues and The Marksmen

    The Royal Blues and The Marksmen are female and male a cappella pop groups whose members are auditioned from the Choir each fall. 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 Festival each February.

    St. Mark’s Chamber Players

    The members of the Players rehearse and perform separately as Strings and Winds, and often collaborate with the School Choir. Our student players have benefited from regular workshops and masterclasses with members of the Boston Symphony and the Lydian and Muir quartets.

    St. Mark's Jazz Band

    We have a lively program for rhythm and jazz players at St. Mark’s. The St. Mark’s Jazz Band rehearses twice each week and includes wind, brass, and rhythm players. Our students enjoy playing custom arrangements and benefit from guest professionals from the Boston jazz and popular music communities. The Jazz Band plays in three major concerts each year, including the Cutler Festival in the Spring when we welcome bands from other schools. Auditions for the Jazz Band are held in the Fall.

    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
    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