NEC and Music at Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Antonio Viva, Head of School

Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, and a postgraduate year. The school offers unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum. Every aspect of the program promotes students' growth as bold artists, curious learners, and mindful citizens. Students from across the country and around the globe come together to form a dynamic community on a scenic campus located just west of Boston in Natick, Massachusetts. Guided by master teachers and supported by peers from a variety of artistic backgrounds, Walnut Hill students graduate prepared to succeed in college and beyond.

The Walnut Hill Music Department is the only high school program linking a major conservatory, New England Conservatory, with an independent school. This partnership engages students in a comprehensive music curriculum delivered both at NEC and at Walnut Hill. Students can major in an orchestral instrument, piano, voice, composition, or jazz. The curriculum is enhanced by innovative performance projects, masterclasses by dynamic guest artists, and the thoughtful integration of contemporary topics like entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Walnut Hill’s proximity to Boston allows students to attend a wide variety of concerts by major ensembles and soloists at the city's world-class concert halls. The school's program, offered within an inspiring creative community, prepares graduates to thrive in a conservatory, university, or college setting.

The comprehensive program provides advanced training in solo and chamber performance, music theory and analysis, ear training, and music history. Orchestral musicians participate in orchestra at NEC, and may participate in chamber music ensembles. Students are enrolled for studio instruction with the NEC Preparatory School’s distinguished faculty and take yearly evaluations.

The opportunity to meet other serious musicians at NEC through chamber music, the Piano Seminar program, large ensembles, performances, and tours, is a great benefit of the program.

For additional information, please request a brochure by calling the Walnut Hill School at 508-653-4312, or visit the Walnut Hill School website.