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Student Performance Opportunities

One of the many benefits of attending a community school for the arts is the opportunity to share your love of music with others in one of our many value-added workshops and performance opportunities. We aim to create a supportive environment which will help you to grow as a performer and provide feedback about your progress. All the offerings below are free to SSC private instruction students.

Weekly Performance Workshops

Jonathan Roberts, Sarah Troxler
Included in private lesson tuition are weekly performance workshops (WPW). These workshops are designed to give students an opportunity to rehearse their pieces in a concert hall while receiving performance-based feedback from a teacher other than their private lesson instructor. Workshops are run by accomplished collaborative pianists who are highly experienced in accompanying professional instrumentalists and singers.
Hingham: Monday, 6-7 pm with Sarah Troxler
Hingham: Tuesday, 7-8 pm with Jonathan Roberts
Duxbury: Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm with Sarah Troxler

Accelerando Recital and Masterclass Series

This program is for school age students playing or singing classical music at an intermediate and advanced level. The masterclass provides instrumentalists and singers with the opportunity to play for each other and members of our incredible faculty who will engage the students in exploring topics such as: musical interpretation, expressivity, how to manage nerves and body awareness. Participants are encouraged to engage in peer feedback, and develop a critical musical vocabulary. Tea and cookies are provided. Each class is run by a consistent pianist who will accompany the students and provide coaching in collaborating with a pianist. Each week a faculty member from a different department will facilitate the class, offering feedback and engaging the students in the process. Students can then perform for their friends and family in an intimate Friday night recital.

If you are interested in participating, talk to your teacher who will sign you up. There are 6 places per class and 12 per recital. Students are not required to participate in the recital but it is highly recommended. For more information about this free program for SSC private lesson students you can contact VP of Education Lorna Jane Norris.

SCHEDULE 2017-18
All dates are Fridays in Hingham. Masterclasses 6 – 7:30 pm Recitals - 7pm

Session One: October 13, 20 (Forrest Kinney), 27, Nov 3 Recital Nov 10 The Village Duxbury 7:30 pm
Session Two: (Concerto competition only) Dec 1, 8, 15, Jan 5, Concerto Competition January 12
Session Three: Feb 9, 16, March 2, 9, 16 Recital March 23 – Linden Ponds (Recital April 6 Performathon)
Session Four: April (6), 13, 27, May 4, Recital May 11 – Cox Hall

Download Accelerando Parent/Student Information Sheet

Recitals and Open Mics

Regular performance opportunities in a supportive, relaxed environment are essential for developing musicians. Your teacher will prepare you and encourage you to participate when ready. Share your music with family and friends in one of our monthly Sunday recitals and enjoy a reception after the recital. For students working on contemporary music we offer Teen Open Mic nights. These are free to all current SSC private instruction students. Non-SSC students are welcome to perform for $10. Audience admission is free. Sound system, keyboard, drums, accompanist (keys or guitar) are provided, or bring a karaoke track on your iPod.

For those of you new to recitals, or as a reminder to those of you who are old pros, here is some information to make your recital experience run smoothly. Please do not hesitate to contact Director of Performance, Beth MacLeod Largen t if you have any questions at

Recital Etiquette

Proper Dress:

  • For proper recital dress, please wear either nice casual or formal attire. Skirts not too short, please!
  • Sneakers and flip flops are not recommended for performers. Be sure to do a "practice run" with any high heels!

During the recital:

  • Please stay for the entire recital and be an attentive and supportive listener for your peers. Show the kind of respect that you would want others to show you while you are performing.
  • Please turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices for the duration of the recital. Any noise, even the smallest, may break a performer's concentration and cause them to make a mistake.
  • Please, no flash photography during the performance. Just like sounds, flash photos are disruptive and could break the student's focus. There will be ample opportunity after the recital to stage your child's performance for photos!
  • Please do not enter or leave the concert hall while a student is on stage performing. If you must get up, please wait at the door until the applause. Enjoy yourself and perform with JOY !