2015 Winter Concerts

The Music Department is proud to invite you to the annual NHS Winter Concerts!  Students have been hard at work preparing for these performances, and they’re excited to share what they’ve been learning with their audience.

The Winter Bands Concert is Thursday, December 10, and the Winter Choral and Jazz Concert is Thursday, December 17.  Both shows are at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium and are open to the public.

Hope to see you there!


2015 Fall Concerts

NHS Music is proud to invite you to our annual Fall Concerts, the first performances of the 2015-16 Norwell Arts season.  On Tuesday, October 20th, the NHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will take to the stage, presenting works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Ravel and more.  On Tuesday, October 27th, the NHS Chorus, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop will perform a huge range of repertoire from classical to the present.
Both concerts begin at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium, run roughly an hour in length, and are, as always, free of charge and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

2015 Small Ensemble Nights

Norwell High School Music invites you to its annual Small Ensemble Nights on Thursday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 10.  The two shows feature completely different groups and repertoire, but they are both at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium, open to the public and free of charge.

NHS is one of a very small number of schools across the country that integrate the chamber music concept into all of its ensemble classes and require all students to learn to rehearse and perform in this format, with a strong emphasis on student leadership, artistic decision-making and self-reliance.

The results are always fascinating – the concerts feature an enormous variety of repertoire, and students who spend the bulk of their time as members of very large sections get a chance to shine in smaller groups.  We hope you’ll come out and enjoy the music these students are making!

NHS Winter Concerts

The NHS Music Department invites you to its two annual Winter Concerts, on Thursday, December 11 (Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band) and Tuesday, December 16 (Chorus/Jazz Workshop/Jazz Ensemble).  Both shows are at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium and are free of charge and open to the public.
The bands concert features a wide range of repertoire, from Renaissance dance music to an excerpt from a Bach cantata, a powerful Russian Orthodox hymn, and a Japanese fantasy reminiscent of the films of Hayao Miyazaki.  The choral and jazz concert is similarly diverse, with a mix of motets, carols, Broadway show-stoppers, and a traditional spread of jazz standards from the big band and workshop combos.
We hope you’ll join us to see what our students have been up to for the last seven weeks or so and to enjoy two evenings of high quality music!Winter 2014

2014 Fall Concerts

The NHS Music Department invites you to its two annual Fall Concerts, on Thursday, October 23 (Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band) and Tuesday, October 28 (Chorus/Jazz Workshop/Jazz Ensemble).  Both shows are at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium and are free of charge and open to the public.
The concerts, art exhibitions and other performances Norwell students put on are, of course, intended to delight and entertain audiences from both on campus and off.  Just as importantly, though, they are the culminations of units of study and opportunities for students to put their skills to the test and to demonstrate what they have learned in a unique and transparent manner.  We hope you’ll come be a part of that process, not just at these concerts, but at all of the arts shows and performances throughout the year!
Fall 2014

2014 Spring Concerts

The NHS Music Department is pleased to invite you to the final two performances of its 2013-14 concert season – the Spring Bands Concert,on Thursday, 5/1, and the Spring Choral/Jazz Concert, on Tuesday, 5/6.  Both performances begin at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium, and are free of charge and open to the public.  
These are the final concert performances for over twenty graduating seniors, so we hope you’ll come support them and all of their classmates as they perform a huge range of repertoire as listed below.
Spring Bands Concert:
  • Symphonic Band: Cajun Folk Songs (Ticheli), An American Elegy (Ticheli)
  • Wind Ensemble: Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo (Arnold), Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat Major (Bach), Sleep (Whitacre), Festive Overture (Shostakovich)
Spring Choral/Jazz Concert:
  • Chorus: Who Will Buy? (Bart), Some Nights (Bhasker, Ruess, Dost and Antonoff), Deep Peace (Kupferschmidt), One Day More (Schonberg/Kretzmer)
  • Jazz Workshop: Cantaloupe Island (Hancock), A Go Go (Scofield), Jeep on 35 (Scofield), Flurries (Krasno/Scarborough)
  • Jazz Ensemble: Work in Progress (Goodwin), Blood Count (Strayhorn), Nancy Jo (Wilson), Two Seconds to Midnight (Baylock)

Thanks for all of your support of arts education, and we hope to see you at the shows!Image

2014 Small Ensemble Nights

NHS Music is proud to invite you to its two annual Small Ensemble Night concerts, on Thursday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 11th in the NHS Auditorium.  Both shows are at 7pm, and are (as always) free of charge and open to the public.
These performances are the largest portion of NHS’ unique and extensive chamber music program.  Between December and February, all of the students in our large ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop) split up into performing groups usually ranging from 1-6 students.  They often choose their own repertoire and rehearse with minimal interference from the faculty, who are present primarily when students hit a rut, to help them to discover solutions to musical and interpersonal challenges.  The students research their repertoire, make artistic decisions about how to perform it, and take responsibility for self-preparation, critical listening and group-based problem-solving.  In doing so, they develop the independence, confidence, sensitivity, accountability and verbal and non-verbal communication skills that are so central to good musicianship.
The results are always fascinating and diverse!  The two concerts have completely different sets of repertoire from a wide variety of styles and genres of music, performed by a mix of vocal and instrumental students from differing backgrounds and levels of experience.  We hope you’ll come out to see what these students have been working on!