The Norwell High School Music Department is one part academic department and one part performing arts company. First and absolutely foremost, we serve an important educational role, helping students develop the skills and sensibilities that help them become successful and well-rounded students and members of the community. The skills learned in music classes and ensembles help our students to develop creativity, sensitivity and responsibility. The study of music also helps our students to become more successful in their other subject areas and is very beneficial when students apply to colleges and universities.

We also serve a functional role to the school and community, as our students perform at public ceremonies, sporting events and in many of the gathering places in Norwell and the greater Boston area. We help fulfill music’s role as an indispensable part of our cultural life, one that helps people celebrate, mourn, mark holidays, rally crowds, dance in joy and heal pain.

Our music program is also in many ways an extended family. Since our efforts are so largely collaborative, we learn to trust and rely on each other so that one person’s strengths can help another person overcome a weakness. Older students shepherd in younger students and pass down traditions. Younger students fearlessly blaze new trails and grow into young adulthood. Parents tirelessly offer support, encouragement, advocacy and all of the things they do (big and little!) to help their children as they venture out into the larger world. Our family wouldn’t function without any of these parts, and we’re thankful for every one of them.

Facts at a Glance:

Students in the department (2009-10): approximately 142

Performances each year: over 20, both on campus and at locations including but not limited to The James Library, The Norwell Public Library, The Cole School, The Vinal School, Norwell Middle School, Mount Blue, Joe’s American, Merchant’s Row, First Parish Preschool, Second Parish Hingham, the South Shore Natural Science Center, and Indian Pond Country Club.

Since 2006, our students have been accepted to: MMEA Southeastern District Honor Band, Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles, SEMSBA Honor Ensembles, MMEA All-State Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, MENC All-Eastern Band, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Preparatory Ensembles, “Sound of America” Honor Band, the Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.

Alumni have gone on to study at: Bates College, Bentley College, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Bryant University, Cornell University, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Franklin Pierce University, The Juilliard School, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Northeastern University, Oberlin College, Penn State University, Princeton University, Providence College, Saint Anselm College, Simmons College, Stonehill College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of Maine, University of Manchester (UK), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Southern California, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, Vassar College and many others.