Community Engagement

We believe that everyone should have the chance to participate in music. That’s why ​​we’re committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families in the many communities we serve through philanthropic community engagement initiatives. These include free instrument instruction for students from underserved communities, free concerts for senior citizens, free community concerts, bedside singing for individuals in hospice care, and need-based scholarships for our on-site educational programs. We invest over $50,000 per year, serving some 12,000 students and audience members, fostering individual growth and community connection through accessible music experiences.

Public School & Community Music Partnerships

Groton Hill proudly takes our nonprofit mission – to share the transformative power of music – out into the community and into under-resourced school districts.  Our thriving partnerships with public schools in Fitchburg, Lawrence, Lowell, and Clinton provide band, string, and percussion programs to students who might not otherwise have the chance to learn to play. Our after-school program at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster features year-round drumming and ukulele classes, and our partnership with Littleton Academy brings music therapy to children who have experienced severe trauma. Under the direction of Laura Altenor, our Community Engagement & Summer Programs Manager, Groton Hill currently offers 13 active programs with 32 classes serving over 1000 students.

Visiting musicians motivate students to do better… and brain research shows that music helps students to focus, think in real time, collaborate with others, and develop social emotional competencies.

Robin L. Quist, Middle School Band Director, Clinton

Need-Based Scholarships

Our generous need-based scholarship program ensures that anyone of any age, ability, or financial status who wishes to study music at Groton Hill Music School has that opportunity.

Music has been the one thing to calm my daughter and fill her with joy during a difficult time. I saw her eyes light up in a way that I have not seen… Being able to take classes with other kids like her who love music means breathing life back into my child after a very rough start to her young life.

Scholarship recipient

Community Concerts

Our mission here at Groton Hill is to educate and inspire, but also to share. By bringing free daytime performances to the Nashoba Valley, we’re working to increase access for our neighbors, community members, and partners. Attendees can experience the transformative power of music in a world-class concert hall while enjoying diverse genres of music performed by our professional Music School faculty, Vista Philharmonic members, and friends. 

Thank you. It was a gift for the soul!

Community Concert attendee

Threshold Singers at Groton Hill

Our volunteer Threshold Singers offer bedside singing for individuals in hospice care and their families. Singers rehearse a range of repertoire and visit clients at their request, as often as is needed. This is a free service that we provide at any time of the day or night.

It was an amazing experience… Their voices were lovely and songs perfectly chosen. But it was the atmosphere that was most remarkable.

Rosemary Noon, family member

Bach’s Lunch Concerts: Outreach to Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

We are the region’s premier provider of free professional concerts for seniors at varying stages of cognitive and physical ability. For the past 18 years, our monthly Bach’s Lunch concerts have welcomed residents from more than 50 senior living communities, memory care units, and facilities serving adults with disabilities. Attendees can socialize with one another, enjoy lunch, and immerse themselves in outstanding music by our professional musicians.

Music is a big part of our residents’ lives. They move with it physically and the positive emotions it evokes are apparent by the smiles on their faces and the sparkle in their eyes. It is a universal joyful language.

Executive Director, Nashoba Park Assisted and Senior Living, Ayer

Our public school and community partnership programs and scholarships are generously supported by the following individuals, families, businesses, and foundations:

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation at the Boston Foundation
Catania Oils
Central Ave. Compassionate Care and Gage Cannabis
Robert Lloyd Corkin Foundation
Douglas and Isabelle Crocker Foundation
Fidelity Bank
Charles Lincoln Gagnebin Memorial Endowment Fund
Greater Lowell Community Foundation
Groton Ayer Realty Trust
Paul Landry and Randy Steere
Litowitz Foundation

Local Cultural Councils, funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council: Acton-Boxborough, Ayer, Bolton, Carlisle, Concord, Fitchburg, Groton, Harvard, Leominster, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, Westford

Main Street Bank
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Music Education Endowment Fund
Nypro Foundation
Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation
The Rand Family in loving memory of Joseph Rand
Red Hat
Frederick R. Reynolds Jr. Community Education Fund
Rollstone Charitable Foundation
Nathaniel & Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation
Albert & Elizabeth Stone Scholarship Fund
George R. Wallace Foundation
Faith A.B. Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Wind Point Foundation