Adult Ensembles

It’s never too late to start your musical journey, to pick back up where you left off, or to feel the thrill of playing with a new group. At Groton Hill, we provide a range of world-class musical experiences for adult learners and performers throughout the year.

Custom Ensembles

Custom ensembles are a great way for students to improve their collaborative chops in a professional performance environment. We offer a variety of exceptional custom ensembles in a variety of styles, including: Forbes Cello Ensemble, Forbes Piano Trio, Fox Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Just In Time Jazz Ensemble, Meyer Fox Jazz Combo, Meyer Jazz Duo, Monday Night Chamber Ensemble, Passler Jazz/Rock Band, Terranella Trio, and Tervo Ensemble.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email our Class & Ensemble Manager.

Recorder Ensembles

These groups play three- and four-part ensemble arrangements of music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern (20th and 21st centuries) eras.

Artemisia Flute Ensemble

This new, daytime, non-auditioned small ensemble of 3-6 players will learn works from many eras and genres. Students will have the opportunity to try other members of the flute family like alto and bass.

Collegium Musicum

Join director Tim Terranella to play the music of the Baroque masters, including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. Open to intermediate to advanced teens 16+ and adults who play strings, flute, harpsichord.

Flute Orchestra of Groton Hill

The 20-member Flute Orchestra of Groton Hill Music features all members of the flute family, from piccolo to contrabass flute. Director Eileen Yarrison has led this ensemble of professional and semi-professional flutists in several world premieres, two commissions, and three recording projects. They present concerts throughout the season at Groton Hill and in the community. Open to formally-trained flutists, flute teachers, and accomplished college age players by audition.

To set up an audition: Contact the director

Audition repertoire: Choose from Mozart G Major Concerto (1st and 2nd movements), the Poulenc Sonata, or the Hindemith Sonata. Similar pieces may also be suitable.

Groton Hill Big Band

Groton Hill Big Band is dedicated to authentic performances of music from a seminal era in Jazz history and American culture, and instilling the unique style of the period into contemporary compositions. Under the direction of multi-talented conductor Jerry Sabatini, the Groton Hill Big band recreates the music from big band leaders like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller, and sentimental favorites by crooners like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, as well as exploring the rich body of music written since then. Open to advanced instrumentalists by audition.

To set up an audition: Contact the Class & Ensemble Manager

Advanced instrumentalists with strong reading skills are invited to audition for the ensemble. Instruments include: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, rhythm guitar, piano, bass, and drums.

Current openings:  jazz trumpet, bass

New Horizons Concert Band

Every person has musical potential! Explore yours in a relaxed and social environment supported by our  experienced concert band conductor, Andrea Mejia. Whether you’re just beginning to play, returning to an instrument from your youth, or playing as a hobby, you will find a place here among your peers. Expand your musical understanding and creativity, and become part of our vibrant community! Open to beginner and casual woodwind, brass, and percussion players. No audition required. Join anytime!

Harp Ensemble

Harpists will love these relaxed sessions designed to promote the learning and enjoyment of ensemble playing. Repertory will include fun suites and single pieces in multiple parts. Open to students of the pedal or lever harp with good basic playing and reading skills.

New Orleans Second Line Band

In the tradition of New Orleans (NOLA) Second Line Brass bands (think Mardis Gras Parades!), this ensemble is open to all instrumentalists, percussionists, and vocalists who can stroll, play, and sing. Repertoire is based on traditional NOLA Jazz, Blues, and Gospel music. Students will gain experience in learning early jazz melodies, song forms, and the improvisational techniques that define second line music.

Sax Ensemble

An ensemble for advanced high school and adult players. Learn and perform standard arrangements and explore new and experimental music for duos, trios, and more. Open to all saxes – soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass.

Ukulele Club

Come jam with us! Bring your uke and have some fun. Ukulele Club will cover basic instrument technique including chords, strumming, and singing while playing. The Club will cover a wide variety of song material across styles and eras of American popular music.

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