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Groton Hill Wind Ensemble

FIND YOUR PEOPLE

The Groton Hill Wind Ensemble is home to advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion players from across the region, featuring talented and motivated high school students and advanced middle school students who are eager to elevate their craft and to study and perform great music across a spectrum of styles.
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Dr. Frederick Harris Jr. specializes in an ambitious and holistic approach to music making, incorporating elements of personal growth, visualization, community, and creative expression. Join us to experience a collaborative ensemble program like no other.

This program further includes the chance to disperse into smaller chamber ensembles for select students, to provide for a more focused, intimate collaboration by instrument, and the opportunity to stand out as an individual.

NOW AUDITIONING FOR THE 2024/25 SEASON!

Unable to audition in person? Submit a video instead.

Rehearsals are open to prospective students! Submit this preview form to schedule a visit.

Regarding specific inquiries, see more details in FAQ, or contact our Class and Ensemble Manager.

Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr.

Dr. Frederick Harris Jr. is the director of the MIT Wind Ensemble and author of  Conducting with Feeling and Seeking the Infinite: The Musical Life of Stanisław Skrowaczewski.

2024 Winter Concert: Flourishing Winds

Unique performance opportunities

Flutist Brienna Duteau had the opportunity to visit MIT with the Groton Hill Wind Ensemble, performing alongside advanced players on MIT’s own concert stage. 

Groton Hill Wind Ensemble students performing at the 9th Annual PRISM Concert side by side with the MIT Wind Ensemble at their campus in Cambridge. (Photo 1 by Daniel Goldfield)

Experiences like these are just a part of why students from across the region choose to study and develop their musicianship skills at Groton Hill. This ensemble is grounded in a diverse, dynamic atmosphere, thanks to the faculty, teaching artists, and students who are passionate about the pursuit of musical excellence.

Winter 2025 Guest Artists

Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Luis Perdomo will be gracing our world-class stage both as mentors and performers on Saturday, January 11, 2025! The Groton Hill Wind Ensemble will spend the afternoon learning from and playing alongside these renowned musicians before joining them that night for a special performance at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall.

Their recent duo record, “El Arte del Bolero, Vol. 2” won a 2024 GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Dual Enrollment

Your musicianship opportunities can span across more than one ensemble here at Groton Hill.

Advanced winds, brass and percussion students have the opportunity to perform in both the Sinfonia Concert Orchestra and Groton Hill Wind Ensemble at a special discounted rate!

Merit Scholarships

Thanks to our generous donors, Groton Hill is able to provide students with need-based scholarships to help make a quality regional ensemble experience more accessible.

Merit scholarships are available for select instruments, including percussion, brass, and double reeds. Submit your video audition now for consideration.

Witness the Groton Hill Wind Ensemble during the 24/25 season! See our School Concerts and Events for more details. 

Meet the Director

Dr. Frederick Harris Jr.

Director, Groton Hill Wind Ensemble
Frederick Harris Jr. has been highly active with public school students and music educators throughout his career, leading seminars, guest conducting, and coordinating enrichment events. He currently serves as Music Director of the MIT Wind Ensemble and MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, and as MIT’s Jazz Performance Studies Coordinator. He and the MIT Wind Ensemble have been featured on NPR, PBS, and in two New England Emmy-winning documentaries.
 
“Every time we gather to make music we have the opportunity to connect and grow. We expand our humanity by expressing our feelings through sound, silence, and space.”

The Groton Hill Advantage

  • Inspiring surroundings

  • Holistic learning

  • Rewarding performances

  • Challenging opportunities

  • Welcoming community

Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available thanks to our generous community of donors, and can be easily applied for online

The Groton Hill campus features 2 world-class stages, 35 classrooms, 2 flexible performance spaces, outdoor seating, and 75 acres of protected farmland. The light-filled architecture encourages interactions between students and the artists who perform on our stages, letting us bring incredible talent into the classroom to give students unique experiences that will inspire them for years to come. 

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