Arts Events At Hotchkiss


  • School Archives and Special Collections Are Source for 'Hotchkiss in 50 Objects' Exhibition

    Olympian Pythian Gymnastics Medal, 1918. Copper with enamel, stamped S.H.B, "Sidehorse"

    Please note: the exhibition has been extended through January 30, 2015.
    Curator of Special Collections, Joan Baldwin, has put together an exhibition of objects selected from different time periods in the School’s history. Items on display include a 1905 pennant, a circa-1900 Hotchkiss Police badge, and an 1848 Holy Bible inscribed by B.B. Hotchkiss to Maria Bissell. The impetus for this exhibit came from Neil MacGregor’s books and BBC Radio 4 program, A History of the World in 100 Objects, created for the British Museum.
    View the online exhibit

  • Award-winning Poet Susan Howe to Speak in Conjunction with 'Hotchkiss in 50 Objects' Exhibition

    Susan Howe

    January 16 at 7 p.m. in the faculty room. The Tremaine Gallery will be open at 6 p.m. prior to the presentation and light refreshments will be served.

    Sponsored by Friends of the Edsel Ford Memorial Library.

    Susan Howe is a preeminent American poet, scholar, essayist, and critic. Her artistic practice incorporates the observation and illumination of the archived or historical object as a generator of stories and a catalyst for memory. Howe is the author of several books of poetry and criticism, including Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives (2014), That This (2010), The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (1993), and the seminal biography, My Emily Dickinson (1985).

  • Music Faculty Recital January 11 at 3 p.m.

    The talented music faculty of The Hotchkiss School's Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present an afternoon recital in Katherine Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. Many musical genres and styles will be represented. These gifted professionals work behind the scenes teaching and mentoring students in addition to balancing successful performance and recording careers. All are welcome and admission is free.

  • 55th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, December 7

    The Hotchkiss Chorus will present its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday evening, December 7, at 7:00 p.m in the Hotchkiss Chapel. A tradition at the school for 55 years, the candlelit, don-denominational festival is led by Hotchkiss Chaplain, Lou Pressman and director of the Hotchkiss Chorus, Jack Brown.



The arts are an integral part of life at Hotchkiss. All students are encouraged to venture into the Hotchkiss arts programs to see what they can discover about themselves and others. For entering preps and lower mids, one year of study in the arts is required. Many students choose to go beyond this requirement. Whether in music, dance, visual art, theater, or photography, our classes are rigorous and require focus, commitment, and discipline. In addition to providing solid technical instruction, our arts courses are also designed to stretch students' creative boundaries, to give them a sense of historical context, and to encourage a familiarity with the varied artistic traditions of the world.

Beyond the classroom, Hotchkiss students have many opportunities to explore the arts. Each year, the Hotchkiss Dramatic Association sponsors three main stage productions in the Walker Auditorium and as many as twelve additional student productions in the Black Box Theater. Gallery talks and receptions with the artists accompany the six annual exhibitions of the Tremaine Gallery. Student music groups include brass, string, and wind ensembles; the jazz band; a cappella groups; two choirs and a gospel choir, as well as numerous student bands. Writers can submit work to or sit on the editorial boards of The Review, No Limits, or The Whipping Post. Hotchkiss is also fortunate to welcome to campus throughout the year authors, choreographers, dancers, musicians, poets, and artists from all disciplines as visiting artists and guest lecturers.

Whether you are already an accomplished actor or musician, are building a strong foundation in visual arts with an eye toward serious undergraduate study, or seek a comprehensive introduction to the varied disciplines of the visual and performing arts, Hotchkiss will provide you with a first-rate arts education.


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Friday Feb 27, 2015

Peter Madsen's CIA Trio

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Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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