Arts Events At Hotchkiss


  • Wallingford Symphony Orchestra Performs Special Children's Concert May 8

    Wallingford Symphony on stage with Fabio & Gisele Witkowski, pianos, 2014

    Hotchkiss is pleased to welcome back The Wallingford Symphony Orchestra Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. The Orchestra, led by Maestro Philip Ventre, will perform Peter and the Wolf by composer Sergei Prokofiev, accompanied by a captivating narration. To close this fun, child-oriented concert, the orchestra will be joined by Hotchkiss pianists Fabio and Gisele Witkowski for Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. Families are especially welcome to attend, and admission is free.

  • Two Post-Contemporary Painters Exhibit in the Tremaine Gallery April 4 - May 3

    Brandon Kralik, 'Young Shaman at the Canyon', oil on board.

    Please note: The gallery talk is now scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

    The paintings of Richard T. Scott and Brandon Kralik are situated in a post-contemporary context; a philosophy which draws upon the techniques of classical painting to highlight universal and timeless aspects of the human experience. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, April 4 from 4 - 6 p.m.

  • Gospelfest 2015 Joins Choirs of Regional Boarding Schools April 26

    Now in its 14th year and going strong! All are welcome to the Hotchkiss campus Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. to listen and join in the playing and singing of joyful music. Gospelfest creates a celebratory atmosphere where everyone can feel free to express themselves and derive comfort, satisfaction, and joy from the music. The concert, free and open to all, takes place in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center.

  • 'That Other Crazy History of Baby Food' on the Hotchkiss Stage April 17 - 19

    The Hotchkiss Dramatic Association presents four one-act plays by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire has been described as a writer who knows “a good eccentric when he sees one” and possesses a "compassion for everyday nutzos." It should be noted that there is some strong language in the plays, and they are not appropriate for small children. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. Phone (860) 435 - 3203 to reserve or buy at the door. Hear an interview with Marcus Olson and student actors on Robin Hood Radio.



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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Upcoming Arts Events

Monday Apr 27, 2015

Tremaine Gallery talk with 'Syzygy' painters Richard T. Scott & Brandon Kralik

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

Instrumental Studio Recital

Location: Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday May 1, 2015

Spring Dance Performance

Location: Walker Auditorium
Through: Saturday, May 2, 2015Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday May 3, 2015

Spring Dance Performance

Location: Walker Auditorium
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Friday May 8, 2015

Wallingford Symphony Orchestra

Location: Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday May 15, 2015

Spring Choral Concert

Location: Hotchkiss Chapel
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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