Arts Events At Hotchkiss


  • Erin McKeown performs June 20 benefit concert presented by The Independent School Gender Project

    An internationally known musician, writer, and producer with 9 full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, Erin McKeown has spent the last 15 years crafting a reputation as an original musical voice and compelling live performer. She will perform at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut on June 20 at 8:30 p.m. Presented by The Independent School Gender Conference, the concert will benefit Wishbone, an organization helping low-income students from New York City and the Bay Area attend extra-curricular programs. The suggested donation is $10.

  • Awards at the 2014 Audrey Thayer Piano Competition

    Head of Visual and Performing Arts Fabio Witkowski shared the results of the piano competition in which four Hotchkiss piano students excelled on May 31.

  • British Sound Artist Brings Work From The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum to The Tremaine Gallery May 2 - June 5

    'Weather Guitar' by Simon Blackmore

    The Tremaine Gallery is pleased to present the sound works of British artist Simon Blackmore, originally part of Three Sound Works at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, May 2 - June 5. Friday, May 2, an artist presentation will take place 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by a reception 7 - 8 p.m. Blackmore creates performance-based sculptures and installations using sound and custom-made technology, both as a solo artist and with the collective Owl Project. He is based in Manchester, England.

  • Hotchkiss Ensembles perform final concert of 2013-14 academic year May 23

    The Hotchkiss Orchestra and the school jazz ensemble, Right Brain Logic, will present their final concert of the academic year May 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. The concert is free and all are welcome to attend in support of these young musicians.



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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