Arts Events At Hotchkiss


  • Peter Madsen's CIA Trio Performs at Hotchkiss on Their U.S. Tour

    Peter Madsen's CIA Trio, photo by Lukas Haemmerle

    Peter Madsen’s CIA Trio will perform on Friday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. The Austria-based trio is touring the United States in support of their newly released album on the Playscape Recordings label, Elvis Never Left the Building, which received a 4.5 star rating in the February 2015 edition of Downbeat magazine. The album reinterprets the songs of Elvis Presley for the jazz milieu. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

  • Student Choreographed Dance Concert February 28, March 1

    Students of dance and members of the Hotchkiss Dance Company will present original works in the program’s annual performance. Students are in charge of all aspects of production, from choreography, to lighting, to stage management. The performances will take place in Walker Auditorium Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m.

  • Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from the Center for Photography at Woodstock's Artist-in-Residency Program

    2014 marked the 15th anniversary of the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Artist-in-Residency program, which supports emerging artists of color working in the photographic arts. Sarah Lewis, acclaimed author and art historian, has curated a selection of outstanding photographs, video, and artist books from CPW's permanent collection. The exhibition, on view through March 3, travels to Hotchkiss from the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz.

  • 'The Learned Ladies' Grace the Hotchkiss Stage February 20 - 22

    The cast and crew of this classic French farce have been rehearsing and building the set for several weeks. Director of the play and Instructor in Theatre and English, Parker Reed, reports, “Everyone is thoroughly enjoying producing a farce. We're taking a hilarious script - complete with pompous poets, ludicrous ladies, sassy servants, and a bona fide cougar - and adding as many ridiculous physical and technical jokes as our collective creativity can muster!" Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. Cash or check only. Phone 860-435-3203 to reserve in advance or buy at the door.



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

Saturday Feb 28, 2015

Student Choreographed Dance Concert

Location: Walker Auditorium
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday Mar 1, 2015

Student Choreographed Dance Concert

Location: Walker Auditorium
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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