SHS Band students playing on the street during the HONK Festival

Music & Theatre Arts


As Music Educators, it is our mission to inspire and guide every student in active music making through the use of a sequential and creative curriculum that nurtures the human spirit and promotes cultural understanding. 

Read our Music Learning Objectives for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. Somerville students engage with the larger music community through events like Grooversity and HONKFest! Visit the Theatre webpage to learn more about Theatre Arts in Somerville Public Schools.

About our Programming

Free Instrument Instruction

Somerville Public Schools offers FREE instrument instruction in applicable grades. Visit the Instrument Instruction page to learn about the programs and find information about instrument rental.

All City Music Groups

Students in grades 6-8 may join several city-wide music groups by invitation. These include the All City Middle School Chorus led by Ms. Beverly Mosby, All City Middle School Band led by Ms. Rosemary Sears,  All City Middle School Orchestra led by Mr. Andy Blickenderfer, and All City Marimba Band led my Mr. Adam McLean.

El Sistema After-school Music Program

For students from elementary school through middle grades throughout the district. The East Somerville Community School hosts the innovative El Sistema After-school Strings Program. Please visit the webpage to learn more.

Music at Somerville High School

Classes include Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, String Orchestra, Drum Line, World Percussion Ensemble, Special Music, Musical Theatre, Show Choir, Piano Lab, Music Technology Lab, Music Theory, Introduction to Guitar, Guitar Lab, and Advanced Guitar Ensemble.

Theatre Arts 

SPS Theatre Arts programming provides Somerville students with the tools to grow as communicators, collaborators, and creative thinkers through active engagement in the study, development, and production of live theatre. Theatre provides a place where every student can succeed.

Summer Music Programming

The Somerville Public Schools Music Department team provide music programming for students and community members of all ages for two weeks every summer. Visit the Summer Music page to learn more.

Performance Calendar 2021-2022

October 15-16, 2021, Friday-Saturday HTC Autumn Cabaret @ The Growing Center 7:00 PM
November 12-14, Friday-Sunday HTC Play: Almost Maine @ The Growing Center 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
December 2,  Thursday Brown Winter Concert
December 9, Thursday AC Winter Concert (District-WIde) 6:30 PM
December 14, Tuesday El Sistema Winter Concert @ ESCS 6:00 PM
December 15, Wednesday Argenziano Winter Concert 8:45a.m.-11:00a.m.
December 15, Wednesday Wild Wild West Winter Concert (WSNS) 6:30 PM
December 16, Thursday SHS Winter Concert
December 22, Wednesday Healey Winter Concert (Students & faculty only) Morning, Afternoon
December 23, Thursday Healey Winter Concert (Parents & community only) Morning
January 19, 2022 Wednesday Argenziano MLK Day All School Sing 8:45a.m.-9:45a.m.
January 20, Thursday Elem. Grs 3-5 Instrumental Concert (District - Wide)
January 27, Thursday SNOW DAY Elem. Instrumental
January 31, Monday East Somerville Community School Concert 9:00 AM
March 17-19, Thursday-Sat SHS Musical - Amelie 7:00 PM and 2:00 PM (Sat)
March 22, Tuesday El Sistema Concert @ ESCS 6:00 PM
March 30, Wednesday Choral Festival (District -Wide) 9:00 AM
April 7, Thursday An Evening of Song (SHS) 6:30 PM
May 5, Thursday AC Spring Concert (District-Wide) 6:30 PM
May 12-13, Thursday/Friday SHS Highlander Fringe Festival 7:00 PM
May 19, Thursday HS Spring Concert 6:30 PM
May 25, Wednesday Argenziano Memorial Day Concert 8:45a.m.-11:00a.m.
May 25, Wednesday West Spring Sing Morning/Afternoon
May 26, Thursday Spring String Fling (District-Wide) 6:30 PM
June 2, Thursday Brown Spring Concert
June 14, Tuesday El Sistema Spring Concert @ ESCS 6:00 PM


Music & Theatre Teaching Staff

Beverly J. Mosby, Interim Supervisor of Music and Theatre Arts. Somerville Public Schools

Laura Altenor, General Music. West Somerville Neighborhood School
Lauren Barkhouse,  Theatre/Drama. Director of ACTS, All City Theatre of Somerville. Winter Hill Community Innovation School
Andrew Blickenderfer, Strings. Director of the High School Orchestra & All – City Middle School Orchestra. Somerville High School & District – Wide
Denis Brunelle, General Music. Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center & Benjamin G. Brown School
Jessica Doyle, Strings. District – Wide
Daon Drisdom, General Music. John F, Kennedy School
Jake Gabriszeski, Percussion. Somerville High School Drumline & District – Wide
Phil Grannan, Guitar. Somerville High School & Director of the Somerville High School Jazz Band
Amelia Hollander, Ames, Strings. District – Wide
Charles Jabour, Theatre/Drama. Director of the Highlander Theatre Company. Somerville High School & The Next Wave
Yi Liu, General Music. Arthur D. Healey School
Evan Perry, Director El Sistema Somerville
Fabio Pirozzolo, Percussion. District – Wide
Jeremy Pletter, Choral Director. Somerville High School & All City Middle School Chorus
Joanne Sadler, Strings. District – Wide, Co-Director of the Somerville All – City Middle School Orchestra
Marcus Santos, World Percussion. Somerville High School
Elizabeth Schorr, General Music. Albert F. Argenziano School
Rosemary Sears, Band. District – Wide & Director of the All – City Middle School Band
Kristin Stier, General Music. Winter Hill Community Innovation School
Emily Wolf, General Music. East Somerville Community School