SHS Band students playing on the street during the HONK Festival

Music & Theatre Arts

Welcome! 

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 Jeremy Pletter, All City Middle School Band led by Ms. Rosemary Sears,  All City Middle School Orchestra led by Mr. Andy Blickenderfer.

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 9, Thursday, All-City Winter Concert (District-Wide), 6:30 PM
December 14, Tuesday, El Sistema Winter Concert @ ESCS, 4:00-6:00 PM
December 15, Wednesday, Argenziano Winter Concert, 8:45-11:00 AM
December 16, Thursday, SHS Winter Concert
December 16/17, Thursday/Friday, Winter Hill Winter Concert @ SHS, 9:00-10:30 AM
Postponed: Kennedy School Winter Concert
January 14, Friday, Wild Wild West (Somerville Neighborhood School) Winter Concert, 9:30am
January 19, 2022, Wednesday, Argenziano MLK Day All School Sing, 8:45-9:45 AM
January 20, Thursday, Elem. Grades 3-5 Instrumental Concert (District-Wide), snow day January 27
December TBD (delayed), Brown School Winter Concert
March 17-19, Thursday-Saturday, 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, All-City Middle School Spring Concert (District-Wide), 6:30 PM
May 12-13, Thursday/Friday, SHS Highlander Fringe Festival, 7:00 PM
May 19, Thursday, SHS Spring Concert, 6:30 PM
May 24, Tuesday, Brown School Spring Concert @ SHS, 6:30 PM
May 25, Wednesday, East Somerville K-5 Music Spring Concert, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
May 26, Thursday, Spring String Fling (District-Wide), 6:30 PM
May 27, Friday, Winter Hill Spring Concert 4-8 @SHS, 9:30-10:45 AM
May 27, Friday, Winter Hill Spring Concert K-3, @WHCIS Gymnasium, 1:45-2:35 AM 
May 31, Tuesday, Argenziano Prek-4th Grade Concert, 9:15-10:15 AM
May 31, Tuesday, East Somerville Ensembles Spring Concert, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
June 1, Wednesday, Argenziano 5-8th Grade Concert, 1:30-2:30 PM
June 1, Wednesday, Kennedy School Spring Concert, 9:00 AM
June 2, Thursday, West Spring Sing Concert, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
June 3, Friday, Healey School K-2 Spring Concert, 9:15 AM
June 7, Tuesday, Healey School Entire Gr. 7-8, plus Gr. 4-6 Instrumental Only Spring Concert, 9:15 AM
June 9, 10, & 11, Thursday – Saturday, The All City Middle School Musical “Honk,” presented by ACTS, All City Theatre of Somerville 7:00 PM and 2:00 PM (Sat.)
June 14, Tuesday, El Sistema Spring Concert @ ESCS, 6:00 PM

 

 

Music & Theatre Teaching Staff

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

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