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, All City Middle School Band, and All City Middle School Orchestra.

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 page to find SPS programs.

Performance Calendar 2022-2023

December 1-3, Thurs.– Sat., Highlander Theatre Company Musical "Into the Woods," Somerville High School
December 8, All-City Winter Concert (District-Wide), 6:30 PM, Middle Grades
December 15, SHS Winter Concert, 6:30PM, Somerville High School
March 16-18, Thurs.-Sat., Highlander Theatre Company Spring Play "Baltimore," 5:00 PM (Friday), 7:00 PM, and 2:00 PM (Sat.), Somerville High School
March 29, Wednesday, Choral Festival (District-Wide), 9:00 AM, Middle Grades
April 13, Thursday, An Evening of Song (SHS), 6:30 PM, Somerville High School
April 27, Chamber Music Concert (SHS), 6:30 PM, Somerville High School
May 4, All-City Middle School Spring Concert (District-Wide), 6:30 PM, Middle Grades
May 11-12, SHS Highlander Fringe Festival, 7:00 PM (Thursday) and 5:00 PM (Friday), Somerville High School
May 18, SHS Spring Concert & Art Exhibition, 6:30 PM, Somerville High School
May 23, Tri M Music Honor Society Induction Ceremony TBD, Somerville High School
May 25, Spring String Fling (District-Wide), 6:30 PM, Middle Grades

Music & Theatre Teaching Staff

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

Andrew Blickenderfer, Strings. Director of the High School Orchestra and All City Middle School Orchestra. Somerville High School & District-Wide. Strings Website

Joshua DaPonte, General Music, Albert F. Argenziano School and East Somerville Community School

Maxwell Evrard, Choral Director. Somerville High School and All City Middle School Chorus

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

Yi Liu, General Music. Arthur D. Healey School

James Mandart, General Music. Albert F. Argenziano School

Jennifer Miller, Theatre, Winter Hill Community Innovation School

Timothy Moyer, Band Director, Somerville High School and District–Wide. Band Website

Evan Perry, Director, El Sistema Somerville

Cayla Puglisi, General Music. Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center and Benjamin G. Brown School

Joanne Sadler, Strings. District-Wide, Co-Director of the Somerville All City Middle School Orchestra. Strings Website

Marcus Santos, World Percussion. Somerville High School

Rosemary Sears, Band. District-Wide and Director of the All City Middle School Band. Band Website.

Dana Sheridan, General Music. West Somerville Neighborhood School

Kristin Stier, General Music. Winter Hill Community Innovation School. Ms. Stier's Website

Cathy Ward, General Music. John F. Kennedy School

Samantha Wiratunga, Strings Instrument Instruction, District-Wide. Strings Website

Emily Wolf, General Music. East Somerville Community School. Ms. Wolf's Website

TBD, Percussion. District-Wide. Band Website