"The reason I think VA has an outstanding music program is that all the music teachers dedicate themselves to educating students, not only to become better musicians but understand the core values behind the music. Over my four years, I have become a better musician and learned the importance and power of music." - Aaron '19
The Music Department at Vermont Academy is a thriving and growing set of programs that offer a diverse selection of musical activities for our students. Students participate in classes, ensembles, lessons, jam sessions, instrument building, and recording projects with their peers and instructors. On an intimate campus, the presence of musicians at Vermont Academy is strong, and their performances are met with acclaim from their friends and families.
Below are samples of musical pieces created and/or performed by Vermont Academy students and faculty. We hope you enjoy them!
Here is a vocal ensemble rendition of a popular African American spiritual, "Oh Freedom" with an image and quote by Abigail Hawkins '23 as well as a rendition of Norah Jones's "Don't Know Why" sung by Annie Moore '21.
The second sample includes five original compositions created in 24 hours as part of Vermont Academy's 2021 24 Hour Play Festival.
Compositions include student pieces composed and performed by Alden Ormont '23 for solo electric guitar, Jenna Powers '22 for solo voice, and Andre Mendes '22 with music and lyrics on digital platform. Faculty members also contributed, with Ms. Storrow's "Take Me Back" written for voice and acoustic guitar and Mr. Cady's 'Soundscape' created by audio recorded on his double bass.