Deerfield has a long tradition of song, from “Sunday Sings” with Mr. Boyden and required Glee Club auditions through the 90s, to the pop a cappella groups the Mellow-D’s and Rhapso-D’s today.
Once a week School Meeting begins with the singing of one of Deerfield’s school songs, and at every Sunday sit down dinner the whole school comes together and sings the Evensong. During the spring term, as seniors prepare to graduate, they are called upon many times to join in the Evensong. Even at the Academy’s annual Investiture event, alumni, parents, and students gather at sunset to sing the Evensong together. All these songs hold very special meaning for students, alumni, and faculty alike:
|The Deerfield Evensong
Words by Richard Warren Hatch
Music by Ralph Herrick OatleyFar beyond each western mountain
Gleam the fires of dying day;
Softly from each hidden fountain
Flows the river on its way.
All the valley lies in splendor
Hushed before the coming night;
From a hundred ancient windows
Flashes back the sunset’s light.
Now the meadow-wind’s soft whisper
Let the circling night be softened
|The Deerfield Song
Words by Ralph Herrick OatleyHer sons and daughters rally
In thoughts of Deerfield days,
When in Pocumtuck Valley,
We sing their songs of praise,
Deerfield, Deerfield, Deerfield, Hail!
New laurels we’ll bring to thee,
And once again our voices
The Deerfield Cheering Song
Deerfield! Go onward marching,