Deerfield Academy supports a vibrant music program consisting of a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. In a typical year more than two hundred students are involved in music. Our five main ensemble classes (Academy Chorus; Advanced Vocal Ensemble; Bands: Concert, Rock, and Jazz; Chamber Music; and Academy Strings) meet during the class day, allowing students the freedom to pursue other co-curricular interests such as athletics or community service without diminishing their involvement in music. These ensembles perform several times a year, and students can enroll in them either as a regular class, or as an additional (sixth) course on a pass-fail basis.
Our Band class for woodwind, brass, percussion, rock, and jazz players offers a variety of ensemble performance opportunities, including a large concert band, various woodwind ensembles, jazz combos, percussion groups, and rock bands. Our Chamber Music class enables advanced string players, wind players, and pianists to work in small, individually coached chamber groups on a wide variety of repertoire. Academy Strings provides intermediate level string and keyboard players a chance to build performance and ensemble skills. Academy Chorus provides singers the opportunity to perform in a variety of styles. This class also focuses on developing voices through solid vocal technique and provides the tools needed to grow as musicians. The Advanced Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned class for advanced singers who are ready to meet the challenges of difficult repertoire and a cappella singing. Students who participate in a music ensemble have the opportunity to audition for and participate in festivals at the district, state, regional, and national levels.
Additional ensemble opportunities enable students to pursue their musical interests outside of the academic day. Experienced singers may audition for the Chamber Singers, the Mellow-D’s (all-male a cappella group), and the Rhapso-D’s (all-female a cappella group). The Deerfield Choral Society is a large, non-auditioned vocal ensemble that brings together students and adults from the greater community to perform great masterworks of choral literature. The Orchestra is open to qualified string players and performs frequently, both on its own and in collaboration with the Deerfield Choral Society.
With an adjunct faculty of over 20 applied music teachers, Deerfield offers private instruction on all orchestral instruments as well as piano, guitar, voice, organ, harp, and bagpipes. Students may register for lessons through the online registration form. Our most dedicated student musicians can apply for the music co-curricular program, which allows them time to practice their instruments in the afternoon while also providing opportunities to share their talents with the greater community through outreach performances and presentations. Our academic music classes include AP Music Theory/Composition, Post-AP Music Studies, Fundamentals of Music/Studio, Composition: Songwriting, and Studio/Production.