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We are brought together by a quest for knowledge
and join in time-tested traditions
among the aesthetic congruence of old spaces
and new ones,
we embrace the idea of being part of something larger than yourself,
all the while exploring and shaping the experience of the self.
We find equal power in reflection and forward thinking, practice and performance,
breadth and depth, work,
play,
and Green & White.
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13.8 Billion Years: Big History

Where did everything come from?  How did we get where we are now?   Where do humans fit in?  Where are things heading? Come explore the modern scientific origin story of how the universe and life have grown more complex. We’ll engage the powerful ideas winding through the Big Bang, the birth of star systems, Earth’s first life, and the rise of humanity. We’ll juggle galaxies and atoms. We’ll consider events that took a billionth of a second and stories that span billions of years.  Along the way we’ll discuss how scholars develop, justify, refute and refine claims about the past.  Students will also work on their own narratives and explanations of “Big History’s” essential questions.  Let’s build a framework for learning about anything or everything.

Break a Leg: Performance on the Stage

“We must all do theatre, to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.” As stated by Augusto Boal, theater is a powerful experience and you will be sure to find discovery at every turn.  After building an ensemble as a class, you’ll move on to scene study, improvisation, monologue work, and performance techniques. The course will conclude with a short performance of your work. Whether you’ve been in every school play since kindergarten or have never set foot on stage, this course will hone your critical thinking, strengthen your collaboration skills, and increase your self-confidence.

College Timeline

Your journey will include establishing a strong foundation for academic and extracurricular success—to test taking, meeting with advisors, reasearching and applying to college. Here are the details to help guide you:

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Events

Even if you can’t make it back to campus, you can connect with fellow alumni at events near you. And be sure to look for events in major cities when you travel.

Deerfield Clubs are organized for alumni by alumni. If you want to bring a little bit of Deerfield to your hometown, why not reach out to a club—or start your own? For more information, please contact us at events@deerfield.edu.

Parker Lawlor, Faculty

“Lab Coat Jerseys”

Megan Hayes-Golding, Faculty

“Makerspace: Creative Problem Solving”

THOMAS POUSont

director of choral program

director of choral program

Jaime Correa, Faculty

“Your First Drop: Lyric Writing and Video Production”

CORE MUSIC FACULTY

Thomas Bergeron

Director of Chamber Music and Orchestra

Thomas Bergeron is the Director of Chamber Music and Orchestra at Deerfield and teaches AP Music Theory and Advanced Music Composition, Production, and Analysis. Before coming to Deerfield, Mr. Bergeron held teaching positions at Williams College, Tufts University, Bennington College, Yale, Amherst College, and the Brimmer and May School.  He is currently a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet and the Principal Trumpet of the Springfield Symphony. Mr. Bergeron has performed with The American Symphony, The Temptations, T-Pain, Vampire Weekend, Idina Menzel, The Four Tops, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, and numerous Broadway shows. His television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and CBS This Morning. He spent two years in residence at Carnegie Hall with Juilliard’s Ensemble Connect and holds two advanced degrees from Yale, where he won the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and received the John Swallow Award for excellence in brass playing. Thomas is a Conn-Selmer Endorsement Artist. 

Thomas Pousont

Director of Vocal Program

Thomas Pousont received his baccalaureate in organ and vocal performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was granted the degrees of Master and Doctor of Music in organ performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, working with John Grew, William Porter, and Hans-Ola Ericsson. Performing regularly in the US, Canada, and Europe, Dr. Pousont’s sensitivity to all styles of keyboard music makes him a much sought after recitalist and accompanist. In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious research grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to study historic eighteenth-century organs in the Bach homeland of Thuringia and Saxony in Germany.

John Van Eps

Director of bands

John Van Eps was born into a family of musicians. Van Eps is a distinguished producer, composer and engineer and has recieved an M.M. in Percussion Performance from New England Conservatory. He has studied with Vic Firth, Gary Burton, David Samuels, Tony Ames on Percussion,  Thomas McKinley, Patrick Hollenbeck for Composition. He has written songs for numerous feature films and has written thousands of commercial scores including Chevy, Ford, Xerox, AT&T, Advil, Visa, Tyco, Fisher Price, Jell-O, McDonalds and Campbell’s.

Lynn Sussman

MUSIC program coordinator

Lynn Sussman has been a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra since 1987. She has also performed with the Berkshire Lyric Orchestra, the Brattleboro Concert Choir Orchestra, Live in Concert, Inc., Columbia Festival Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Albany Symphony, Monadnock Music Festival, Mohawk Trail Concerts, and is a member of the Paradise Winds ensemble. She has recorded on the Albany Records label and for Blank Productions. She has taught as Smith College and Amherst College. She holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the University of Connecticut. She lives in Amherst, MA.

COURSE OFFERINGS

How is today’s music put together? What path does music take from the time it leaves the creator until it arrives in your ear . Working in the recording studio, we will learn all aspects of production. Starting with pre-production, then recording, then editing, then mixing. Students will need to do much of the homework in the studio itself.

Singing builds community, commitment, self-discipline, personal ownership, and responsibility to the group. Open to anyone, and focused on singing, this course will introduce and develop skills in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including regularly dividing into separate Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass groups. 

Open by audition to advanced singers, this course builds on previously demonstrated skill in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including serving as an SATB a cappella ensemble.

This course provides an opportunity for experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion players to collaborate in a variety of ensemble settings including concert band, woodwind chamber groups, brass ensembles, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and jazz/rock bands.Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students work on improving their blend, technique, intonation, musicianship, ensemble playing, and improvisational skills.

This class aims to empower students to compose, produce, and share their own musical creations by unlocking the secrets of what makes music magical. To some degree, students willchoose the repertoire that we analyze. We we will break down and study elements of harmony, rhythm, melody, architecture, structure, color, instrumentation/orchestration, studio production choices, and performance techniques. Students will compose multiple musical works,both large scale and small, inspired by the secrets that we unlock through our various analyses. There will be opportunities to publish and share projects, including live performances and digital distribution services such as Spotify. Collaboration with other courses (e.g. Studio Production, Digital Filmmaking) will be encouraged. Industry-standard tools such as Avid Sibelius music composition software and ProTools production software will be learned and employed for projects.

This course offers our most advanced instrumentalists the opportunity to work in small ensembles, learning and performing repertoire by the world’s greatest composers. Class time consists of rotating coaching by Mr. Bergeron and our professional staff, performance classesin the Concert Hall (including peer feedback), student-led rehearsals, and guest artist visits (masterclasses and performances) from renowned chamber musicians. Students explore questions of performance practice, instrumental technique, emotion, expression, historical context, music theory, compositional architecture, performance psychology, and group dynamics. Each semester culminates with the Chamber Music Showcase Concert in the Concert Hall, which is open to the public and professionally recorded. Daily practice is expected and participation in the Deerfield Orchestra is required of all chamber musicians except pianists. Chamber musicians should also be taking private lessons.

The Deerfield Orchestra
Chorus
Advanced Vocal Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Rock Ensemble
Concert Band
A Capella Groups

The Elizabeth Wachsman Concert Hall is both spacious and intimate, and features advanced acoustical design, versatile shades for precision control of natural light, a projection screen, a built-in audio system, and two Steinway D pianos. This is the main performance and rehearsal venue for our orchestra, chamber ensembles, and choirs. And students love creating music in our fully modernized multi-track recording studio. 

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Please join the Frank L. and Helen Childs Boyden Society which honors and recognizes individuals who provide for Deerfield through bequests, trusts, retirement fund gifts, life insurance, real estate, and other planned gifts. There is no minimum required to join. No gift is too small . . . or too large!

For more information, contact our Gift Planning office at 413-774-1872.

Generations of legacy gifts have helped build Deerfield’s endowment, and bequests continue to sustain Deerfield’s strength and vitality in academics, athletics, arts, and community life. Include the Academy in your will or trust, or designate Deerfield as a beneficiary of an IRA or insurance policy. Enjoy the satisfaction of investing in future generations of Deerfield students and faculty. Membership in the Boyden Society is purely honorary —there is no obligation, and no proof of bequest intention is required.

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Studio Art

The visual arts play a significant role in the life of the school. Vibrant academic courses, unique cocurricular options, and substantive exhibitions captivate our students and inspire the community. Our course offerings provide an essential creative outlet and a means by which students can apply their artistic scholarship to real-world applications.

Photography

Our courses range from introductory to Advanced Placement and specialized tutorials, with content that delves deep into art history and addresses contemporary issues in photography. We explore the technical aspects of a variety of film and digital cameras, and work with processing techniques that range from nineteenth century cyanotype to twenty-first century Giclée printing. Projects are designed to teach skills in maximizing the potential of the camera while allowing students creative freedom.

His Majesty King Abdullah II 80

world leader

A member of the Hashemite dynasty and king of Jordan since 1999, Abdullah II is one of the more respected figures in Middle Eastern and global politics alive today. His time at Deerfield inspired him to pursue significant education reforms in Jordan, including the opening of King’s Academy.

Gigi Parris ’99

attorney

Gigi has long been fighting to keep families together as a public defender in the New York City family court system. She served as supervising attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Now she is a principal court attorney at the New York State Unified Court System.

13.8 Billion Years: Big History

Where did everything come from?  How did we get where we are now?   Where do humans fit in?  Where are things heading? Come explore the modern scientific origin story of how the universe and life have grown more complex. We’ll engage the powerful ideas winding through the Big Bang, the birth of star systems, Earth’s first life, and the rise of humanity. We’ll juggle galaxies and atoms. We’ll consider events that took a billionth of a second and stories that span billions of years.  Along the way we’ll discuss how scholars develop, justify, refute and refine claims about the past.  Students will also work on their own narratives and explanations of “Big History’s” essential questions.  Let’s build a framework for learning about anything or everything.

Break a Leg: Performance on the Stage

“We must all do theatre, to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.” As stated by Augusto Boal, theater is a powerful experience and you will be sure to find discovery at every turn.  After building an ensemble as a class, you’ll move on to scene study, improvisation, monologue work, and performance techniques. The course will conclude with a short performance of your work. Whether you’ve been in every school play since kindergarten or have never set foot on stage, this course will hone your critical thinking, strengthen your collaboration skills, and increase your self-confidence.

Creativity
to the Max

The passions students discover at the Experimentory are just fuel. We then teach them how to use the iterative process, learn from failure, and collaborate with others. These are the skills and processes innovators use when they are creative.

Free time is an opportunity to recharge in whatever way suits you: reading in the Dorm, a pickup soccer game in the Fields, ice cream over a game of cards in the Greer Cafe—or a little bit of all three.

Dorms aren’t just the place you sleep: your evenings there include snacks, impromptu dance parties, birthday celebrations, and time to reflect on all you learned and experienced during the day.

Character
to the Max

Between the collaborative class projects and summer boarding school life, the Experimentory is a community—students, teachers, and staff who work and live together. Our focus on moral character is a necessity: a community only succeeds and thrives if individuals respect and support one another.

The passions students discover at the Experimentory are just fuel. We then teach them how to use the iterative process, learn from failure, and collaborate with others. These are the skills and processes innovators use when they are creative.

The Experimentory

program DETAILS

Our program tuition and other costs can change year-to-year, but the 2020 information below will provide a good estimate of what to expect.

application fee

International Application: $125

Domestic Application: $65

four week tuition

Program + boarding: $8,500

DAY PROGRAM: $4,500

Two week tuition

Program + boarding: $4,750

day program: $2,250

Boarding Tuition covers courses, room and board, linens, laundry, books, course equipment, on-campus activities, off-campus excursions, and Internet access. It does not cover health insurance if needed. It also does not cover students’ personal spending. Students will deposit spending money in advance. During the program, they can withdraw that money to purchase snacks and souvenirs, both on campus and during off-campus excursions. Remaining spending money will be reimbursed at the end of the program.

Day Tuition covers courses, meals, books, course equipment, on-campus activities, off-campus excursions, and Internet access. It does not cover health insurance if needed. It also does not cover students’ personal spending. Students will deposit spending money in advance. During the program, they can withdraw that money to purchase snacks and souvenirs, both on campus and during off-campus excursions. Remaining spending money will be reimbursed at the end of the program.

Virtual Program Tuition covers courses, access to online resources, materials and shipping costs of sending the required course materials to the student. It does not cover the cost of internet access for the student.

Financial Aid: The Experimentory offers a limited amount of financial assistance for domestic students. Financial aid is based on need and is applied for along with the program application. We are not able to provide financial aid to cover the cost of the entire program.

All students applying for financial aid must apply for both the program and financial aid by February 1 to be considered. Financial aid applicants will be notified of their admissions decision and financial aid decision together via email later that month.

We are brought together by a quest for knowledge
and join in time-tested traditions
among the aesthetic congruence of old spaces
and new ones,
we embrace the idea of being part of something larger than yourself,
all the while exploring and shaping the experience of the self.
We find equal power in reflection and forward thinking, practice and performance,
breadth and depth, work,
play,
and Green & White.
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Vanessa Lavely ’00

Trustee/AC President

Vanessa fondly remembers her Deerfield days, whether in the classroom, dorm, or on the Lower Level. Highlights of her time include serving as captain of the Varsity Soccer Team, playing on the Varsity Lacrosse Team, and mentoring the next generation of DA students as a proctor and as Head Peer Counselor. After Deerfield, Vanessa attended Harvard College. She played on the Varsity Lacrosse Team, serving as captain her senior year. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Social Studies. She then attended UCLA Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review, followed by a Ninth Circuit clerkship for the Hon. Kim Wardlaw. After traveling the world for a year, Vanessa began her legal career in New York. Vanessa is now a litigation partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Her practice focuses on trial work in complex commercial matters. Vanessa lives in Tribeca, not far from her brother, Ben Lavely (Deerfield ’02), who calls Brooklyn home.

Brian Steward ’83

EC Vice-President

Brian graduated from Deerfield after a wonderful four-year experience. He spent his last year as a proctor in Hitchcock House with Chris Flagg and a motley crew of sophomores. He fondly remembers his life and times at the school. After DA, he attended Duke University where he majored in history and minored in zoology. Upon graduation, Brian returned to Texas for law school. Brian passed the bar in 1990 and has practiced civil litigation since that time. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has tried cases in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico in his thirty-year career. He has also been a frequent presenter at the Advanced Personal Injury Trial Law conferences as well as the Texas Trial Lawyers legal education seminars. He served as the Chair of the District 10 State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee. He served as the chair of the San Antonio Bar Association Medical-Legal Liaison Committee for three terms. He is a current Board member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association as well as the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for Child Advocates of San Antonio as well as San Antonio Academy and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of The San Antonio Zoological Society, Planned Parenthood of South Texas. He is on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Report. He is the Chair of the Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee. Brian is a native Texas and resides in San Antonio with his wife, Hannah, and their daughter. (Grace)

Brigitte Anderson ’98

Brigitte came to Deerfield as a new junior in the Fall of 1996. She is the Founder and Principal of Orange Vista LLC, a market research consultancy focused on the healthcare, education and social sectors. With over 18 years of professional experience, Brigitte began her career in the financial services industry and spent nearly a decade with various financial institutions in Chicago, New York, London, Johannesburg, and Nairobi.

Brigitte holds an AB in Anthropology from Princeton University and an MBA from Chicago Booth. In June 2020, she completed an MS in Biomedical Informatics from The University of Chicago. Brigitte currently serves as Secretary for the Scenemakers Board of the Goodman Theatre and a Vice-President of the Princeton Club of Chicago. She is also active as a mentor and sponsor of entrepreneurial activities with various business incubators.

Abby Cacho ’13

Abby is a Harlem, NY native who made her way to Deerfield in the fall of 2009 after attending KIPP Academy in the South Bronx. Abby is absolutely grateful for her overall Deerfield experience, both on campus and abroad as she participated in School Year Abroad France her junior year. Upon graduating from the Academy, Abby went on to the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Africana Studies while minoring in French and English and graduated in 2017.

Inspired by her Deerfield experience and the wonderful professors she had at Penn, Abby decided to begin her own journey as an independent school educator at Kent School as a teaching intern. Following her one year at Kent, Abby returned to Penn as a student in the Graduate School of Education’s Boarding School Teaching Residency through which she taught at Milton Academy in the Upper School English department. Abby now teaches at Greenwich Country Day School. Abby remains invested and involved in Deerfield as a class agent and is thrilled to be a member of the Executive Committee.

John Clementi ’68 P’98,’01,’05

John is a member of Frank Boyden’s last graduation class as Headmaster. Most recently, he was Co-Chair of the class’s 50th Reunion, which was a rousing success, both in the number of returning alumni and funds raised as a Class Gift. John and his wife Brigita are also the parents of three Deerfield alumni, Erika ‘98, Marisa ‘01 and Alex ‘05. While at Deerfield, John played varsity baseball and football and was a proud denizen of Dean Hall and Plunkett Hall, both of which are mere memories now. After Deerfield, he attended Dartmouth, graduating with a degree in Government and moved on to Boston College Law School. After practicing trial law for four years, John was summoned to run a family company, which was sold in 2010. Over the years, John has been extensively involved in healthcare and education in Massachusetts, as a trustee of various institutions. He was appointed Trustee of Fitchburg State University by Governor William Weld and chaired the Academic Affairs Committee. John has chaired the boards of Leominster Hospital and New England HealthAlliance and currently serves on the board of UMass Community Hospitals. John loves all things Italian, especially vintage Alfa Romeos. He and his wife live in Princeton, Massachusetts, but can be found from time to time in Fort Lauderdale.

Lindsey Burnett Coleman ’01

Lindsey graduated from Deerfield in 2001. She thinks of her time at Deerfield as some of the most enriching and character building years of her life. At Deerfield she played on the Varsity Field Hockey and Varsity Squash team, where she served as captain her senior year. She was an active member of the DA community and graduated Cum Laude. Lindsey then attended the University of Virginia where she earned a B.A. in Economics and History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After UVA, Lindsey joined the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley. She rose the ranks quickly, and is currently a Managing Director in Securitized Products, running the US Securitized Products Distribution team. Lindsey sits on the Fixed Income Management Committee, is an active member of the Fixed Income Division’s Women’s Initiative, and leads Morgan Stanley’s University of Virginia Recruiting team. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children, Carter (5), Leighton (2) and Louisa (3 months). In her free time, Lindsey loves to see family, and play golf, tennis and squash.

Rose Fisher ’13

Rose graduated from Deerfield in 2013. At Deerfield, she fell in love with the humanities, which led her to endow the Fisher Chair, a teaching fellowship specifically within the discipline. Her fondest memories took place during Track and Cross Country practice, running through the beautiful Pocumtuck Valley, and in the quieter moments towards the end of feeds, when no one wanted to sleep and everyone wanted to laugh. After graduating from Deerfield, she earned a B.A. in History from Stanford and will be returning in the Fall of 2021 for her MBA. After a year-long stint traveling around the world (she’d love to discuss Silk Road architecture or silent meditations anytime), she moved back to her native San Francisco and joined Gap Inc.’s Rotational Management Program. She spent 2 years in Merchandising, overseeing Women’s Sweaters for Banana Republic. Rose is now a Project Manager at VMG Partners, a consumer-focused Private Equity and VC Fund based in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys everything related to food – eating, cooking, devouring cookbooks like books – running, and spending time with her three-month old nephew.

 

Christopher Halpin ’94

Chris graduated from Deerfield in 1994. Chris loved his DA years, where he was Captain of the Golf Team, Editor of the Scroll and a proctor, and he is thrilled to have his daughter Charlotte (’23) there now. Chris attended Princeton University after Deerfield, graduating with an A.B. in Economics (Phi Beta Kappa) and playing on the Varsity Golf team, including serving as Co-Captain his senior year. After college, Chris started his career in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, before joining private equity firm Providence Equity Partners in 2000. During his 13 years at Providence, Chris worked across the firm’s investment activities, eventually becoming a Partner/Managing Director. In 2013, Chris decided to pursue his interest in sports/media and joined the National Football League, where he is currently the EVP/Chief Strategy & Growth Officer in the League office. In his role, Chris and his team drive League-wide strategy, long-range planning and Data & Analytics. He also oversees key growth areas for the NFL, including managing the League’s rapidly expanding International business and leading its activities in legalized sports betting. During his NFL career, Chris has also managed the NFL’s Consumer Products business and US Media Strategy & Business Development group. Chris and his wife, Becca, live in Manhattan with their three children, Charlotte, Teddy and Emily. He is a board member of the Children’s Scholarship Fund, Good Sports New York, Meadow Brook Club, and Western Golf Association/Evans Scholarship Fund.

John Knight ’83

John is a native of Worcester, MA and spent three memorable years at Deerfield. After receiving the Deerfield Cup at graduation, he matriculated at Princeton University, majoring in Psychology. He was Manager of the Princeton Men’s Ice Hockey team for four years and earned the Vaughan Cup for dedication and perseverance. A “school man” at heart, John has worked at Salisbury School (CT), North Shore Country Day School (IL) and twice at Deerfield. Most recently he worked in the Deerfield Development Office from 2004-2014. Two uncles, two cousins and his brother have attended Deerfield and hail from the classes of ’54, ’58, ’81, ’87 and ’03. John now works supporting individuals in their philanthropy as Principal at Positive Charge LLC and lives in Denver with his wife and daughter.

Alan LeBlanc ’80 P’06

Rose graduated from Deerfield in 2013. At Deerfield, she fell in love with the humanities, which led her to endow the Fisher Chair, a teaching fellowship specifically within the discipline. Her fondest memories took place during Track and Cross Country practice, running through the beautiful Pocumtuck Valley, and in the quieter moments towards the end of feeds, when no one wanted to sleep and everyone wanted to laugh. After graduating from Deerfield, she earned a B.A. in History from Stanford and will be returning in the Fall of 2021 for her MBA. After a year-long stint traveling around the world (she’d love to discuss Silk Road architecture or silent meditations anytime), she moved back to her native San Francisco and joined Gap Inc.’s Rotational Management Program. She spent 2 years in Merchandising, overseeing Women’s Sweaters for Banana Republic. Rose is now a Project Manager at VMG Partners, a consumer-focused Private Equity and VC Fund based in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys everything related to food – eating, cooking, devouring cookbooks like books – running, and spending time with her three-month old nephew.

 

Robert M. McDowell ’81 P’18

Robert hails from Vienna, Virginia, and enrolled at Duke University after his Deerfield graduation. He finished Duke cum laude in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After two years as chief legislative aide to a Member of the Virginia General Assembly, among other endeavors, he enrolled in law school at William & Mary located in yet another colonial-era town, Williamsburg, Virginia. After law school, Rob practiced telecommunications law in the Washington, DC office of a large national law firm. Along the way, he became an executive vice president, general counsel, and a senior vice president of telecommunications industry associations running their government and public affairs. Long active in civic and political endeavors, he has been appointed to many local, state and federal boards and task forces. In 2006, he was appointed to be a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission by President George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. There, he was one of five regulators overseeing one-sixth of the U.S. economy. When he was reappointed in 2009 and again unanimously confirmed by the Senate, he became the first Republican appointed to an independent agency by President Barack Obama. Rob stepped down from the FCC in 2013 after seven years of service. Currently, he is a partner at Wiley Rein, a senior advisor to Berenson & Co., and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute. He lives with his wife Jennifer and their three children on what’s left of the family farm in Fairfax County, Virginia. Their eldest son, Griffin, is a member of the class of 2018 at Deerfield.

Jeffrey Sun ’17

Jeffrey is finishing his final year at Dartmouth College and will be joining PJT Partners as an Investment Banking Analyst in 2021. At Deerfield, Jeffrey rowed, swam, and played water polo, winning a New England Championship in 2015 and achieving an All-American title in 2016. He joined former Deerfield Academy Director of Music Maaja Roos for a concert at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Jeffrey also served as Proctor at John Williams. He continues to represent Deerfield outside of the United States as a delegate at King’s Academy in Jordan and MC at a send-off dinner for Dr. Margarita Curtis in Hong Kong. After graduating from Deerfield, Jeffrey attended University of Virginia and transferred to Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, Jeffrey serves as Captain of the Men’s Water Polo Team and Investment Committee Member of the Dartmouth Investment and Philanthropy Program. In his own time, Jeffrey enjoys DJing and traveling with his parents and sister, Rosa Sun ’21. Jeffrey is passionate about U.S.-China relations, Chinese market liberalization, and public education reform in China.

Jane Merkel ’91

Janie came to Deerfield as a junior in the fall of 1989 when the school returned to coeducation. At Deerfield, Janie particularly enjoyed dormitory comradery, vibrant classroom dynamics, and friendships with people from around the world. She found Deerfield challenging, grueling even, and wonderful nonetheless. She went on to graduate from Dartmouth, and then to Yale University for a PhD in Biophysics (specializing in protein folding). Professionally, Janie thrives at the intersection of science and service, in roles helping other scientists implement new methods, most recently in drug discovery. She and her colleagues at Yale help making many different state of the art technologies available and easy for researchers to access and learn. She enjoys consulting for the National Institutes of Health about novel therapeutics for all sorts of brain disorders and diseases. She is married to Jonathan Grauer, a spine surgeon, and they have two daughters, Julia and Jemma, who keep them on their toes. They enjoy living in New Haven, and being part of a community of scholars and artists.

Emily Murphy ’10

Emmie attended Deerfield for four years and graduated in 2010. She enjoyed playing Varsity Field Hockey, JV tennis, and was active in the Dance program. Emmie also served as a Peer Counselor and a Proctor on Mac I. Emmie graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2014 where she majored in Art & Art History and French. Emmie is currently the Communications Manager for a small contemporary dance company in New York City and also works as a freelance writer. She previously worked at New York City Ballet for four years as Assistant to the Executive Director. Emmie also serves on the William & Mary campaign committee and as a Deerfield class volunteer. In her free time, Emmie enjoys running, writing, dragging her husband to museums and, most of all, spending time with her sisters Molly Murphy ’15 and Eliza Chang ’06. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, CJ.

Peter Trovato ’01

Peter is a co-founder and Managing Director at Copley Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston. Peter spearheads the Copley’s investment strategy and serves on the Board of Directors for many of Copley’s investments. Peter is also a Co-founder and Partner at Fox Rock Capital, a single-family office and Copley’s affiliate company. Prior to Copley, Peter worked at Summit Partners, a global private equity and venture capital firm. Before Summit, Peter founded and served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, a charitable trust established for the children of fallen US Service members. Peter also played professional ice hockey for several teams throughout the United States. Peter received an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a BA in Political Science and a BA in Journalism. Peter sits on the Board of Directors for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, The Commonwealth Honors College at UMass-Amherst, the Boston Cannons professional lacrosse team, and Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Peter resides in Boston with his wife Elizabeth and their two sons Sal and Theodore.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Experimentory is designed to introduce our students to Deerfield Academy and boarding school life in general.  Our teachers and many of our staff members are at Deerfield all year round.  Further, the skills and concepts of the Experimentory are just the sort of skills that we believe make a successful student at any institution.  However, the Experimentory is not linked to Deerfield’s admission process and brings no specific advantage in admission to the Academy.

That said, Experimentory students get a taste of Deerfield Academy’s campus, teachers, culture, and values. This personal, experiential knowledge is valuable data for students and parents to know whether Deerfield Academy–or boarding school in general–is a good fit for them.

The Experimentory offers a limited amount of financial assistance for domestic students. Financial aid is based on need and is applied for along with the program application. We are not able to provide financial aid to cover the cost of the entire program. We are ready to consider financial aid applicants of all kinds – i.e. both day and boarding student and two week and four week students.

All students applying for financial aid must apply for both the program and financial aid by February 1 to be considered.  Financial aid applicants will be notified of their admissions decision and financial aid decision together via email later that month.

It is, of course, a completely made-up word, but still made up of meaningful parts. To start, it contains the word “Experiment.” We learn on our feet by trying, failing, considering what went wrong, and then trying again. It contains the word “mentor.” Our teachers coach and guide rather than simply lecture and instruct. And the suffix “–tory” – as in factory or dormitory – means place. So we’re a place to experiment with mentors.

Contact the Experimentory

experimentory@deerfield.edu
413-774-1436

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342