Indian Hill Music announces plans for new music education and performance center

UPDATE – NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Education and Performance to Share Center Stage at the New Music Center at Indian Hill

State-of-the-art building with Music School, 1,000-seat Concert Hall, and 300-seat Recital Hall will enable more education and performance opportunities for students, provide a permanent home for the Orchestra of Indian Hill and Indian Hill Music’s professional concert series, and enhance the cultural offerings of the region

Opening slated for organization’s 35th anniversary in 2020

In a few short years, students and music lovers will have a new, inviting space to learn, practice, perform, socialize  and attend Indian Hill Music’s popular concert and recital series. (Rendering by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2016)

In a few short years, students and music lovers will have a new, inviting space to learn, practice, perform, socialize, and attend Indian Hill Music’s popular concert and recital series.
(Rendering by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2016)

Groton, MA – Susan Randazzo, Executive Director of Indian Hill Music, announced this morning that construction is underway for Indian Hill Music’s new home to be located on Old Ayer Road in Groton, MA, overlooking the non-profit organization’s landmark namesake, Indian Hill. The new center will be the permanent home of Indian Hill Music, one of only a small group of non-profit organizations nationwide that encompass a community music school, professional orchestra, professional concert series, and community outreach programs. Indian Hill Music’s future home — a natural evolution in the growth of the organization — will be a world-class education and performance center with a concert experience second to none, as well as educational and outreach programs designed to make music accessible to all.

The 70-member professional Orchestra of Indian Hill, under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Bruce Hangen, will have as its home a stunning 1,000 seat concert hall with adjustable acoustics and a flexible stage, which opens to lawn seating for an additional 1,300 audience members. “The new concert hall represents an incredible opening to a whole new world of programming for the Orchestra,” said Maestro Hangen, “including guest artists of both classical and pops persuasions, repertoire with variable formats, and more space for our audience to enjoy a truly symphonic experience. It will be an extraordinary addition to Massachusetts’ cultural scene.”

Indian Hill Music School has filled the area’s need for quality music education for over 30 years, providing instruction in 30+ instruments and voice to over 1,300 students of all ages, abilities and musical interests. Indian Hill Music’s new home will bring much needed acoustically isolated rehearsal spaces and teaching studios as well as a 300-seat recital hall.

Indian Hill Music is also renowned for forging collaborative partnerships throughout the region, including successful relationships with public schools to build their instrumental music programs.

“This project fulfills a long-held dream to bring together all of Indian Hill Music’s programs under one roof and to fully integrate Indian Hill Music’s mission of teaching, performing, and giving music generously,” stated Ms. Randazzo. “The new Music Center at Indian Hill will be a place where we intentionally and wholeheartedly bring people together to share the joy of music in an uplifting and inspiring natural setting.”

Concert-goers can look forward to hearing live, professional performances by prominent guest artists in diverse musical genres. Comfortable and open gathering spaces, both inside and outside the new building, are designed to enhance the educational and social connections among Music School students, families, faculty, audiences, and musicians. A café and dining room, along with adequate parking, hidden from street view, have also been incorporated onsite.

Indian Hill Music’s new center will include a 1,000-seat adjustable stage concert hall that includes the ability to open  the rear of the hall to the outside lawn, doubling audience size. (Rendering by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2017)

Indian Hill Music’s new center will include a 1,000-seat adjustable stage concert hall that includes the ability to open the rear of the hall to the outside lawn, doubling audience size. (Rendering by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2017)

The new center is designed by Cambridge-based Epstein Joslin Architects, who lead a world-renowned team of experts in 23 disciplines. Epstein Joslin (who also designed the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA), have designed a landmark center for Indian Hill Music that will evoke the feeling of a light-filled music and nature retreat. The design connects the building to the natural beauty of the Groton landscape, and takes advantage of the inspiring vistas in the 110-acre site, which includes 70 acres of agricultural land. Included in the center’s two-story design are materials native to the agrarian landscape, including wood, stone, and metal. The project’s sound quality is overseen by the team’s pioneering acousticians Carl Giegold of Threshold Acoustics with Lawrence Kirkegaard of LKAcoustics, both of whom have a long history with Epstein Joslin that includes Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and the Music Center at Strathmore, second home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Indian Hill ENSEMBLE ROOM credited

New spacious, acoustically treated classrooms with natural light to enhance the learning experience. (Renderings by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2016)

New spacious, acoustically treated classrooms with natural light to enhance the learning experience.
(Renderings by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2016)

A large multi-purpose rehearsal space for the Orchestra of Indian Hill will also accommodate Youth Orchestras, Big Band,  and other large ensembles as well as community concerts, pre-concert talks, and special events.(Rendering by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2017)

A large multi-purpose rehearsal space for the Orchestra of Indian Hill will also accommodate Youth Orchestras, Big Band,and other large ensembles as well as community concerts, pre-concert talks, and special events.
(Rendering by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2017)

Lisa Fiorentino, Indian Hill Music’s Chief Operating Officer, commented, “As a gathering place for community members and musicians alike, the new Music Center at Indian Hill will be like nothing else in the region. With a diverse range of year-round performance offerings in numerous genres, a gorgeous setting, beautifully designed and acoustically sound performance spaces, and an easily accessible location, not only will our new home have broad community appeal, but it is sure to become a destination for music lovers across the region.”

Open gathering spaces throughout the Center will create a sense of community. (Rendering by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2016)

Open gathering spaces throughout the Center will create a sense of community.
(Rendering by Epstein Joslin Architects ©2016)

Indian Hill Music
Founded in 1985, Indian Hill Music is a thriving non-profit regional center for music education and performance located in picturesque Central Massachusetts and serving 79 communities. Through the integration of the music school, the professional performance series, and a commitment to giving music to the community, Indian Hill Music fulfills its mission to share the transformative power of music through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need.

Indian Hill Music offers private and group instruction in classical, contemporary, jazz, rock, pop, folk, Irish traditional, Broadway, opera, and early music, along with an extensive array of workshops and lectures, masterclasses with guest artists, and summer programs. Student performing ensembles include the Indian Hill Music Youth Orchestra, the New England Flute Orchestra of Indian Hill, and the Indian Hill Big Band, which provide students with high-quality training and opportunities to collaborate and share music in the community.

Indian Hill Music’s professional performance season is anchored by concerts of the 70-member Orchestra of Indian Hill, the region’s premier professional symphony orchestra, led by Artistic Director and Conductor, Bruce Hangen. Indian Hill Music also presents live performances by music school faculty, Orchestra of Indian Hill musicians, and other acclaimed guest artists in our Chamber Music Series, Jazz and Contemporary Series, and the acclaimed Kalliroscope Gallery Chamber series.

Click here to read biographies of Indian Hill Music’s architectural and acoustic team members.

Click here to learn more about Indian Hill Music’s educational offerings, community outreach programs, and the organization’s history.

Click here to learn more about Indian Hill Music’s upcoming performances.

Indian Hill Music gratefully acknowledges the generous contributed revenue for this exciting new phase of the organization’s future, and the altruism of individuals, families, businesses, foundations, and government agencies that support our numerous programs. The programs of Indian Hill Music are also supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and with funds from the council administered by the Local Cultural Councils.

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NEWS-MARCH 6, 2017: Indian Hill Music announces plans for new music education and performance center

State-of-the-art building designed by an award-winning team led by Cambridge-based Epstein Joslin Architects, Chicago-based LKAcoustics Design and Threshold Acoustics

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March 6, 2017 –Susan Randazzo, Executive Director of Indian Hill Music (IHM), today announced that plans for a new music education and performance center in the Town of Groton have been submitted to the Planning Board and shared with the public at an open meeting. Groton will be the new home of Central Massachusetts’s 31-year-old thriving regional center for music education and performance, which will be located at 122 Old Ayer Road.

Concept rendering, proposed site plan, The Music Center at Indian Hill

Concept rendering of proposed site plan, The Music Center at Indian Hill

Indian Hill Music has grown over the last three decades to serve 79 communities ranging from Boston in the east, Metrowest, the Nashoba Valley, Merrimack Valley, and as far north as Nashua and Hollis, New Hampshire.  IHM is one of only a small group of non-profit organizations nationwide that encompass a music school, professional orchestra, professional concert series and community outreach programs.

“This is an exciting time in the history of Indian Hill Music,” stated Ms. Randazzo, a founding member of IHM. “Adding to the specialness of the new location is that we will not only be returning to our first home, Groton, where both our school and the Orchestra of Indian Hill began, but the building will look upon Indian Hill, the beautiful landmark after which IHM was named.”

“We are pleased to have Gary Shepherd, Project Manager for Indian Hill Music, and Alan Joslin, Deborah Epstein, and Ray Porfilio of Cambridge-based Epstein Joslin Architects leading an innovative team that includes Chicago-based pioneering acousticians R. Lawrence (Larry) Kirkegaard of LKAcoustics Design Studio, and Carl P. Giegold of Threshold Acoustics; Theatre Consultant Robert Long of Theatre Consultants Collaborative in Chapel Hill, NC; Civil Engineers Lawrence (Larry) M. Beals and Todd Morey of Beals Associates, Inc. in Boston, and Landscape Architect Stephen Stimson of Stephen Stimson Associates in Cambridge. We could not ask for a better team.”

IHM’s new home will join a distinguished roster of national projects by some of the above named professionals, including Seiji Ozawa

Concept rendering of concert hall, The Music Center at Indian Hill

Concept rendering of concert hall, The Music Center at Indian Hill

Hall for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center, Williams College Theater and Dance Center in Williamstown, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University in California, the Summer Performance Pavilions for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in New York, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, and Bethesda’s Strathmore Center.

Indian Hill Music has grown and prospered for the past 31 years in its present home in Littleton, MA next door to Groton. The designed new home will enable planned growth and further program excellence for years to come in an ideal setting overlooking its birthplace.

Lisa Fiorentino, IHM Chief Operating Officer, commented, “Indian Hill Music’s new home will include custom-built, state-of-the-art teaching studios and classrooms – 50% more than the current IHM facility offers, rehearsal spaces and two performance halls, comfortable community space for parents and students to gather between lessons and classes and before concerts, as well as administrative offices and on-site parking.”

Also joining Ms. Randazzo and Ms. Fiorentino in making the announcement were Carole Prest, Indian Hill Music Board Chair, and Bruce Hangen, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orchestra of Indian Hill.

“As both an Indian Hill Music student and Board Member, I couldn’t be more excited. We are thrilled to have such an all-star team designing our new home,” said Ms. Prest. “The new building will allow for IHM’s continued growth.”

Concept rendering of recital hall, The Music Center at Indian Hill

Concept rendering of recital hall, The Music Center at Indian Hill

Mr. Hangen added, “I am incredibly excited to have a new artistic home for the Orchestra of Indian Hill that will serve our performance and educational needs for the next half-century and beyond. The design team is truly sensitive to the high quality and varied activity that Indian Hill Music represents, and I am happy and confident that a new cultural oasis is being created for the arts in our region.”

While the project is still in the approval phase, Groton Town Manager Mark Haddad has publicly given positive support for the move. In an article by the Lowell Sun dated April 2, 2016, that focused on IHM’s purchase of the Groton property, he was quoted as stating, “We’re very excited that an organization as well-run and well-organized as Indian Hill Music would make Groton their home base. It’s a positive step for making Groton a destination location.”

Ms. Fiorentino commented on the future move, saying, “We look forward to this new phase of the organization’s future, with a new, breathtaking state-of the-art building designed by today’s foremost award-winning architects and acousticians specifically to allow IHM to more fully pursue its mission.”

Indian Hill Music’s new home is expected to be completed and ready to open in 2020.

Indian Hill Music

Founded in 1985 to fulfill a need for quality music education, high caliber performances, and collaborative community partnerships for all ages, Indian Hill Music (IHM) is a thriving non-profit regional center for music education and performance located in picturesque Central Massachusetts and serving 79 communities.  IHM’s activities are motivated by the belief that music inspires both our hearts and our minds, encourages the growth and development of the “whole person,” and is integral to the lives of the individuals and communities we serve. At the core of IHM’s mission is a comprehensive and synergistic music education program, where studying music, attending performances and lectures, participating in workshops, and performing with others are key components. Through the integration of the music school and the professional performance series, and a commitment to giving music to the community, the transformative power of music is fully realized.

The music school offers lessons in 30+ instruments and voice for individuals of all ages, abilities, and musical interests, taught by a distinguished and experienced faculty of over 60 teaching artists with degrees from the world’s foremost conservatories. Private and group instruction in classical, contemporary, jazz, rock, pop, folk, Irish, Broadway, opera, and early music are offered. Performing ensembles include the Indian Hill Music Youth Orchestra and the New England Flute Orchestra of Indian Hill, which provide students with high-quality training and opportunities to collaborate and share music in the community. IHM also features an extensive array of workshops and lectures, Alexander Technique, masterclasses with guest artists, recitals in our beautiful hall, a variety of summer music programs, an annual Performathon, and honors piano and concerto competitions.

IHM’s professional performance season is anchored by concerts of the 70-member Orchestra of Indian Hill, the region’s premier professional symphony orchestra, led by Artistic Director and Conductor, Bruce Hangen. Indian Hill Music also presents live performances by music school faculty, Orchestra of Indian Hill musicians, and other acclaimed guest artists in the Faculty Showcase Recital Series, the Besas Memorial Concert Series, and the Kalliroscope Gallery Chamber Music Series.

Dedicated to enriching the communities it serves, Indian Hill Music has developed strong and flourishing relationships through a full complement of outreach programming, serving some 7,000 people annually. IHM provides $65,000 in scholarships annually to students on a need-basis, and $100,000 in outreach. In addition to its school music partnerships in the Ayer-Shirley Public Schools, Indian Hill Music presents the popular free Bach’s Lunch Concerts, a monthly series that regularly attracts hundreds of local seniors. IHM also offers a complimentary service providing compassion and comfort through the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are ill or at the end of life via the Threshold Singers of Indian Hill Music.

Read biographies of IHM’s architectural and acoustic team members.

Learn more about Indian Hill Music’s educational offerings, performance schedule and community outreach programs.

All photos copyright Epstein Joslin Architects.

Indian Hill Music gratefully acknowledges the generous contributed revenue for this exciting new phase of the organization’s future, and the altruism of individuals, families, businesses, foundations, and government agencies that support our numerous programs. The programs of Indian Hill Music are also supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and with funds from the council administered by the Local Cultural Councils.

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  1. karen lesser says:

    Beautiful concept!

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