Indian Hill Music is creating a world-class education and performance center on a stunning landscape on Old Ayer Road in Groton, Massachusetts, where the concert experience will be second to none. Construction is well underway and will continue for several years to achieve superb acoustics in the performance halls and teaching studios. Anticipated to open in 2022, the new Music Center at Indian Hill will provide vibrant music experiences designed to educate, energize, and enrich our community.
Why are we building a new facility?
In 2015, Indian Hill Music seized an extraordinary opportunity and purchased 110 acres in Groton overlooking its geographic namesake, Indian Hill. A natural evolution in the growth of the organization, “this project fulfills a long-held dream to bring together all of Indian Hill Music’s programs under one roof and to fully integrate our mission of teaching, performing, and giving music generously,” says Executive Director Susan Randazzo. “The new Music Center at Indian Hill (rendering of front entrance, shown above) 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.”
What are some of the features of the expanded Music School?
Our new home will bring much needed rehearsal spaces for large ensembles, 35 acoustically-treated teaching studios (studio rendering, shown above), and a 75-seat recital room. Comfortable and open gathering spaces with spacious views of the surrounding lawn and fields 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.
What will the new Music Center at Indian Hill offer for concert-goers?
Concert-goers can look forward to hearing live, professional performances by prominent guest artists in diverse musical genres, from classical and jazz to pop, rock, and folk music. A beautiful 300-seat recital hall will serve as the venue for intimate chamber music and popular music concerts. The Music Center at Indian Hill will feature dedicated spaces for dining, socializing, and enjoying energizing jazz performances in a club atmosphere. The 70-member professional Orchestra of Indian Hill, under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Bruce Hangen, will perform in a stunning 1,000 seat concert hall (rendering, shown above) 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,” says 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 the Massachusetts cultural scene.”
How will the project impact the region?
The new Music Center at Indian Hill (rendering of the south lawn view, shown above) will deeply enrich the region’s cultural and community life, drawing visitors from both near and far for a stellar performer, residential summer program, or a guest artist masterclass. 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.”