Each summer, the Walnut Hill School, in Natick, MA, offers young artists from all over the world an extensive summer school for the arts. Students can study ballet opera theatre, visual arts, or writing & publishing. The programs in the summer school for the arts provide students with individualized instruction, group classes, and opportunities for performances and exhibitions. Students live in residence halls on Walnut Hill’s 30-acre campus. Proximity to Boston and Cambridge allows summer school participants many opportunities to attend concerts and performances at some of the most highly acclaimed cultural and educational institutions in the world.
There are three summer dance programs offered: a dance program for 7-10 year olds, the summer youth dance program for 10-13 year olds, and the summer dance program for 13-17 year olds. Serious, aspiring dancers are taught by world-renowned artists, in a demanding yet supportive atmosphere. Walnut Hill Alumni include famous dancers, including Gillian Murphy, principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater.
The opera programs involve a trip to Europe, where students expand their minds by exploring the culture of their art. Opera students participate in intensive study on campus, travel to La Scala opera house and the Verona Opera Festival in Italy, and return to perform at Walnut Hill. Writing & Publishing students study poetry, prose, and playwriting, travel to England, and then present their own work back on campus.
Summer visual arts students explore drawing, painting, and new technologies. They work in a professional studio environment with experienced artist/teachers. Students use a range of techniques to explore their creativity and imagination.
In addition, the Sphinx Performance Academy for aspiring minority musicians, and the Chinese Performing Arts Academy for Asian students interested in Eastern music and performing arts, are offered during the summer.