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The Harpeth Hall music department includes music from a variety of cultures, countries, languages, and creeds within our curriculum, reflecting the fact that we are a diverse community sharing a common love of music in its many forms.



Harpeth Hall has four middle school and two upper school choirs.

In middle school choir, students explore a general music curriculum that includes development of the concepts of rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, and timbre. They work toward music literacy by developing a knowledge of basic musical symbols and their usage as well as the ability to sight sing.

The upper school choirs present a variety of concerts, both on- and off-campus. Repertoire includes choral literature from all musical periods and styles. Concert preparation, vocal technique, sight-reading, and ensemble skills are emphasized in rehearsals.




Harpeth Hall has four middle school orchestras and an upper school chamber orchestra.

In middle school, students begin to work toward musical literacy through the systematic study of a string instrument, allowing them to grow in their understanding of advanced string techniques including, but not limited to, vibrato, shifting, and improvisation throughout their years in the middle school.

The upper school Chamber Orchestra performs four to six concerts and year. The orchestra also competes at concert festivals throughout the state. 




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and listen...

"One of the things that I love most about Harpeth Hall choir is the energy of the choir room. Everyone is always smiling and having a good time. I feel like it is okay to sing from the top of my lungs and make a mistake. Everyone supports and uplifts each other."

—Anne-Marie Dougall, 9th Grade



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Meet the Music Team

Lori McDermott

Orchestra Director

Matthew Pyles

Matthew Pyles

Music Teacher

Heidi Wolter

Music Teacher

Sharla Gordon

Orchestra Teacher