The Kent place music program is dedicated to providing our young musicians with a wide range of instrumental and choral performance opportunities. Through the study of global repertoire, active engagement in performances, and general music classes, students realize their potential as both musicians and as human beings. Both the individual process and the collaborative group experiences provide an enduring understanding of concepts which enable our students to become contributing citizens in a global society. Our curriculum prepares interested students for further professional study and at the same time fosters a lifelong appreciation for music performance.

Did You Know...

  • In 2017-18, numerous students are participating in ACDA State and Regional Honor Choirs: 10 at the regional level (3 Primary, 3 Middle, 4 Upper); 23 at the state level. Open to singers in grades 4-9 (7 Primary; 13 Middle, 3 Upper). Two Middle School students have been accepted to the NJ Regional Orchestras.
  • In the Upper School, 141 students are enrolled in a vocal performance group. 79 students are in Upper School Orchestra.
  • In the Middle School, 108/148 students sing, which is 73% of student body. 65 students play in the Ensemble, which is 44% of the student body. 19% of students do both.
  • Auditioned singers have biannual opportunities for international travel and performances. The Chamber Singers were invited to perform at prestigious venues in Rome, Italy, including St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
  • Middle School choral singers perform annually at a Choral Sing at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC.

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Meet the Department

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Edel Thomas

    Ms. Edel Thomas 

    Performing Arts Chair / MS/US Music
    University College - B.Mus.
    Trinity College, Dublin - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Peter Fischer

    Mr. Peter Fischer 

    US/MS Music
    University of Arizona - M.A.
    Westminster Choir College - B.A.
  • Photo of Ruthanna Graves McQueen

    Ms. Ruthanna Graves McQueen 

    PS Music
    The New School - B.F.A.
  • Photo of Lori Mirabal

    Dr. Lori Mirabal 

    PS Music
    University of Memphis - B.F.A.
    Manhattan School of Music - Master of Music
    Teachers College, Columbia University - Ed.D.
  • Photo of Terrence Thornhill

    Mr. Terrence Thornhill 

    Instrumental Music
    Montclair State University - B.A.
    SUNY Purchase - M.A.
Our instrumental music program is enhanced by teaching artists who daily share their talent and enthusiasm with our students. Beginner instructional classes, which complement classroom instruction, are taught in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, bass, and percussion. Semi-private and private lessons are also offered for these instruments and for piano and voice.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.