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We are brought together by a quest for knowledge
and join in time-tested traditions
among the aesthetic congruence of old spaces
and new ones,
we embrace the idea of being part of something larger than yourself,
all the while exploring and shaping the experience of the self.
We find equal power in reflection and forward thinking, practice and performance,
breadth and depth, work,
play,
and Green & White.
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13.8 Billion Years: Big History

Where did everything come from?  How did we get where we are now?   Where do humans fit in?  Where are things heading? Come explore the modern scientific origin story of how the universe and life have grown more complex. We’ll engage the powerful ideas winding through the Big Bang, the birth of star systems, Earth’s first life, and the rise of humanity. We’ll juggle galaxies and atoms. We’ll consider events that took a billionth of a second and stories that span billions of years.  Along the way we’ll discuss how scholars develop, justify, refute and refine claims about the past.  Students will also work on their own narratives and explanations of “Big History’s” essential questions.  Let’s build a framework for learning about anything or everything.

Break a Leg: Performance on the Stage

“We must all do theatre, to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.” As stated by Augusto Boal, theater is a powerful experience and you will be sure to find discovery at every turn.  After building an ensemble as a class, you’ll move on to scene study, improvisation, monologue work, and performance techniques. The course will conclude with a short performance of your work. Whether you’ve been in every school play since kindergarten or have never set foot on stage, this course will hone your critical thinking, strengthen your collaboration skills, and increase your self-confidence.

College Timeline

Your journey will include establishing a strong foundation for academic and extracurricular success—to test taking, meeting with advisors, reasearching and applying to college. Here are the details to help guide you:

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Events

Even if you can’t make it back to campus, you can connect with fellow alumni at events near you. And be sure to look for events in major cities when you travel.

Deerfield Clubs are organized for alumni by alumni. If you want to bring a little bit of Deerfield to your hometown, why not reach out to a club—or start your own? For more information, please contact us at events@deerfield.edu.

Parker Lawlor, Faculty

“Lab Coat Jerseys”

Megan Hayes-Golding, Faculty

“Makerspace: Creative Problem Solving”

THOMAS POUSont

director of choral program

director of choral program

Jaime Correa, Faculty

“Your First Drop: Lyric Writing and Video Production”

CORE MUSIC FACULTY

Thomas Bergeron

Director of Chamber Music and Orchestra

Thomas Bergeron is the Director of Chamber Music and Orchestra at Deerfield and teaches AP Music Theory and Advanced Music Composition, Production, and Analysis. Before coming to Deerfield, Mr. Bergeron held teaching positions at Williams College, Tufts University, Bennington College, Yale, Amherst College, and the Brimmer and May School.  He is currently a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet and the Principal Trumpet of the Springfield Symphony. Mr. Bergeron has performed with The American Symphony, The Temptations, T-Pain, Vampire Weekend, Idina Menzel, The Four Tops, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, and numerous Broadway shows. His television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and CBS This Morning. He spent two years in residence at Carnegie Hall with Juilliard’s Ensemble Connect and holds two advanced degrees from Yale, where he won the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and received the John Swallow Award for excellence in brass playing. Thomas is a Conn-Selmer Endorsement Artist. 

Thomas Pousont

Director of Vocal Program

Thomas Pousont received his baccalaureate in organ and vocal performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was granted the degrees of Master and Doctor of Music in organ performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, working with John Grew, William Porter, and Hans-Ola Ericsson. Performing regularly in the US, Canada, and Europe, Dr. Pousont’s sensitivity to all styles of keyboard music makes him a much sought after recitalist and accompanist. In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious research grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to study historic eighteenth-century organs in the Bach homeland of Thuringia and Saxony in Germany.

John Van Eps

Director of bands

John Van Eps was born into a family of musicians. Van Eps is a distinguished producer, composer and engineer and has recieved an M.M. in Percussion Performance from New England Conservatory. He has studied with Vic Firth, Gary Burton, David Samuels, Tony Ames on Percussion,  Thomas McKinley, Patrick Hollenbeck for Composition. He has written songs for numerous feature films and has written thousands of commercial scores including Chevy, Ford, Xerox, AT&T, Advil, Visa, Tyco, Fisher Price, Jell-O, McDonalds and Campbell’s.

Lynn Sussman

MUSIC program coordinator

Lynn Sussman has been a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra since 1987. She has also performed with the Berkshire Lyric Orchestra, the Brattleboro Concert Choir Orchestra, Live in Concert, Inc., Columbia Festival Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Albany Symphony, Monadnock Music Festival, Mohawk Trail Concerts, and is a member of the Paradise Winds ensemble. She has recorded on the Albany Records label and for Blank Productions. She has taught as Smith College and Amherst College. She holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the University of Connecticut. She lives in Amherst, MA.

COURSE OFFERINGS

How is today’s music put together? What path does music take from the time it leaves the creator until it arrives in your ear . Working in the recording studio, we will learn all aspects of production. Starting with pre-production, then recording, then editing, then mixing. Students will need to do much of the homework in the studio itself.

Singing builds community, commitment, self-discipline, personal ownership, and responsibility to the group. Open to anyone, and focused on singing, this course will introduce and develop skills in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including regularly dividing into separate Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass groups. 

Open by audition to advanced singers, this course builds on previously demonstrated skill in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including serving as an SATB a cappella ensemble.

This course provides an opportunity for experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion players to collaborate in a variety of ensemble settings including concert band, woodwind chamber groups, brass ensembles, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and jazz/rock bands.Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students work on improving their blend, technique, intonation, musicianship, ensemble playing, and improvisational skills.

This class aims to empower students to compose, produce, and share their own musical creations by unlocking the secrets of what makes music magical. To some degree, students willchoose the repertoire that we analyze. We we will break down and study elements of harmony, rhythm, melody, architecture, structure, color, instrumentation/orchestration, studio production choices, and performance techniques. Students will compose multiple musical works,both large scale and small, inspired by the secrets that we unlock through our various analyses. There will be opportunities to publish and share projects, including live performances and digital distribution services such as Spotify. Collaboration with other courses (e.g. Studio Production, Digital Filmmaking) will be encouraged. Industry-standard tools such as Avid Sibelius music composition software and ProTools production software will be learned and employed for projects.

This course offers our most advanced instrumentalists the opportunity to work in small ensembles, learning and performing repertoire by the world’s greatest composers. Class time consists of rotating coaching by Mr. Bergeron and our professional staff, performance classesin the Concert Hall (including peer feedback), student-led rehearsals, and guest artist visits (masterclasses and performances) from renowned chamber musicians. Students explore questions of performance practice, instrumental technique, emotion, expression, historical context, music theory, compositional architecture, performance psychology, and group dynamics. Each semester culminates with the Chamber Music Showcase Concert in the Concert Hall, which is open to the public and professionally recorded. Daily practice is expected and participation in the Deerfield Orchestra is required of all chamber musicians except pianists. Chamber musicians should also be taking private lessons.

The Deerfield Orchestra
Chorus
Advanced Vocal Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Rock Ensemble
Concert Band
A Capella Groups

The Elizabeth Wachsman Concert Hall is both spacious and intimate, and features advanced acoustical design, versatile shades for precision control of natural light, a projection screen, a built-in audio system, and two Steinway D pianos. This is the main performance and rehearsal venue for our orchestra, chamber ensembles, and choirs. And students love creating music in our fully modernized multi-track recording studio. 

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Please join the Frank L. and Helen Childs Boyden Society which honors and recognizes individuals who provide for Deerfield through bequests, trusts, retirement fund gifts, life insurance, real estate, and other planned gifts. There is no minimum required to join. No gift is too small . . . or too large!

For more information, contact our Gift Planning office at 413-774-1872.

Generations of legacy gifts have helped build Deerfield’s endowment, and bequests continue to sustain Deerfield’s strength and vitality in academics, athletics, arts, and community life. Include the Academy in your will or trust, or designate Deerfield as a beneficiary of an IRA or insurance policy. Enjoy the satisfaction of investing in future generations of Deerfield students and faculty. Membership in the Boyden Society is purely honorary —there is no obligation, and no proof of bequest intention is required.

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Studio Art

The visual arts play a significant role in the life of the school. Vibrant academic courses, unique cocurricular options, and substantive exhibitions captivate our students and inspire the community. Our course offerings provide an essential creative outlet and a means by which students can apply their artistic scholarship to real-world applications.

Photography

Our courses range from introductory to Advanced Placement and specialized tutorials, with content that delves deep into art history and addresses contemporary issues in photography. We explore the technical aspects of a variety of film and digital cameras, and work with processing techniques that range from nineteenth century cyanotype to twenty-first century Giclée printing. Projects are designed to teach skills in maximizing the potential of the camera while allowing students creative freedom.

His Majesty King Abdullah II 80

world leader

A member of the Hashemite dynasty and king of Jordan since 1999, Abdullah II is one of the more respected figures in Middle Eastern and global politics alive today. His time at Deerfield inspired him to pursue significant education reforms in Jordan, including the opening of King’s Academy.

Gigi Parris ’99

attorney

Gigi has long been fighting to keep families together as a public defender in the New York City family court system. She served as supervising attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Now she is a principal court attorney at the New York State Unified Court System.

13.8 Billion Years: Big History

Where did everything come from?  How did we get where we are now?   Where do humans fit in?  Where are things heading? Come explore the modern scientific origin story of how the universe and life have grown more complex. We’ll engage the powerful ideas winding through the Big Bang, the birth of star systems, Earth’s first life, and the rise of humanity. We’ll juggle galaxies and atoms. We’ll consider events that took a billionth of a second and stories that span billions of years.  Along the way we’ll discuss how scholars develop, justify, refute and refine claims about the past.  Students will also work on their own narratives and explanations of “Big History’s” essential questions.  Let’s build a framework for learning about anything or everything.

Break a Leg: Performance on the Stage

“We must all do theatre, to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.” As stated by Augusto Boal, theater is a powerful experience and you will be sure to find discovery at every turn.  After building an ensemble as a class, you’ll move on to scene study, improvisation, monologue work, and performance techniques. The course will conclude with a short performance of your work. Whether you’ve been in every school play since kindergarten or have never set foot on stage, this course will hone your critical thinking, strengthen your collaboration skills, and increase your self-confidence.