Solebury School offers a comprehensive music program that includes Chorus, Universal Music Ensemble, Jazz Roots Ensemble, and Rock Band. Additionally, Solebury offers some very current, unique and cutting edge music electives: Song Writing, Music, That Universal Language  (this is a unique approach to rhythm and harmony), Indie Music And How It Is Reshaping The Music World, Music of the 1960's, The Greatest Bands Of All Time, and Gamelan. The Introduction to the Arts course for middle school students includes a semester of music theory and performance.

Private music lessons on campus are also offered to our students. Our music students perform for the school community four times during the year, and also have the opportunity to perform in several other venues.

Letter to Prospective Music Students

Meet the Music Department Staff 


Director: Phyllis Arnold

Many students who have never sung a note find enjoyment in singing with the chorus and trying something new. Students are encouraged to learn how to read music and understand intervals during warm ups. They then learn new music in small group sectional rehearsals and come together at least once a week to practice as a whole chorus. The chorus has many opportunities to perform live, in venus such as the Trenton Thunder or Philadelphia 76er's games, the Lambertville Winter Festival, Cabaret Night, Solebury School's Graduation and four concerts at the school, all of which are open to the public. The program is choral-based, with emphasis on a full harmonic sound. Several students have been selected for Bucks County Music Educator's Association County Chorus over the past ten years. In addition, several of our alumni have gone on to study music in college.

Universal Music Ensemble

Director: Gregory Lipscomb

Across the Universe Ensemble is designed for both instrumentalists and singers. Singer/songwriters, as well as classically trained musicians, are encouraged to participate. Students are expected to read music and have a basic command of their instruments/voices.

There is the opportunity to perform original works as well as other music of various styles. Students learn to stretch themselves across different styles as they study the art of playing together as a musical team, both rhythmically and  harmonically. Also, each student is encouraged to develop his/her sight-reading and ear-training skills.

Students perform at least four times throughout the school year, a concert at the end of each trimester, and a winter holiday concert. Additionally, students are often asked to perform at a variety of other school functions, including open houses, the annual dinner auction, graduation, and other special events.

Jazz Roots Ensemble

Director: Cathy Block

This ensemble plays jazz or jazz influenced music, but is not limited to that genre. We have played everything from Miles Davis to Ingrid Michaelson, as well as original works by our band members. We are an instrumental and vocal group.  Improvisation, listening, ear development, and playing as a tight unit are key in this class. We perform feature evening concerts, as well as making school assembly appearances.

Rock Band

Director: Cathy Block

Rock Band is a class that is devoted solely to playing and performing Rock Music.  We play current as well as classic Rock. This group includes instrumentalists as well as vocalists. We perform evening feature concerts, and also assemblies for Solebury. Our concerts are fun, loud, and usually get the crowd dancing. Students have a hand in picking our set lists, and generally everyone has a chance to be featured in some way.

Private Music Lessons

As a service to students, the music department has arranged for outside music teachers to come to Solebury School to provide private lessons for students. These lessons are at the students' expense and are scheduled during the students' free periods and after school. At the moment, lessons are offered in piano, voice, trumpet, flute, violin, viola, guitar, bass guitar, string bass, saxophone, and drums. A list of music instructors is available upon request.

Arts News

  • TONIGHT - Winter Trimester Concert

    Posted February 28

    We're closing out the winter trimester with a concert featuring Universal Music Ensemble, Jazz Roots Ensemble, Chorus, Swing Dance and the Contemporary Dance class. Look for guest performers and a surprise opening act! Join us tonight, March 1st at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center.

  • Thurs, Feb. 18th, Fri., Feb 19th - Four Students to Perform in County Chorus

    Posted February 7
    Jacob, Jonathan and Yuan (Victoria missing from photo)

    This week, Victoria M., Yuan L., Jonathan F. and Jacob G.will perform at the Bucks County Music Educators Association Festival with the County Chorus.

  • Music Class Skypes With Indie Musician Ben Thornewill

    Posted January 17
    Indie Music Class Skypes with Ben Thornewill.

    Solebury School's Indie Music Class had a blast Skyping with Ben Thornewill of the popular band, Jukebox The Ghost.

  • Rock Band Rocked Assembly!

    Posted December 16

    Solebury School's Rock Band, directed by Cathy Block, gave a rockin' performance during this Tuesday's assembly. Check out photos and videos of their performances.

  • Jazz Roots Community Concert

    Posted November 10

    Solebury's Jazz Roots Ensemble teamed up with student musicians from three area high schools on Wednesday, October 28th, to present the Bridging Community Through Music Concert. It was a great evening with great music performed by some of the area's best young musicians.

  • Highlights of Spring Trimester Music & Dance Concert

    Posted June 2

    The Spring Trimester Music and Dance Concert offered an evening of music performances by the Universal Music Ensemble and the Chorus and performances by students in the Choreography class.

  • Musical Opportunities During Arts Festival

    Posted April 26

    The music department had an exciting week with two great musical opportunities during our Arts Festival Week.

  • Winter Trimester Concert - Photo/Video Gallery

    Posted February 15

    Great performances this past Friday evening at the Winter Trimester Concert, featuring the Universal Music Ensemble and the Solebury School Chorus. See photos and videos of some performances.

  • Fun at the Holiday Music Concert

    Posted December 18

    It was so much fun at the Holiday Dessert and Music Concert. Thanks to the parents who shared a yummy dessert!

  • Singer Mutlu Shares Stage with Solebury Students

    Posted December 11

    Singer/songwriter Mutlu came to Solebury in between his touring with super duo Hall & Oates, and put on a fantastic concert during our Tuesday assembly and some Solebury students performed with him!