Performing Arts

Northfield Mount Hermon's mission is an "education for the head, heart, and hand."

But perhaps we should add the eyes, feet, and vocal cords to that list, because for us, the arts help make us fully realized human beings.

They teach us new ways to see and think about the world and allow us to communicate with our fellow human beings in ways that transcend — and sometimes critique — language, history, religion, and politics.

Art courses at NMH will nurture your appreciation and understanding of a wide variety of expressive media while developing your own creative skills, deepening your confidence in your talent. Whether it's learning about sight reading in music, movement in dance, or lighting and set design in theater, when you leave NMH, you'll have the skill set to make art the rest of your life.

You'll learn the vocabulary of the performing arts and how to discuss and critique it articulately. You'll also learn the importance of crossing boundaries, collaborating with artists from other disciplines, and even incorporating ideas from science or economics into the way you think about art. Perhaps you'll become one of our many alumni who have gone on to careers in theater, music, or dance. But we're certain you'll become one of the thousands who've developed a lifelong passion for making — or just simply loving and supporting — art.

Come to campus and explore our beautiful Rhodes Arts Center's facilities. You'll see just how serious we are about art and how much we celebrate it.

For more information, and to see course descriptions, see the arts section of the online Curriculum Guide.

Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.

Faculty Profiles

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.


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In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.


"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 


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Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”


“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 


“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”


“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”


“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles