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2022-23 School Year

The Academy


serves 50 students

Inspired by the El Sistema model, the Hamilton-Garrett Orchestra carries out the mission of the organization by preserving and celebrating African Diasporic music through orchestral works. This program will include youth throughout Greater Boston, primarily schools within the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan communities, who will be mentored by Boston's elite musicians.


serves 20 students, ages 10-18

An ensemble that will preserve and celebrate marching style drumming within Black musical traditions, from New Orleans second-line, Historically Black College and Universities, in addition to folkloric traditions throughout the African Diaspora.

Community Outreach Programs

Extension Program

Ages 15 +

To accommodate the interests of our older students who wish to further deepen their knowledge of music, we will provide additional elective courses in a variety of topics within music education, technology and industry (i.e., music business, engineering, music and video production and songwriting).

HG Master Classes

Serves 150-200 students per event

We will provide masterclasses in Black music to neighboring schools including early childhood, primary and secondary education. The masterclasses will be led by our accomplished teachers and visiting artists.

Adult Community Choir

Ages 18 +

Under the direction of our Executive Director, this community-wide adult choir will perform repertoire within the African American Church traditions.

Latest Updates from the Academy

Application Now Open!

Applications for all of our programs are now open!

Current students must renew their applications by

April 15. New students must submit their applications

by May 1

Any questions regarding your application?

Email us at

Financial Aid Available!

Looking to finance your tuition? We have payment plans and financial aid available. Scholarships are available for students in the Academy only ages 5-18. Payment plans are available for all applicants.

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