Music at Roxbury Latin
Music, in one form or another, is woven into the fabric of Roxbury Latin life. With the chance to become involved in the school’s singing groups, the Jazz Band, the chamber groups, individual recitals, and the spring musical, nearly all RL boys contribute directly, in some way, to this vital component of our arts program. Add to these the special guest performances, visiting professional groups, and the community Messiah Sing each December, virtually no boy escapes the power of music within our walls.
The Glee Club (limited to 80 voices and open to Classes I-IV by audition) rehearses during the academic day and performs sacred, folk, musical theater, and traditional songs for men’s chorus. It collaborates annually with a girls’ chorus to perform a major choral work—most recently Brahms’ Requiem. The Glee Club tours in the spring—most recently to Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, and Puerto Rico.
The Latonics, comprised of about 14 singers selected from the Glee Club, perform more challenging a cappella music, often in original arrangements by group members. They rehearse twice a week after athletics practice, and maintain an extensive performance schedule.
The Junior Chorus is open by audition to boys in Classes V and VI. Its repertoire includes three- and four-part arrangements, both accompanied and a cappella. The Junior Chorus rehearses twice each week during the school day and performs in December and April with the Glee Club.
The Jazz Band and Chamber Ensembles are for boys who demonstrate proficiency in instrumental performance. They rehearse once each week after sports practices and perform several times during the academic year.
Each term, by arrangement with the Director of Music, boys may perform in recital before the school. These performances often include chamber ensembles gathered by the Director of Music.
Festival of Men's Choruses | November 8, 2019
RL’s Glee Club and the Latonics will perform, joined by local and out-of-town high school boys’ choral groups. Rousmaniere Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Messiah Sing and Sly Voxes Concert | December 6, 2019
The Roxbury Latin School will host its eleventh annual holiday music event, inviting members of the community to join us in celebrating the season. The evening includes a concert by The Sly Voxes—a men’s a cappella group—followed by a Messiah Sing-In, featuring professional soloists from in and around Boston. Rousmaniere Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Annual Holiday Concert | December 18, 2019
RL’s Glee Club, the Latonics, and the Junior Chorus will perform songs of the season in two concert events in Rousmaniere Hall, at 4:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.
Joint Concert with The Winsor School | March 8, 2020
RL student singers will perform a joint concert with The Winsor School Chorale and Small Chorus, including movements from a major choral-orchestral work. Rousmaniere Hall at 6 p.m.
A Cappella Fest | April 3, 2020
Hosted by the Latonics, A Cappella Fest features special guests Similar Jones, as well as college groups featuring RL alumni, and local high school groups. Smith Theater at 7:30 p.m.
Senior Concert | April 24, 2020
RL’s Glee Club, the Latonics, and the Junior Chorus celebrate the Class of 2020, through song. Rousmaniere Hall at 7:30 p.m.
375th Anniversary Musical Event | April 27, 2020
This year’s Berman Artists-in-Residence—alumni Gilles Vonsattel ’99 (piano), Stefan Jackiw ’03 (violin), and Lev Mamuya ’14 (cello)—will perform an evening concert in Rousmaniere Hall, open to all members of the extended Roxbury Latin community.
Instrumental Concert | May 15, 2020
Final performances by RL’s Chamber Ensembles, Big Band, and Jazz Combo. Rousmaniere Hall and Smith Theater at 7:30 p.m.