Since its founding in 1889, music has always been an integral part of daily and academic life at Hoosac. Most days begin with the singing of a hymn, and every Friday morning is culminated with the singing of our school's ode; composed by the first director of music, Frank Butcher.
Today, the music program at Hoosac serves to meet every student at whatever point they find themself in their musical journey. This can range from just getting started on an instrument like piano, guitar, bass, and violin, or singing, and can range all of the way up through advanced study of music theory, composition, or performance. Most musicians at Hoosac will perform in front of the school at some point.
The music of the school Chapel and the annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Pageant is lead by senior master Mr. Christopher Uhl. Very few faculty have been at Hoosac longer or have had as much impact on the students. An ardent fan of classical music, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion with everyone.
Under Mr. Uhl's directorship, the Boar's Head & Yule Log Pageant is a success year after year. Every student, even the reluctant ones, give excellent performances encouraged by Mr. Uhl. He is also the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy. The Tibbits family, our founders, also belonged to St. Paul's.
Music Performance workshops and individual lessons, and the school choir are taught by Director of Music, Aidan Daft. Mr. Daft has a vast and diverse musical skill set which allows him to give one-on-one lessons to students in piano, guitar, bass, drums, violin and bassoon.
He also specializes in vocal lessons and can often be found at the pianos in Memorial Hall, Tibbits Mansion, and the Blake Auditorium assisting students who've formed smalls bands, mostly trios and quarets. Mr. Daft is also one of the Gentlemen of the Choir at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany.
The music program received a renaissance between 2016 and 2018 with the arrival of former faculty member and Grammy nominated musician, Dr. Chris Fisher-Lochhead.
Dr. Fisher-Lochhead now serves on the music faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Both Mr. Uhl and Mr. Daft organize a number of off-campus trips each year for students to see concerts at a variety of venues in our region.