MS Events

2017 – 2018 Programs:

April 27, 2018
8:25-11:20 a.m.
Taiko Drumming for Unity and Diversity Day
Japanese drumming engages the whole body, voice and spirit.  In our taiko workshop, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to play Taiko drums and experience the power of Kumi Daiko (ensemble drumming) where we all play together as one voice.  We’ll show you proper stance (kata), how to hold the sticks (bachi) and how we use our voice (kiai) to energize ourselves and each other.  We’ll teach you a simple taiko song using a method called kuchishoga.  No prior musical experience necessary.  Be ready to be loud, move your body and have fun. 

Playathon 2018

April 12, 2018 (F)
Learn More Here

Gawler Family Band and Droplet Dance

March 15, 2018 (C) 
11:45-12:30 LS
Harrington Theatre
Workshops for strings players TBA



Valerie Tutson: Stories from Black History including African American folklorist and writer Zora Neale Hurston

Monday, January 22, 2018 (C)
9:30-10:15, US Assembly
Harrington Theatre
GRADE 8 (and US) 

Valerie Tutson was graduated from Brown University with a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts and a degree in a self-designed major—Storytelling As A Communications Art. Valerie has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries, festivals and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, stories from African American history. 


Raise Your Voice Day of Poetry

Thursday, October 19, 2017 (C)
10:45–11:30, MS Assembly
Harrington Theatre
MS Workshops in English classes
Slam poet extraordinaire and popular Bancroft Writers Conference mentor. Mass LEAP Managing Director, New England Poetry Slam Veteran from Worcester.

Past Programs: 2016-2017

MS Cultural Diversity Day Workshops

Wednesday, April 26 (A), 2017

Middle School Cultural Diversity Day Workshops
8:15-9:05, 9:25–10:15, 10:20–11:10
Tony Vacca, Djembes Drums & More, Music Room
Abdou Sarr, Senegalese Dance & Culture, Wood Gym

World Rhythms 
Tony Vacca, internationally renowned percussionist and composer,
provides hands-on-workshops in Senegal-American drumming.
Abdou Sarr, dancer extraordinaire from Senegal, West Africa,
includes dancing, music, and stories in his workshops.

Gantumur (Ganaa) Sengee:
Experiences In Mongolia

Tuesday, March 14 (C) 2017

Ganda tells her story of being a child in Mongolia at college in Europe, life in a Buddhist monastery in France, and creating a new career using Etsy for international commerce, and more.

10:45-11:30 French III, US, Flavien Collet, Classroom
12:15-12:45 Geography, Grade 8, Kendra McCuine, Boone Rm
12:45-1:30 Music, Grade 6, Marilyn Butler, Boone Rm
1:45-2:45 World Geography, Grade 8, Michael Urban, Boone Rm
1:45-2:45 English, Grade 7, Meg Swan, Boone Rm

Lynda Mullaly Hunt: Author, Fish In A Tree

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (F)

8:00-9:05 a.m. Theatre Assembly All Students Grades 4-7,
Author Introduction and Using Real Life to Create Fiction

9:20-10:05 a.m. Writer’s Workshop, M235 (Mr. Perez's room).
Hope Graham Students Grades 4 & 5.

10:45-11:30 a.m. Writer’s Workshop, M235 (Mr. Perez's room).
Hope Graham Students Grades 6 & 7

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, April 20, 2017 (D)
7:30 p.m. Harrington Theatre
Tickets: $10
Learn More Here

Featured Groups:
Watch Your Tone
The MIT Logarhythms

The Playathon!

Thursday, January 26, 2017
3:45-6:00 p.m.
Harrington Theatre

All School Event

Alex Charalambides: Slam Poetry

Wednesday, November, 9, 2016 (C)
US Assembly, Theatre

Slam poet extraordinaire and popular Bancroft Writers Conference mentor. 
Mass LEAP Managing Director, New England Poetry Slam Veteran from Worcester.

Andrea Davis Pinkney: Author

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (G)

9:30–10:30 am, Theatre Assembly – All Students Grades 3-7
LS and MS

Michael Townsend & Leah Smith:
Artists In Residence
& Tape Art Installation

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (F)

TBA Studio Arts Classes, LS & US
10:45-11:30 MS Assembly Theatre
LS and US
Thursday, November 3 (G)
Michael Townsend & Leah Smith: Arts and Athletics, MS
8:00- 10:30 a.m.

Meet The Artist

Thursday, November 3, 2016 (G)
8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. MPR
All School Event

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH 2016 VIDEO

Participating Artists: 


Hugh Naggar: Spun & Blown Glass

John Glabus: Wheel Thrown Ceramics

Christopher Whitehead: Comics

Lou Leelyn: Lou's Upcycles

Ron Rosenstock: Photographer

Haruo Shiga: Origami

Kara Bigda: Painter

Past Programs: 2015-2016

Marcus Santos
Grooversity: Brazilian Music & Culture

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (B)

8:10–8:55 am, Harrington Theatre: Brazilian Music & Culture Show
LS (PreK - Grade 5)

David and Ginger Hildebrand
The Colonial Music Institute

Friday, April 29, 2016 (D) - Boone Room
8:45–9:30 a.m. - Grades 4 & 6

Performance of live music, Colonial through 1812 era,
period instruments and attire.

Barbara Petter Putnam '72

Barbara Putnam: Art, Science and The Arctic
Earth Day, Friday (E) April 22, 2016
MS Assembly 11:15-12:00 Theatre

A Bancroft alumna, art teacher at St. Mark's, and an accomplished artist
influenced by nature and dedicated to environmental issues.

Gareth Hinds:
Odyssey, The Merchant of Venice & Macbeth

Creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (A) 11:50-12:30 p.m.
Grade 8
Boone Room

Playathon 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016 (F)
3:35–6:30 pm, Harrington Theatre
All School Event

Stephen Ursprung '06
Reject Dance Theatre

Friday, January 8, 2016 (F)
All School Event
MS Performance: 11:15am – 12:00pm

Lena Jonsson & Brittany Haas
Fiddler Performance & Workshops

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (F)

11:20-11:55 Middle School & Grade 5 Fiddler Performance Theatre  
12:00-12:30 Upper School Fiddler Performance Theatre
12:35-1:15  8th Grade Strings Workshop Small Music Room
1:15-2:00 Lunch
2:05-2:45 Upper School Strings Class and 7th Grade Strings Workshop Small Music Room
2:45-3:30 Lower School Strings Workshop Small Music Room

Watch You Tube Performance

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, November 19, 2015 (A)
7:00 p.m.
All School Event

Tickets: $10 at the Front Desk, Theatre Door
or email

Bancroft’s Upper School A Cappella Group:

In Achord: Boston University's A Cappella Group. Bancroft alumna, Sali Diakite '14, will be performing with the group.

The Harvard Krokodiloes: The Harvard Krokodiloes have the gift of warming one’s soul and enriching one’s day.—Leonard Bernstein

UMass S#arp Attitude: University of Massachusetts Amherst's most sexy, sassy and stylish all-female a cappella group.

UMass S#arp Attitude


Four Hands Piano Concert
Sima Kustanovich & Pavel Nersessian

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (E)

Harrington Theatre

11am – 11:35am
Program includes music by Brahms, Respighi, Goetz

Pavel Nersessian is one of the most remarkable Russian pianists of his generation. His prizes include the Beethoven Competition Vienna, Paloma O’Shea International Competition and the Tokyo Competition. Sima Kustanovich is one of the Northeast’s most sought after pianists.

Meet The Artist

Thursday, October 15, 2015 (A)
All School Event

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH 2015 VIDEO

Participating Artists: 

Sarah Williams: Ceramic Artist

Ronald (Ron) Pouliot: Wood Turner
(photo forthcoming)

JoAnn Mills: Quilt Maker

Elisabeth Hyder:
Handmade Books

Edward (Ed) M. Condon:

Beth Mellor: Lampwork Glass Beads

Dick Taylor: Photographer

Dick Taylor

MS Community Art Project:
Prayer Flags Installation

Thursday, October 15, 2015 (A)

Sarah Haskell
, Visiting Artist
Sarah Haskell

Studio Schedule with Connie Moore & Sarah Haskell:

8:00-8:50 a.m. – Grade 6 Art Studios: Connie & Sarah

9:00-9:50 a.m. – Grade 7 Art Studios: Connie & Sarah

10:30-11:15 a.m. – Grade 8 Art Studios: Connie & Sarah

2:00-2:45 p.m. – Middle School Assembly – Theatre: Sarah Haskell

Day of Poetry, September 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (C)
Harrington Theatre

8:45–9:30 a.m. – MS Assembly "Demonstration" Poetry Slam
11:45-12:30 p.m. – US Assembly "Demonstration" Poetry Slam
2:45-3:30 p.m. – US Open Mic, Room S206

Student Day of Poetry: "Demonstration" poetry slams and the poets will visit all MS & US English classes throughout the day to provide introductory poetry creative writing workshops. They will host an US student Open Mic to end the day.

Poetry Performers & Teaching Artists:

  • Lissa Piercy: 2014 Lizard Lounge Boston Poetry Slam Team Member, Co-Founder of Flatline Poetry Troupe.
  • Alex Charalambides: Mass LEAP Managing Director, New England Poetry Slam Veteran from Worcester.
  • Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib: Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, Essayist, Music Critic from Columbus Ohio.
  • Anthony Febo: Founder of FreeVerse! Lowell Youth Poetry Slam. Currently Artist in Residence at ICA Boston.
  • Muggs Fogarty: Providence Poetry Slam Director. Veteran of Multiple Providence Youth Poetry Slam Teams, now mentoring youth in the community.

Past Programs: 2014–2015

Cynthia Wigren: Atlantic
White Shark Conservancy

Cynthia Wigren

Middle School Earth Day Program
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (B)

Harrington Theatre

Christina Pato

(canceled due to snow)

Galician bagpiper, pianist and composer
Christina Pato

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (D)
pm MS
Harrington Theatre

Cooking and Healthy Habits

Dawn Berthelette: Healthy Eating Specialist, Whole Foods Market

Middle School Common Read Connection
Thursday, January 15, 2015 (B)

Flex Room:
12:35-1:15  Grade 6
1:20-2:00  Grade 7
2:05- 2:45  Grade 8

Zach Combs, West African Drumming

West African Musical Performance: Trinidad 2 Timbuktu
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (B)

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. MS
Harrington Theatre

(snow date Jan. 28, 2015 (D)

School residency program Gallery Of African Art will include: African Art Installation (1 month), West African drumming-dance workshops (1 day of 6-8 workshops) and performances. 

School Residency & West African
Drumming–Dance Workshops

Thursday January 8, 2015 (C)

Master drummer Issa Coulibaly and Zach Combs will provide hands-on West African drumming instruction.  Authentic instruments supplied.
Location: Large Music Room

Drumming Workshop Schedule:
8:50-9:30 US, Butler & Melley
9:50-10:30 Grade 8, Young
11:45-12:30 Grade 3, Jackel
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Grade 7, Young
2:00-2:45 Grade 8, Young
2:45- 3:30 Grade 3, LeBlanc

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 (F)
7:00 p.m. – All School Event

Tickets are $10 at Front Desk or email Rhonda

Bancroft’s Upper School A Cappella Groups:

The New Blue: Yale University’s best and most experienced female musicians of the senior class.

The Brown Derbies:  Brown University’s most legendary all male a cappella group.

Odds Bodkin

Friday, October 24, 2014 (F)
Harrington Theatre

Odds Bodkin
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Dark Tales Of The Supernatural

Meet the Artist

Thursday, October 16, 2014 (F)
All Day MPR & Outdoors

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH VIDEO.

Participating Artists: 

Gary A. Lippincott: Artist-Illustrator

Bayda Asbridge: Saori Weaver

Devan Cole: Glass Artist

Mari Seder: Photography & Photo-Collage

 Steve Belz: Ceramic Sculptor

Jo Ellen Reinhardt: Portraits, Landscapes, & Still Lifes

Nan Rumpf: Water Media Artist



Ancient Civilizations and Birds of Prey
April 18, 2014


Jim Parks from Wingmasters came to Bancroft with live birds of prey to speak about how people from around the world, and across time, have viewed the magnificent hunters of the air.  Wingmasters is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey. Jim Parks is a licensed raptor rehabilitator based in Massachusetts. This programs included a variety of live birds of prey, cultural artifacts and art.

Dance China & The New York
Chinese Cultural Center

China Patterns
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Performed in full, traditional Chinese costumes, Dance China transported the audience to a world of colorful myths, historical drama and timeless beauty. 

Isaiah Thomas: Patriot Printer

January 30, 2014

Isaiah Thomas, Printer

American Antiquarian Society theatrical gave a presentation about Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831), a printer who was instrumental in starting the American Revolution and the foremost publisher in the Early Republic.

Shaw Pong Liu:

Exploring China- The "Middle Kingdom" Through Music & Story
January 24, 2014

Shaw Pong Liu

With a travel-bag packed with musical instruments, master teacher and violinist Shaw Pong Liu wove together history, geography, the Mandarin language and Chinese folk music in a dynamic exploration of China. 


January 23, 2014 

Playathon featured the many talented members of the Bancroft Community. Students, Parents, Faculty, Alumni, and Bancroft Friends participated and attended this wonderful annual event!

Flamenco: Spanish Folk Music & Dance

January 8, 2014

Performance by Flamenco Boston.

A Cappella Night!

October 24, 2013

Bancroft School's A Cappella Singing Groups


Pitch Slapped, Berklee College of Music
Pitch Slapped
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Premier Coed A Cappella Group

The Duke's Men of Yale

The Duke's Men of Yale
Yale University, New Haven, CT
"Da Doox," All-Male A Cappella Group

Peter Dellert: Sculptor

October 15, 2013 to May 13, 2014

These sculptures were on loan with thanks to the artist, and Art in the Park 2013,Elm Park, Worcester, MA

Conversations in Jazz!

Mechanics Hall Concerts For Kids
October 7, 2013
Introduction to American Composers - Mechanics Hall






Meet the Artist

October 4, 2013

Local artists displayed and demonstrated
their arts and crafts.

Isaac Camp, Bancroft Graduate Class Of 2008: Painting

Bruce deGraaf, Avian Awakening
Discovering the Birds of New England: Photography

Ingrid Hathaway: Functional Ceramics

Brenda Sullivan: The Gravestone Girls

Andy Volpe: Medieval Art & Printmaker

Heather March: Bead Making    

 Emery Wenger: Glass Torch Artist

Regie O'Hare Gibson

September 27, 2013

Award-winning slam poet, writer, performer, musician, lecturer and educator.


Karen Montanaro:

Imagination in Action!
May 7, 8 & 9, 2013

Karen Montanaro

Dance, mime and the language of movement, performances and workshops.

U.S. Congressman
James Mcgovern

December 10, 2012

James McGovern

Odaiko New England

October 18, 2012

Japanese Taiko Drumming

Odaiko NE - Japanese Taiko Drumming

Baroque & Jazz

May 9, 2012

Guest Artists: Julian Milkis , Clarinet, with Sima Kustanovich, Piano

Julian Milkis

Sima Kustanovich






Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

April 27, 2012  
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Lecture-Demo.  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Artist Sarah Haskel

February 27, 28, 2012

Artist Sarah Haskell

"Students collaborate to create a circular weaving called a mandala. Themes for the mandala can be integrated into social studies, history, science, and/or language arts curricula. From the colors of the weaving, to the representations of people, to the texture of the weaving, the completed mandala is a true reflection and celebration of each community." — Sarah Haskell

The finished Mandala Weaving has been hung in the McDonough Center.

Gareth Hinds: Illustrator of Graphic Novels

January 12, 2012

The Odyssey and
The Merchant of Venice