Taft’s Music for a While Performance Series is a well-known and highly regarded celebration of music and culture. Most performances take place in Woodward Chapel or Walker Hall, architecturally significant and historic venues on the Taft School campus. A signature program at Taft, Music for a While performances feature professional musicians from across the globe, as well as local musicians and Taft students. They represent all genres of music, from folk and funk to chamber and chorale. All performances are free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
“Our Music for a While series sets Taft apart as a school. Not only does it engage our friends and neighbors in the community, it brings highly-regarded musicians to our campus to perform in extraordinary spaces on exceptional instruments.”—Bruce Fifer, head of the Arts Department
featuring Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
with organist, James Kennerley
featuring Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernsteinwith organist, James Kennerley
Built in 1883 and acquired by Taft in 2001, Walker Hall is older than any other structure on campus, with the exception of a few faculty homes. Fireplace tiles depicting scenes from Shakespearean plays hint at Walker Hall's beginnings as Watertown’s library; many alumni remember the building, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, as a Lutheran church. Taft purchased the space with a gift from Harry Walker ’40, and uses the 100-seat structure primarily as an intimate arts and performance venue.
When Christ Church closed it doors, in 2009, Taft sought to reopen them, and give the space new life.