AIS Music Programming to Expand Thanks to Generous Gift

Summy Family, Dr. Hill Collaborate to Expand Music Programming at AIS

“You have to find things to do to keep you enjoying every day, things that just make you happy.
--Naya Galyn Summy ’21

The Agnes Irwin School is pleased to announce that this fall, thanks to a generous gift from Amy and Hank Summy, the school will unveil a new Piano Lab, Composition Room, and upgraded Recording Studio in honor and memory of Naya Summy ’21. The project, the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Summys, Dr. Hill, Mr. Savar, and the Class of 2021, will significantly expand and enhance instrumental music programming, singing and songwriting at AIS. In addition to installation new recording equipment, which will allow girls to practice advanced music arrangement, create albums, and much more, highlights of this new initiative include:

  • The Class of 2021 Piano Lab which will offer an intuitive, flexible way to teach piano to a group of students. The system includes electronic keyboards, headphones, microphones, and software which enable an instructor to provide individualized instruction one-on-one or in a group setting with multiple students.         
  • The Naya Summy Composition Room will offer a dedicated space for girls to flex their creative muscles and experiment with writing original pieces of music. In remembrance of Naya’s joyful spirit and her love of singing, this special room will provide a respite from the pressures of the school day, where girls can find comfort and happiness in music and creativity. Whether they use the space to write a new piece of music, rehearse a song before recording it, or practice an instrument, this room will be a welcoming spot to reflect and recharge.

"As I reflect on my time at Agnes Irwin, I am deeply grateful to have known Naya and her family and to have this opportunity to honor her in such a powerful way," says Dr. Hill. "This special gift will strengthen our music curriculum, but just as importantly, it will bring the joy of music to AIS girls for years to come. We are deeply grateful for the incredible kindness and generosity of the Summy family which has made this possible."

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