To be truly well educated, one must not only appreciate the arts, but have rich opportunities to actively participate in creative work. The arts bring subjects to life, turning abstractions into actual expression. Learning through the arts often results in greater academic achievement and higher test scores. The arts faculty bring a high level of experience to the classroom, and throughout the year visiting artists and musicians come to campus, exposing students to a wide range of creativity and talent.
In addition to Middle School
and Upper School
curricular offerings, Hebron offers abundant opportunities in the arts, ranging from regional singing festivals, to school-wide musicals, to national painting and photography competitions.
The Latest in Hebron Arts
|TEN NAMED TO DISTRICT ENSEMBLES|
Ten students earned places in music ensembles at the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) District II Music Festival. More than 1,200 students in District II auditioned in October at a local school. The MMEA Festival convenes the most talented young instrumentalists and vocalists in the state; selection to these events is no small feat!
|BROADWAY SMASH GUYS & DOLLS COMES TO HEBRON|
Calling all wise guys and sassy gals! Guys and Dolls will make its Hebronian debut on Androscoggin Theater stage February 21 and 22, 2014. Now running more than eleven years strong, Hebron's All-School Musical is a perennial winter highlight for the entire school community.
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Ms. Jeanine Eschenbach
Acting Chair, Visual & Performing Arts Department
Tufts University - B. A., B.F.A.
Ms. Jeanine Eschenbach, fondly known as "Ms. Esch," began teaching immediately after majoring in Child Psychology and Fine Arts at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Her career began with special needs kindergartners in Indiana and second grade Montessori in Ohio, and then back home in Massachusetts where she taught first grade.
A last minute whim brought Ms. Esch's husband Brian to Hebron for an English teaching position, and in 2000 the two permanently relocated to Maine with their two daughters. Soon after, Ms. Eschenbach began teaching fine arts at Hebron and served as department chair for several years. Ms. Esch currently teaches Pottery and AP Studio Art, was Dean of Students for five years, and has coached both soccer and lacrosse.
Ms. Esch lives in Stearns House with husband Brian Jurek, Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director, along with daughters Rachel '15 and Avery '18 and dogs Moya and Pindi.
Upper & Middle School Instrumental Music
University of Louisville - B.M.
After graduating from University of Louisville, Mr. John Lawson moved to Maine in 2002 where he taught music privately for seven years, became manager of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and maintained a busy performance schedule around the state. In 2008, Mr. Lawson joined the Hebron community as instrumental music teacher. Currently Mr. Lawson directs the Hebron Upper and Middle School Orchestras and Jazz Band, teaches Music Theory, Digital Recording, History of Rock and Roll, and private instrument lessons. He continues to be an active performer around the state and currently resides in Gray (ME).
Mrs. Julie Middleton
Senior Associate Director of Admission; Drama
University of Rhode Island - B.A.
Johnson and Wales University - B.S.
Ms. Julie Middleton, known as “Ms. Midd” by her students, came to Hebron in 2002. In addition to working in the Office of Admission, Julie directs the school's dramatic productions and advises Hebron's GSTA-The Bridge group. Before coming to Hebron, Ms. Midd worked as a french teacher, dorm parent, and drama director at the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT.
Ms. Midd lives on campus in The Parsonage with her husband and History Department Chair Mr. Steve Middleton. The Midds have two children Max '12, and Charlotte '14. Ms. Midd's favorite pastimes include family, music, art, reading, travel, and summers in Maine or Block Island.
Mrs. Renee DeSorbo
University of Southern Maine - BA
Ms. Renee Parry joined Hebron in September 2012 as member of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2011 with a B.A. in Studio Art and English. She will be teaching both Middle and Upper School visual arts courses. Ms. Parry was raised in Maryland and has been a Maine resident since 1998. She enjoys painting watercolors, reading poetry and fishing and recently picked up snowboarding. Ms. Parry lives in Willard House with fiancée Mr. Kevin DeSorbo ’03, Hebron’s Assistant Director of Technology.
Mr. Cory Sanderson
Upper & Middle School Art; Asst. Football & Baseball Coach, Resident Faculty, Atwood
Bates College - BA
Mr. Cory Sanderson graduated from Bates College in 2010 with a B.A. in Art and Visual Culture. He was a four year varsity rower and two year captain of the Bates men's rowing team. After graduating, Mr. Sanderson taught and coached at the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire before returning to Massachusetts to the Fessenden School as a teacher, dorm parent and coach. He joined Hebron Academy in 2011 as a teacher in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and a member of the football and baseball coaching staff. Mr. Sanderson resides in Atwood Dormitory with his dog Calder where he is a dorm faculty member.
Ms. Sara Wilmot
Metropolitan State College of Denver - BA
Ms. Sara Wilmot came to Hebron in the fall 2011 as the official campus photographer. In 2012, she expanded her role to teaching and now instructs two levels of Upper School Photography and advises the yearbook staff. She is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver and owns a photography business.
Ms. Wilmot is married to Mr. Paul Brouwer, Hebron’s Middle School Director and Trailblazers Program Director; she lives on campus in Gilman House with her two step- daughters Sarah '15 and Rachel and energetic husky Lily.
When she's not taking photographs, Ms. Wilmot enjoys improvisational theater, working on home improvement projects with her husband, cross country skiing, reading, and exploring the outdoors.
As a teacher she hopes to inspire her students to find their creative voice expressed through the medium of photography.