On with the show, this is it!

Gould’s got talent and our students put their hearts and souls into every performance and every musical creation. Those interested in the performing arts have choices ranging from music and vocals to theater and dance.

For musicians, classes in theory, music history, digital music production, various ensembles, and individual voice and instrument lessons are among the options. With ten Steinway pianos on campus, Gould shares the All-Steinway School designation with schools such as Julliard and the Yale School of Music.

Two dramatic productions a year expose students to different genres of theater. Recent musical hits include “The Sound of Music” and “Lucky Stiff.”

The Gould Academy Singers perform a range of music from across the world during special events throughout the year in Bingham Auditorium or more intimate concerts in Trustees Auditorium.

Students explore and display different forms of movement through modern dance classes and recitals.



McLaughlin,-JimJames McLaughlin (email)
Chair of Performing Arts Department
Plymouth State College B.S.

Jim was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio until he moved to New Hampshire in the eighth grade. Jim, having graduated from Plymouth State College 1988 and winning the Granite State Piano Competition the same year, has been involved in music education as a private piano/theory teacher and clinician. He has also spent many years performing as a freelance jazz/rock pianist and vocalist throughout New England, New York City, and various places around the U.S. Jim became the Chair of Performing Arts at Gould Academy in 1998. In his tenure, he has attracted an increasing number of students to the growing music and theater program.

Jim has directed both the band and choral programs at Gould over the years, works as the technical director in Gould’s fall theater production, and directs the pit band in the spring musical. He also serves as an adviser and teaches music in the classroom including classes in Jazz History and Music Technology. In short, he has become a pied piper of sorts, enticing students to try to sing, act, pick up an instrument, or simply enjoy music for music’s sake. Jim is still active as a performer and is successful in bringing his passion for live music to his students. He lives in West Bethel with his two children Tarin ’16 and Finnian.


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