UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance

UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance One of the best music schools in Massachusetts & New England, offering graduate & undergraduate Music Education, Jazz, Performance & Music Theory programs.
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Our vision: To be the leader in the nation for innovative and creative approaches to music and dance in higher education.

Mission: The mission of the Department of Music and Dance is to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth through academic excellence in the preparation of music performers, music scholars, and music teachers for service to the Commonwealth, the Northeast region, and the nation. The Department is committed to: Providing the finest music education possible within a culture of innovation, creativity, and experimentation. Achieving national prominence in scholarly and creative activity. Enriching the quality of life in the community, the Commonwealth, and the region. Expanding and increasing collaborative efforts on the campus, among the Five Colleges, and with arts organizations in the Commonwealth, the region, and the nation. The Department achieves this mission through the highest quality solo and ensemble performances, teaching, creative activities, and research activities. These activities, in particular the ensemble performances, are important aspects of the public's perception of university quality.

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The UMass Wind Ensemble has a holiday gift for everyone - a new performance video on our YouTube channel each Saturday a...
12/23/2020
umassmusicdance

The UMass Wind Ensemble has a holiday gift for everyone - a new performance video on our YouTube channel each Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through January 30! Visit our channel to see upcoming performances: www.youtube.com/user/umassmusicdance

The official video channel of the UMass Amherst Music & Dance Department

Kudos to our own Tom Giampietro on the release of his newest CD, "A Thru-Composed Life," just out on Jeff Coffin's Ear U...
12/22/2020
Jazz Faculty Tom Giampietro Releases CD on Ear Up Records | Department of Music and Dance | UMass Amherst

Kudos to our own Tom Giampietro on the release of his newest CD, "A Thru-Composed Life," just out on Jeff Coffin's Ear Up Records! http://www.umass.edu/music/news/jazz-faculty-tom-giampietro-releases-cd-ear-records

UMass jazz faculty Thomas Giampietro has released a CD, A Thru-Composed Life, with Giampietro on drums, Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar; Gary Versace, organ and guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

Congrats to Evan MacCarthy on being elected President of the American Musicological Society's New England Chapter! http:...
12/19/2020
Evan MacCarthy Named President of AMS's New England Chapter | Department of Music and Dance | UMass Amherst

Congrats to Evan MacCarthy on being elected President of the American Musicological Society's New England Chapter! http://www.umass.edu/music/news/evan-maccarthy-named-president-amss-new-england-chapter

Evan A. MacCarthy, a Five College Visiting Assistant Professor of music history, has been elected President of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society for a two-year term.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s one-time only presentation of a special holiday video featuring students from our jazz program and...
12/11/2020
UMass Happy Holidays 2020

Don’t miss tomorrow’s one-time only presentation of a special holiday video featuring students from our jazz program and the Minuteman Marching Band (7:30 p.m. sharp). A perfect way to spend a chilly December evening! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT-_n7xa8vo

Holiday favorites with some new twists courtesy of students from the UMass Jazz and African-American Music Studies program and the Minuteman Marching Band. C...

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., don't miss our next virtual concert featuring the UMass Jazz Ensemble along with the Graduate Jazz...
12/08/2020
UMass Jazz Ensemble: Fall 2020 Semester Finale

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., don't miss our next virtual concert featuring the UMass Jazz Ensemble along with the Graduate Jazz Composers Ensemble, Chamber Jazz Ensembles, and Kinetic Four! https://youtu.be/4x4CQDjv7HA

Virtual performance by the UMass Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jeffrey W. Holmes and Felipe Salles, with guests Graduate Jazz Composers Ensemble, Chamber Jazz E...

Enjoy the velvet tones of our Vocal Jazz Ensemble at their 2pm performance tomorrow on YouTube! https://youtu.be/qYkhFbB...
12/06/2020
Vocal Jazz Ensemble Fall 2020

Enjoy the velvet tones of our Vocal Jazz Ensemble at their 2pm performance tomorrow on YouTube! https://youtu.be/qYkhFbB3CVs

The UMass Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Catherine Jensen-Hole, director, performs a variety of tunes, along with special guests Doo Wop Shop and Duly Noted. The pdf p...

More ways to support great arts programming at UMass is a donation to the Frederick C. Tillis Endowment for the Arts, es...
11/25/2020
Dr. Frederick C. Tillis Memorial Campaign

More ways to support great arts programming at UMass is a donation to the Frederick C. Tillis Endowment for the Arts, established after his retirement in 1997. You can help to make his dream of seeing this endowment reach the $500,000 mark – details below: https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/22288

UMass Amherst, Dr. Frederick C. Tillis Memorial Campaign - Make a Gift today!

If you’re interested in donating on Giving Tuesday, we have a number of ways that you can support our department, includ...
11/24/2020
UMASS DANCERS HONOR MARILYN V. PATTON

If you’re interested in donating on Giving Tuesday, we have a number of ways that you can support our department, including this MinuteFund in honor dance program founder Marilyn Patton on her 85th birthday. (See the “Give” menu on our website for more options.) https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/23693

UMass Amherst, UMASS DANCERS HONOR MARILYN V. PATTON - Make a Gift today!

11/22/2020
Multiband Pops 2020

Major kudos to our incredibly dedicated students on their performances in this year's virtual Multiband Pops concert! If you missed Friday's premiere, you can still view it here: https://youtu.be/7C4xQizR_X8

The 46th Annual Multiband Pops is a virtual version of the annual extravaganza featuring our wind, jazz, orchestral, brass, choral & percussion ensembles. Pr...

11/19/2020
Multiband Pops 2019 time-lapse video from backstage

Great view of the incredible movements of people and equipment required to stage Multiband Pops (in non-pandemic times!). Thanks to Ayumi Cordeiro for capturing the footage, and to Betty Wilda for the help with editing!

11/17/2020
Kids 4 Harmony Pittsfield Winter Concert, 2019

Wonderful video taken during the Kids 4 Harmony winter concert last year. Hear from Courtney Clark (Artistic Director) and Sean Elligers MM'15 (Assistant Director) at our final Music, Community Engagement, and Social Action lecture tomorrow at 7PM! https://youtu.be/oyH0iZpXeHM

Here is a collection of performances from our Winter Concert in Pittsfield in Dec, 2019. Enjoy!

11/17/2020

Jamming outside of the FAC - Molly Plaisted & Andrew Wilcox performing “Stella by Starlight”

11/10/2020
TRILLLOQUY Session with Titus Underwood

Next up in our series on “Music, Community Engagement, and Social Action” is TRILLOQUY podcast founder Garrett McQueen. Watch his interview with Titus Underwood, Principal Oboe with the Nashville Symphony, then hear from Garrett himself at tomorrow’s lecture! https://youtu.be/0r0WCQ3Agj4

Titus Underwood (Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony) talks Black liberation, his recent furlough, and racism within his institution. Be sure to check o...

Members of the UMass Music & Dance faculty like Molly Christie Gonzalez have been taking the lead in using their art to ...
11/09/2020
Music & Dance Faculty Take Aim at Topics of Race, Immigration, Equity | Department of Music and Dance | UMass Amherst

Members of the UMass Music & Dance faculty like Molly Christie Gonzalez have been taking the lead in using their art to address the important issues of our times. Read on to learn more: https://www.umass.edu/music/news/music-dance-faculty-take-aim-topics-race-immigration-equity

Over the past few years, faculty members from the Department of Music and Dance are finding creative ways to utilize their talents to effect social change on a variety of important issues. See the full story to read about the work of Felipe Salles, Ayano Kataoka, Cobus du Toit, Molly Christie Gonzá...

Attention alumni - we’re working on redesigning our undergraduate degree in music education, and need your help! If you ...
11/09/2020
UMass Amherst Music Education Survey

Attention alumni - we’re working on redesigning our undergraduate degree in music education, and need your help! If you earned your undergrad degree or post-BA licensure through our music education program, please take a moment to fill out this online survey: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fforms.gle%2FoB2nNgSdXWg4k9oj6&h=AT2mdH91FqVffyOCNb7TTV8lPE1Mf0WdnU8qlBwnV9pNKew0leY6iO0FxiexJ2S3i0WX6zbhnc8UbW0kumWzrfhUS1pNpjZ3Bv8BRfo_B9GuX4gBqWlvO4fzopslfCJ6HBMzVa8&s=1

Please complete this survey regarding the relevance of your undergraduate experience at UMass Amherst in preparing you for a music education career. Set aside at least 20-25 minutes, but spend as long as you would like to provide as much information as you can. Feel free to share the survey link wit...

11/05/2020
Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Check out this cool video featuring alumnus Haneef Nelson ‘20MM, who has been providing virtual composition lessons to young musicians in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's Youth Symphony!

For this week's episode of SSO Homegrown, we go behind the scenes with the virtual music composition course being offered this fall by the SSO's Education department. Education Director Kirsten Lipkens talks with the course's instructor, Haneef Nelson, and introduces student John Cowles, who plays a piece on clarinet that the class composed collaboratively.

The next session of our live virtual course offerings begins soon and will be open to the public - check this page for more information: https://www.springfieldsymphony.org/live-virtual-course-offerings/

And find more episodes of Homegrown on our home page at https://www.springfieldsymphony.org/#homegrown

11/04/2020
Opus 118 Harlem School of Music

An inspiring performance by Opus 118 Harlem School of Music
students led by Nicole Wright, tomorrow night's speaker in our ongoing "Music, Community Engagement, & Social Action" series!

In Honor of Black History Month, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music students at PS 30 Hernandez/Hughes participated in a performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing", a piece selected by both their instructor, Nicole Wright, and the students. In addition to displaying their own progress as violin students, they also paid homage to progress made possible by the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, whose work is embodied in the text of the song—often referred to as the black national anthem. Many of the images selected for this video were posted on the walls of the school, right next to where the students filmed, as part of their curriculum and as a tribute to the significant contributions of those featured.

10/23/2020
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Tune in on Monday with Professor Felipe Salles and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Arts Across America performances!

Tune in for a LIVE #ArtsAcrossAmerica performance! 🎷💻🎶

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts partners with NEFA and UMass Fine Arts Center to present 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝑰𝒎𝒎𝒊𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝑬𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 with composer, multi-reed player, and conductor Felipe Salles navigating themes and ideas inspired by conversations with Dreamers. Arts Across America is brought to you by Facebook.

Support Felipe 🔹 Venmo: @Felipe-Salles-1

Presented as part of Arts Across America—a live performance series presented Mondays through Fridays to uplift & showcase artists from across the country. Learn more at http://kennedy-center.org/artsacrossamerica/

10/23/2020

UMass music professors Romie de Guise-Langlois (clarinet), Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (saxophone), and Remy Taghavi perform Paquito D’Rivera’s Vals Venezolano, Habanera from “Aires Tropicales,” and Contradanza (guest appearance by unnamed four-legged photo bomber).

10/22/2020
UMass Homecoming 2020: Edward Arron & Jeewon Park

Our next video features the husband and wife duo of UMass cello professor Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, performing from their living room as part of the 2020 UMass "Homecoming @ Home" virtual celebration.

Check our Events to sign up for tonight's talk on Project STEP, which provides comprehensive music instruction to histor...
10/21/2020

Check our Events to sign up for tonight's talk on Project STEP, which provides comprehensive music instruction to historically underrepresented groups in the Boston area. Speakers include Program/Communications Manager Rachel Forbes '19!

10/21/2020
UMass Homecoming 2020:

Our next video in honor of Homecoming @ Home 2020 features the Chamber Jazz Quartet, coached by Jeffrey W. Holmes, performing “Stop This Train” (John Mayer, arrangement by Joshua Redman, Coleman Hovey).

Matt Padula, tenor sax; Coleman Hovey, piano; Liam Keaney, bass; Zandra Azoulay, drums

10/20/2020
UMass Minuteman Marching Band

Now, how cool is this...!

A huge shoutout to James Campbell for putting this video together! Here’s our 2020 rendition of Fight Mass!

GO UMASS!! ❤️

Aspiring dance students, check out this great opportunity to learn about all that our amazing dance program has to offer...
10/20/2020
UMass Amherst Dance Department

Aspiring dance students, check out this great opportunity to learn about all that our amazing dance program has to offer!

UMASS Dance Virtual Open House!
October 29 from 6-8pm
December 2 from 6-8pm

We have curated an Open House for prospective dance majors, including high school juniors and seniors, transfers and current UMass students. You will interact with dance majors and faculty, receive a program overview, Q&A and tour of our facilities. Current dance students will share their research and excerpts of performances. You will meet our faculty, whose research truly reflects the scope of our department.

There will be opportunities to apply and schedule more time with us in order to support your pathway in becoming a UMass Dance Major leading to a career and life in the arts. See link below for more info and to register!

Please share!

https://www.umass.edu/music/event/dance-program-open-house-fall-20-1

10/20/2020
UMass Homecoming 2020: UMass Wind Ensemble

We're posting a new video each day as part of this year's "Homecoming @ Home" virtual celebration. Here's the UMass Amherst Wind Ensemble, led by Director of Wind Studies Matthew Westgate, performing "La Morisque" from the Danserye (1551) by Renaissance composer Tielman Susato.

10/19/2020
UMass Homecoming 2020: Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Posting a new video each week to celebrate Homecoming @ Home. Today's video is by the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Catherine Jensen-Hole, performing “Dancing in the Dark” (Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, arr. by Prof. Jensen-Hole).

Sopranos: Hannah White, Raven McCormack, Rianne Gibson, Héloïse Goncalves
Altos: Emma Hagan, Alice Merville, Crystal Curran Tenors: Jordan Kinder, Coleman Hovey
Baritone: Nathan Fisette
Bass: Eddie Pizzano, Michael O’Malley
Rhythm section recorded in 2015 features alumni Christian Tremblay (piano); Jerrod Campion (guitar); Chris Merritt (bass); James McCarthy (drums).

10/16/2020

Caught having fun in the sun (L-R)
Rongbing Shen, clarinet
Nathaniel Holden, oboe
Ryah Lichtenstein, flute
James Scott, bassoon

Excerpt from Wind Quartet in D Minor 1st mvt (allegro risoluto) by Karl Goepfart

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University Of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center - 273 East 151 Presidents Dr, Ofc 1
Amherst, MA
01003-9330

General information

• Provides over 200 performance and concert opportunities, 17 instrumental ensembles, 6 vocal ensembles, and student solo and studio recital series. • Is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. UMass Amherst is accredited by the New England Association of Universities and Colleges. • Includes: 240 undergraduate and 75 graduate students. • Offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Music; Bachelor of Music in Jazz, Music Education, History, Performance, or Theory/Composition; Master of Music in Jazz, Music Education, Musicology, Performance, or Accompanying; and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory or Music Education. • Is housed in the Fine Arts Center. Separate wings of the Center incorporate exhibition and performing areas, academic space for the Departments of Art, Theater and Music, including Music Department classrooms, practice rooms, studios, offices and a music library reserve center. • Presents performances in the 2,000-seat Concert Hall, the 200-seat Bezanson Recital Hall (both in the Fine Arts Center complex), and Bowker Auditorium, a 700-seat facility located in Stockbridge Hall. • Utilizes UMass Amherst's library system which includes music and dance-related books (20,000), scores (18,000), periodical subscriptions (100), recordings (21,000), and a variety of electronic resources, located in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and a smaller Music Reserve Lab in the Music wing of the Fine Arts Center. • Participates in the Five College system; courses can be taken, at no extra cost, at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, which are linked by a free bus system. Music students may participate in special performances such as the Five College Choral and Jazz Festivals. Link to Five College Music website. • Is home to Jazz in July , a two-week Fine Arts Center summer program which has many of the same jazz faculty as the Department of Music & Dance. To learn more, please see the Jazz in July website.

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