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.

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The New World Symphony’s performance of “Song for Sister Hokkaido” by Frederick Tillis is featured on tonight’s streamed...
04/16/2021
New World Symphony Program II, April 16, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET (Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2020-2021)

The New World Symphony’s performance of “Song for Sister Hokkaido” by Frederick Tillis is featured on tonight’s streamed concert from The Library of Congress! Michael Tilson Thomas conducts. https://loc.gov/concerts/new-world-symphony-april16.html

Founded in 1987 by the legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In their second program for the Library, these talented young musicians presen...

ATTENTION Mass. high school music students! Entries for the Inaugural UMass Young Artists Competition are being accepted...
04/15/2021
UMass Young Artist Awards 2021 : Department of Music and Dance : UMass Amherst

ATTENTION Mass. high school music students! Entries for the Inaugural UMass Young Artists Competition are being accepted thru May 1! Cash prizes up to $1K each category: Piano, Strings, Voice, and Winds (incl brass/percussion). Click below to apply, get repertoire requirements etc. https://www.umass.edu/music/umass-young-artist-awards-2021

Eligibility | Awards | Applicaton | Fee | Sponsors Open to all Massachusetts high school students

Major kudos to violin Prof. Elizabeth Chang on the release of her new CD on Albany Records featuring music by Schoenberg...
04/14/2021
Violinist Elizabeth Chang Releases New CD on Albany Records : Department of Music and Dance : UMass Amherst

Major kudos to violin Prof. Elizabeth Chang on the release of her new CD on Albany Records featuring music by Schoenberg, Sessions, and Kirchner! http://www.umass.edu/music/news/violinist-elizabeth-chang-releases-new-cd-albany-records

On April 2, UMass Professor of Violin Elizabeth Chang released her new CD, Transformations, on Albany Records, with music by Kirchner, Sessions & Schoenberg.

Learn more about the evolving art form known as Chicago Footwork from three of the originators of the genre! The beat ba...
04/08/2021
UMass Music & Dance to Co-Sponsor Chicago Footwork Workshops, Beat Battle : Department of Music and Dance : UMass Amherst

Learn more about the evolving art form known as Chicago Footwork from three of the originators of the genre! The beat battle at the close of this weekend’s events is free to view – deadline for those interested in entering is tonight (see below for full details! http://www.umass.edu/music/news/umass-music-dance-co-sponsor-chicago-footwork-workshops-beat-battle

Music & Dance, in cooperation with Creation Global and Prof. Miriam Piilonen, is co-sponsoring an online workshop series entitled Chicago Footworkology Music Edition, Sat/Sun April 10 & 11.

The all-digital lineup for the UMass Bach Festival & Symposium features concerts by faculty and students, world-premiere...
04/07/2021
Bach Festival & Symposium @ UMass Amherst

The all-digital lineup for the UMass Bach Festival & Symposium features concerts by faculty and students, world-premieres of Bach-inspired works, a full-day scholarly symposium, and a special UMass Fine Arts Center concert by cellist Matt Haimovitz. Click below for full details! https://blogs.umass.edu/bach/

About the Festival & Symposium The UMass Amherst Bach Festival and Symposium was launched in April 2015. The biennial event attracts exceptional musicians and scholars of international stature to UMass Amherst, connects them to our students, alumni and faculty, and through robust collaboration, crea...

Nice article from our friends at Daily Hampshire Gazette about Felipe Salles' upcoming livestream on April 24, part of T...
03/26/2021
The musical melting pot: Live-streamed shows at the Academy of Music feature Latin American jazz

Nice article from our friends at Daily Hampshire Gazette about Felipe Salles' upcoming livestream on April 24, part of Third Row Live's upcoming concert series celebrating the contributions of immigrants!

Immigration has been a hot-button topic for years now, and a change of parties in the White House hasn’t altered the issue, as President Joe Biden contends with a sudden surge of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border, in turn inviting fresh...

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s new CD, which includes new works by Felipe Salles and Salvatore Macchia, explores “the definiti...
03/24/2021

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s new CD, which includes new works by Felipe Salles and Salvatore Macchia, explores “the definitions, edges and aesthetic possibilities” of classical music. He's Innova’s featured artist this week, with interviews and interactive content posted daily!

Artist of the Week

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

His new album, Second Flight is out Friday with genre bending saxophone music by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Eric Wubbels, Annika Socolofsky, Stephen Rush, Ingrid Arauco, Salvatore Macchia, Joan Tower, and Felipe Salles.

Check out the interactive website for Eric Wubbel's Axamer Folio.
http://axamerfolio.wubbelsmusic.com

Thank you to Dean Krauthamer and the leadership at College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst for speaking out a...
03/23/2021
Statement on Anti-Asian Racism, Xenophobia, and Misogyny

Thank you to Dean Krauthamer and the leadership at College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst for speaking out against xenophobia and misogyny in all forms. Read the full statement:

https://www.umass.edu/hfa/news/statement-anti-asian-racism-xenophobia-and-misogyny

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts stands in solidarity and grief with the Asian and Asian American community in the aftermath of the devastating killings of six Asian women in the Atlanta-area on March 16, 2021.

03/23/2021

...and with the coming of spring, our students take to the open air for their practicing! Graduate Eric Montgomery plays “Blew Tango” from Elizabeth Raum’s “Sweet Dances.”

Proud to stand with the Chancellor and our campus community in the stand against racism. #hatehasnohomehere
03/19/2021
UMass Amherst

Proud to stand with the Chancellor and our campus community in the stand against racism. #hatehasnohomehere

Please take a moment to read an important statement from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy on the growing wave of anti-Asian racism.

This week, we have TWO chances to hear first-hand from MET Orchestra musicians! Tonight we welcome educator, philanthrop...
03/17/2021
Music, Community Engagement & Social Action: Weston Sprott : Department of Music and Dance : UMass Amherst

This week, we have TWO chances to hear first-hand from MET Orchestra musicians! Tonight we welcome educator, philanthropist, and trombonist Weston Sprott (free on YouTube or pre-register on Zoom), followed by a lecture/masterclass next Thursday with hornist Anne Marie Scharer! https://www.umass.edu/music/event/music-community-engagement-social-action-weston-sprott

Weston Sprott, Dean of Juilliard School's Preparatory Division and Met Opera Orchestra trombonist Elizabeth Chang and other members of the Department's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will interview Sprott on his work as both a performer and administrator on issues related to music educati...

Faculty cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park have spent 20+ years working to perfect their musical collaboration...
03/12/2021
UMass Faculty Cellist Edward Arron & Pianist Jeewon Park Release New CD : Department of Music and Dance : UMass Amherst

Faculty cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park have spent 20+ years working to perfect their musical collaboration. Their newest CD is the culmination of those efforts – read more about the release below! https://www.umass.edu/music/news/umass-faculty-cellist-edward-arron-pianist-jeewon-park-release-new-cd

In January 2021, UMass faculty cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park released a recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano on the Aeolian Classics label.

The virtual conference "Beyond the Proscenium: Access" will explore how dancers and academics are "breaking the fourth w...
03/11/2021
Virtual Dance Conference: Beyond the Proscenium : Department of Music and Dance : UMass Amherst

The virtual conference "Beyond the Proscenium: Access" will explore how dancers and academics are "breaking the fourth wall" with respect to access, license, and cross-collaboration with other disciplines. Deadline to register is today - click below for more information! https://www.umass.edu/music/event/virtual-dance-conference-beyond-proscenium

A Virtual Conference for New England (& Beyond) Dance Programs Paul A. Dennis, coordinator (UMass Dance professor) Website

So excited to announce our new Young Artists Competition, open to talented high school musicians in Massachusetts to enc...
03/10/2021
UMass Music Program Announces New Young Artist Competition : Department of Music and Dance : UMass Amherst

So excited to announce our new Young Artists Competition, open to talented high school musicians in Massachusetts to encourage their study of classical music! Entry deadline is May 1 - click below for details. https://www.umass.edu/music/news/umass-music-program-announces-new-young-artist-competition

The Department of Music & Dance has created a new online music competition, UMass Young Artist Awards, open to high school students who are residents of, or attend school in Massachusetts.

Congrats to music education professors Daniel Albert, Stephen Paparo, and doctoral student Megan DiSciscio on their pres...
03/05/2021
2021 NAfME Music Research & Teacher Education Conference - NAfME

Congrats to music education professors Daniel Albert, Stephen Paparo, and doctoral student Megan DiSciscio on their presentations at last week’s “Bringing the Future into Focus” conference held by National Association for Music Educators! https://nafme.org/2021-nafme-music-research-teacher-education-conference/

NEW 2/21/21! NAfME Conference FAQs The NAfME National Music Research and Teacher Education Conference will be presented in a virtual format in 2021. Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26…

03/03/2021
Caroline Shaw - Narrow Sea, Part 1 (Official Video)

The So Percussion Ensemble has placed sustainability and social equity at the very center of their overall mission. Check out this stunning example of their artistry (featuring Dawn Upshaw), and then join us TONIGHT at 7 for our discussion with founding member Jason Treuting. https://youtu.be/ihgHn_PthtM

Caroline Shaw's 'Narrow Sea,' Part 1, performed by Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, and Sō Percussion, from the album 'Narrow Sea,' out now on Nonesuch Records: ...

Kudos to senior voice student Ryan Nash, who took 1st place in last week’s Virtual Student Auditions held by the Nationa...
03/01/2021

Kudos to senior voice student Ryan Nash, who took 1st place in last week’s Virtual Student Auditions held by the National Association of Teachers in Singing/Boston! As the winner of the Upper Collegiate/Classical Division, Ryan earned a cash prize and professional studio recording time.

Twenty years ago today, jazz great and former UMass faculty member Billy Taylor donated his entire archives to the Libra...
02/27/2021
Billy Taylor Kicks Off His 80th Birthday Celebration by Donating His Archives to the Library of Congress

Twenty years ago today, jazz great and former UMass faculty member Billy Taylor donated his entire archives to the Library of Congress. At the time, it was the largest such collection in the Library’s Music Division! https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-01-033/billy-taylor-kicks-off-his-80th-birthday-celebration-by-dona/2001-02-26/

The Library of Congress Music Division has become a renowned repository for American jazz collections in recent years, including the archives of such notable artists as Duke Ellington (the Valburn/Ellington Collection), Charles Mingus, Louis Bellson, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Ch...

Please note this important update to our operational posture, effective Monday, February 22.
02/19/2021
UMass Amherst

Please note this important update to our operational posture, effective Monday, February 22.

UPDATE TO CAMPUS OPERATIONAL POSTURE AS OF FEB. 19, 2021:

In consultation with the state Department of Public Health, UMass Amherst has made the decision to lower the campus operational posture from High Risk to Elevated. A number of public health-related restrictions will remain in place, but others, such as the suspension of in-person instruction, will be lifted on Monday, Feb. 22.

Here are the specifics of the shift, effective Monday, Feb 22:

CLASSES
➡️ In-person classes resume ONLY for students in compliance with their twice-weekly testing requirement. Students must display a green Campus Health Hub checkmark to get access to in-person classes.
➡️ Students out of compliance with the testing protocol will lose access to their fully remote courses. Access to Moodle and Blackboard will be curtailed.

EMPLOYMENT
➡️ Employment restrictions are lifted for students who are in compliance with twice-weekly testing requirement.
➡️ Students employed in on-campus jobs should consult with their supervisor on the re-opening date of their work and must present a Campus Health Hub green checkmark to their supervisor in order to return to work.
➡️ Students employed off-campus might wish to use the green checkmark to assure their employers of their health status and commitment to public health obligations.

SOCIAL GATHERINGS
➡️ No unauthorized student gatherings of any size permitted. Our analysis has shown that small gatherings where masking and social distancing were not strictly followed were a significant cause of the recent COVID surge. It is imperative that you restrict your contacts and socialization to your own social bubble.
➡️ Visitors or guests are not allowed on campus, including in residence halls.

TESTING
➡️ All undergraduate students residing on campus or off campus in the Amherst area are required to undergo testing twice a week.
➡️ These testing requirements also apply to graduate students coming to campus.
➡️ All other graduate students are strongly encouraged to test twice a week.
➡️ Testing is by appointment only.
➡️ Falling out of compliance will lead to denial of access to face-to-face and online classes, Blackboard, and Moodle, as well as access to campus facilities and dining services.

DINING
➡️ Grab ‘n’ Go continues. All guests will be asked to show their Campus Health Hub green checkmark upon entry into a dining location. Seated dining will only resume if and when the public health situation improves further.

ATHLETICS
➡️ All programs resume competition and practice.
➡️ No home competitions until mid-March.
➡️ Teams will maintain assigned social bubbles.

BUILDING ACCESS
➡️ Du Bois Library restores onsite services, including curbside pick-up and Interlibrary Loan scanning.
➡️ Campus building access restricted. Where necessary, monitors who check for green checkmark certification might be posted.
➡️ Student Union will open if the public health outlook continues to improve and will strictly adhere to COVID-19 capacity limits. Only students with Campus Health Hub green checkmark will be allowed entry. Masking, social distancing, and avoiding unauthorized gatherings should be strictly observed.

ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE
➡️ Please continue to wear a mask in public places, observe social distancing, and avoid unauthorized student gatherings outside your own social bubble.
➡️ Be sure to answer any calls you receive from UMass Public Health Team or Massachusetts Department of Public Health contact tracers.

If conditions continue to improve, other aspects of campus life could return in a phased manner, including in-person dining, access to the Recreation Center, and hosting a guest in a residence hall.

Together, we have made considerable, hard-earned progress during the past two weeks. Let us continue on the path to recovery. Thank you.

Music for a snowy evening - Gilles Vonsattel performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio with players from the Chamber Music Soc...
02/19/2021
Front Row Mainstage: In Earnest | The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Music for a snowy evening - Gilles Vonsattel performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio with players from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (available for viewing through next Wednesday 2/24). https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/watch-and-listen/live/in-earnest-february-18-2021/

Experience the peerless artistry of CMS with newly curated full-length HD concerts featuring archival video recordings woven together into never-before-heard concert pairings. Intermission will include a Q&A with the artists. Free admission. CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT CMS AND OUR EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTS RE...

The Tasso in Music Project, directed Emiliano Ricciardi, has received Honorable Mention in the Digital Innovation Compet...
02/19/2021
Ricciardi Receives Honorable Mention from Renaissance Society of America | Department of Music and Dance | UMass Amherst

The Tasso in Music Project, directed Emiliano Ricciardi, has received Honorable Mention in the Digital Innovation Competition hosted by Renaissance Society of America, the largest academic organization in the world devoted to studying this era. Congrats! https://www.umass.edu/music/news/ricciardi-receives-honorable-mention-renaissance-society-america

The Tasso in Music Project, directed by Department of Music & Dance Professor Emiliano Ricciardi, has received Honorable Mention in the Renaissance Society of America's Digital Innovation Award Competition.

The next presentation in our new speaker series, "Music, Community Engagement, and Social Action," is by administrators ...
02/17/2021
All-Play: Stand By Me

The next presentation in our new speaker series, "Music, Community Engagement, and Social Action," is by administrators from Boston's musiConnects program. Enjoy this rendition of "Stand By Me" by some of their budding young artists, and then check our Events for details on tonight's talk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmdHtUG9I2g

One of our favorite traditions here at musiConnects is the annual all-play performance of "Stand By Me." This year's feels extra special, because our student...

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Amherst, MA
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• 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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