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MUSIC.

For obituaries of Professors Emeritus Charles Bestor and Miriam Whaples, who died in early 2016, please visit our Alumni page.


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Our Successes (below)

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SUMMER PROGRAMS
Online Music courses
Jazz in July
Pre-College Course: Music & Tech
Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy
Conducting Institute
Study in Ghana: Music, Arts, Culture

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FAREWELL TO RETIRING FACULTY & STAFF

Jeff Cox

Jeff Cox

Chairperson since 2006

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Michael Sussman

Michael Sussman

Clarinet Professor since 1984

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Christopher Krueger

Christopher Krueger

Flute Professor since 1999

Bio page


Astrid Schween

Astrid Schween

Cello Professor since 2004

Bio page

Prof. Schween was invited to join the Juilliard String Quartet & Juilliard School faculty


Marilyn Kushick

Marilyn Kushick

Director of Publicity & Fundraising since 1990

 


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OUR SUCCESSES 

Lisa Lehmberg’s book Music For Life was recently published by Oxford University Press.  With co-author C. Victor Fung, she focused on music participation and senior citizens’ quality of life.  The book concludes with a challenge for music educators: act on the latest research to enable people of all ages to benefit from music, a substantial contributor to quality of life.  More information/purchase at the Oxford website.

Prof. Lisa Lehmberg


The Felipe Salles Group received a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures for the performance of Salles' Ugandan Suite with workshops and master classes on the influence of African music on jazz and Brazilian music.

Felipe Salles

The Springfield Symphony, with UMass Professors Nadine Shank, Salvatore Macchia, and Michael Sussman, and alumni Romina Kostare and Bruce Diehl, performed at the New England Patriots pregame ceremonies to celebrate the team's fourth Super Bowl championship.

Romina Kostare

After submitting recordings for evaluation, the UMass Wind Ensemble, Matthew Westgate, conductor, received an invitation to perform at the 2016 College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference in New London, CT in March.
The Ensemble's Dream Music program will include Timothy Todd Anderson, guest conductor, leading Key/Sousa's Star Spangled Banner, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone soloist in Biedenbender's Dreams in the Dusk, Frank Ticheli's Rest, and works by Mendelssohn and Schmitt. The Ensemble also performs Dream Music at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on March 4 at 7:30pm, and at Foxboro (MA) High School, where it will lead clinics and masterclasses.

Matthew WestgateProf. Matthew Westgate


Scalene Scene by Michael Caudill '14, MM'17 was a winner in the Composition Competition, 360° Jazz Initiative, sponsored by the Music Department of the Univ. of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill. Caudill, lead tenor sax; Lucas Apostoleris '15, drums; and Christian Tremblay MM'17, piano were selected for the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra (Cumberland, MD), the premier collegiate all-star band on the East coast. In January, the Band played at Lincoln Center in NYC.

Caudill, Sean Jones, Apostoleris, TremblayCaudill, Sean Jones (Jazz Orchestra's conductor), Apostoleris & Tremblay in Cumberland, MD

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