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Click here for info about a special Alumni Event coming in April!
April 11-12 Repertoire
Horn Players' Invitation
Flute Players' Invitation

POSITION OPENINGS (click for pdf):
Director of Wind Studies/Conductor of Wind Ensembles

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Emerging Choreographers

April 10/11/12  Thur/Fri/Sat  8pm  
Hampshire College Main Dance Studio

Eclectic works by UMass student choreographers Carly Armstrong-Champ, Melissa Byrd, Kayla Collette, Allison Dancewicz, Alez DiSalvo, Niki Farahani, Jill Laquidara, Sarah Lento, Savanna Murray, Erin Philipson, and Anna Pietal

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April 12  Saturday  4pm  FAC Concert Hall
Performances by the Alumni Band, Chorus & Orchestra

Music by Brahms, Bach, Handel, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Holst & Elgar's Nimrod from the Enigma Variations

Free & open to the public

Alumni Band

William Hite

April 13 Sunday  4pm  Bezanson Recital Hall
William Hite, tenor

With Peter Clemente, guest guitarist; Estela Olevsky & Nadine Shank, piano & Laura Klock, horn

All Britten program: Folk Song arrangements for voice & guitar; Winter Words; British Isles folk songs; Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain

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April 14  Monday  7:30pm 
Bezanson Recital Hall
Salvatore Macchia, faculty coordinator

New music composed and performed by UMass Music students

Free & open to the public

Student Composers & Performers

Five College Collegium

April 16  Wednesday  7:30pm  
Abbey Chapel, Mt. Holyoke College
Spring Returns!

Robert Eisenstein, director

Beyond Compère: Music of the French Renaissance
Mass movements, motets and chansons by Compère, Mouton, Crequillon and Manchicourt performed by voices and Renaissance winds.

Free & open to the public

April 16 Wed. 8pm  Bowker Auditorium
Eric Berlin, John Bottomley, Laura Klock & Greg Spiridopoulos, directors

Trumpet & Tuba/Euphonium Ensembles; Brass, Horn & Trombone Choirs perform Wagner, Britten, Grieg, Mahler & others

Free & open to the public

Brass Choir

Ticketed concerts:
Free for Music/Dance majors or minors (except special events)
$3 for UMass Amherst students (except Dance concerts)
$5 for other students, seniors & children under 18
$10 for general public
Box Office 413-545-2511 or usually available at the door
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Minuteman Marching Band, Timothy T. Anderson, director
Thomas Hannum, associate director
Macy's Thankgiving Day Parade
New York City, November 28, 2013

5th Annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference, Dallas
January 8-11, 2014
UMass Amherst Jazz Nonet, Jan 11, 12 noon, Conservatory Stage
Student Composition Showcase
, Jan 11, 2pm, Pegasus Ballroom, includes September Again by winning composer & JAAMS student Lucas Apostoleris
Jeffrey W. Holmes
with Earl MacDonald & the Jazz Education All-Stars,
Jan. 10, 12 noon, Inspirations Stage
Jazz & African-American Studies Music Program has a booth (#410) with Jazz in July.

Chamber Choir, Tony Thornton, conductor
At the Eastern Div. Conference, American Choral Directors Association,
Baltimore, February 5-8, 2014

UMass Amherst Symphony Band, James Patrick Miller, conductor
At the College Band Directors Assoc. Eastern Div. Conference
New England Conservatory, Boston, March 6, 2014
With guests: percussionist Michael Burritt; composers Gunther Schuller & Daniel Nelson; conductors Heidi Johanna Miller, Robert Franzblau & Timothy T. Anderson

Ronald Steele


Professor Ronald Steele, who founded the University Orchestra program, has passed away. 

A native of New Jersey, Ronald Steele was devoted to both music and photography from an early age. After a tour of duty with the US Air Force Symphony Orchestra and graduate study in violin performance at the University of Michigan, Steele joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts in 1963. Active as a conductor as well as a performer throughout his career, he was widely known on campus for his popular course, an introduction to music, which was transformed into an award-winning, nationally-syndicated radio show, The Listening Room, in the mid-1970s. A founder of the UMass Symphony Orchestra (1963) and the Five College Chamber Soloists, Steele resumed his passion for photography in the late 1970s, opening the Ron Steele Photography Studio, which became an increasing creative outlet after his retirement from the university in 1997.


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Here is a Video about the Music Program at UMass Amherst

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An Invitation from Laura Klock 

Laura Klock

Calling all horns! Won't you join us for a final chance to meet and play on the weekend of April 11 & 12, while you're here on the UMass campus for the 75th Anniversary celebrations?

We'll have an open horn choir reading at 2pm on Saturday, April 12 in Room 36, between the 12:30pm alumni lunch in the Campus Center Amherst Room and the 4pm concert in the FAC Concert Hall.

If you haven't played in a while, dust off your instrument or let me know if you need to borrow one. I can send out music ahead if you contact me, but it's just to have some fun and a little horn-time!   In any case, I hope you'll come to say hi even if you're there just to see fellow classmates and renew friendships.

If you'll email me by April 6 to let me know you're coming, I'll be sure to have enough music for all.  Otherwise, just show up and surprise me!
Looking forward to catching up with you all,

Laura Klock (

PS I'm retiring in May and we're having terrific finalists on our campus to interview, play and give master classes.  UMass has been a great place to be for these many years, and I'm now happy to give someone else a turn!



Flutes!  Come join us for a low-key, fun reading session of a variety of music for multiple flutes after the luncheon on Saturday, April 12 at 2 P.M. until shortly before our concert at 4 P.M.  All are welcome!!  We hope to see you all there!  We'll meet in Room 155.  If you have any questions, please email Marilyn Kushick,

Jen Joray

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