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MUSIC


Chorale singers
SHOUT OUT TO ALL UMASS STUDENTS
Come join one of our Ensembles!
   
Choral - Bands - Orchestra - Jazz - Early Music
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Five College New Music Festival
September 11-13, 2015
Bezanson Recital Hall, Free
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Take a Look at our Fall 2015:
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Fanfare Magazine (pdf)

YOU CAN PARK AT UMASS AMHERST
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MULTIBAND POPS CONCERT,
Fri. Oct. 16, 2015

Minuteman Marching BandMinuteman Marching Band, led by Timothy Anderson

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NEW FACULTY FOR 2015-16 (below)

FACULTY SUCCESSES
(below)

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NEW FACULTY 2015-2016

Chris White

 

 


Christopher White, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Yale University. Dr. White holds a PhD from Yale, and attended Queens College-CUNY and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. His articles have appeared in Music Perception and in Mathematics and Computation in Music; and he has presented papers at national meetings and regional conferences of the Society for Music Theory. His research investigates algorithmic and linguistic theories by presenting computational models of musical style, function, meter, and communication. The research has also focused on geometrically modeling early 20th-century musics, especially of Alexander Scriabin and Alban Berg. Dr. White studied organ with Haskell Thompson and James David Christie, and is an active performer. As a member of the Three Penny Chorus and Orchestra, he has appeared on NBC's Today Show and as a quarterfinalist on America's Got Talent. For publications and recordings: chriswmwhite.com.


Assistant Professor of Voice, soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine has performed with the Austin Lyric, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Utah Operas; and Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Omaha, Opera Memphis, and Chicago Opera Theater. Her work includes concerts with the Madison Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and the Santa Fe Symphony. Her repertoire includes Baroque through modern works such as the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Handel's Agrippina, Keiser's The Fortunes of King Croesus, Mark Adamo's Lysistrata, and Philip Glass' Galileo Galilei.   Dr. Guarrine has taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please visit jamieroseguarrine.com.

 


Fumi Tomita


An active jazz bassist proficient on acoustic and electric basses (as well as guitar and piano), Assistant Professor Shigefumi Tomita has worked with Joe Lovano, Joey Baron, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Vincent Herring, Anthony Wonsey, EJ Strickland, Jeremy Pelt, and Ron Affif.
A longtime resident of New York City, he performed at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Gracie Mansion, The Up Over Jazz Café, The 55 Bar, Cleopatra's Needle, the Garage as well as Cecil's and Trumpets in New Jersey. He has recorded with the Impromptu Jazz Trio (2011), featuring Lou Rainone on piano and Robert Weiss on drums. He is also active as a composer and bandleader and has led a number of his own gigs and sessions. His compositions are featured on his recording, Untold.
Shigefumi holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors from McGill University. Website: fumitomita.com.

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FACULTY SUCCESSES 

Astrid Schween, professor of cello in the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance since 2004, has been chosen to join the Juilliard String Quartet in September, 2016.  Ms. Schween will also become a member of the Juilliard School faculty. Professor Schween will continue teaching and performing at UMass Amherst through May, 2016.  In the Quartet, she will replace cellist Joel Krosnick, who was the professor of cello at the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance in the 1960s.

Ms. Schween has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. A frequent guest artist with the Boston and Memphis Chamber Music Societies, she is a member of the Boston Trio.  As a member of the Lark Quartet for 20 years, she performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Lockenhaus, and the Beethoven Festival in Moscow. With the Lark, she garnered numerous awards—the Shostakovich Gold Medal in Russia and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, among them. Ms. Schween performs regularly with pianists Randall Hodgkinson and Michael Gurt, and has appeared frequently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Astrid Schween

 

 

 

 

GREAT REVIEW FOR GILLES VONSATTEL
Professor of Piano Gilles Vonsattel performed with the Amphion Quartet in the Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center’s summer series on July 19, 2015.  Here’s what the blog Oberon’s Grove had to say about his performance of Mendelssohn’s Quartet in B minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, & Cello, Op.3: I've always had a strong streak of unabashed 'fanhood'; if I like a singer/dancer/musician, I really become an admirer and they become an idol. That happened for me today as Gilles Vonsattel played his way into my echelon of favorites. In 2014, the Swiss-born American pianist participated in a memorable CMS performance of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Playing my beloved Mendelssohn this evening, Mr. Vonsattel's quicksilver technique and masterful turns of phrase kept me constantly drawn to the keyboard.  In the finale, Mr. Vonsattel's mercurial playing was simply irresistible.” 

 

Gilles Vonsattel
Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

 

 

Assistant Professor of Music Education & Choral Specialist Stephen A. Paparo has been selected as a Student Centered Teaching & Learning Fellow by the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. The fellowship will enable him to revise the Introduction to Music Education course to include computer-supported collaborative learning. This course is particularly important, as it is the first in the professional sequence required for licensure for all Music Education majors.

The newly-revised approach will allow future music teachers to work in small groups and learn about effective music instruction through technology-based collaborative learning projects, and discover alternative instructional methods for their classrooms. This innovative focus will further contribute to the unique experience that students receive at the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance. 

 

Stephen A. Paparo

 

 

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  You CAN Park at UMass Amherst!

FAC Parking Map

 

 

PARKING IS STILL FREE FOR EVENING AND WEEKEND EVENTS AT UMASS AMHERST, & THERE IS PLENTY OF IT!   While lot #62 opposite Bezanson Recital Hall now has fewer spaces because of a new building, your options are many.  In addition to the spaces still available in the current #62 lot, a new #62 lot has been created just north of Franklin Dining Common, off Thatcher Road, less than a five minute walk to Bezanson.  All other lots where you may have parked in the past--63, 32, 34 and 71--are available to you.  Accessible parking is available in the current #62 lot, as well as in front of and behind the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.


FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:
Here is a Video about the Music Program at UMass Amherst

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