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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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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

Allyss Haecker

April 17  Thursday  8pm  
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
James Patrick Miller, conductor
Guest artists: Allyss Haecker, soprano (pictured) & Arthur Haecker, conductor & trombonist

Music by Frank Ticheli, Gabriel Fauré, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jayce Ogren & Paul Hindemith

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April 18  Friday  1:25pm   FAC Room 44
Guest: Poundie Burstein,
Distinguished Professor, City University of New York

Neo-Kochian Theory and Mid-18th Century Sonata-Form Exposition

Free & open to the public

Poundie Burstein

Symphony Band

April 22 Tues. 8pm  Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
James Patrick Miller & Ayano Kataoka, directors

Music by John Barnes Chance, Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Dana Wilson, George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique & Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy

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April 23  Wed.  8pm  Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Tian Hui Ng, conductor

Amanda Hall, guest soprano

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs & Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op.73

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University Orchestra

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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