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Faculty/Staff Vacancies (click for pdf):
Asst Prof. of Dance/Dance Education
Director of Orchestral Studies
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NEWS & FEATURES
Fanfare Magazine (pdf)
Welcome to New Faculty! (below)
Faculty Achievements (below)
Ricciardi NEH Grant for Tasso Project
Thom Hannum National Award

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Concerts/Events This Week:
String Chamber Concert
Mon. 12/5, 7:30pm, Bezanson
Jazz Ensemble I
Tues. 12/6, 7:30pm, Bowker
Symphony Band/Percussion Ensemble
Wed. 12/7, 7:30pm, Concert Hall
Wind Ensemble/Concert Band
Fri. 12/9, 7:30pm, Concert Hall
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Sun. 12/11, 4:30pm, Bezanson
UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra
Sun. 12/11, 7:30pm, Concert Hall
Chapel Jazz & Jazz Lab Ensembles
Wed. 12/14, 7:30pm, Bowker

Tuesday Morning Recital Program

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WELCOME TO NEW FACULTY/STAFF FOR 2016-17!

Dr. Roberta Marvin

Roberta Marvin

Chair

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Edward Arron

Edward Arron

Cello Studio

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Cobus du Toit

Cobus du Toit

Flute Studio

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Romie de Guise-Langlois


Romie de Guise-Langlois

Clarinet Studio

Bio page

 


Matt Longhi


Matt Longhi

Director of Publicity & Marketing

Matt comes to us from the Springfield Museums, having previously held Marketing and Education positions at the Springfield Republican & Springfield Symphony.

 



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OUR SUCCESSES 

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that Thom Hannum, University of Massachusetts Associate Director of the Minutemen Marching Band and Director of the Marimba Band and Marimba Ensemble program, is the recipient of the 2016 George N. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education. Thom will receive the award during the Opening Ceremony at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

“The George N. Parks Award honors an exemplary music educator who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks showed his students every day,” said Michael J. Blakeslee, executive director and CEO of NAfME. “The recipient must have a collaborative spirit, dedication to knowing the students as people, perseverance and enthusiasm, and an ability to instill qualities in students beyond the musical. We are greatly pleased to present Thom Hannum with this year’s honor.”  Link to full NAfME article

Thom HannumThom Hannum


Professor Emiliano Ricciardi has been awarded a $260,000 Scholarly Editions Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his Tasso in Music Project: www.neh.gov/files/press-release/july_2016_nehgrants.pdf. (p. 20)

The project, of which Ricciardi is director and general editor, is a digital critical edition of c. 650 musical settings of the poetry of Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), the most prominent poet of late 16th century Italy. The majority of these musical settings, which represent the work of over 100 composers, are currently unavailable in modern edition and will be brought to the attention of scholars and performers for the first time. In so doing, the project will also illuminate the significance of Tasso's poetry for the musical culture of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods.

Collaborators include Stanford University's Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities, and a team of editors from leading research universities in North America and Europe.

Emiliano Ricciardi
Tasso Project Homepage

Professor Matthew Westgate, Director of Wind Studies, is coordinating a series of recording sessions on our campus.  Faculty, students, and guest artists are recording three "lost" chamber works by Frank Martin: "Totentanz anz zu Basel im Jahre 1943," "Concerto for Winds and Piano," and "Rhone und Rhine."  This is the culminating project of Westgate's Research-Intensive Semester.

Arts Laureate from Washington, D.C. is recording the CD, and it will be distributed by MSR Classics in 2017.  This is a big opportunity for the students involved, sitting next to and playing alongside their teachers and other professional players.

Matthew WestgateProf. Matthew Westgate


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


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