Music at UMass

The Music Program at UMass Amherst is one of the largest in New England, providing more than 250 performance and concert opportunities each year across 17 instrumental ensembles, six vocal groups, and numerous solo and ensemble recital series. UMass music faculty members are noted leaders in the fields of performance, pedagogy, and scholarship; they create a community at UMass that promotes individual growth through artistic collaboration and intellectual discovery.

Dance at UMass

The UMass Dance Program embraces rigor and risk in a program rich in artistic integrity and disciplined dance training. We believe that a robust and relevant curriculum should empower and open new pathways for our students to prepare for successful careers in the professional and academic fields of dance.

Alumni Profile: Natalie Lewis '21

Following her recent win at the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition and her Carnegie Hall debut, we interviewed Natalie Lewis about her competition experiences, her burgeoning opera career, and her undergraduate time here at UMass.

Natalie Lewis, '21

In the news

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Daniel Albert Receives Lowell Mason Award from Mass. Music Educators
Last month, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association presented Assistant Professor of Music Education Daniel Albert '01 with the Lowell Mason Award in recognition of his leadership in music education.
April 1, 2024
Alumna, Music Educator Gillian Desmarais Honored by Yamaha
Gillian Desmarais ’17 was selected as one of Yamaha’s “40 Under 40” for 2024 - Yamaha's list honoring music educators for their outstanding work in growing and strengthening their respective music programs.
March 28, 2024
Martha Mooke '88MM Lauded for Performance on Grammy-Winning Album
Music alumna Martha Mooke was honored at last month’s Grammy awards for her contributions to Carla Patullo's album So She Howls , which won the award for Best New Age, Ambient, or Chant Album.
March 7, 2024

Give to Music and Dance

All gifts to the Department of Music and Dance are tax-deductible, and you can support any fund that matches your interests. We hope you will consider making a recurring gift, if you are able to do so, as this is the most impactful way to support the department. Thank you for your generosity!
students in the UMass Amherst Chamber Choir perform