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Kevin Sloan MM'16 Passes Away
Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan '16MM (Violin Performance), passed away on April 3, 2024 from a brain tumor. He was a brilliant violinist and truly beloved member of the UMass community.

May 31, 2024
Zoë Cohen Honored as 21st Century Leader at UMass Commencement
Zoe Cohen, Minuteman Marching Band drum major

At this year’s undergraduate Commencement, Music Education major and Marching Band drum major Zoë Cohen is being honored by the university as one of ten 21st Century Leaders.

May 17, 2024
Graduating Senior Spotlight - May 2024
Kat Lopez

Profiles of select graduating seniors recommended by faculty: Zev Barden, Zoë Cohen, Maddi Giberson, Loren Isotalo, Emma Kucich, Kat Lopez (pictured), Maya Powe, Sophie Schilling, & Rebecca Tobar

May 14, 2024
Music & Dance Programs Celebrate '24 Graduates with Convocation Ceremonies
Matt Westgate speaking about Cathy Jensen-Hole

The UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance held its annual Convocation Ceremonies on May 7 (Music) and May 10 (Dance) to honor its graduates and scholarship award winners.

May 13, 2024
Jazz Program Receives 4 Student Music Awards from DownBeat Magazine
Keenan Asbridge

Two students and two ensembles from the Jazz & African-American Music Studies Program (JAAMS) have been selected to receive 2024 Student Music Awards from DownBeat Magazine.

May 9, 2024
Bandwidth Ensemble Releases New Album
Bandwidth Ensemble

Bandwidth Ensemble, which consists of UMass wind faculty plus oboist Kemp Jernigan, has just released its first album, Where Songs Go at Night, on Neuma Records. 

May 1, 2024
Daniel Albert Receives Lowell Mason Award from Mass. Music Educators
Daniel Albert

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

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
Martha Mooke, 2nd from right, with Carla Patullo (center) & Scorchio Quartet

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


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