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DownBeat award winner Brian Martin

DownBeat Magazine Honors Music Alum Brian Martin with Student Music Award

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Trombonist and composer Brian Martin ’19MM has been honored with a Student Music Award from DownBeat Magazine. A student in the Jazz Composition and Arranging graduate program from 2017-19, Martin won the award for Outstanding Arrangement for Studio Orchestra (Graduate College category) for his arrangement of George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm.” 

Center for Teaching and Learning Names Lisa Lehmberg TIDE Ambassador for 2020-21

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Associate Professor of Music Education Lisa Lehmberg has been selected by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at UMass as a recipient of a TIDE Ambassador (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity) faculty fellowship for 2020-21.

Gilles Vonsattel, piano professor

Despite Campus Shutdown, Department of Music & Dance Finds Ways to Educate, Create

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Department of Music and Dance has met the challenges of remote instruction head-on through a mixture of imagination, technology, and enthusiasm. For example, Associate Professor of Piano Gilles Vonsattel has been providing students with his perspective on works they are studying, like this overview of Bach’s Concerto in G minor, along with video recordings like this one of him performing the piece.

Zoe Stinson, Presser Award winner

UMass Music & Dance Holds 2019-20 Convocation Via Videoconference

Thursday, April 30, 2020

To wrap up a most unique academic year, the Department of Music & Dance held its annual Convocation on April 27, via Zoom videoconference, to honor its music scholarship award winners and graduates. The event featured moving pre-recorded musical performances by students, alumni and faculty, and the announcement of scholarship award recipients.

Torquato Tasso, 16th century poet

UMass Tasso and Music Symposium, Concert Proceeds in Video Format

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tasso and Music Symposium takes place via Zoom video conference during the April 17-19 weekend (9:30am-12:30pm each day). Over a dozen music historians and literary scholars from North America and Europe present papers on the musical legacy of 16th-century Italian poet Torquato Tasso.

UMass Music Alum Organizes “COVID-Stock” Concerts by Recent Graduates

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When Ryan Hollander ’17 (Vocal Jazz Performance) saw many of his favorite artists presenting live streamed performances during the COVID-19 pandemic, it struck a chord. The result is COVID-Stock, a rolling series of performances organized by Hollander featuring the talents of over 40 alumni of the UMass Amherst Music and Dance Department.