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Grace McKay, jazz vocalist

Downbeat Magazine Awards UMass Jazz Students with National Honors

Friday, April 26, 2019

Two solo artists – Grace McKay and Matt Twaddle – and a jazz combo – the UMass Odd Meters Combo ­– from the Jazz & African-American Music Studies Program at UMass Amherst's Department of Music & Dance received awards in Downbeat Magazine’s 2019 Student Music Awards.

UMass Jazz Professor Fumi Tomita Has New Book and CD

Thursday, April 25, 2019

It’s been a busy month for Fumi Tomita, Assistant Professor of Jazz and String Bass in the Music & Dance Department. His new book, The Jazz Rhythm Section: A Manual for Band Directors, was published by Rowman & Littlefield and at almost the same time, his newest CD, The Elephant Vanishes: Jazz Interpretations of the Short Stories of Haruki Murakami was released by OA2 Records.

Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble with Tereza Lee on screen

Felipe Salles' "New Immigrant Experience" Premieres in Old Chapel

Monday, April 22, 2019

When UMass Associate Professor Felipe Salles met Tereza Lee while earning his doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music, he could not have guessed he was receiving the flicker of inspiration that would become a Guggenheim grant-supported musical composition. On April 9, Salles’s multimedia production, The New Immigrant Experience, had its sold out world premiere in the Old Chapel.

Andrew Megill, guest conductor

Bach Festival & Symposium Returns to UMass in April

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Highlights include a full performance of Bach’s epic St. Matthew Passion led by Andrew Megill (pictured), conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and a full-day Symposium on April 13 featuring an international roster of scholars and a keynote by Columbia University’s Lydia Goehr. Website>

Felipe Salles

UMass Amherst to Host World Premiere Performance of "The New Immigrant Experience"

Sunday, March 17, 2019

On April 9 at 7:30 PM, UMass Amherst hosts the world premiere of The New Immigrant Experience, a multi-media work (music and video projection) created by Associate Professor Felipe Salles.  Both the performance and the pre-concert panel discussion take place in the University’s historic Old Chapel.  Details>

UMass Music & Dance Featured at All-State Music Conference

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Department of Music & Dance will be well represented at this year's Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Conference, which takes place at Boston's Seaport Hotel February 28-March 2, 2019.