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Salvatore Macchia

Salvatore Macchia Named Chair of Music & Dance Department

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Salvatore Macchia, Professor of Composition and String Bass at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named chair of the Department of Music and Dance, effective July 1, 2019. He follows Roberta M. Marvin, who recently completed her three-year appointment as chair.

Tyler Woodbury, tuba

UMass Tubist Tyler Woodbury Selected as Semi-Finalist in International Competition

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tyler Woodbury, a tuba student currently enrolled at the Department of Music and Dance, is one of only 10 collegiate student semi-finalists chosen from an international field by the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, one of the most prestigious solo competitions for tuba in the world.

Caroline Lee, mezzo-soprano with Sarah Kim, piano

UMass Music & Dance Holds Convocation Awards Ceremony for 2018-19

Thursday, May 2, 2019

On May 1, the Department held its annual Convocation Ceremony to honor undergraduate, graduate, and honors students for their accomplishments. The event featured performances by oboist Erin Hussey, winner of the 2018 Theodore Presser Scholar Award, with Annierose Klingbeil, violin; Lauren Brown, viola and David Lookwhy, cello; and mezzo-soprano Caroline Lee, the 2018 Howard LeBow Memorial Scholarship awardee, with Sarah Kim, piano.

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.