Ongoing opportunities for student performances include Music Workshops, Concerto Evening (by audition), and the various outlets provided by the many performance ensembles in the Music Program (e.g., Winter and Spring Chorus and Orchestra Concerts, and so on). By audition, students have the opportunity to share with the larger college community the results of their sustained work in performance study by presenting a Senior Recital.
One of our objectives is to expose students to the many and varied ranges of musical experience and to give them an opportunity to hear their own teachers as well as guest artists perform and talk about their work in an intimate setting. The Concert Series features faculty and guest artists in chamber and orchestral performances as well as in jazz and world music venues. Music Tuesdays is a component that consists of various programs including student/faculty town meetings, concert presentations, guest artists’ lectures and performances, master classes, and collaborations with other departments and performing arts programs. The Concert Series and Music Tuesdays are part of the Concert Attendance Requirement. Master Class, taught by members of the music faculty as well as guest artists, is a series of concerts, instrumental and vocal seminars as well as lecture/demo presentations of music history, world music, improvisation, jazz, composition, and music technology. Recent Guest Master Teachers have included Milton Babbitt, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, John Cage, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, David Del Tredici, Robert Dick, Philip Glass, Stuart Isacoff, James Levine, Stephen Sondheim, Joan Tower, Dawn Upshaw, Christian Wolff, Yehudi Wyner, Copland House, Cygnus Ensemble, The Da Capo Chamber Players and The New York New Music Ensemble.
Only 35 minutes from New York City, students can get a shuttle from campus to the train station to take advantage of the myriad musical performances in the city. Student discount tickets are arranged for productions at the Metropolitan Opera, concerts at Carnegie Hall, performances of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, as well as the many prestigious chamber music series that take place in and around Manhattan.