Jeffrey Buettner

Director of Choral Activities

Associate Professor of Music

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Jeffrey Buettner, DMA is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Middlebury College where he conducts the College Choir, directs and performs with the Collegium, and teaches courses in conducting and ensemble vocal music, and the seminar “Singing Communities.” He is co-founder/music director of the Middlebury Bach Festival/Bach Concerts, and conducted the Opera Company of Middlebury production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2015. He has conducted at the New York Summer Music Festival and in choral festivals in the Midwest and Northeast. Professor Buettner has traveled to Ukraine for research in Romani music on several occasions since 1999, and as a Fulbright Scholar to Kharkiv State University of Arts in 2010 where he conducted the University Choir. He has presented his research of Romani vocal music (“Gypsy Choirs”) of Ukraine and Russia at national and international conferences, including the 2015 ACDA national conference, and performance study of Gluck’s Orfeo and Handel’s Esther at regional conferences. He has written and performed several arrangements of American and Romani songs, with the Middlebury College Choir and other ensembles. He received the DMA from Michigan State University, MM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and BM from St. Olaf College.



Course List: 

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FYSE 1347 - Singing Communities      

Singing Communities
Humans have used their voices in expressive communication for thousands of years, singing for work, comfort, love, praise, and many other purposes. In this course we will explore the role of vocal music in community and community building by learning songs and studying why people sing them, through classroom performance and discussion, group projects, and individual research and writing projects. We will learn songs of different continents, traditions, and communities in effort to learn how community is created and reinforced by or through song. Interest in group vocal music is encouraged. No prior vocal experience required. 3 hrs. sem. ART CMP CW

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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MUSC 0205 - Performance Lab      

Performance Lab
Credit can be conferred for performance in faculty-supervised ensembles: (see listing of "Ensembles" in the requirements section). One unit of credit to accrue over two semesters (spring then fall only). The appropriate supervising faculty will give grades, based on attendance and quality of performance. A student should inform the ensemble director of intent to sign up for this course before starting, and should actually register for MUSC 0205 only the SECOND of the two terms by adding it as a fifth course. MUSC 0205 does not fulfill any major course requirements and may not be taken more than once. (Approval required) ART

Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

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MUSC 0243 - Conducting      

In this course students will develop basic skills of conducting including movement, aural skills, creative gesture, and score study. Daily work will include preparation to conduct an ensemble of classmates. Score reading ability and proficiency on an instrument or in singing is required. (MUSC 0160 or by approval of instructor. Score-reading ability is required.) ART

Spring 2015, Spring 2018

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MUSC 0246 - A Cappella Ensemble Perf.      

A Cappella Ensemble Performance
Unaccompanied vocal music is rich in cultural expression and artistic beauty. Singing in an unaccompanied vocal ensemble enhances creativity, musicianship, and communication skills. This course affords an opportunity to develop analytical and ensemble skills that contribute to creative and informed performance. Through study of scores and source readings, students will explore vocal technique, performance, and cultural context in European art music, North American folk songs, and styles of improvisation. This course will conclude with a public performance and may include additional performances off campus. Music reading is required, prior singing experience is not. A preview of the reading requirement is available at go/Ensemble246. ART CMP

Spring 2019

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MUSC 0400 - Senior Seminar      

Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description. ART

Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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MUSC 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Admission by approval. Please consult published departmental guidelines and paragraph below.

Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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MUSC 0704 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
Senior work is not required of all music majors and joint majors. However, students interested in and eligible for departmental honors (see guideline above, in "Departmental Honors" section) may propose one or two-semester Senior Work projects. Projects may be in history, composition, theory, ethnomusicology, performance, or electronic music, and should culminate in a written presentation, a public performance, or a combination of the two. MUSC0704 does not count as a course toward fulfillment of the music major.

Project and budget proposals for Independent Study and Senior Work should be submitted by the previous April 1 for fall and winter term projects, and the previous October 15 for spring term projects. Budget proposals will not be considered after those dates. Project proposals will be considered after the deadline but are more likely not to be approved due to previous commitments of faculty advisors or other scheduling reasons.

Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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