Jeffrey Buettner

Director of Choral Activities

Associate Professor of Music

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 Mon 1:00-2:30; Thurs 1:15-2:30
 Mahaney Center for the Arts 308

Jeffrey Buettner conducts the Middlebury College Choir and teaches courses in conducting, ensemble singing and the senior seminar, "Music in Peace and Conflict." He is co-founder of the Middlebury Bach Festival. Professor Buettner conducted choirs at Simpson, Hope and Earlham Colleges prior to joining the Middlebury faculty. A Fulbright Scholar, he spent fall 2010 conducting and teaching at the University of Arts in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He has prepared opera and oratorio for the Rome Festival (Italy), Brevard Music Center, Des Moines Metro Opera, Richmond Symphony (IN) and Cincinnati May Festival, and conducted the Middlebury Opera productions of La Bohéme and most recently, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. He has conducted regional and all-state choral festivals in the Midwest and Northeast including the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta. He is Past-President of the Vermont chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and a member of the College Music Society. He has presented research on Romani (Gypsy) Choirs at national and international conferences.




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: Middlebury College Orchestra, Middlebury College Choir and the Middlebury College Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble (see "Ensembles" above), one unit of such credit to accrue over two semesters (spring and 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

Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018

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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

Fall 2014

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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

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MUSC 0500 - Independent Study      

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

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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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.

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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