Jeffrey Buettner

Director of Choral Activities

Associate Professor of Music

 on leave 2016-17
 on leave academic year

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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MUSC0205 - 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

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

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MUSC0231 - Everything a cappella      

Everything a cappella! Unaccompanied Vocal Music, Medieval to Modern
Vocal ensembles have been singing about the important things in life for several centuries. In this course students will explore unaccompanied vocal music of different times, places, and cultures. Students will both analyze and create a cappella music to develop understanding of its inspiration, function, and performance. Repertoire for study includes European art music traditions, African and American "folk" styles and transmission, and popular a cappella of the 20th and 21st centuries. Student group projects will be modeled on various styles of a cappella. (Music reading ability is helpful but not required.) (Not open to students who have taken MUSC 0131) 3 hrs lect./disc. ART CMP

Fall 2013

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MUSC0243 - 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 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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MUSC0246 - 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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MUSC0259 - Musicianship      

In this course students will develop aural perception and listening skills, music reading ability, and enhanced ensemble performance skills. Daily work will include fundamental and advanced musicianship concepts in these areas along with the study of score analysis and interpretation in performance. Special topics will include musical styles and forms, world music, American music, and the avant garde. (MUSC 0109 or MUSC 0160 or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam) 3 hrs. lect./disc. ART

Winter 2014

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MUSC0400 - Senior Seminar      

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

Fall 2015, Fall 2017

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MUSC0500 - Independent Study      

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

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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MUSC0704 - 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 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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