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Audition Excerpts

These are the passages from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony that you will be asked to play at the orchestra auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 10 and 11.

You can, in theory, offer as many instruments as you like!

Flute

Oboe

 

Clarinet

 

Bassoon

 

French Horn

 

Trumpet

 

Trombone

 

Tuba

 

Timpani

 

Violin 1

 

Violin 2

 

Viola

 

Violoncello

 

Double Bass

How do I find music materials?

Here's a How-to guide for finding music in Middlebury's collection.

Or watch this short tutorial for some tips.

See the Music Subject Guide for more resources.

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Previous Season (2010-2011)

Till Fellner

October 9, Saturday

Till Fellner, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

With his scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command, Austrian pianist Till Fellner is in demand at all the major music venues. The Washington Post proclaims that this student of Alfred Brendel "plays Beethoven sonatas like a poet." Fellner's Vermont premiere opens the 91st season of the Performing Arts Series with three masterpieces constituting a perfect distillation of Beethoven's famous "third period": Piano Sonatas no. 30 in E, op. 109; no. 31 in A-flat, op. 110; and no. 32 in C Minor, op. 111. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

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Paul Lewis
October 12, Tuesday

Paul Lewis, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

A volcano grounded pianist Paul Lewis in Europe last spring, preventing him from performing in Middlebury. But he has graciously cleared time in his busy schedule to return and play the repertoire programmed for that recital, including Mozart's Adagio in B Minor, the great Fantasie in C by Schumann, Vallée d'Obermann by Liszt, and Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on February 15 and May 1. 

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October 29, Friday

Sophie Shao and Friends

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Cellist Sophie Shao and her friends have become perennial favorites of Middlebury audiences, thanks to Shao's ability to assemble impromptu chamber ensembles of tremendous virtuosic talent. This first of two recitals (the second is March 4) features music by Ravel and piano quintets by Elgar and Schumann. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Tamar Rogoff-Diagnosis of a Faun
October 29-30, Friday-Saturday

Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects:
Diagnosis of a Faun

8:00 P.M. each evening,
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Drawing inspiration from Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun and dancer Gregg Mozgala's first-hand experience with cerebral palsy, choreographer Tamar Rogoff creates a creature that simultaneously inhabits two worlds. As Rogoff's faun moves through the seemingly disparate spheres of the operating room and the forest in the company of dancers and doctors, the curse of separation between medicine and art is lifted. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, the Dance Program, VSA Vermont, the Academic Outreach Endowment, the Program in Neuroscience, the Americans with Disabilities Act Office, and the Department of Biology. Visit our event page for additional residency information. 

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Sign Language Interpretation available

Please note: ASL interpretation will be provided for the Saturday evening performance.

 

 

Jupiter String Quartet


November 11, Thursday

Jupiter String Quartet

12:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

The Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning Jupiter String Quartet was recently named "one of the strongest young string quartets in the country" by the New York Sun. The Boston Globe has noted "their tone quality is pleasing, their style polished, their equilibrium secure, and their intonation superb." The quartet's lunchtime concert includes Beethoven's op. 18, no. 4; and Schumann's op. 41, no. 3. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. See associated event November 12. 

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Diana Fanning 2010November 12, Friday

Diana Fanning, piano
Jupiter String Quartet
Dieuwke Davydov, cello

8:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

Beloved pianist Diana Fanning celebrates 40 years of performing professionally with a special program including Chopin's Nocturne no. 1, Carnaval by Schumann, and the Dvořák Quintet for Piano and Strings, performed with the Jupiter String Quartet. Cellist Dieuwke Davydov makes a special appearance to perform Glazunov's Chant du Menestrel with Fanning. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. See associated event November 11. 

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Christianne Stotijn

November 30, Tuesday

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Joseph Breinl, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

"Among young mezzo-sopranos, Christianne Stotijn is in a class apart; she stamps every note and word with character, and delivers her songs with a lyrical glow that considerably advance Grieg s global warming"-Times, London. Stotijn and Breinl return to Middlebury with a program entitled "Dream Works," featuring songs by Grieg, Brahms, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Nareh Arghamanyan 3

January 21, Friday

Nareh Arghamanyan, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

According to La Scena Musicale, Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan "meets the daunting demands . . . with a combination of technical bravura, singing tone, and poetic expression." The former Gilmore Rising Star plays a program of Rameau, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Paul Lewis piano 2
February 15, Tuesday

Paul Lewis, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Widely celebrated for his considered and profound interpretations of the classical repertoire, Paul Lewis is recognized internationally as one of today's most distinctive and poetic pianists. This concert commences a two-year cycle of Schubert works and features Schubert's Sonata no.15 in C, Drei Klavierstücke, and Sonata no.17 in D. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on October 12 and May 1. 

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Nathan Laube organist
February 27, Sunday

Nathan Laube, organ

3:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

Curtis Institute of Music graduate Nathan Laube is a rising star among young classical musicians and has quickly become a popular artist on the organ recital circuit. His brilliant playing, audience-friendly programs, and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe. This recital celebrates the 40th anniversary of the installation of Mead Chapel's Gress-Miles organ. Professor emeritus of music and College organist Emory Fanning leads a behind-the-scenes organ tour preceding the concert, at 2:15 p.m. Presented by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

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March 4, Friday

Sophie Shao and Friends

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Cellist Shao and friends return to Middlebury with a vivid piano trio program featuring works by Schubert, Ravel, and Brahms. "The players maintained a seamless cohesion and a warm, lean tone. This was all the more admirable because they're not a regular ensemble, just colleagues and friends"-Times Union. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated event October 29. 

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Abbey Theatre - Terminus new
March 12, Saturday

Abbey Theatre, Ireland: TERMINUS

8:00 P.M., Wright Memorial Theatre

A young woman looking for love, a mother seeking atonement, and a serial killer who has sold his soul to the devil are ripped from their daily lives and thrown into a fantastical world. Playwright and director Mark O'Rowe weaves their interlocking, rhyming monologues into a truly original, gripping drama presented by Ireland's national theatre. Terminus has recently enjoyed hugely successful runs at New York's Public Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "Hilarious, startling, surprisingly touching and enormously satisfying ... a thrill ride"-Irish Times. For mature audiences. A discussion regarding the work immediately follows the performance. The U.S. tour of TERMINUS is supported by Culture Ireland and the Abbey Theatre is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Éalaoín. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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BigAPE-DG1
March 18-19, Friday-Saturday

Big Action Performance Ensemble

8:00 P.M. each evening,
Town Hall Theater

In reaction to dance competition reality shows that evaluate who is qualified to dance, Big APE presents Everyone Can Dance, a community-based performance project that celebrates the contagious allure of movement and the dynamic capabilities of the human body. The project includes a statewide tour and a four-week residency with Middlebury College students and local community participants. Visit go.middlebury.edu/dance for additional information. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, Town Hall Theater, the Dance Program, and the Committee on the Arts. 


Belcea Quartet
March 24, Thursday

Belcea Quartet

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

The Belcea Quartet has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the new generation. It continues to take the British and international chamber-music circuit by storm, consistently receiving critical acclaim for its performances. In this third performance at Middlebury, the quartet will play Beethoven's op. 132, and Schubert's G Major Quartet. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Dubravka_Tomsic_piano
April 13, Wednesday

Dubravka Tomsic, piano

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic enjoys "something of a cult status among pianophiles" (Gramophone), with performances that convey "heroic power and Olympian vision" (Los Angeles Times), as well as "splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety" (Boston Globe). The only protégé of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein, Tomsic performs a program that includes works by Beethoven and Chopin. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series

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Paul Lewis piano
May 1, Sunday

Paul Lewis, piano

3:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts,
Concert Hall

Pianist Paul Lewis, Gramophone's Instrumentalist of the Year 2008, is a regular guest at Middlebury, as well as at the world's most prestigious venues and festivals. This second installment in Lewis's Schubert project features Schubert's 12 Waltzes, Four Impromptus, Hungarian Melody in B Minor, and Sonata no.18 in G Major. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on October 12 and February 15. 

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Collection Policy -- Music

Purpose

This policy outlines the written guidelines for the continued growth and maintenance of Middlebury College's music collection and is a supplement to the Middlebury College Library Collection Development Policy. By articulating the collection goals and policies, this document helps to ensure that the music collection supports the needs of the College community. The policy acknowledges the music collection's distinct roles in:

  • Supporting the teaching, learning, and research objectives of the Music Department
  • Providing campus-wide resources for music in cultural context within and across other academic disciplines
  • Supporting productions in related arts departments (especially the Theater and Dance Departments)
  • Providing listening pleasure for the College community

Objectives

  • To acquire all library materials necessary for instructional and research purposes in the teaching of Western art music, jazz, musical theater, traditional, popular and world music at the undergraduate level.
  • To develop a strong reference collection designed to assist individuals in locating materials necessary for their research and information needs and to prepare students who may continue with graduate work in music.
  • To develop a collection of performance materials for all vocal ranges and for each instrument of the orchestra with an emphasis on chamber works, piano music, and musical theater, excluding collections of parts for large ensembles.
  • To develop a music collection in various formats that fulfills human needs for artistic expression and recreation including a representation of popular music (including jazz, blues, "world music," etc.).
  • To acquire music materials that will enhance the study of foreign languages and cultures represented in the Middlebury College curriculum.

Types and formats of materials collected generally

  • Significant books on music aimed at the educated layperson and undergraduates, including biographies, criticism, interviews, and histories of music. 
  • Significant contributions to the music reference literature, including thematic indexes, bibliographies, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. 
  • Periodicals on music history, theory, musical genres, and music performance, preferably in online format. The Serials Review Committee, following the guidelines of the Library collection development policy with regard to periodicals, will review recommendations made by the Music Department faculty and the Library Liaison to the Music Dept. in approving titles for the collection.
  • Study-sized orchestral scores, piano-vocal opera and musical scores, chamber music scores and parts for up to nine players; significant variant editions of standard repertoire; major art song repertoire in all available voice ranges. Urtext editions and other editions reflecting current scholarship are strongly preferred.
  • Sound recordings on compact disc or online of Western art music, jazz, musical theatre and popular music, world music (especially recordings in languages taught by Middlebury), including recordings for recreational use by the College community. Older formats such as LPs, cassettes, and 78s are not collected.
  • Video recordings, principally DVDs or online video streaming (if a viable option), of significant performances, particularly of opera, musicals and other works with a strong visual component; feature films with substantial music content or focusing on key eras, styles, or performers in music history; documentaries of especial significance.
  • For musical works new to the collection, the library will attempt to purchase both scores and recordings; for dramatic or multi-media works, the library will also attempt to purchase video recordings.
  • Locally produced sound recordings of music, theatre, and dance, featuring Middlebury College students, staff, and faculty.
  • Materials on dance as selected by the Library Liaison to the Dance Department.

Types of materials collected selectively

  • Monographic studies of composers' works, theoretical studies, music pedagogy and instruction, discographies, textbooks, workbooks, dissertations and theses, Festschriften, conference proceedings, anthologies of essays by multiple authors, foreign-language periodicals
  • Methods and studies for applied performance pedagogy for all instruments and musical genres taught by the Music Department.
  • Scholarly reference sets (i.e. monuments)
  • Full-size orchestral scores, full (i.e. not piano-vocal) opera and musical scores
  • Scores of solo vocal commercial works; score manuscript facsimiles, rare materials, early editions and numbered editions, fakebooks, popular song folios.
  • Sound recordings of variant performances of important works, reflecting artistically significant performances and a diversity of performance styles; anthologies for music appreciation.
  • Video recordings of documentaries and pedagogical material; concert films (especially classical repertoire)

Types of materials not collected (unless required for specific curricular needs)

  • Abstruse scholarly works intended for specialists.
  • Multiple copies of items (unless required due to high use)
  • Foreign-language dissertations
  • Pamphlets and ephemera
  • Single or discrete issues of periodicals
  • Parts for orchestra, band or jazz band
  • Sheet music
  • Multiple copies of choral works for choral performance
  • Multiple scores for in-class analysis of works
  • Arrangements by other than the original composer in score for other than the original instrument
  • Microforms

De-selection and withdrawal

The library follows the guidelines in the Library Collection Development Policy for de-selection and withdrawal of materials.

Gifts

The Library may accept gifts of music materials that adhere to the guidelines in this policy. All music materials will be accepted with the understanding that the College becomes the owner of the materials and reserves the right to determine the retention, location, and disposition. See the Library Gift Policy for further details.

Community Music

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Community Music session

There are several opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to share traditional music together:

Informal and often impromptu Scottish & Irish sessions occasionally take place on campus and also Carol's Hungry Mind Café. Please contact Timothy Cummings for more information.

There are also monthly Scottish fiddle sessions being hosted by the Champlain Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, on the first Sundays of each month, beginning 2pm. More information, as well as their repertoire list, can be found on their website.

Shape-note singers typically gather either in town or on campus to sing selections from The Sacred Harp on second Sundays, from 1-3pm. Please contact Debby Moody for more information: moody.debby [at] gmail.com

 

Private Music Lessons

 

AFFILIATE ARTISTS 2014 - 2015

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Bagpipes and Celtic Whistle,
Irish and Scottish Harp

Timothy Cummings, bagpipes,
Irish whistle
pipingtim@gmail.com

Dominique Dodge, Celtic harp
dominiquetheharper@hotmail.com

Drums

Russ Lawton, drums
sub55@live.com

Fiddle, Banjo,
Beginning Mandolin

Peter Sutherland
epact@gmavt.net

Guitar

Paul Asbell,
acoustic/electric guitar
pasbell@paulasbell.com

Dayve Huckett, acoustic/electric
guitar and ukulele
dayvehuckett@hotmail.com

Eric Despard, classical guitar
edespard@comcast.net

Harmonica

Mark Lavoie, harmonica
lavoie@gmavt.net

Piano, Harpsichord,
and Organ

Sadie Brightman, piano
sadiedb@gmail.com

Diana Fanning, piano
fanning@middlebury.edu

Emory Fanning, organ
efanning@middlebury.edu

Dick Forman, jazz piano
forman@middlebury.edu

Cynthia Huard, piano, harpsichord
huard@middlebury.edu

Natasha Koval Paden, piano
william.paden@uvm.edu

 

 

Strings

Paul Reynolds, viola
pkr10@hotmail.com

Katherine Winterstein, violin
kathwint@mac.com

Dieuwke Davydov, cello
ddcello@gmail.com

Glendon Ingalls, bass
ingallstaff2@comcast.net

Voice

Carol Christensen
christen@middlebury.edu

Dick Forman, jazz voice
forman@middlebury.edu


Susanne Peck

lunalove@gmavt.net

Beth Thompson
tosca@vermontel.net

Winds, horns and reeds

Miles Donahue, saxophone
milesdonahue@comcast.net

Mia Fritze,
french horn
mmfritze@gmail.com

Dan Frostman, oboe
dfrostma@middlebury.edu

Glendon Ingalls, trumpet
ingallstaff2@comcast.net

Bear Irwin, trombone
birwin@rssu.org

Anne Janson, flute
anne.janson1@gmail.com

Steven Klimowski, clarinet
clarinetster@gmail.com

Chamber Music

Chamber Music at Middlebury College 

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The department fosters the creation of chamber music groups on campus by offering coaching and performance opportunities. Students who want to play in a chamber music ensemble are required to audition, in order to ensure placement in an appropriate group. Chamber music groups are offered free coaching by the music department’s applied faculty. Schedules will be designed around the availability of the students in each group, and participating students will be asked to commit to attending at least eight coachings during the semester and to practicing individually to master their own parts. Middlebury College Chamber Music placement is open to pianists and to players of all orchestral instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Questions: Andrew Massey, amassey@middlebury.edu

The Music Department offers one performing chamber music course during the 2013-14 academic year:

MUSC 0240 Performing Chamber Music (Spring 2014)
In this course for intermediate to advanced performers we will explore the art of collaborative music making in the classical tradition. Students will form small vocal and instrumental ensembles (2–6 players) at the beginning of the semester or may enroll in the course as an established ensemble. Repertoire will be determined in collaboration with instructor. Weekly coaching sessions for each group and master classes for all groups will culminate in at least one end-of-semester performance and writing assignment. In addition to technical performance issues, master classes and readings will consider group dynamics, rehearsal techniques, and interpersonal aspects of musical collaboration. Although previous chamber music experience is not required, students should be experienced performers of notation-based music. 3 hrs. lect./disc. ART (Staff)


Middlebury’s music department puts student creative work in the spotlight. There are opportunities to compose and perform; courses in popular music, ethnomusicology, and jazz; choral, orchestral, African music and dance, jazz and chamber ensembles; and annual music theater productions.


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All music department courses, ensembles, lessons, and other activities are equally available to non-majors and majors alike. The curriculum for music majors offers a balance between thoroughness and flexibility, offering each student a chance to develop areas of strength in the context of a broad liberal arts education.

A wide range of lessons are available, covering the gamut from piano, voice and most orchestral instruments to folk fiddle, bagpipe and blues harmonica.

Facilities include a gorgeous small concert hall, an electronic music lab with six keyboards and eight computers, a 51-rank Gress-Miles pipe organ, a student-run recording studio, a French double-manual harpsichord built by William Dowd in 1964, a three rank portatif organ, and 9 practice rooms In addition, the music collection at the Davis Family Library offers reference, CD/tape/record, book, and score collections, videos and instructional computer software in the field of music.

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Faculty member hosts symphony broadcasts on public television

Peter Hamlin, Class of 1973 and chair of the Music Department at Middlebury, served as on-air host and interviewer for live television broadcasts of the Quad City Symphony and Dubuque Symphony on Iowa Public Television (fall, 2008).

Hamilin also was the emcee for the Vermont Symphony's youth concerts, performing in five different school locations throughout the state (spring 2009). The program included three movements from an orchestra piece of Hamlin's called Green Mountain Variations.

Hamlin's electronic music ensemble Data Stream, with Scot Schwestka, Sandy Nordahl, and Hamlin, created and performed music for a CD last summer. The CD, Flow, was released in March 2009.

Also, Hamlin composed "Grand Theft Flauto" for fellow music faculty member Su Tan. This is a piece for solo flute and live computer processing that was performed at Tufts University, Bennington and Middlebury (fall, 2009).

He has just completed a choral piece called "Chaoufarou," a setting of an excerpt from Samuel de Champlain's diary. The piece will be performed this summer, as part of the 400th anniversary celebration of Champlain's voyage, by a choir of students from France, Quebec and New England.

Faculty member's essay appears in book on Schubert studies

Larry Hamberlin had an essay included in a book of Schubert studies published by Ashgate Press in the fall.

In the spring, Hamberlin presented papers at the Experience Music Project's pop music conference in Seattle and at the conference Feminist Music and Theory in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

He is active on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society for American Music, and he's on the program committee for the society's 2010 annual meeting, as well as chair of the selection committee for the society's award for the year's best book about American music.

Choral music in the air at Middlebury, and on tour of Northeast

The College Choir embarked on a highly successful tour of Connecticut, Boston and New York City over spring break, April 21-26, 2009. The tour included concerts at the phenomenal Trinity Church in the City of Boston, St. Michael's Church on 99th Street in Manhattan, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Central Park. The choir sang contemporary choral music, madrigals, and folk music, and a short choral drama featured several Middlebury student soloists. The trip also included a visit to an alum's high school chorus, and joint concerts with Saengerfest Men's Chorus in Boston, the United Nations International School Chamber Ensemble, and Philip Hamilton '82 and his a cappella project, Voices. The choir gave a home concert of the tour program on March 30 at Middlebury. 

2008-2009 marks the successful establishment of two new Music Department ensembles, the Men's and Women's Glee Clubs. The men's group offers a department ensemble singing group for men to learn vocal technique and a variety of repertoire, as well as ensemble singing. The women's group grew to 15 members this year and performed selections from "Gloria" by the 17th century master Antonio Vivaldi, with chamber orchestra, as well as several modern pieces and adaptations of international folk music. The Women's Glee Club is conducted by Jessica Allen. With the addition of the Glees, the Middlebury Music Department now has more students singing in ensembles than in the past several years, mostly students who have little or no contact with the department outside of those ensembles.

In May the College Choir performed five Ukrainian Romani songs, with several Middlebury student soloists and a student guitarist. The songs arrangements are the result of field research by Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Buettner, who returns to Ukraine in June to share the recordings of the College Choir with Romani musicians there. Also on the program were three songs for chorus and piano by Johannes Brahms.

Jazz program is alive and well at Middlebury

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble completed its third full year under Dick Forman’s direction, and its second year as a Music Department performance ensemble. Twenty one students participated. The band offered five performances this year, including a town-gown dance at the Town Hall Theater in April.

Fifteen students performed in the Spring Jazz Showcase. Combos that formed in the Jazz Workshop performed regularly at the Grille, and occasionally at 51 Main.

The jazz program is growing. About 50 applicants for the Class of ’13 submitted jazz recordings with their applications. This is about a 30 percent increase from last year.

Student musician gets a chance to see the greats up close and personal

Andrew Throdahl, Class of 2009, studied piano with Music Department affiliate artist Diana Fanning, an internationally renowned musician. Throdahl has played the piano for more than a dozen years, and recently gave his senior recital in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. He has a special perspective on playing in Concert Hall, having worked as page-turner for many of the chamber musicians who visit as part of Middlebury’s Performing Arts Series. He has been able to sit at the elbows of some of the greats—and had the best seat in the house to observe their technique. Throdahl is also a classical music reviewer for The Campus, the student newspaper. So while he’s been earning a paycheck turning pages, he’s also had an insider’s eye for evaluating professional artists’ work.

Added Diana Fanning, "Andrew started off his time at Middlebury by winning the College Concerto Competition and playing a Prokofiev Piano Concerto with the College Orchestra. He ended his time at Middlebury performing a Prokofiev Sonata, as well as works by Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and Scriabin, at his Senior Recital. In the meantime, he also won the Chamber Music Competition, studied music composition in Paris, had an internship with an early music ensemble in NYC, was Arts Editor for The Campus, wrote insightful music reviews for The Campus and for the Addison Independent, and played in a benefit concert to help raise money for the Town Hall Theater.

College Community Chorus brings together town and gown

One of the ways that town and gown come together in Middlebury is through the 100-member College Community Chorus, headed up by Jeff Rehbach, who works in LIS. On Tuesday and Sunday evenings during the fall and spring semesters, a couple of dozen students -- some who love singing, others singing in a choir for the first time -- join folks from throughout the greater Addison County area (including College staff and alumni) to share in the experience of making music together.

Professor writes German textbook for opera singers and musicians

During her sabbatical leave in Germany during 2008-09, Bettina Matthias (German) researched and wrote a German textbook for opera singers and musicians. Having taught in the "German for Singers and Vocal Coaches" program in the German Summer Language School since 2000, she decided to dedicate her sabbatical to writing a much-needed book that takes into account this special group's needs, abilities, interests and professional realities. Her research brought her into contact with some of Germany's finest musicians, opera houses, agents, conservatories, professors and directors, and the final result will prepare singers both linguistically and culturally for auditions, projects and work in the German-speaking world.

One righteous babe: Is Anais Mitchell '04 the next big thing in folk music?

Matching a crinkly, crimson tube top and glittery skirt to her auburn-tinted- brunette, shoulder-length hair and ruby lipstick, Anaïs Mitchell ’04 looks bewitching on stage, part siren and part waif; only her ice blue eyes offset the fiery red. She strums her acoustic guitar as the sold-out crowd at Club Passim, the legendary folk haunt in Cambridge, Massachusetts, nods along in appreciation. And then we hear her voice, a light, fresh thing, and a jolt of energy shoots through the room. This, this is something new.

College Choir performs its spring tour program in campus concert

The College Choir tour program is a collection of exciting, dramatic, though-provoking and fun music for a cappella chorus. Exquisite madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi and Thomas Morely are coupled with the tempestuous and playful French choruses from “The Lark,” by Leonard Bernstein. An ensemble committed to understanding between people of different cultures, College Choir sings sentimental, humorous, spiritual and celebratory music from folk traditions of the Americas, Europe and the Far East. A Spiritual arranged by Middlebury’s Francois Clemmons is prelude to two works by Kirke Mechem, “I Know What the Caged Bird Feels” and “Everyone Sang,” settings of poetry by Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Siegfried Sassoon that capture musically both the pain of persecution and the triumph of freedom.

Middlebury hosts 'Vermont A Capella Summit'

On Saturday, Feb. 21, a daylong series of one-hour workshops culminating in an evening concert will be presented by Philip Hamilton and members of the internationally-touring a cappella groups Cadence and Duwende at Middlebury College. The evening performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Mead Chapel, located on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Tickets to the evening concert are $10 general admission, $8 for seniors and children; and $5 for Middlebury College students.

The Vermont A Cappella Summit is co-sponsored by Middlebury College’s “Dissipated 8 Alumni Association,” Office of the Dean of the College, the Music Department, and the Department of Library and Information Services.