African Music and Dance Ensemble


The African Music and Dance Ensemble is the core of the African Music and Dance Performance course (MUSC 0244), for which enrolled students get one (1) credit. The Ensemble gives students with or without a musical background a rich, hands-on experience with numerous East African (Ugandan) music and dance cultures through regular rehearsals and fall/spring end-of-semester concerts. For further information about the Ensemble, please contact Dr. Damascus Kafumbe at

Chamber Music

Chamber Music at Middlebury College 


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,

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)

College Orchestra



The  Orchestra is open to all members of the Middlebury Community. The first phase consists of open rehearsals, in which all are invited to participate, at which there is a wide variety of repertoire to read and try out during these rehearsals. From this process, an orchestra and specific repertoire emerges. All players for the concert must be able to commit to the 5 rehearsals leading up to it. If you would like to participate, and to receive full detailed information, contact the conductor, Andrew Massey.

Click here to hear a segment of Eroica, performed by the Orchestra January 23, 2010:

The Middlebury College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra, that offers several concerts each academic year. The orchestra is open to all members of the Middlebury Community, and also interested players in the wider central Vermont area.

Membership is by audition; all positions are open as the year begins. Full details below


Rehearsal Schedule

Generally, full orchestra rehearsals take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 9 pm.

Details of each concert and its rehearsals, and rehearsal details for each week, will be posted to the web page, and circulated by email.

Questions: Andrew Massey - 


Each year the Beucher Concerto Competition is held, choosing a member of the Middlebury College Community to appear as soloist with the orchestra during the Spring Semester. There was no 2013-14 Beucher Concerto Competition

Jazz Activities

Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble in action

Jazz has been part of the Middlebury experience since the early 1930’s, when a group of students formed a band to play the music that’s come to be called America’s National Treasure.  Jazz continues to be heard in practice rooms and performance spaces across campus.  The Music Department supports a vibrant jazz scene with two organized activities for jazz players - The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Workshop, periodic courses in jazz and other popular music genres, and jazz-specific private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, sax, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums.

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The SOUND INVESTMENT JAZZ ENSEMBLE is the department’s 17-piece big band that builds on the 80-year history of swingin’ music at Middlebury.  The band plays the best of contemporary jazz arrangements in addition to celebrating the great tunes of the swing- and jazz band repertoire.  The ensemble uses the traditional mix of saxes, trombones, trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums, supplemented on occasion by other instruments and vocalists.  Membership in the ensemble is by audition and is open to both music majors and non-majors; experienced players are especially encouraged to apply.  There are openings in all sections, with a particular need this year for trombonists.

The full band rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30, in MCFA 221; with additional sectional rehearsals to be arranged.  Fall 2015 rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 23.  We’ll probably play 5 or 6 gigs during the year.

Auditions will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, from 2:00 to 5:00 each day, in MCFA 217.  Please sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside the Music Department office, MCFA 307.  Other audition times may be possible by appointment.   Audition specifics can be found at

Academic credit for playing in the band is available. (See course listing for MUSC 0205D.)  Band members are strongly urged to take private lessons with one of the Department’s Affiliate Artists.  A significant discount is offered to encourage doing this.  Playing with The SIJE meets the Music Department’s performance ensemble requirement for music majors.

SINGERS:  PLEASE NOTE!  We’re planning on performing a couple of arrangements for SATB vocal quartet and big band.  Please contact Dick Forman if you’re interested in auditioning.

The Jazz Workshop provides a weekly opportunity for jazz students to work on repertoire development, jazz idiom and theory, improvisation and playing in small groups.  Previous jazz experience is not necessary, but competency on your instrument is required. Beginning jazz players are welcome; advanced students are encouraged to participate.  Combo performances are encouraged and supported in spaces around campus, at 51 Main (the College’s downtown bistro) and in presentations in the Center for the Arts.

The workshop meets on Thursdays, from 4:30 to 6:30 in the Center for the Arts, room 221.  The first session this Fall will be on Thursday, September 24, but rescheduled for 7:00 p.m. to avoid conflicts with the Clifford Symposium keynote address. Auditions are not required. If you would like to participate in the workshop, you're welcome to just show up at the first session. We'll set up initial combos at that first session. For more information and to be added to the mailing list please contact Dick Forman at

We’re happy to feature several recordings of our current and former students. The recordings were made at performances in the MCA Concert Hall, using two fixed microphones mounted over the stage. The recording results are, unfortunately, not studio-quality, but the samples will give you an idea of the material we play and the great music we make together. 

Click below to listen.

88 Basie Street.  Composed and arranged by Sammy Nestico.  SIJE, featuring Felix Klos ‘14, piano.

Bag’s Groove.  Composed by Milt Jackson, arranged by John Clayton, Jr..  SIJE, featuring Grace Bell ‘13, vibes, Jeff Haswell ’12, tenor sax, and Peter Moore ’14, alto sax.

Caravan.  Composed by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, arranged by John Wasson.  SIJE, featuring Taylor Smith, ’12, alto sax.

I Hope in Time a Change Will Come.  Composed and arranged by Oliver Nelson.  SIJE, featuring Andy Singer, ’11, soprano sax.

Time after Time.  Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne.  Arranged for the Marty Paich Orchestra.  SIJE, featuring Elizabeth Goffe ’09, vocals, Ross Bell ’10, tenor sax.

I Mean You.  Composed by Thelonious Monk.  The Felix Klos Trio.  Felix Klos ’14, piano, Brian Parker ’14, bass, Joel Feier, ’13 drums.

Time after Time.  Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Jule Styne.  The Felix Klos Trio.  Felix Klos ’14, piano, Brian Parker ’14, bass, Joel Feier, ’13 drums.