The Middlebury College Department of Music presents a Spring Music Showcase celebrating students’ musical achievements in coursework and ensembles.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Concert Hall and Outdoor Stage (near MAC patio)

With special thanks to MAC Technical Director Mark Christensen whose heroic efforts made this event possible.


Robison Concert Hall Performances

  • 5:00 p.m. - MUSC 0210 Compositions
  • 5:25 p.m. - Middlebury College Orchestra

Audience moves to outdoor stage

Outdoor Stage Performances

  • 5:50 p.m. - MUSC 0246
  • 6:10 p.m. - Massimo Sassi
  • 6:15 p.m. - The Jazz Trio
  • 6:35 p.m. - Middlebury College Afropop Band
  • 6:55 p.m. - Zack Abrams
  • 7:00 p.m. - End  


MUSC 0210, Composition II

  • Peregrine Trio (Comp. Ashley Wang)
  • Derridean Serialism (Comp. Tejas Srinivasan) 
  • Homage to Slayer (Comp. Zack Abrams) 

Middlebury College Orchestra

Grieg: Holberg Suite (from Holberg’s time), Op. 40

Movements announced from the stage


  • Isaac Xie
  • Ben Matthews
  • Kat Betrus
  • Jess Tseo
  • Jillian Lessing


  • Amelia Grosskopf
  • Luna Simone-Gonzalez
  • Kasey Mazzone
  • Maddie Pappano
  • Vincent Falardeau


  • Ashley Wang
  • Wheeler Jarvis
  • Will Procter
  • Stella Roseburrough-Borras
  • Julian Calder
  • Matt Brockley


This spritely, gorgeous piece, written to celebrate the bicentennial of Ludvig Holberg (a founding figure in Norwegian literature), re-creates a baroque dance suite using forms from Holberg’s era, and brings to life one of the earliest, most influential, and poignant works of neo-classicism.

MUSC 0246, A Capella Ensemble

  • Wade in the Water African American Spiritual, Arr. Ensemble 246
  • Shosholoza Traditional Song (Zimbabwe/South Africa)
  • Dos Corazones Blas Galindo (Mexico)
  • Mille Regretz Josquin des Prez (France/Burgundy)
  • Mo Li Hua Chinese Folk Song, Arr. Chen Yi
  • Keep Your Hand On the Plow African American Spiritual, Arr. Joseph Jennings
  • This Little Light of Mine Harry Dixon Loes, Arr. Ensemble 246/Jeff Buettner

Ensemble 246

  • Jeremy Brotz
  • Fionah Carbee 
  • Bryan Currie
  • Ben Johnson 
  • Gabrielle Martin
  • Lily Staton 
  • Jeff Buettner

Massimo Sassi

Squishy (pre-recorded)

Created on Ableton for my MUSC 0214 class, “Squishy” is an instrumental electronic song that tells the story of a worm as it’s flushed out of the grass onto the sidewalk during a rainstorm only to be met by the boots and shoes of unaware college students walking around campus. 

The Jazz Trio 

Selections announced from the stage

The Jazz Trio, formerly known as The Mickey Feeney Trio, features Riley Dowell, guitar, Massimo Sassi, bass and Mickey Feeney, drums.  Riley and Massimo have worked together and been mainstays of our jazz program for 3 years; Mickey joined us last year.  The group will play a selection of bop and jazz standards.

Middlebury College Afropop Band (Damascus Kafumbe, director)

Malaika (Comp. Fadhili William & Adam Salim) – Kenya, Tanzania, Burma, & Cuba

Arr. Middlebury College Afropop Band

Imegi (Comp. Judikay) – Nigeria

Arr. Middlebury Afropop Band

Overtake Don Overtake Overtake (Comp. Fela Kuti) – Nigeria

Arr. Middlebury College Afropop Band

Nelson Mandela (Comp. Youssou N’Dour) – Senegal

Arr. Middlebury College Afropop Band

Afropop Band

  • Keyboard & Percussion - Damascus Kafumbe and Sam Medeiros
  • Guitar - Jude Seo
  • Bass - Hans Kindstedt
  • Drum set - Josh Stretten-Carlson
  • Violin - Ben Matthews

Zack Abrams

Flamenco Performance (pre-recorded)