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Amherst Today Program


Music @ Amherst Today

In Celebration of the 150th Anniversary
of the Amherst College Glee Club
Friday, April 17 - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kindly Register by Monday, April 6, 2015

Amherst has been called The Singing College, and the Amherst College Glee Club, 150 years old this year, is the oldest continuous student organization at the College and one of the first collegiate glee clubs in the nation.

Today there are a wide range of performance opportunities at Amherst, and a music faculty of 10 teaches everything from discovering music to electroacoustic performance and improvisation. This spring's Amherst Today explores an eclectic mix of musical topics with Amherst faculty, as well as filmed selections from an original opera. Finally, participants will enjoy a performance of the Glee Club - either from the audience or as performers - directed by Mallorie Chernin, the director of the choral music program and our lead faculty member.

Speakers include professors Jeffers Englehardt on the integral role music plays in Estonian civic life; Jason Robinson on fiberoptic improvisation, Eric Sawyer on the making of his latest opera,The Garden of Martyrs, David Schneider on Concertos, Violins, and Virtuous Virtuosity, and Mollie Stone '01, director of world music for the Chicago Children's Choir, on Black South African music. Everyone will be able to attend the Glee Club concert on Saturday, April 18, and tenors and basses who prepare two pieces ahead of time may rehearse and join the group on stage for those numbers.

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Twice a year, in the fall and spring, Amherst Today provides alumni and parents the opportunity to experience a two-day on-campus program designed just for them, providing intellectual exploration and discussion on a single topic. Advance reading assignments prepare participants to be fully engaged, both in the classroom and during the more informal events and meals provided. Each Amherst Today showcases Amherst faculty and, in some cases, alumni who are experts in their fields. Group size is limited to about 50 people, and the cost for most programs is $75, so these programs are both intimate and affordable. Time to join in on regular Amherst College classes is also part of the schedule. Amherst Today is a unique way to reconnect with the Amherst experience.

Questions about Amherst Today? Contact Marcy Larmon at or (413) 542-8235.