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Music at Amherst Series Kicks Off with Sold Out Performance, Performer Interview

October 1, 2015

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Saxophonist Archie Shepp in conversation with Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson

Playing to a sold-out Buckley Recital Hall on opening night of the Music at Amherst 2015–16 series, revered saxophonist Archie Shepp and Moroccan musical group The Dar Gnawa of Tangier presented an exciting fusion of musical ideas from as far as Morocco and Paris, and as near as Louisiana and New York City (photos below).

Amherst Professor Debuts New Opera During Free Workshop Performance


In 1960, nationally renowned literary critic and Smith College professor Newton Arvin was arrested and tried for possessing homosexual pornography. On Sunday, June 7, his story came to the Buckley Recital Hall stage in The Scarlet Professor, a new opera by composer Eric Sawyer, professor of music at Amherst, and librettist Harley Erdman, a theater professor at UMass Amherst.

Arts at Amherst Spring Festival, in Photos

Spring Arts Festival Celebrates the Arts on Campus

Spring Arts Festival 

A 1,000-year exposure camera created by an Amherst alum. The Amherst College Glee Club's sesquicentennial. Student and faculty collaborations across artistic disciplines. All this and more is celebrated at the Spring Arts Festival, taking place at various locations on campus Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 19.

Amherst Drives Conversation on Improvisation and Interdisciplinarity in the Liberal Arts

Submitted on Wednesday, 12/10/2014, at 2:00 PM

Faculty Workshop

“Improvisation, Interdisciplinarity and the Liberal Arts,” a three-day faculty workshop at Amherst, brought together professors and researchers from leading liberal arts institutions across the country with the goal of building collaborative networks among faculty whose research and teaching explore the burgeoning field of improvisation studies.

Organized primarily by Jason Robinson, assistant professor of music at Amherst, and sponsored by the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges, the workshop hosted scholars from Amherst, Barnard, Hampshire, Oberlin, Pomona, Reed, Smith, Swarthmore and Wellesley Colleges; Columbia, Denison, Furman, Harvard and Wesleyan Universities; and the University of Guelph in Ontario. The attendees’ departmental affiliations ranged from art, theater, dance and music, to biology, comparative literature, American studies and computer science.

Amherst Ambitious in Celebrating Schubert’s Cello Quintet

Submitted on Friday, 9/12/2014, at 12:00 PM

Amherst College is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet, which many musicians consider the composer’s greatest and most profound work.

Music class in Rotherwas Room listening to Schubert Sound Installation
Listening to the Amherst Schubert Project Sound Installation,
in the Mead Art Museum’s Rotherwas Room.


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Pioneer Valley Soundscapes - Five College project explores connection between sound and place

Pioneer Valley Soundscapes is a project that explores the connection between sound and place by documenting the musical communities and acoustic terrain of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts.

The films, recordings, and images are produced by students at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst through semester-long collaborations with local musicians and partnerships with area communities.

V is for Volunteerism

April 10, 2014

Since 2011, more than 40 Amherst College students have served as music mentors in Amherst Regional Public Schools, providing guidance for children who want to learn about wind, brass, percussion and string instruments, as well as vocal performance. The program is the brainchild of Amherst Music Professor David Schneider and has been supported by the college’s Center for Community Engagement.