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.

Arts at Amherst: Faculty Collaborations

Lester Hu ’13 Presents Research at American Musicological Society Meeting

By Katherine Duke ’05

While still a junior here at Amherst, Zhuqing “Lester” Hu ’13 recently earned an honor that’s usually reserved for advanced graduate students and professors: He was invited to present an original research paper at the spring meeting of the New England chapter of the 3,600-member American Musicological Society (AMS-NE). The meeting took place on April 14 at Mount Holyoke College. Hu’s paper, titled “Towards Modal Coherence: ‘Modal Chromaticism’ in Gesualdo’s Two ‘O vos omnes’ Settings,” analyzes a pair of works by a mysterious and eccentric figure in Late Renaissance music.

A Different Kind of Audience

By Ioanida Costache ’12

For the past three weeks a group of string players have been working with Professor of Music David Schneider on a chamber music project designed to get classical music out of its traditional settings of classrooms and concert halls.  With Schneider on clarinet, a string quartet composed of UMass alumnus Ben Van Vliet, me on violin, Hana Kommel ’10 on viola and local cellist Wayne Smith prepared a range of pieces to bring to a different kind of audience.

Amherst College’s Buckley Chamber Players to Perform Brahms, Schumann and Sawyer July 21

June 30, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. — Amherst College’s Buckley Chamber Players will present Amber Hues, a concert of music for clarinet, viola and piano, on Wednesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter.

Five College Faculty to Perform Works by Spratlan, Sawyer, Schumann and Stravinsky at Amherst College June 11

May 26, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. –Music faculty of the Five Colleges will gather at Amherst College to perform new works by Amherst College music professors Lew Spratlan (emeritus) and Eric Sawyer, and classics by Igor Stravinsky and Robert Schumann on Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.

2009-10 Music at Amherst Chamber Series Launches Sept. 18 to 20 with Bartók Celebration Featuring the Borromeo String Quartet

August 26, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195


AMHERST, Mass. – The Music at Amherst Chamber Series will open its 2009-10 season with a weekend-long celebration of the string quartets of Béla Bartók from Friday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Sept. 20.

Amherst College Music Faculty to Perform Concert of Contemporary Works for Clarinet and Piano

August 20, 2008
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195


AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College music professors David Schneider, clarinet, and Karen Rosenak, piano, will present a concert of contemporary works on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.

What They Are Reading

We asked Associate Professor of Music David Schneider what he has been reading—and listening to—lately. Here’s what he told us.My reading for pleasure these days can be divided into three categories: books I’m reading with my 8-year-old daughter; books I’m reading because I’m embarrassed I haven’t read them before; and slightly trashy books having something to do with music or musicians.

Amherst College and UMass Faculty to Perform Concert Together June 8

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

May 20, 2008
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
Amherst College
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass.—University of Massachusetts professor Elizabeth Chang, violin; Amherst College professor David Schneider, clarinet; Amherst College piano instructor Alissa Leiser, piano; and Volcy Pelletier, cello, will together present a concert of music by French composer Olivier Messiaen

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