Music News

Members of the faculty give concerts and present research on campus, around the country, and around the world.

Metamorphonics 2016
A multimedia extravaganza that included live electronic sound, film, dance and interactive video
Singers in the 2013 "The Big Broadcast!”  Photo by Olivia Lammel ’14
The MHC Jazz Ensembles will present a swing-era radio show with vintage commercials, news, clothing, hairstyles, and vocal and instrumental jazz favorites.
Music Department Prize Winners at the Annual Department Picnic
At the department's annual picnic, we celebrated of a year of music-making and the outstanding work of our students, including the 2017 prize winners.
Photo credit:  GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS
Olabode Omojola, professor of African music at MHC, is the lead organizer for the African Cinema Symposium and Festival.
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ng Tian Hui
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ng Tian Hui, performs an all-women-composer program at its second annual Mary Lyon Concert.
Image of the Big Broadcast
A date change won’t dampen the much-anticipated show’s 2017 performance, to be held March 5.
Mount Holyoke College's Chamber Singers
Judges listened to MHC's Glee Club and Chamber Singers in a blind audition and chose them to perform before an audience of conductors and music educators.
Photo of Stephanie Council
“These students’ intellectual curiosity, alongside their commitment to making a positive impact in the world, is the ideal atmosphere for choral artistry.”
Lindsay Pope 07: conducts the University of North Texas Concert Choir and is Conducting Associate to the Dallas Symphony Chorus.
Eva Snyder ’17
“Mount Holyoke allowed me to team up with experienced professors who helped me build a brand for myself as a musician and writer.”
Ìrìn Àjò, an opera composed, written and directed by Five College music professor Bode Omojola
The production composed, written, and directed by Olabode Omojola, featured a diverse student cast, acclaimed soloists, drummers, and the MHC Orchestra.
Hero image of hidden treasures manuscript.
Found by Music students and LITS staff: two medieval musical manuscripts hiding in plain sight on campus.
Music School of Delaware opens Hockessin branch
Karen Jordan: assigned to the Music School of Delaware's satellite location in Hockessin.
Bingyao Liu ’19 playing the Chinese dulcimer
Music was just a hobby for Bingyao Liu ’19. Then she came to Mount Holyoke, founded the area’s first Chinese music ensemble and discovered klezmer music.
Digital arts in action: Younghoo Cho ’19 took Acoustic Ecology and Sonic Art, taught by music professor Thomas Ciufo, in the new digital music lab in Pratt Hall last fall.
A speaker series from the new Digital Arts Initiative brings world-class scholars and artists to campus to discuss how arts and technology interact.
This is a graphic of Africa.
The African cinema festival, a first in Western Massachusetts, will showcase films from the continent that span countries, decades and genres.
David W. Sanford
Mount Holyoke professor David Sanford’s latest work, “Black Noise,” will be premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Boston and Amherst.
Photo shows a painting of people playing Baroque music.
Professor Robert Eisenstein organizes a Baroque concert featuring the music of the court of Indian monarch Serfoji II.
Composer and Digital Music Artist Thomas Ciufo
The Music Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Ciufo as the Innovation Hire in Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship.
Invitation to a Die-In
A Moving Musical Memorial to Unarmed Black Men Killed by Police commissioned by Music director Ng Tian Hui.
Renowned writer, MHC prof. to give book reading
Gionfriddos reads from his new book, Good Night, Dear Hart, Good Night, which he coauthored with Jeannie Gionfriddo, columnist for the Holyoke Sun.
Adrianne Greenbaum
Adrianne Greenbaum’s efforts to rediscover and perform generations of lost Jewish family music were hailed in a recent article.
Thomas Ciufo teaching in the digital music lab
Thomas Ciufo built a music technology lab to teach students of all musical backgrounds new ways of exploring and creating sound.
Astrid Schween
Cellist Astrid Schween describes the process of auditioning for the J.S.Q. and "the moment they popped the question".
This is a three-part photograph, featuring Ellen Chilemba, the winning team of the International Business Ethics Case Competition, and Rick Feldman.
With the help of programs like the new entrepreneurship minor, Mount Holyoke students bring home prizes and wins from entrepreneurial competitions.
2013: Tian Hui Ng signed on to compose and record a film score because he wanted to give the MHC Symphony Orchestra a rare chance to do professional work.
Adeline Mueller
From "Shuffle Along" to "Hamilton," race has been a part of in the development of the American musical from the beginning, says professor Adeline Mueller.
Adrianne Greenbaum Professor of Music, Flute; Klezmer Ensemble
The music of nationally acclaimed klezmer and classical flutist, Professor Adrianne Greenbaum of MHC is featured on the Florida Atlantic University website
Tian Hui Ng signed on to compose and record a film score because he wanted to give the MHC Symphony Orchestra a rare chance to do professional work.
The Chorale will perform at Syracuse University’s 13th Annual Invitational Choral Festival under distinguished conductor George Vance.
iDesign Studio class
Mount Holyoke’s IDesign Studio demystifies technology, sparks artistic creativity, fuels entrepreneurial spirit and encourages risk-taking across academia.
Alumna Sarah Mullervy ’03 was part of a team that won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for the animated Peter Rabbit series on Nickelodeon.
Sarah Mullervy ’03: helped lead the team that won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for the animated Peter Rabbit series on Nickelodeon.
The College’s Makerspace is a central location for the campus maker culture.
Thanks a generous grant, MHC’s new MEDIAL Project is integrating arts and technology and giving students resources to create, exhibit and perform.
MHSO 2013
Midwinter Dreams, a performance of music, art, and dance, explores the stuff dreams are made of.
Professor Hui in a red shirts sits at his shiny black piano.
Ng Tian Hui and MHC’s Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere of “Invitation to Die-In” is featured on public radio.
Bode Omojola
Ethnomusicology professor Bode Omojola, celebrates King Sunny Ade's 70th birthday with an homage to his music and legacy.
Image of students performing in Metamorphonics
A multidisciplinary performance piece will use music, dance, film, and video design to explore the role of technology in our lives.
Thomas Ciufo, Assistant Professor of Music
“I’ve always been drawn to music and sound. My fundamental engagement with listening to and creating sound informs my work, research and teaching.”
2017-2018 Department Award Winners
We are MUSIC PROUD of our 2017-2018 department award winners!
DJs at Mount Holyoke’s WMHC discuss the benefits of a historically female-run college radio station and the consequences of on air diversity.