News and Events

Fall 2014

The Music 100 Exemption Exam will be given on  Wed. Sept 3 and Fri. Sept. 5 at 4 pm inRm. 109,  Pratt Hall.

Grant-in-Aid Deadline.
Students who receive financial aid from the College are eligible to apply for a Grant-in-Aid to help pay for music lessons. The deadline for application is Friday, Sept. 5  4 pm. Applications are available in the Music Office. Continuing students must submit an application every semester--there are no automatic renewals.


Wed. Sept. 3, 1-4 pm in Pratt.  Students who have not previously taken music lessons at Mount Holyoke must go thru the audition process in order to receive permission to register on ISIS.  For piano, voice, flute,  jazz ensembles, or early music ensembles, sign up for an audition appointment on the  bulletin board across the hall from the Music Office in Pratt.

All other instruments (string, wind, brass, percussion) should use the online form at the bottom of the Orchestra Auditions page.

Tuesday, January 21, 1-5 pm
Wednesday, January 22, 12-3 pm
Thursday, January 23, 12-3 pm
Friday, January 24, 12-4 pm
Sign up for appointment on Choral bulletin board in Pratt.
Contact: Lindsay Pope (

Wed. Jan. 22 4:30-5:30pm. Rm. 301 Pratt
Contact Tian Ng (

Contact Mark Gionfriddo (

Wed. Sept. 3, 2:30-5pm, Rm. 210, Pratt
Contact Robert Eisenstein (

New Courses

Music 136s - Adventures in Music (Ng Tia n Hui)
TuTh 11:30-12:45

Designed for students with or without prior musical experience, "Adventures in Music" explores the materials of music.  Through reading, hands on interaction with instruments, and their players, discussions and recordings, students will explore concepts of pitch, time, space, structure and timbre, thereby enriching their perception of the world of sound.  The best way to access the indescribable in music is often to make music.  With this in mind the class will embark in mini composition projects culminating in a final project that utilises the knowledge acquired over the duration of the course.

Music 228s - African Folk Opera in Theory and Practice
MW 2:15-2:30
In this course, African folk opera will provide the framework for exploring salient features of African music.  The course will begin by examining a wide range of performance elements, including ensemble practice, the role of dance, and musical storytelling.  The second part will feature practical sessions culminating in a public performance of an African folk opera.  Students will work with visiting African master drummers and a choreographer.  The practical sessions will afford students an opportunity to reflect on the theoretical issues examined earlier on in the semester, and gain practical knowledge of the African operatic tradition.