Join the Music Department for the 2017 Commencement Concert

The Mount Holyoke Commencent Concert is an annual centerpiece of commencement weekend, bringing together graduating seniors and their families and friends with alumnae on campus to celebrate their reunion and renew their deep bond with the College.  Showcasing some of the year's outstanding instrumental soloists and composers, the concert also features performances by the Commencent Choir directed by Stephanie Council, and seniors and members of Vocal Jazz directed by Mark Gionfriddo.  Larry Schipull and Adrianne Greenbaum will accompany the senior soloists.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The Mount Holyoke Commencent Concert is an annual centerpiece of commencement weekend, bringing together graduating seniors and their families and friends with alumnae on campus to celebrate their reunion and renew their deep bond with the College.  Showcasing some of the year's outstanding instrumental soloists and composers, the concert also features performances by the Commencent Choir directed by Stephanie Council, and seniors and members of Vocal Jazz directed by Mark Gionfriddo.  Larry Schipull and Adrianne Greenbaum will accompany the senior soloists.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Pascale Maria Argondizza '17

Pascale Maria Argondizza '17

Pascale Maria Argondizza, born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, is a double-major in Music and Philosophy. She has been involved in the choral forces since her first year, and is particularly passionate about Medieval chant, Scottish folk music, and musical theater.  She was the recipient of the 2016 Music Department Prize for Outstanding Junior, and is this year's winner of the Irving R. Eisley Prize for a senior who excels in writing about music and the Helen Blythe Hazen II Prize awarded to the outstanding senior whose excellent work in the department reflects the integration of music history, theory and performance. In the fall she'll be starting her M.A. in Italian at Georgetown University.

Amy Chen '17

Amy Chen '17

Amy Chen ‘17, is a Studio Art major with a minor in Art History. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she began taking violin lessons at the age of five after her parents told her about their experience at a Cleveland Orchestra concert. Her passion for the violin intensified through her childhood where she continued her training in Taiwan and on the Big Island of Hawai’i. As an avid orchestra player during her teens, she traveled 200 miles to O’ahu every week for five years to be part of the Hawaii Youth Symphony.  Amy has been a member of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra since her first year and the concertmaster since her sophomore year. She has been a part of many chamber ensembles and currently studies with Linda Laderach. In 2014, she was awarded at the 3rd MHSO Concerto Competition to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major with MHSO. Two year after, she was awarded with the same prize at the 5th MHSO Concerto Competition to perform Chausson’s Poème. Amy is the captain of the MHC Varsity Tennis Team, the historian of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra Board, and an intern at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

Samantha Levreault '17

Samantha Levreault '17

Samantha Levreault '17 from Worthington, MA, is an Environmental Studies and Music double major. She was the 2016 MHSO Concerto Competition Winner and principal flutist of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra. During summer 2016, Sam interned at the Northampton Community Music Center as the Summer Program Assistant. She continues to work with the music center and helps with the New Horizons Band program. Sam will continue teaching flute lessons after graduation and aspires to have a flute studio. She is currently searching for an environmental organization to become a team member with. After gaining some real world experience, Sam wants to continue her education in environmental development or flute performance studies.

Yiwen Li '17

Yiwen Li '17

Yiwen Li, born and raised in Beijing, China, is a Mathematics major. Yiwen has been studying with professor Adrianne Greenbaum and has been playing in Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra and the Flute Choir for four years. She was also the winner of the 2015 MHSO concerto competition. Besides music, she enjoys cooking in her free time. After graduation, Yiwen is going to pursue a masters in Management at Wake Forest University.

Mapricionne "May" McQueen Dec '16

Mapricionne "May" McQueen Dec '16

Mapricionne "May" McQueen (Dec '16), from Washington, D.C., was an Art History major and Music minor. During her time at Mount Holyoke, she studied flute performance with Adrianne Greenbaum and participated in the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, multiple ensembles led by Jean Jeffries, and in the MHC Flute Choir led by Alison Hale. Besides her love of music, she also enjoys spending time in nature, exploring museums and taking photographs. She is currently preparing to teach English in South Korea next fall.

Eva Snyder '17

Eva Snyder '17

Eva is a senior at Mount Holyoke College, double majoring in computer science and music. She has spent her entire year producing her debut album, Balance, which will be released on iTunes today. After graduation Eva will be moving to San Francisco to work fulltime for YouTube and has industry-sized plans for furthering her music career. Balance was recorded in Nashville, TN this past March. Eva spent four days in the studio recording, mixing, and mastering the tracks to be ready for the album release. She hopes to return to Nashville soon to record more and enter into the country music industry.