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The Pioneer Valley, home to the Five Colleges, is one of the most culturally vibrant regions of the country. In any given week, you can attend a wide array of concerts, movies, theatre and dance performances, and art exhibitions. Check the MHC events calendar and the Five College calendar to find out what’s happening.
Tayllor Johnson ’15 says poetry has led her to amazing places, helped her inspire others to create social change, and—most recently—landed her a job offer.
Anisha Pai '19 is the first Mount Holyoke winner of the annual Glascock poetry contest since 2009 and one of only 20 since the contest began in 1923.
New York Times article details Kirsten Moffett Reoch ’90's participation in the restoration project at the Park Avenue Armory’s Veterans Room.
Henry Segerman will speak about his book “Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing” and demonstrate how technology can make abstract ideas tangible.
Knowledgeable teachers of the Vaganova method of classical ballet are dedicated to contributing to the development of quality ballet training.
“The Rider,” a film by Chloé Zhao ’05, won the Art Cinema Award, the top prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
Two distinct curricular worlds— art and robotics—collide in a cross-disciplinary project between studio art and computer science.
“I’ve always been drawn to music and sound. My fundamental engagement with listening to and creating sound informs my work, research and teaching.”
Spencer Smith, physics, curates a new show of Berenice Abbott photos that integrates physics with art and brings both subjects to new audiences.
The Music Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Ciufo as the Innovation Hire in Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship.
From clothes that light up to vacuum-formed chocolate molds, the Mount Holyoke College Makerspace offers tools and training to create and collaborate.
Dean Jon Western and photographer Pete Muller, Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor of International Relations, will discuss conflict, culture and masculinity.
Mount Holyoke College’s Rie Hachiyanagi is featured on the cover of World Sculpture News for her transcendent paper art.
Glamour Magazine selected Ellen Chilemba ’17 as its College Woman of the Year grand-prize winner.
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ng Tian Hui, performs an all-women-composer program at its second annual Mary Lyon Concert.
“Bull in a China Shop,” the off-Broadway play by Bryna Turner ‘12 about Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks will be produced at MHC in December.
Professor Robert Eisenstein organizes a Baroque concert featuring the music of the court of Indian monarch Serfoji II.
Thanks a generous grant, MHC’s new MEDIAL Project is integrating arts and technology and giving students resources to create, exhibit and perform.
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.
The African cinema festival, a first in Western Massachusetts, will showcase films from the continent that span countries, decades and genres.
Clara Kann ’12 demystifies the journey of wine from grape to bottle, and traces her own career back to the MHC science class she didn’t want to take.
Matt Del Rosario from Pilobolus Dance Theater rehearsing FCDD students in the high energy work "Megawatt" for the Faculty Concert in November
Mount Holyoke professor David Sanford’s latest work, “Black Noise,” will be premiered by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Boston and Amherst.
Interdisciplinary classrooms fuel a passion for learning in faculty and students alike.
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.
Ethnomusicology professor Bode Omojola, celebrates King Sunny Ade's 70th birthday with an homage to his music and legacy.
Senior Symposium was both serious and joyful as the class of 2017 presented their research to appreciative audiences from the College and beyond.
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.
A day of Tudor Tailor workshops hosted by the theatre arts department drew a crowd eager to study 16th-century clothing with a 21st-century eye.
Kinsun Chan explains how he strives to give students the experience of dancing with a real dance company
Poorna Swami: I am a writer and avid reader of poetry, which is a series of 'movement odes,' emerges from my fascination with language and movement.
Karen Jordan: assigned to the Music School of Delaware's satellite location in Hockessin.
Mount Holyoke College’s Robin Blaetz discusses Joan of Arc through the ages on a BBC podcast
“I like that Mount Holyoke students are integrating their liberal arts curiosities and criticality with their artistic work.”
The MHC Jazz Ensembles will present a swing-era radio show with vintage commercials, news, clothing, hairstyles, and vocal and instrumental jazz favorites.
Adrianne Greenbaum’s efforts to rediscover and perform generations of lost Jewish family music were hailed in a recent article.
Working collaboratively as choreographers, Coleman and Freedman have received choreographic commissions from many companies and colleges.
A multimedia extravaganza that included live electronic sound, film, dance and interactive video
A multidisciplinary performance piece will use music, dance, film, and video design to explore the role of technology in our lives.
Art historian and portrait expert Paul Staiti says the Obamas’ selection of African-American artists for their official portraits is a political choice.
Found by Music students and LITS staff: two medieval musical manuscripts hiding in plain sight on campus.
Many Mount Holyoke College students pursue internships in the Pioneer Valley, which offers exciting opportunities.
Directed by Jennifer Weber: This production re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography.
With the help of programs like the new entrepreneurship minor, Mount Holyoke students bring home prizes and wins from entrepreneurial competitions.
A speaker series from the new Digital Arts Initiative brings world-class scholars and artists to campus to discuss how arts and technology interact.
DJs at Mount Holyoke’s WMHC discuss the benefits of a historically female-run college radio station and the consequences of on air diversity.
Wonder Woman smashes the superhero glass ceiling in more ways than one, says film studies professor Robin Blaetz.
Vanessa James’ design for the off-Broadway production of a new play, “Van Gogh’s Ear,” about the artist, incorporates extravagant detail and materials.
The formal portrait is a strategic way of keeping a president’s legacy, says MHC professor.
Thomas Ciufo built a music technology lab to teach students of all musical backgrounds new ways of exploring and creating sound.
Article featuring Mount Holyoke graduate Mariam Dingilian's solo piece "Static: Rewind"
Sarah Hastings ’15 is turning her passion into purpose, and she's doing it by building an ‘environmentally-conscious’ 190-square-foot dwelling.
The Makerspace prepares future leaders by combining technology and the liberal arts to teach and engage students studying every academic discipline.
Interdisciplinary learning in the arts? Two 15th-century prints, two laser-cut woodblocks, a print press, two hands. Read a blog by Yiqi Chen ’21.
A newly uncovered collection of athletic apparel provides a rare glimpse into some of the earliest athletic wear for women — and the students who wore it.
Film studies students explore motion-controlled videography in the MHC Makerspace.
Lindsay Pope 07: conducts the University of North Texas Concert Choir and is Conducting Associate to the Dallas Symphony Chorus.
Organized by MHC Art Society members: Renee Portes '18, Yuchen (Angel) Xiang '20, Kateri Svec '19, Yeji Seo '20, Anne Bevin '20, Maryl Phair '20.
Films, one of India’s many rich artistic traditions, are far more sophisticated, creative, and self-aware than the “Bollywood” moniker implies.
The first solo exhibition of Gee’s Bend quilter Mary Lee Bendolph’s bold designs and remarkable expression of African-American quilting opens Jan. 23.
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.
Holly Mitchell ’13 has won the 2017 Amy Award for her accomplishments as a poet and her potential for future success.
This Art Museum exhibition featured shimmering curtains of color—sculptures made by acclaimed artist El Anatsui from recycled liquor bottle tops.
“Mount Holyoke allowed me to team up with experienced professors who helped me build a brand for myself as a musician and writer.”
Olabode Omojola, professor of African music at MHC, is the lead organizer for the African Cinema Symposium and Festival.
Cellist Astrid Schween describes the process of auditioning for the J.S.Q. and "the moment they popped the question".
April 19-22 one of Shakespeare's most endearing comedies.
A date change won’t dampen the much-anticipated show’s 2017 performance, to be held March 5.
Yuchen “Angel” Xiang: is interviewed about how she helped the MHC Art Society organize the first Five College Art Conference.
We are MUSIC PROUD of our 2017-2018 department award winners!
Art and architecture students collaborate with the Botanic Garden to design and build a sculptural fountain for Mount Holyoke's 2018 Spring Flower Show.
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.
View the new paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama through the eyes of Paul Staiti, an expert on presidential portraits.
The Chorale will perform at Syracuse University’s 13th Annual Invitational Choral Festival under distinguished conductor George Vance.
Midwinter Dreams, a performance of music, art, and dance, explores the stuff dreams are made of.
Mount Holyoke’s new minor in entrepreneurship, organizations, and society is attracting students with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.
The music of nationally acclaimed klezmer and classical flutist, Professor Adrianne Greenbaum of MHC is featured on the Florida Atlantic University website
Luvvie Ajayi and Kimberly Juanita Brown will each speak on Feb. 22, as the celebration of Black History Month continues at Mount Holyoke College.
Invited as part of the LYNK initiative, MHC Alumna Calia Marshall shows students how to engage with dancers of all skill levels in the art form
The Botanic Garden is a living, curated collection of plants that can be used, much like the Art Museum or library, for classes of all disciplines.
The production composed, written, and directed by Olabode Omojola, featured a diverse student cast, acclaimed soloists, drummers, and the MHC Orchestra.
From solar cells and architecture to an athletic app and teaching, students spoke about their internships and research at the 2016 LEAP presentations.
Joan Jonas ’58 is representing the U.S. at Venice Biennale.
"Written on the Body" choreographed by Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman
A Moving Musical Memorial to Unarmed Black Men Killed by Police commissioned by Music director Ng Tian Hui.
Gionfriddos reads from his new book, Good Night, Dear Hart, Good Night, which he coauthored with Jeannie Gionfriddo, columnist for the Holyoke Sun.
Emma Ginader ’15, who is finishing a volume of poems as her thesis, will represent Mount Holyoke College at the Glascock Poetry Competition March 27.
Mount Holyoke College senior Jenny Daniels will direct an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth April 14 to 17.
Students in the iDesign Studio class in Computer Science and the Costuming II class in the Theater Department teamed up to create this short production.
Sarah Mullervy ’03: helped lead the team that won a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for the animated Peter Rabbit series on Nickelodeon.
Mount Holyoke College marks 50 years of the Association for Pan-African Unity and Black History Month with a month-long celebration.
Mount Holyoke professors of art history, politics, international relations and Russian were honored for their outstanding teaching and scholarship.
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.
Shelby Baier White ’59 has been awarded the 2018 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for her lifelong commitment to charitable work.
Ng Tian Hui and MHC’s Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere of “Invitation to Die-In” is featured on public radio.
This year’s Global Challenges Conference focuses on changing global–local inequalities and features keynote speaker Diana Wells of Ashoka.
Molly Paige FP’18 rekindled a love of theater when she came to Mount Holyoke. Now she’s directing “Bull in a China Shop,” the new play by Bryna Turner ’12.
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