Music Department

Meet the New Tenure-Track Faculty

Bowdoin College this year hired eight new tenure-track faculty members in a variety of fields, from dance and music, to computer science and mathematics, by way of government, biology and sociology.

Morneau Celebrates 30 Years as Bowdoin College Concert Band Director

John P. Morneau, now in his thirtieth year as director of the Bowdoin College Concert Band, will conduct a musical tribute to the natural wonder of mountains Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

A Fitting Musical Tribute for an Unconventional Composer

Nine months after his death at the age of eighty, renowned composer and former Bowdoin music professor Elliott Schwartz will be honored on Friday September 8, 2017. There will be an evening of music on campus that in some ways will be as unconventional as the man himself, said Associate Professor of Music Vineet Shende.

Evolving as an Artist, Coretta King ’12 Releases New Songs

Nashville-based King has just released a collection of her own songs online—freely available through SoundCloud. This material she characterizes as a taster, something to whet the appetitie of her fans as she works on a bigger album project down the road.

Vineet Shende’s Solo Violin Work ‘A Dazzling Showpiece’

Former New York Times music and culture writer Allan Kozinn said the work could be a “substantial addition to the repertory for unaccompanied violin.”

Museum of Art Patrons Enjoy First ‘Music in the Museum’ Lunchtime Chamber Concert

Music-lovers filled the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s Bowdoin Gallery on Thursday, June 29, 2017, for a lunchtime concert. This was the first of the “Music in the Museum” events being staged as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, featuring some of the young, talented musicians who are taking part in the festival.

Vineet Shende’s New Choral Work Offers a Fresh Take on Being American

Shende says his new work is in part inspired by “the rising level of xenophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric in our recent political discourse. Such rhetoric strikes me as being deeply un-American.”

Vineet Shende’s New Work Aims at Genuine East-West Musical Integration

Whether you’re talking music or cuisine, music professor Shende says the phrase “East meets West” is over-used, with the “Eastern” ingredient often just a superficial offering. But with his latest composition, Shende aims for true structural integration of Indian classical music with western musical tradition.