Music Department

Amernet Quartet, Calloway to Premiere Work by Bowdoin’s Shende

amernet string quartet

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway and the Amernet String Quartet will premiere Bowdoin composer Vineet Shende’s new song cycle ‘Thin Bits of Evidence’ in Studzinski Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th, in a program that includes works by Janacek, Grieg, and Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz.

David and Phillip Ying to Lead Bowdoin International Music Festival

Phillip and David Ying

The Bowdoin International Music Festival (BIMF) announced Saturday that David and Phillip Ying have been named co-artistic directors. An organization independent of the College, BIMF brings renowned soloists, performers, artist instructors, and gifted pre-professional classical musicians from around the world to the Bowdoin campus during the summer for six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration, and performance.

Lopez Directs Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra

The Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra performs under the direction of Artist-in-Residence George Lopez

Directed by George Lopez, the Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra performed to a full room in Studzinski Recital Hall, in the penultimate performance of students belonging to the senior class.

Premiere of Oratorio by Bowdoin’s Delmar Small

Bowdoin Chorus

The Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra recently performed the world premiere of the oratorio “As It Began to Dawn,” by Bowdoin Music Department staff member Delmar Small.

Bowdoin Hosts Ethnomusicology Meeting

The Northeast Chapter of The Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Bowdoin College

Music studies from all over the world converged in Hubbard and Gibson Halls on April 20, when Bowdoin College hosted the annual meeting of The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Bowdoin’s Vineet Shende, Oratorio Chorale Perform in Portland April 13

Vineet Shende

On Saturday, April 13, as part of the Portland Conservatory of Music’s 5th Annual Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, Associate Professor Vineet Shende and the Oratorio Chorale will preview Shende’s new work for chorus and guitar, titled Pravasa: Travels of the Guitar.

Video: A Very Merry Taiko Christmas


Before leaving for winter break, Bowdoin’s Taiko ensemble offered a holiday performance, “A Very Merry Taiko Christmas,” in the Sargent Gym.

‘What Bree Sees’: Bree Candland ’01 Blogs Racer-X


    In her blog, “What Bree Sees,” Bree Candland ’01 recaps this year’s Reunion Weekend performance by perennial campus favorite, Racer-X, the 1980s cover band featuring English professor Aaron Kitch on keyboard and music professor Vin Shende on guitar and lead vocals. Maine’s BEST 80s cover band. I’ve seen others, and none put on […]

Ornithologist and Musician Team Up to Solve Birdsong Mysteries

Nat Wheelwright, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences

This summer, Robby Greenlee, a professor of music, and Nat Wheelwright, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, are working with John Butterworth ’14, a biochemistry major who plays jazz saxophone, to transcribe and analyze the coos of some 300 doves and pigeons.

Listen to the Bowdoin Chapel’s Austin Organ

  Earlier this week, Bowdoin staff members were allowed a rare look behind and into the Bowdoin Chapel’s large Austin organ. Delmar Small, Bowdoin’s concert, budget and equipment manager for the music department, explained the mechanics of both the College’s Austin organ and smaller Cooper organ to a small crowd, and then offered a short […]