Music Department

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Bowdoin Faculty Remember David Bowie, Recall Favorite Songs

Assistant Professor of Music Tracy McMullen recalls the Thin White Duke and the music that launched him into the stratosphere; other faculty members recall their favorite Bowie songs and what made them special.


Feast for the Ears: ‘Chocolatey’ New Steinway Like ‘Pudding’

The new concert grand piano was delivered to the Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditoriam last week. Lopez will play its inaugural concert this Friday, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.


On Course: A Sampling of Bowdoin’s Newest Classes

This semester faculty members are offering many classes new to Bowdoin — 27 in all.


Dance, Film, Music: Creative Students Collaborate

This spring, students studying dance, music and film worked together to make four unique short films.

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Watch Some of Bowdoin Chamber Choir’s Recent European Tour

Over Spring Break, the Bowdoin Chamber Choir went on tour in Northwestern Germany and the Netherlands, performing a mixed repertoire including German, Dutch, North and Latin American music.

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Flash Mob Offers Unexpected Dining Hall Concert

Artist-in-residence George Lopez and the Bowdoin Orchestra dropped unexpectedly into Thorne Dining Hall the other night to play the first movement of Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”


Bowdoin Chorus Performs Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

The Oratorio Chorale and the Bowdoin Chorus performed Mozart’s Requiem in Studzinski Recital Hall Nov. 22 and 23 in three sold-out performances.


Ying Quartet Teaches Compelling Lessons to Student Writers

Visiting Writer In Residence Russ Rymer describes the Ying Quartet’s visit to his class, Creative Nonfiction Through Photography.


Ying Quartet Brings Musical Perspective to Bowdoin Classes

The Ying Quartet took part in five different Bowdoin classes – spanning topics in history, literature, and culture as well as music – to perform a selection of works related to the course material and engage students in a lively discussion about the music.


Tony Antolini ’63: A Brief History of A Cappella at Bowdoin

Students organized an event last week at Helmrich House called “A Cappella Exposed.” Bowdoin Chorus Director Anthony Antolini ’63 gave a brief history of the Meddiebempsters — the oldest a cappella group on campus — and recalled what it was like to be part of the Meddies during his time at Bowdoin.

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

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.

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Longfellows Sing National Anthem at Boston Celtics Game

Bowdoin a cappella group The Longfellows performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Boston Celtics game December 3, 2013, at the TD Garden.

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David and Phillip Ying to Lead Bowdoin International Music Festival

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.

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

Lopez Directs Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra

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.


German Vocal Ensemble Singer Pur Performs ‘Fields of Gold’ Nov. 6

The German vocal sextet Singer Pur, famous for its impeccable sound and interesting programs, performs in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. November 6, 2013.

Walker Kennedy ’15

Hi-Tech Tool Helps Teach Traditional Afro-Latin Rhythms

Holed up in one of the basement rooms of Gibson Hall, Walker Kennedy ’15 has logged many hours turning traditional songs from Colombia into a coded language.

Filipe Camarotti ’14

The Sound of Music: Filipe Camarotti ’14 and his Acoustical Engineering Internship

As a physics and math major, and a music minor, Filipe Camarotti ’14 says his internship combines his love of music with an innate curiosity to figure out how and why things work.

Tim Kantor ’07 (Illustration credit: Abby McBride)

Timothy Kantor ’07 is Young Artist in Residence at ‘Performance Today’

Violinist Timothy Kantor ’07 is this week’s Young Artist in Residence at the studios of Performance Today, America’s most popular classical music radio program.

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Premiere of Oratorio by Bowdoin’s Delmar Small

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.

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Bowdoin Hosts Ethnomusicology Meeting

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.