Music Department

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.

Bowdoin Orchestra Flash Mobs Thorne Diners

The Bowdoin Orchestra surprised diners at Thorne on Wednesday evening with a quick concert.

Behind the Scenes of the Bowdoin Orchestra

When some members of Bowdoin Orchestra took a weekend retreat to the Coastal Studies Center, James Jelin ’16 followed with his video camera.

Video: Student Composes Piano Quintet for Summer Fellowship

Samuel Kyzivat ’18 wrote his string quintet specifically for classically-trained Bowdoin students to perform, and hopes to stage a public premiere in the coming academic year.

Miranda Hall-Aquitania ’18: Composing Music Fit For a Fairytale

This summer, Miranda Hall-Aquitania received a an Alan M. Christenfeld Fellowship from Bowdoin to focus on creating an original three-movement composition for violin, viola, and cello. The piece is influence by Gagaku imperial court music, and by Hall’s love for storytelling.

Remembering Steve Grover: Jazz Musician, Educator

Bowdoin faculty and former students pay tribute to jazz percussionist, composer and educator Steve Grover, who died earlier this month.

Beyond the Saxophone: Mauceri Creates Multimedia Music

Many of Mauceri’s compositions explore the interface between the audio and the visual, between the human and the machine.

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

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.

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.

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.

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.