Music Department

Two Seniors — A Filmmaker and a Composer — Collaborate on Short Film

The film was the result of a year’s worth of work – Nevan Swanson ’18 wrote the script in a screenwriting course in the fall, and shot the film over the course of the year, and the soundtrack of the film became Sam Kyzivat’s senior honors thesis in music composition.

Four Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

Four faculty members have been promoted from associate to full professor based on their excellence in teaching, distinction in research, and service to the College. They represent the departments of history, languages, visual arts and music.

From Moulton Union to Lincoln Center: Bowdoin Senior Showcases Musical Talent

Emily Licholai ’18 meets acclaimed American composer Lowell Liebermann after performing one of his pieces for him at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Accompanying her on piano was Beckwith Artist-in-Residene George Lopez.

‘Dreams within Dreams:’ Composers Jae-Yeon Yoo ’18 and Sam Kyzivat ’18

Seniors Jae-Yeon Yoo and Sam Kyzivat have been responsible for quite a bit of the live music at Bowdoin over the past few years. As performers, composers, and arrangers, their music has been heard in Pickard Theater, Studzinski Recital Hall, Kresge Auditorium, and in many other venues around campus.

Learning from the Best: Music Students Sit with Indian Sitar Master

Ustad Usman Khan is regarded as one of the greatest living sitar players, said music professor Vineet Shende. “His family have been musicians going back six generations, and he’s a third-generation sitar master.”

Professor Vineet Shende’s New Composition: When East REALLY Meets West

The music professor’s new string quartet, which premieres on April 6, aims to genuinely integrate the musical traditions of two hemispheres. The composition, he said, “employs melodic and formal ideas found in North Indian raag, rhythmic ideas found in South Indian taal, and polyphony and modulation found in Western concert music.”

Russian Folk Musicians Entertain on Campus

Some of the Bowdoin community were welcomed back from Spring Break by being taken on a musical journey through Russia, courtesy of the folk ensemble Zolotoj Plyos, who demonstrated a variety of musical styles, costumes, songs, dancing, and many different Russian folk instruments.

Far and Wide: Student Excursions Over the Spring Break

From Sicily to Silicon Valley, from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, students traveled far and wide over spring break on a variety of trips, some of them academic in nature, some cultural, and some service-oriented, but all of them aimed at enhancing the undergraduate experience at Bowdoin beyond the classroom.