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Music provides an understanding of the styles and structures of music, connections between the works of music and social trends, historical events, and cultural developments. Whether vocal or instrumental and improvisational or scored, it is a shared experience with the creative expression through performance contributing to cultural awareness.

Music continues to reach out to the southern Connecticut region through excellent performances – from both students and faculty. All of the University ensembles presented concerts on campus, and several performed in the local community. Many students presented small-group or solo performances this year, and members of the faculty (both full-time and adjunct) presented chamber or solo recitals as a part of the Stutzman Family Foundation’s Faculty Recital Series.

Music hosted Professors Hayreptyan and Amiryan as part of the remembrance events for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. These guests presented a lecture/recital, several in-class presentations, and a full-length solo recital. The University Band also participated in the remembrance events for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide with a concert featuring the music of Armenian composers.

Several students participated in small ensembles to celebrate Mardi Gras and even marched through the halls of Engleman with a rousing rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Members of the Jubilee Singers participated in a gospel music gala concert held at the Bethel AME Church in New Haven. The Blue Steel Drumline competed at two regional competitions in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island receiving a second place and first place rating in their category.

Music Department

Recent Departmental and Faculty Successes

Dr. David Chevan directed the Nu Haven Kapelye (a 25-piece Klezmer orchestra) at several venues including at the Katherine Hepburn Performing Arts Center (Old Saybrook) and at the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas. He led The Afro-Semitic Experience (a jazz group from New Haven) in a benefit concert for Christian Community Action at the Unitarian Society of New Haven.

Dr. Terese Gemme completed a choral composition for SATB choir, cello and harp (or piano) based on the work of the Welsh poet, R.S. Thomas. She continued her organ performances at several venues as well as her choral conducting. The University Choir presented a concert at Spring Glen Church in April which previewed the repertoire for the December 2015 choir tour to Athens, Greece.  

Dr. Craig Hlavac performed at several venues including with the Yale Camerata and Yale Glee Club, the New Haven Chorale and the New Haven Brass Quartet. He presented at the CT Music Educators Association Conference, and with Dr. Fopiano (Special Education), Dr. Hlavac presented on the importance of the Arts in a holistic education at the annual conference of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Jonathan Irving performed in the “Conversations with Music” Series in Bethpage, NY and Marshall Gallery of Fine Art Concert Series in Scottsdale AZ. He presented, “Wachet Auf! Waking Up Music Appreciation: New Methodologies & Ideas for Teaching an Old Subject,” at the 69th CMEA (CT Music Educators Association) In-Service Conference in Hartford, CT.

Dr. Mark Kuss worked collaboratively with adjunct professor Jesse Raccio to develop ScaleNet, a mobile device app designed to help music students learn music theory while graphically modeling how concepts in music are connected by simple, interrelated patterns.