Department of Music & Theatre
Music Studies and Performance
Welcome to Music Studies and Performance at the University at Albany! We provide students with a variety of specialized B.A. programs which include Music, Performance, Vocal Performance, Composition, Conducting, Musicology, and Theory. Our programs offer not only a high level of instruction, but a unique degree of faculty attention and guidance. We also offer a music minor.
News & Announcements
A PRESENTATION ON: THE ARMED MAN / A MASS FOR PEACE
In anticipation of the May 6th performance of the stirring composition, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Albany Pro Musica’s Artistic Director and University at Albany Conductor-in-Residence, Maestro José Daniel Flores-Caraballo, joined by singers of Albany Pro Musica, will discuss and demonstrate what makes this such a uniquely appealing masterwork. Since its premiere in 2000, Sir Karl Jenkins’ compelling composition has been performed over 1,500 times. Written for chorus, orchestra, soloist and Muezzin, this poignant work was dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, which was unfolding as it was being composed. Its dramatic cry for peace remains relevant to our nation and the world. All are invited to this FREE event: Thursday, April 13, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Performing Arts Center room B-78.
CONCERT OF IDEAS
The flute soars. The drum roll builds.
The singers take center stage.
This is the Concert of Ideas, coming to the Campus Center Ballroom, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. The concert is designed to awaken the creative mind, to encourage participants to get involved in the University’s strategic planning process. The conversations continue Saturday, Dec. 10, with brainstorming about the University’s future. (Read more...)
On Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., the Departments of Art & Art History and Music & Theatre hosted a Recognition Ceremony for their majors where each graduate was individually recognized for his/her achievement. (Read more...)
CONDUCTOR-IN-RESIDENCE JOSÉ DANIEL FLORES-CARABALLO TO SPEAK ON MARCH 31
In anticipation of Albany Pro Musica's concert, “A City of Immigrants,” Artistic Director and University at Albany Conductor-in-Residence José Daniel Flores-Caraballo will present a lecture-demonstration. (Read more...)
PEP BAND AT NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES
Prof. Kevin Champagne and the UAlbany Pep Band were part of the excitement as they performed for basketball fans at the women's NCAA tournament games. Recently, Prof. Champagne was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to share some thoughts about the Pep Band's participation in March Madness:
"The Pep Band was lucky enough to be traveling again this year with the women's basketball team as they made it to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight time. Thanks to the success of both the men's and women's teams, the band has previously traveled to Philadelphia, Ohio, Delaware, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana for the NCAA tournament. This year was slightly different for two reasons; our trip was not an overnight trip because it was in Syracuse, and more importantly, the women won their first NCAA tournament game!" (Read more...)
UALBANY'S FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPOARY MUSIC
UAlbany’s recent annual Festival of Contemporary Music at the PAC featured the University Percussion Ensemble and the Youth Percussion Ensembles. As part of the program, UAlbany’s Department of Music and Theatre hosted young composer Brandon Zhou, a senior at Bethlehem Central High School. (Read more...)
BRAZILIAN CONDUCTOR ISAAC CHUEKE TALKS CULTURE AND MUSIC
Isaac Chueke, professional Brazilian conductor, came to the University at Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to host a talk about the history and importance of Brazilian music and culture. Chueke, who trained in music in four countries, said he “symbolically has a music degree in four countries,” though he got his doctorate of music in Paris. (Read more...)
MY COOL TOOLS: BAND DIRECTOR KEVIN CHAMPAGNE
Kevin Champagne (UAlbany Band Director) is a member of the Lansingburgh Teachers Association and band director at Lansingburgh High School and Knickerbacker Middle School in Rensselaer County. "Studying music, particularly playing an instrument, is one of the very few things that touches on all of the domains: mental, physical and emotional," he says. "Lots of studies connect music study with math skills and reading skills." (Read more...)
STORY OF A RECORDING: "INFINITE SPIRIT: REVISITING MUSIC OF THE MWANDISHI BAND"
Bob Gluck, Associate Professor, Department of Music and Theatre "It was playing with Herbie that I found myself." With those words, jazz master drummer Billy Hart described his three years performing in pianist Herbie Hancock's formative Sextet during the early 1970s. (Read more...)
MUSIC ALUM IN THE NEWS
"When pianist Bobby Gangloff plays Vero’s first Blues and Barbecue Festival next weekend, it’ll make the inaugural event seem like a long Vero tradition." (Read more...)
NEW MUSIC AND CULTURE SYMPOSIUM on January 29-31, 2015
Organized by UAlbany faculty member Max Lifchitz, this SUNY-wide conference includes public concerts, lecture/recitals, panel discussions and master classes highlighting the artistic accomplishments of composers affiliated with the SUNY system. (Read more...)