Department of Music

Welcome to the Department of Music at the University at Albany! We are a growing department that provides 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

PEP BAND AT NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES

Prof. Kevin Champagne and the UAlbany Pep Band were part of the excitement as they played for basketball fans at both the men's and women's tournament games recently. Prof. Champagne has been leading the Pep Band as well as our University-Community Symphonic Band for over ten years now. And last fall, he began leading our new Marching Band. Currently, the Pep Band is forty members strong with 20-35 members participating per game. 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:

"Many college students travel to Florida for spring break, but twenty-nine Pep Band students had their trips fully paid for by the NCAA! Sunday, March 16th at 6 PM, the Band and I learned that we would be traveling to Dayton, Ohio for the Men’s NCAA tournament play-in game. We left UAlbany on a bus for the airport thirteen hours later at 7 AM on St. Patrick’s Day. (Read more...)


UALBANY CHORAL GROUPS TO PERFORM IN MEMORIAL CONCERT

The University at Albany Chamber Singers and the University-Community Chorale will be among the groups performing in a concert to honor the legacy of Dr. David Griggs-Janower. (Read more...) Chorale and Chamber Singers alumni interested in participating should contact Tim Newton at tnewton2@albany.edu.


THE PASSING OF PROFESSOR DR. DAVID GRIGGS-JANOWER

In the words of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan D. Phillips:

"I am deeply saddened to report the passing of Dr. David Janower, professor in the Department of Music. David was a true ambassador of the University at Albany, both in his 30 years of teaching as well as his directorship of the University Chamber Singers and University-Community Chorale." (Read more...)


RECOGNITION CEREMONY

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., the Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre hosted a Recognition Ceremony for their majors where each graduate was individually recognized for his/her achievement. (Read more...)


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE

On April 26 and 27, Music students gave presentations at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference in the UAlbany Lecture Centers. Click here to read more about their presentations, and click here to read more about the conference.


NEW MARCHING BAND

The University at Albany is starting a marching band for the fall 2013 semester. The band will be open to all UAlbany students, even if you have never played an instrument before. The Marching Great Danes will perform at all football home games. We are hoping to grow the Marching Great Danes into the true spirit of Albany and we need you! Click here to fill out a interest form so we can begin preparing. You can also contact Band Director Kevin Champagne at kchampagne@albany.edu.


BELOVED UALBANY MUSIC PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF CHORAL MUSIC DAVID JANOWER SUFFERS STROKE

"It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Albany Pro Musica and I announce that our founding director, Dr. David Griggs-Janower, suffered a stroke Friday during surgery," said Jennifer Amstutz, President of the Albany Pro Musica Board of the Directors. "We ask that our friends and patrons hold David and his family in their thoughts and prayers through this difficult time." (Read more...)


BORICUA RHYTHMS: PUERTO RICO AND ITS MUSIC

The University at Albany's Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies in collaboration with the Music Department and the Performing Arts Center will be hosting a two-day conference celebrating and examining the rich musical heritage of Puerto Rico. (Read more...)


UALBANY MUSIC PROFESSOR BOB GLUCK RELEASES BOOK ABOUT HERBIE HANCOCK AND THE MWANDISHI BAND

University at Albany associate professor of music Bob Gluck will be signing his new book, You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, N.Y. Published by University of Chicago Press, Gluck’s book has drawn praise from musicians including jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny and bassist Christian McBride. (Read more...)

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