Department of Music and 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

CLASSICAL PIANIST RETURNS TO HOMETOWN

When pianist and Presque Isle native Duncan Cumming’s daughter, Lucy, was 2 years old, she placed the children’s book, “The Boy and the Tigers,” on his piano stand as he practiced. But instead of asking her father to read the book to her, Lucy asked if he could “play” the story. Lucy’s request sparked the beginning of a musical partnership within the Cumming family that has resulted in several unpublished children’s stories and classical music performances to elementary school students across the country and the world. (Read more...)


MUSICIANS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

If Sunday's choral concert at the University at Albany included a 60-second song written in commemoration of each mass shooting in the United States so far this year in which at least three people were killed or injured, the performance would last four hours and 58 minutes. And that was as of Monday this week, when nine more were injured and two more killed in the two days after 11 died and seven were injured in a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. But the concert, conceived by UAlbany's new choral director, now halfway through his first semester at the university, isn't intended to be comprehensive or current, instead offering 15 pieces over about 75 minutes, written from the 14th century until as recently as about eight months ago. (Read more...)


SPRING MUSIC COURSES

Please click on the links below to see just some of the courses we are offering in Music this spring:

Music electives
Core courses


SONGS AND SOUNDS FOR SILVER

Like an Old World court composer and poet laureate, Max Lifchitz and Leonard Slade have recently completed new artistic works in honor of the institution that has long given them employ. The occasion is the 25th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University at Albany. Lifchitz's new composition and Slade's new poems will be part of a celebratory concert taking place on Friday afternoon at the Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. (Read more...)


RECOGNITION CEREMONY

On Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., the Department of Music & Theatre joined in the Arts & Humanities Recognition Ceremony hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences. The ceremony took place in the Campus Center Ballroom, where each graduate was individually recognized for his/her achievement. (Read more...)


ALUMNUS MICHAEL LANCI WINS THE AMERICAN PRIZE IN COMPOSITION

Michael Lanci of Saratoga Springs, NY is the winner of The American Prize in Composition, 2017-18, in the vocal chamber music (student) division, for his composition entitled "Songs For Joe Hill." Michael Lanci was selected from applications reviewed recently from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. (Read more...)


PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The University at Albany has announced the winners of the 2018 President’s Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement. The winners will be honored at a ceremony at the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 30.

The President’s Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement recognize individuals and University programs and units for outstanding achievement in public engagement through research, teaching, learning, service and creative activity. (Read more...)


REVIEW: CAPITAL TRIO AND MUSICIANS OF MA'ALWYCK

The Capital Trio and the Musicians of Ma’alwyck came together for a fresh and concise program titled “Sweet Power” on Thursday evening at the UAlbany Recital Hall. The event repeats Friday night at Schenectady County Community College.

Folk songs were the common element to the works by Florence B. Price and Antonin Dvorak. Price was an African American composer who died in 1953. This concert is apparently part of a mini revival of her work. A trove of her music was recent discovered, she’s profiled in last week’s New Yorker, and there’s a new recording just issued on Albany Records. (Read more...)


5 QUESTIONS WITH FACULTY: DUNCAN CUMMING

For pianist Duncan J. Cumming, an associate professor in the Department of Music & Theatre of the College of Arts and Sciences, Mozart and the University at Albany are forever connected.

“My wife, Hilary, and I are both from New England, so we were looking to settle somewhere in the Northeast,” Cumming said. “I found a message from the search committee chair on my answering machine when I returned home from a Mozart concert on January 27, 2006, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart.” (Read more...)


THROWBACK THURSDAY: CITIZEN AT THE PIANO

Nobody ever gave the University at Albany as much music as did Findlay Cockrell — and virtuoso-level music, at that.

From the moment the Julliard-trained pianist joined the Music faculty of the University in the Fall of 1966 — the dawn of the Uptown Campus — to his retirement at the conclusion of Spring Semester 2006, he was among the most visible and contributing community members in the institution’s history. (Read more...)

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