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

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...)


RECOGNITION CEREMONY

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 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 Athletic Complex, where each graduate was individually recognized for his/her achievement. (Read more...)


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.


CARRYING A TORCH FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

Recently, our own Kevin Champagne was one of three outstanding nominees for the prestigious Faculty & Student Engagement Torch Award. (Read more...)


HIS 30-YEAR HOME BASE FOR CREATIVITY

Score one big victory for the powers of collegiality. Pianist/composer/teacher/impresario Max Lifchitz recalls a calm and easy feeling upon first joining the Department of Music faculty in the fall of 1986. “I felt no trepidation at my new university,” he said. “I had witnessed much back-biting and competitiveness in the music faculties at several other universities, but my colleagues here were instantly friendly and supportive — and that remains true today.” (Read more...)


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...)

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