Chair: Christine Howlett;
Professors: Jonathan Chenette (and Dean of the Faculty), Todd Crowa, Michael Pisanib;
Associate Professors: Christine Howlett, Kathryn Libin, Brian R. Mann;
Assistant Professor: Táhirih Motazedian;
Senior Lecturer: Drew Minter, Eduardo Navega
Adjunct Associate Professor: Susan Botti;
Adjunct Assistant Professor: Justin Patch;
Adjunct Instructor: Ronald Bemrich;
Adjunct Artists: Gail Archer, Paul Bellino, Cheryl P. Bishkoff, Frank Cassara, Terry Champlin, Miriam Charney, Mike DeMicco, Danielle Farina, Trey Files, Phillip Helm, Ashley J. Jackson, Moran Katz, Mary Nessinger, James Osborn, Robert Osborne, Louis Pappas, Anna Polonsky, Linda Quan, Peter Reit, Elisabeth Romano, Rachel Rosales, Susan Rotholz, James Ruff, Thomas Sauer, Sophie Shao, Peter Tomlinson, Susan Vazquez, Ed Xiques.
a On leave 2017/18, first semester
b On leave 2017/18, second semester
Advisers: The department.
Correlate Sequences in Music
The music department offers four correlate sequences, each requiring 6 units of credit of which no fewer than 5 should be taken at Vassar. No more than one course counted toward the Music & Culture correlate may be taken NRO. Specific courses to be taken within each sequence are outlined below. Students interested in pursuing a correlate sequence in music should discuss it with the music department chair as well as their major advisors during their sophomore or junior year, and they will be assigned a correlate advisor from the music faculty. Correlate sequences in music must be declared by the end of the junior year.
Music: I. Introductory
Music: II. Intermediate
Music: III. Advanced
In the following six large ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Madrigal Singers) the first semester is an uncredited prerequisite for the second: credited study is offered only in the second semester. Students wishing to enroll for credit in the second semester must register for the uncredited prerequisite in the first semester. No student should exceed 2 units of this credit in his or her four years at Vassar. Membership is open to all classes and assumes a full year commitment. Admission is by audition.
- • MUSI 038, 138/039, 139 - Jazz Combo
- • MUSI 044, 144, 045, 145 - Chamber Music
- • MUSI 048, 049, 149 - Wind Ensemble
- • MUSI 050, 051, 151 - Jazz Ensemble
- • MUSI 052, 053, 153 - Orchestra
- • MUSI 054, 055, 155 - Women's Chorus
- • MUSI 056, 057, 157 - Choir
- • MUSI 058, 059, 159 - Madrigal Singers
- • MUSI 254 - Opera Workshop
Music: Individual Instruction
The music department offers private lessons in most instruments and voice. Enrollment is limited in certain areas of instruction, especially voice. Music majors and students taking lessons for credit will be given preference. Beginners are accepted as instructors’ teaching hours allow.
Some lessons - such as piano, violin, viola, and voice - require auditions at the beginning of the year. Audition sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside Skinner Room 105 the week before classes begin.
Accepted students arrange for private lessons with the instructor and include one 50-minute period per week for a total of thirteen lessons per semester. Lessons require an additional fee per semester (see Fees ) although students on need-based Vassar scholarship qualify for a fee waiver.
Lessons are taught at various levels and the lesson numbers - for example, 137, 237, 337 - reflect the level of study. Lessons may also be taken for non-credit, and these registration numbers begin with zero, as in 037. All students taking lessons, whether or not for credit, must register for them. (See the individual course numbers for your instrument below.)
Course Requirements for Lessons: All students who take lessons for credit (see Individual Instruction below) are required to take two music courses, preferably before their senior year. The department strongly believes that music performance in a liberal arts environment should be studied in the context of some knowledge of music history or theory. Therefore, co-requisite courses in music should begin as early as possible, but no later than the third semester of credited study. Freshman and first-semester sophomores are especially encouraged to take MUSI 101 , 105 , 140 , or 141 . Among the other courses that may count toward the co-requisite are: MUSI 106 , 136 , 201 , 202 , 213 , 214 , 215 , 217 , 218 , 231 , 238 , and 259 .
Voice (MUSI 063 , 163 , 263 , 363 , 380 ): Christine Howlett, Drew Minter, Mary Nessinger, Robert Osborne, Rachel Rosales, James Ruff.
Piano (MUSI 060 , 160 , 260 , 360 , 380 ): Miriam Charney, Todd Crow, Anna Polonsky, Thomas Sauer.
Classical Guitar (MUSI 068 , 168 , 268 , 368 , 380 ): Terry Champlin.
Flute (MUSI 070 , 170 , 270 , 370 , 380 ): Susan Rotholz.
Oboe (MUSI 071 , 171 , 271 , 371 , 380 ): Cheryl Bishkoff.
Clarinet (MUSI 072 , 172 , 272 , 372 , 380 ): Moran Katz.
Bassoon (MUSI 073 , 173 , 273 , 373 , 380 ): Elisabeth Romano.
Saxophone (MUSI 043 , 143 , 243 , 343 , 380 ): Ed Xiques.
French Horn (MUSI 074 , 174 , 274 , 374 , 380 ): Peter Reit.
Trumpet (MUSI 075 , 175 , 275 , 375 , 380 ): James Osborn.
Trombone (MUSI 076 , 176 , 276 , 376 , 380 ): Paul Bellino.
Tuba (MUSI 077 , 177 , 277 , 377 , 380 ): Paul Bellino.
Harp (MUSI 069 , 169 , 269 , 369 , 380 ): Ashley Jackson.
Organ (MUSI 061 , 161 , 261 , 361 , 380 ): Gail Archer.
Harpsichord (MUSI 062 , 162 , 262 , 362 , 380 ): Gail Archer.
Jazz Guitar (MUSI 034 , 134 , 234 , 334 , 380 ): Mike DeMicco.
Jazz Piano (MUSI 042 , 142 , 242 , 342 , 380 ): Peter Tomlinson.
Percussion (MUSI 078 , 178 , 278 , 378 , 380 ): Mr. Cassara, Mr. Files.
Violin (MUSI 064 , 164 , 264 , 364 , 380 ): Stephanie Chase, Linda Quan, Marka Young.
Viola (MUSI 065 , 165 , 265 , 365 , 380 ): Marka Gustavsson.
Violoncello (MUSI 066 , 166 , 266 , 366 , 380 ): Sophie Shao.
Double Bass (MUSI 067 , 167 , 267 , 367 , 380 ): Louis Pappas.
Other Instruments (MUSI 037 , 137 , 237 , 337 , 380 )
Music: Itemized List