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Rongbing Shen, student speaker

Music and Dance Programs Hold 2021 Convocation Ceremonies

Monday, May 17, 2021

The UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance held its annual Convocation on May 5 to honor its music scholarship award winners and graduates. The event was held by Zoom videoconference – the winning students are listed below, and the event program can be viewed here.

Coleman Hovey, piano

UMass Jazz Program Claims 3 Student Music Awards from DownBeat Magazine

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Two ensembles and one solo musician from UMass Jazz & African-American Music Studies received Student Music Awards from DownBeat Magazine.

La Compagnia del Madrigale

UMass Hosts Virtual Concert by Renowned Vocal Ensemble La Compagnia del Madrigale

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

“Tasso at Ferrara” airs May 15, 2pm; features settings of Torquato Tasso’s poetry by late-Renaissance composers. Watch=>

Natalie Lewis

Juilliard Awards Full Scholarship to UMass Vocalist Natalie Lewis

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Natalie Lewis ’21, a voice student in the Music & Dance Department, has recently been awarded a Kovner Fellowship to attend The Juilliard School in New York City.

Jessica Embry

Alumna Jessica Embry Passes Away

Friday, April 30, 2021

Last week, Jessica Embry ‘07MM passed away following her heroic efforts which helped save two children from drowning off the coast of North Carolina. A native of Clarksburg, WV, Jessica earned her Master’s in Music Theory from UMass Amherst in 2007.

Graduate Student Britney Alcine to Attend Eastman Leadership Academy in June

Friday, April 30, 2021

Britney Alcine, a UMass graduate student studying orchestral conducting, has been awarded a full scholarship to attend the Eastman Leadership Academy in Rochester, NY on June 23-26.