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Alumna Kayla Werlin

Alumna Kayla Werlin wins Music Teacher of Excellence national award

Monday, March 30, 2020

Kayla Werlin ‘90MM has been named one of this year’s Music Teachers of Excellence by the Country Music Association Foundation. The award honors teachers of all musical styles who “demonstrate exemplary teaching and student learning, and are committed to making a positive impact on their school and community while raising awareness for the broader cause of music education.”

Statement Regarding Music & Dance Events

Friday, March 13, 2020

In full support of the efforts across the University and our region to contain the coronavirus COVID-19, the Department of Music & Dance will not be hosting any live events for the remainder of the spring semester. More info

Album cover: The New Immigrant Experience

Guggenheim Fellow Felipe Salles Releases CD/DVD on Experiences of "Dreamers" in America

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The New Immigrant Experience, composed by 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and UMass music professor Felipe Salles, will be released on March 20, 2020 on Tapestry Records. The two-CD/DVD set, featuring the 18-piece Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble, is a powerful new multimedia work inspired by the lives of “Dreamers,” the almost 700,000 individuals currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

UMass trumpet student Matt Naeger and conductor Terell Stafford

UMass Students Perform as Part of Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Matt Naeger, a senior trumpet major, was chosen to perform with this year’s Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra (MACJO) in Rockville, MD. Seniors Jacob Kaplan, saxophone; Ben Powell; guitar, as well as freshman Coleman Hovey, piano (alternates), also performed on selected pieces at this prestigious event.

Recording by Felipe Salles Chosen Among Top Jazz Albums for 2019

Thursday, January 23, 2020

“DownBeat” magazine, the top publication for “jazz, blues, and beyond,” has included a recent recording, “The Lullaby Project and Other Works for Large Ensemble,” by UMass associate professor of music Felipe Salles on their list of 100 top-rated albums for 2019.

Trumpeter and photographer Eric Berlin

Eric Berlin Has New Book of Photography, "Music for the Eyes"

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Eric Berlin, professor of trumpet in the Department of Music and Dance, has had a book of photography published, featuring 80 of his pictures that capture behind-the-scenes work at the Albany Symphony Orchestra.