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Louise Geraghty ’09                             Whether your passion in life is music, or you want to gain a deeper appreciation
Music, Art History                              for it, the music department is here for you. The music department offers
                                                a curriculum that reflects the best features of a music conservatory without
                Q: Why did you major in
                                                sacrificing the traditional liberal arts experience. Our students are challenged
                A: I have been involved in      by our faculty in the studio and the classroom to become first-rate performers,
                music for my entire life, be    composers and scholars. Students majoring in music work closely with their
                it through playing the violin   professors and tailor the major to fit their needs and interests. You will have
                or singing. I decided that I    the opportunity to major in either music or music and technology. We also
definitely wanted to major in music after
I took a couple of music classes, private
                                                offer four concentrations in performance, theory, history and composition to
lessons and participated in ensembles at        supplement the major coursework. You might even consider participating in our
the College.                                    interdisciplinary certificate program in arts and technology.
Q: What were your professors like?
A: I really appreciated the faculty’s           Performance and Private Study Opportunities
willingness to take student considerations
                                                Public student performances are a priority in this department. You may perform
into account regarding the department’s
direction. Also, faculty members were           a solo work during one of the many student recitals we have each semester, or
always available to answer my questions         you may join one of our performing ensembles, including the concert band, jazz
and give good advice regarding course           ensemble, orchestra, percussion ensemble and chamber choir. If musical theater
selection, my honors thesis or future plans.    is your thing, you may audition for one of our annual shows, produced in
Q: Were you able to study abroad?
                                                collaboration with the theater department. We are pleased to be able to offer free
A: I studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal.          music lessons to qualified students, which are made possible by the Jack Niblack
In Dakar I was able to conduct an               ’98 Music Lessons Fund.
independent research project on
Senegalese hip-hop. The topic is a great
passion of mine, and a great way to apply       Community Outreach
skills that I had learned in music theory       Are you someone who is interested in reaching out to the local community to
classes to an original research project.
                                                share your appreciation for music? If so, you may participate in our service-
Q: Where have you interned?                     learning program by teaching music lessons in New London’s public schools.
A: I interned at a free concert series this     You may participate on a volunteer basis or earn credit by enrolling in our
past summer in Chicago, where I created         Service-Learning Practicum in Music course.
printed programs and compiled educational
material for audiences.
                                                Guest Lecturers
Q: Where are you now working?
A: I work for a nonprofit called Artist Corps   The department encourages its students to attend master classes and lectures,
New Orleans, part of the pilot program of       which are regularly offered by internationally renowned performers, composers
the Music National Service Initiative. We       and scholars. Through the College’s Composers Forum, students, faculty and
place our Artist Corps New Orleans Fellows      guest composers meet to present and discuss new compositions.
in elementary schools without music
programs to teach music and carry out
music-related community service.
Cummings Arts Center, our beautiful home on campus, includes technology-
                                                                                                                  What can you do with
capable classrooms, the Greer Music Library and plenty of studios and practice                                    a major in music?
rooms. You will also have access to the Cummings Electronic and Digital Sound
Studio, which includes a recording studio, a control room with connectivity to                                    Nathan Peirce ’04
our two major recital halls and a production-quality electronic music studio.                                     Works at Bose Corp. as a liaison between
                                                                                                                  the professional audio engineering
Beyond Connecticut College                                                                                        department and musician-based
                                                                                                                  customers. Studies guitar and lyrical
A major in music does not just enhance your appreciation and understanding of                                     writing and has been called into the
the arts. The skills you develop as a music major prepare you for graduate school                                 studio by a few bands to record on drums
or for careers in performance, composition, teaching and the music industry.                                      and organ.
                                                                                                                  Worked as a musician, traveling and living
Faculty                              Margaret Thomas, Associate
                                                                          John Clark, jazz; music history;
                                                                             music theory                         throughout most of the eastern U.S. Also
Paul Althouse, Professor of Music;     Professor of Music; Chair of the   Allyn Donath, harp                      worked as a studio engineer and owned
  Director of Choral Activities        Music Department                   Heather Doughty, French horn            a music marketing business that worked
B.A., Harvard University;            B.A., Whitman College; M.A.,         James Dygert, saxophone
  M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale
                                                                                                                  with bands in Boston, New York, New
                                       University of Washington           Patricia Harper, flute
  University                           Seattle; Ph.D., Yale University    James E. Jackson III, orchestra         Orleans and Austin.
Choral music; recordings             Tonal and non-tonal music            Peter Jarvis, percussion; director of
                                       theory; contemporary music;           percussion; director of new music    Christine Duncan ’05
John Anthony, Professor of Music;      music theory pedagogy                 ensembles
  College Organist                                                        Victor Johnson, trombone
B.A., B.Mus., University of
                                                                                                                  Completing a master’s program at the
                                     James Dale Wilson, Associate         Thomas Labadorf, clarinet
  Arkansas; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale       Professor of Music                 Daniel Lee, violin                      Longy School of Music in Cambridge,
  University                         B.M., M.M., University of North      Mark McCormick, double bass             Mass. Preparing to audition for
Baroque music; organ music             Texas; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia       James McNeish, classical guitar;        professional vocal apprenticeship
                                       University                            recording engineer
Arthur Kreiger, Sylvia Pasternack
                                                                                                                  programs around the world, and intends
                                     Ethnomusicology; jazz theory,        Patrice Newman, piano
  Marx Associate Professor of          composition and arranging;         Rebecca Noreen, bassoon                 to pursue a career in opera.
  Music; Fellow, Ammerman              Guangdong ritual and ritual        Kumi Ogano, piano
                                                                                                                  Worked in development, marketing and
  Center for Arts and Technology       music                              Linda Skernick, harpsichord
B.A., M.A., University of                                                 Samantha Talmadge, voice                public relations for the Handel and Haydn
  Connecticut; D.M.A.,                                                    John Torrenti, music education          Society Orchestra and Chorus in Boston.
  Columbia University                Visiting and                         Jurate Waller, voice                    Went on a professional choir tour in
Composition; electronic music
                                     Adjunct Professors                   Y. Alvin Wong, cello
                                                                          Libby Van Cleve, oboe
                                                                                                                  Europe during spring of 2007.
                                     Thomas Brown, trumpet                Ryan Vigil, theory
                                     Gary Buttery, tuba and               Katalin Viszmeg, violin                 Gregory Vetter ’06
                                       euphonium; director of bands;
                                       director of jazz ensembles                                                 Graduating from Quinnipiac University
                                                                                                                  School of Law in 2009. Performs in an
Selected Courses                                                                                                  informal combo group and gives private
                                                                                                                  saxophone lessons to several students.
Foundational Theory for Musicians; Making Music at the Keyboard; Music
Through Time and Society; Tonal Theory; Post-Tonal Theory; American
Music; Music of the World; History of Jazz; History of Western Music;                                             For more information, visit
Ethnomusicology: The Social Science of Music; Electroacoustic Music;                                    
Composition; Jazz Harmony; Counterpoint; Methods in Music Education

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