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  • Nic Chuaqui ’12 ~ Composition and Voice Instruction

    The faculty of the Dartmouth Music Department give students a great amount of personal attention and provide them with opportunities to pursue their unique interests; as a student, I was able to take on independent studies in theory and composition, gain valuable teaching experience through TAships, organize a festival, and have my compositions performed. Also, the liberal arts nature of Dartmouth's course of study gave me enough...

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  • Elizabeth Shribman ’10 ~ International Tour Management, Czech Philharmonic

    I was a music major at Dartmouth with a focus in music history, and I also worked as the manager of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra for four years. After graduating, I went to Prague, Czech Republic, on a scholarship for a year of post-graduate study in music history. Alongside my coursework I began working for the Czech Philharmonic, where I have now been for three years. I work in international tour...

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  • Julia MacAllister ’08 ~ Foundation Relations, Carnegie Hall

    As a music major at Dartmouth, I learned both content and skills that are essential for my career as a fine arts administrator. In addition to an excellent foundation in musical practice, courses in advanced theory, composition, music history, and orchestration helped me to develop strong creative, analytic, writing, and research skills that I employ daily as a grant writer at a major presenting organization.

  • Brent Reidy ’05 ~ Consultant, AEA Consulting, Beacon, NY

    The music major taught me to be curious and rigorous. I now work in the arts professionally, but even when I did not, the education I received was tremendously useful — not for knowing when Beethoven wrote the 9 th or what a sonata rondo form is, but for knowing how to assault complicated problems in imaginative and effective ways.

  • Oliver Caplan ’04 ~ Composer

    An intimate six-person seminar with Professor Steve Swayne my freshman year was one of those quintessential Dartmouth experiences I will remember for the rest of my life. A half dozen more music classes "just for fun" began to form the backbone of a major, and I saw my calling. In the Dartmouth Music Department, I learned to understand artists as philosophers and to engage with music as something deeply human that touches a part of us where words cannot...

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  • John Brandsema ’02 ~ Attending Physician, Neuromuscular/ General Neurology & Electromyography, Division of Neurology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    I believe that my music major prepared me to be a better physician, allowing me to explore being creative, collaborative, and celebrate life with others with discipline that comes from working together to create art. I would encourage anyone who is concerned that they need to "stick to the standard plan" for a career that they...

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  • Robert Mirakian ’01 ~ Assistant Director, Toledo Opera; Music Director, Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra Director, University of Toledo; Youth Orchestra Conductor, Toledo Symphony Orchestra

    Dartmouth provided me with opportunities to work closely with artist faculty, and with resources that enabled me to begin seriously exploring a career as a musician. It also equipped me with a much wider set of skills than a conservatory could have, helping me become a better musician and...

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  • Deirdre Brenner ’01 ~Pianist - Vienna, Austria

    Although I am now a professional pianist, I can’t say that I entered Dartmouth with any intention on majoring in music. However, as time passed I found myself increasingly drawn to all that the department had to offer — the classes, the ensembles and the chamber music platforms. Many of my fondest memories of Dartmouth took place in the basement of the Hop, rehearsing piano trios with Carmen Flores and Bob Mirakian, both of whom now have...

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  • Michael Blum ’15 was raised in a musical household in Great Neck, N.Y. When he was 9, he learned to play the guitar from his father, Len Blum, a classical guitarist. But it wasn’t until he got to Dartmouth that he realized music could be more than a hobby.

    His epiphany took place midway through his first year at Dartmouth, when he played guitar in the orchestra pit for Hairspray, the Department of Theater’s winter 2012 production. The show’s...

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  • In a Pacific Standard opinion piece, Professor of Music Steve Swayne reflects on the recent “loud music” trial in Florida, the way music can make listeners feel powerful,  and the effect of “second-hand” sound.

    “Public nuisance and zoning laws are hamstrung in a world that is supersaturated with second-hand sound,” writes Swayne, a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow. “What is needed...

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