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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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’...

  • 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...

  • Folk singer Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at age 94, was no stranger to Dartmouth. He sang at the College a number of times and, say faculty members, has been an influence on their work, and in their lives.

    Seeger played 105 Dartmouth Hall in 1957 and by 1968 he was making at least his fourth appearance in Hanover, a benefit on campus for the Upper Valley Human Rights Council.

    In between, in April 1961, following his contempt of court conviction by the U.S. House Un-American...

  • A rare sketch leaf manuscript written by Ludwig van Beethoven—which goes on the auction block January 15 in Amherst, N.H.—is an extremely important piece of evidence about the way the composer worked, according to Associate Professor of Music William Summers.

    New Hampshire Public Radio reports that bidding on the sketch leaf, part of Beethoven’s work on the majestic Missa Solemnis, was approaching $400,000 by the early morning of January 15.

    “Whatever price this sketch leaf may...

  • Professor of Music Sally Pinkas talks with the Valley News about next week’s concert “Playing for Peace,” which will include the world premiere of Kareem Rouston’s Traces, described by the Emmy-nominated Syrian composer as a “meditation on loss.”

    The new piece was co-commissioned by the Hopkins Center for the Arts.