A Laboratory for Concert Programming

A selfie by the Curation Lab participants
Clockwise from top left: Dan Langa '18, Oren Tirschwell '25, Rebecca Awuah '24E, Mel Arthur '25, Alisa Pearson, Nicholas Edwards-Levin '25

Vica Henry '25 reports on the Music@Amherst Curation Lab

The Music@Amherst Curation Lab was put together by Manager of Concert Programming, Production, and Publicity, Alisa Pearson, assisted by Graduate Associate in Music, Dan Langa with the intention of taking a group of students with an interest in presenting and curation to NYC to attend a variety of presenting conferences that happen there in January. Following this experience, the students got the chance to submit artist proposals to the Music@Amherst concert series, meet with the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, and get to talk about the curator-audience dynamic with Professor Harper's “Live Music” class.

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Christian Daniels

A New Feature on Amherst College Music Majors

A testimony by music major Christian Daniels '23

“I came into Amherst's music department with a single choir class from 6th grade underneath my belt, but I was encouraged to take the introductory music theory course and I decided after my time there that I wanted to be a Music major. Music has always been a passion of mine, as it has allowed me to explore facets of myself that I couldn't fathom otherwise. I'm deeply appreciative of the support that I have received from the Music department, particularly from my amazing instructors, and I would recommend any future students to check out a class or two!”

An Obituary for Lewis Spratlan

Headshot of Lew Spratlan in blue shirt and dark sportcoat

Peter Pouncey Professor Emeritus of Music

Lew’s colleagues in the Music Department describe him as a consummate musician and generous colleague who inspired generations of young composers to find their own creative voice. “Lew’s unbounded energy for creativity and teaching leaves us with a large and distinguished catalog of musical work stretching over six decades, and a tradition of thoughtful, hands-on music making within our department.”

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