Music

The Music Department is committed to placing music at the center of the liberal arts experience as an integration of musical practice with scholarship. Our curriculum is built around five core ways of knowing music: through performance, creation, analysis, ethnography, and history. We provide a path for students of any level of musical experience (or none at all) to pursue high-level work as music majors in one or more of these areas. We further aim for all students to find each of these ways of knowing available to them for study, and for music majors to gain experience in each area.

The New Music@Amherst Season

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The award-winning Aizuri Quartet performs Friday, September 30 at 8:00 PM

More music than you can shake a stick at!

We are delighted to announce the 2022-23 Music@Amherst season featuring jazz pianist/composer and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran; the Aizuri Quartet, winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award, the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and the Osaka International Chamber Competition; early music ensemble the Blue Heron Chorale; and Grammy-nominated Imani Winds.

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Subscriber Spotlight

Music@Amherst subscriber Madge Briggs

Music@Amherst occasionally spotlights our wonderful subscribers. This spring, Melinda Arthur ‘25 had the chance to speak with Madge Briggs, who has been a subscriber since 2015.