The Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz has launched an online video series, Listen Forward, designed to showcase diverse forms of music making taking place on campus and in the broader New Paltz community.
Listen Forward is the work of a broad collective of musicians, designers, digital media students and others seeking new ways of sharing their art at a moment when their ability to perform live and in-person has been severely restricted.
Performances will include a short ethnographic film created by SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence recipient Alyson Hummer '20 on the Burmese Hsaing Waing ensemble at SUNY New Paltz, a performance by the faculty resident Jazz ensemble “The Professors, " the world premiere of the opening of Phyllis Chen’s newest work “Resonant Echoes” featuring violist Christiana Fortune-Reader, student performances by Alexa-Marie Fini, Robert Vetri, Ryan Stevens, Jennifer Poroye, Darius Beckford, Stephanie Voyard and Hailey Brown.
Department of Music Assistant Professor Phyllis Chen will give a solo piano performance of Davenport Resident Sarah Hennies’ “SOVT (Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract)." The title refers to a technique in which one “strengthens” their vocal tracts through a straw, a technique Hennies honed in a trans voice class.
Composer and Assistant Professor of Music Phyllis Chen weaves together sound samples sourced from the community, music boxes, and solo viola to create a new piece that reflects the sounds and environment of New Paltz. This piece was written for Christiana Fortune-Reader who will perform the work on solo viola.
Chinese Theatre Works (CTW) brings contemporary Chinese performing arts to local New York City, national and international audiences. This is a collaborative project between the Music and Asian Studies departments.
The music faculty is made up of dedicated and passionate teaching artists who represent a cross-section of the musical world, bridging classical, contemporary, jazz, and popular forms. They develop strong relationships with students through one-on-one mentorship and collaboration in performance.
The department offers a music major in a liberal arts setting with a rigorous core foundation that combines classical theory, piano, and history with contemporary and jazz theory and improvisation. Students enjoy a diverse and intensive music education as well as a broad exposure to other academic disciplines.
Music majors and minors have many opportunities each semester to participate in public concerts on campus, as individual performers, as fellow performers with their instructors, and as members of larger groups, including College-Youth Symphony, Symphonic Band, College-Community Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Collegium Musicum, and Chamber Jazz ensembles.
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