2020 Berkshire Symphony Student Soloists Announced

The Williams College Department of Music is delighted to announce the results of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition for 2020! Rebecca Christainsen ’21, viola Dalton Yu ’22, collaborating pianist performing Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945) – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra   Christopher Chung ’22, violin Dalton Yu ’22,… Continue reading »

Avery Sharpe – 400: An African American Musical Portrait

Bassist Avery Sharpe is releasing a recording 400: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICAL PORTRAIT which evokes the pain, hope, and triumph of the African American experience across four centuries. Among the music guests appearing on the album is fellow Williams faculty member Tendai Muparutsa, playing djembe. There are also two Williams students… Continue reading »

The Musical Migrations of MFA Kera and Mike Russell

MFA Kera and Mike Russell, two musicians from the Berlin-based group Black Heritage, bring their music and life experiences of performing blackness. There is a series of events on October 16 and October 17, 2020 in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall and other venues on campus starting. Among the events are open… Continue reading »

New Album – “When There is Peace” by Zachary Wadsworth

Prof. Zachary Wadsworth just released a new album. Click here for more information. The album is currently streaming on Spotify and Apple Music, and can be purchased through iTunes, and other services. Commissioned and premiered by Chor Leoni, When There Is Peace marks the first work for the choir by Zachary Wadsworth. Continue reading »

Veena Chandra awarded NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

An Artist Fellowship in the category of Music/Sound has been awarded to Veena Chandra by the New York Foundation for the Arts/New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA/NYFA). The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship empowers her to “continue to create, promote, and preserve” musical tradition. “I feel blessed… Continue reading »

Joanna Kurkowicz, Radio Guest in Bennington Vermont

Artist in Residence in Violin Joanna Kurkowicz was a guest on the Bennington, Vermont radio station WBTN. Some of her latest recordings were presented on the program Listening Shires. Joanna also talked about her recordings, projects, teaching, students, and violin methods. To Listen: 1) go to 2) download: 8am… Continue reading »

2019 Berkshire Symphony Student Soloists Announced

The Williams College Department of Music is delighted to announce the results of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition for 2019! (left to right) Pearson ’20, Kennedy ’19, Chan ’19, Black ’19 Sebastian Black ‘19, piano Bob Logan, collaborating pianist performing Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) Totentanz   Angela Chan ‘19, pipa Dalton… Continue reading »

Roomful of Teeth Is Revolutionizing Choral Music

Roomful of Teeth Brad Wells and Roomful of Teeth are making headlines again, along with Judd Greenstein ’01, this time in The New Yorker… Onward and Upward with the Arts February 11, 2019 Roomful of Teeth Is Revolutionizing Choral Music From death metal to throat singing… Continue reading »

Joanna Kurkowicz records new Violin Concerto by Robert Groslot

A new CD on the Naxos label includes a violin concerto written and dedicated to Joanna Kurkowicz by Belgian composer Robert Groslot, recorded with the Brussels Philharmonic. An interview with Ms. Kurkowicz appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Fanfare Magazine. Ms. Kurkowicz is Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence, Violin… Continue reading »

Avery Sharpe and Kris Allen release new video

Avery Sharpe,  Artist Associate in Jazz Bass, and Co-Director of Small Jazz Ensembles and Kris Allen, the Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz Activities/Lecturer in Music, Director of the Jazz Ensemble have release their new video performed live in Studio 275 in the Sawyer Library. The… Continue reading »