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Student vocalist; closeup of student hands on violin; student in the music library

Smith’s Music Department is a lively center of musical activity, with faculty members who offer a broad array of classroom courses in musical composition, western music history and literature, ethnomusicology, music theory, popular music and gender-feminist studies in music. Smith faculty offer performance courses in voice and a wide variety of instruments, and members of the department direct performance ensembles. The department boasts extraordinary practice facilities and a remarkable number of notable graduates who have led distinguished musical careers in performance, scholarship and the practical world of music.


Gamelan Fall Concert

The Smith College Department of Music presents the Fall Gamelan Concert. Students and community members of the Smith College Gamelan Ensemble perform classical music from Central Java, Indonesia. The performance moves from serene and stately to lively and joyful, played on an array of bronze gongs, drums, and with ornate singing. Our concert also features several talented guest artists.

Free and open to the public. 

E.T.A. Hoffmann Symposium: Pioneer of Romanticism, Concert 1

Pianist Jiayan Sun performs Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke and Kreisleriana, in addition to two arias from Hofffmann’s last opera Undine sung by Smith faculty soprano Katherine Saik. More information here

Free and open to the public. 

E.T.A. Hoffmann Symposium: Concert 2

With a "primary interest in piano solos in the grand style, of great length, in manifold deviations from the usual sonata form,” and “contrapuntal textures interwoven with virtuoso pianistic tours,” E. T. A. Hoffmann made a great effort to contribute to the genre of piano sonatas. Sonatas performed live by Clifton J. Noble, Jr., Yang Liu, Felix Margolin, Jiayan Sun, and Smith student pianists. More information here

Free and open to the public.

Spring 2023 Course and Ensemble Information

See all the academic and performance courses being offered in Spring 2023, including audition information for ensembles.


E. T. A. Hoffmann: Pioneer of Romanticism

The Smith College Music Department presents E. T. A. Hoffmann: Pioneer of Romanticism from December 2–4, a symposium devoted to the many literary, critical and musical contributions of this accomplished artist.


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Department of Music

Sage Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3150
Fax: 413-585-3180
Administrative Assistant:
Anna Goudreau