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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.


New Play Reading Series: Kate Soper

The Smith College Department of Theatre’s New Play Reading Series presents Orpheus Orchestra Opus Onus by Kate Soper. Professor of Music Composition in the Music Department, Kate Soper performs a reading of her work–in–progress which features Orpheus in a post–apocalyptic bunker, burning violins to stay warm, lamenting the memeification of classical music, and dreaming about Eurydice. Directed by Michael Rau.

Free and open to the public. Masks welcome.

Spring Oratorio 2023

The Smith College Orchestra, Jonathan Hirsh, conductor, presents the Second Symphony “Resurrection” by Gustav Mahler with soloists Rehanna Thelwell, mezzo–soprano and Katherine Saik DeLugan, soprano, with a chorus comprised of the Smith Glee Club (Paige Graham, conductor), members of the Alumnae Chorus, the Amherst College Glee Club (Arianne Abela SC ‘08, conductor), the University of Massachusetts Chorale (Stephen Paparo, conductor), and the Penn State Glee Club and alumni (Christopher Kiver, conductor).

Free and open to the public. Masks welcome.

Music Monday 6: Contemporary Works for Solo Viola

Ron Gorevic, violist and performance instructor for Smith College, performs a program of two world premieres of pieces written for him, by Sal Macchia (professor of composition and double bass at UMass Amherst)  and Tasia Wu (director of music at the Berkshire School in Sheffield Mass). There will also be works by Kenji Bunch, a nationally acclaimed violist and composer. 

Free and open to the public. Masks welcome.

Apply now for Susan Rose Summer Internship Funding

This is a prize to fund a broad range of summer activities in music for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken courses in the Music department. Susan Rose Internship funding is similar to the Praxis Program, supporting students interested in gaining professional experience in various areas of musical practice and industry.

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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