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Skidmore College
Music Department


The Department of Music meets the needs of three populations: students majoring in music, students with a musical interest who may be enrolled to meet all-College requirements or for personal interest, and the community at large. By taking courses, participating in performance opportunities, or attending events, members of these groups will enhance their understanding of and appreciation for music as an art form.

Students majoring in music develop an integrated understanding of music as creative work, as historical and cultural expression, and as performance. Music students build on their abilities (a) to understand the art, structures, and historical and cultural functions of music and (b) to perform music as soloists and members of ensembles. Students also have the opportunity to grow as composers, arrangers, and studio engineers. During their studies, they demonstrate their abilities through written essays and oral presentations, notated musical scores, recorded and synthesized musical creations, and live performance.

Recitals, lectures, master classes, residencies, and other public events offer the College and the community at large the enrichment of the live musical experience and access to an ongoing discourse on the art of music.

Music Events

  • 9/28
    Zankel Music Center: ELM Chamber Music Residency Shostakovich Series: Parker QuartetSaturday, September 28, 7pmThe Grammy awardwinning Parker Quartet is known for luminous sound, and exceptional…
  • 10/03
    Zankel Music Center: BandiniChiacchiaretta Guitar Duo Thursday, October 3, 7pm Decca recording artists Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiacchiaretta, guitar and bandoneonduo, have been making music for…
  • 10/05
    Zankel Music Center: YiHeng Yang, Fortepiano Saturday, October 5, 2pm Pianist Yiheng Yang has been noted by The New York Times for “astonishing skill and vividness,” and maintains a diverse range…
  • 10/18
    Zankel Music Center: Ensemble Connect Friday, October 18, 7pm Ensemble Connect, a group of the finest young professional classical musicians based out of Carnegie Hall, celebrates their 13th year at…
  • 10/19
    Zankel Music Center: Filene Scholars Concert Saturday, October 19, 6pm Featured artists are the 2019 winners of the Skidmore Filene Music Scholarship, established in 1982 by the Lincoln and Therese…