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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

  • 2/22
  • 2/23
    Zankel Music Center: With pianist Michael Sheppard. Miyazawa Emerging Artist David Le has won competitions throughout the United States.Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors/Skidmore, free for students…
  • 2/29
    Zankel Music Center: Conductor, Anthony G. Holland. Program BEETHOVEN: Zapfenstreich March; SIBELIUS: Finlandia; SAINTSAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor (1st movement), Concerto Competition…
  • 3/01
    Zankel Music Center: Pianist Frederic Chiu occupies a special place in the world of classical music. In an eclectic career encompassing unusual collaborations and littleplayed repertoire, along with…
  • 3/08
    Zankel Music Center: Dance! Beats! The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Colloquium Concerts continue at Skidmore with the beloved music of Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla in Libertango,…