Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

Junior Recital: Classical and Contemporary Works for Saxophone, Both Solo and Chamber

By: Emily Verschoor-Kirss '15
Faculty Adviser: Joshua Thomas, Midge Thomas

Senior Recital: Vocal Program Including Operatic Arias and Duets, Art Songs, Pop Tunes, and A Cappella Arrangements

By: Philip Pacelli '14
Faculty Adviser: Jurate Svedaite-Waller, John Anthony

Senior Recital: Pieces for Piano, Harpsichord and Organ

By: Anastasia Elliott '14
Faculty Adviser: Patrice Newman, Linda Skernick, John Anthony, Midge Thomas

Visualizing Music Genres through Lyrics

By: Bruce Haik '14
Faculty Adviser: Ozgur Izmirli

Sonic Nostalgia: An Electroacoustic Music Composition for Cello and Live Electronics

By: Eric Stern '13
Faculty Adviser: Ozgur Izmirli

Meaning in a Word: Composition for Four Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar, Drum, Marimba and Electric Sound

By: Jonathan Markson '12
Faculty Adviser: Art Kreiger


Student profile

Avery Yurman Avery Yurman

Music, music education

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I wanted to pursue music within a broader liberal arts setting. And when I visited campus, the students and professors were incredibly friendly and welcoming. I felt at home. I was also interested in shared governance and the honor code.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went to the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy, the fall semester of my junior year. The ADA had 32 music and theater students living together on campus and working with international faculty in a picturesque villa near vineyards and olive orchards.

Q: What role has CELS, the College's career development and internship program, played for you?
A: The resume-building and personality workshops made an impression and helped me get organized. My CELS counselor reviewed my resume and helped me narrow down my job and grad school searches. I am realizing my dream and pursuing graduate studies in bassoon performance.

Selected courses

  • Foundational Theory for Musicians
  • Making Music at the Keyboard
  • Music through Time and Society
  • Tonal Theory I
  • Post-Tonal Theory
  • Electroacoustic Music I
  • Music of the World
  • History of Jazz
  • History of Western Music
  • Ethnomusicology: The Social Science of Music
  • American Music
  • Composition
  • Jazz Harmony
  • Counterpoint
  • Methods in Music Education


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