MUS 131 Foundational Theory for Musicians
An intensive study of the rudiments of music theory with particular emphasis on the development of musicianship skills.
Our program offers the best features of a music conservatory and a traditional liberal arts experience. You are challenged in the studio and classroom to be a first-rate performer, composer and scholar. Your professors work closely with you to tailor the program to your needs and interests. You can major in music or music and technology, with a concentration in performance, theory, ethnomusicology, music education, history or composition. Master classes and lectures will provide regular opportunities for you to work with internationally known performers, composers and scholars. The discipline and critical-thinking skills you develop will prepare you for graduate school or a career in a number of fields.
Public performances are a priority. You can perform during one of the many recitals each semester or join one of several ensembles, including the concert band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, percussion ensemble and chamber choir. If you are interested in musical theater, you can audition for one of our annual shows, produced in collaboration with the theater department. We also offer free music lessons to qualified students through the Jack Niblack '98 Music Lessons Fund.
Cummings Arts Center boasts technology-rich classrooms, the Greer Music Library, two performance halls and numerous studios and practice rooms. We are also an "All-Steinway School." In Cummings, you have access to a recording studio, a control room with connectivity to two major recital halls and a production-quality electronic music studio.
John Anthony is the college organist. Anthony's courses include Concerts in the Community, Introduction to Music, Basic Keyboard Skills, Seminar in Music History, and History of Western Music.
Theodore "Teddy" Arm has delighted audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia with his artistry. He has appeared as soloist, recitalist and guest artist with such well-known organizations as The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Group for Contemporary Music, New York's Festival Chamber Players and the Boston Chamber Music Society.
Thomas Brown was born and raised in Sparta, Michigan and started playing the trumpet at the age of 12. He joined the Connecticut College faculty in 2014 as an instructor of trumpet.
From his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, Gary attended the University of Kansas and the University of Northern Colorado where he received his Bachelor and two masterss degrees in tuba and music theory and composition. An active performer, conductor, educator, and composer, he is published by Cimarron Music and Theodore Presser.
John Clark has been a visiting assistant professor since 2004 working with the jazz band and teaching American Music, the History of Jazz and the History of Western Music, a first-year seminar dealing with jazz on film, as well as various music theory and Introduction to Music courses.
Chris Coyle, cellist, is currently a long-tenured member of both the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
Ian (Yahn) Frenkel, an expatriate of the former Soviet Union, is active as an arranger, conductor, composer, educator, and pianist in the New England area, and currently holds the position of the Director of Cadet Instrumental Music and Bands at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
Patricia Harper, flutist, enjoys a career as performer, educator, and scholar. On the faculty at Connecticut College since 1975, she directed a "Back to Bach" series for ten years, a "Women in Music" for six years, and is a founding member of the Connecticut College Woodwind Quintet.
Maksim "Maks" Ivanov’s artistic career spans two continents and several art forms. As a singer, songwriter, poet and actor, he has appeared in opera, musical theater and concerts, on movie and TV screens, music festivals and clubs in the United States and his native Russia.
Over the years Peter Jarvis, an active percussionist, conductor, composer, copyist and educator, has played with and conducted new music and percussion ensembles in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Group for Contemporary Music, Talujon Percussion Quartet, The New York Art Ensemble and others including several distinguished orchestras and choruses.
Victor Johnson is the bass trombonist of the Eastern Connecticiut Symphony Orchestra in New London, Conn., and has played with the New Haven Symphony, Waterbury Symphony and New Britain Symphony as well as freelancing throughout the Connecticut and Rhode Island area.
Arthur Kreiger has been composing for four decades. Performed worldwide, his catalog of works contains pieces for orchestra, chorus, mixed chamber ensembles, solo instruments and the electronic medium.
Thomas Labadorf enjoys varied tastes in musical styles as a chamber musician and a symphonist. He currently performs as principal clarinetist with the New Haven, Waterbury and New Britain Symphonies and performs regularly as a member of Harmonia V Woodwind Quintet and is a professor of applied clarinet at Central Connecticut State University and Connecticut College.
Period violinist Daniel S. Lee enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher.
Mark McCormick has performed in a wide variety of musical genres throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. He has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Band since 1996, and with that organization has performed for three presidents, numerous foreign heads of state, and other high level dignitaries, as well as numerous tours across the United States and Far East.
Music, music education
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.
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.
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.