RC Music Program

The RC music program is energetic, vibrant and constantly evolving. It offers performance, music theory/composition and musicology/ethnomusicology classes, and concentrates on the kinds of classes that the School of Music does not offer for non-music majors. The RC Music classes count for both the LSA music concentration and the RC Arts and Ideas Concentration. The performance classes also fulfill the LSA Creative Expression and RC Arts Practicum requirements. In true RC style, the RC Music program is especially interested in developing collaborations, interdisciplinary classes and innovative projects.

The performance faculty consists of two School of Music faculty members, percussionist Michael Gould, DMA and trumpeter/composer Mark Kirschenmann, PhD as well as cellist Katri Ervamaa, DMA (the Head of the RC Music Program). The three also form E3Q, an eclectic jazz influenced trio whose premiere recording “Songbook I” was released on Block M Records. Additional performance faculty includes the Director of RC Singers (a School of Music GSI, awarded annually) and the Director of the Chinese Music Ensemble (awarded annually by the Confucius Institute).

The musicology and ethnomusicology faculty consists of Naomi Andre, PhD (Women’s Studies) and Susan Pratt Walton, also a School of Music faculty member, who teaches both performance and musicology of the music of Southeast Asia, often in one, interdisciplinary class. Additional musicology classes are taught by School of Music GSI’s (awarded annually).

Artists in residence
For the past four years, the RC has been host to a series of distinguished artists-in-residence from the islands of Java (and Bali) who have offered classes in Javanese dance, music, and shadow puppetry. The classes usually build to a major performance put on by the artists in residence and their students.

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