2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 27, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Performing Arts

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Chair: Erica J. Haskell, Ph.D., Brown University

Professors Emeriti: Ralf E. Carriuolo, Ph.D., Wesleyan University; Michael G. Kaloyanides, Ph.D., Wesleyan University

Associate Professor: Guillermo E. Mager, Ph.D., New York University

Assistant Professors: Albert G. Celotto, M.M., Indiana University; Erica J. Haskell, Ph.D. Brown University; Simon J. Hutchinson, Ph.D. University of Oregon; Patrick Rivers, Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY

Lecturers: Roger E. Arnold II, MMusTech., The University of Newcastle; Murray S. Krugman, J.D. Vermont Law School; Victor R. Markiw, D.M.A.., University  of Connecticut; Meryl Sole, Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University

Director of Bands Jason L. DeGroff, B.M., M.M.E., University of Massachusetts

Practitioners in Residence: Susan L. Dodes, M.A., Columbia University; Gwendolyn Hillman, D.M.A. SUNY Stony Brook; John Jansen


Coordinator: Meryl Sole, Ed.D.

Music courses may be used to satisfy the arts core requirements.

The program in music is unique. Music is studied as a worldwide phenomenon, not defined simply in the western European art tradition. Students are encouraged to view music as a creation of all cultures and civilizations on both the folk and art levels, including our own urban and ethnic subcultures. Exposure to various music should lead students to specialization in a particular area as upper-class persons.

Since music is a performing art, students are expected to reach a satisfactory level of proficiency in either a traditional western instrument or one central to the particular culture in which they choose to specialize.

A degree in music qualifies students for professions as performers, composers, music publishers, critics and journalists, teachers, curators, and librarians. Combining music with other fields, graduates may enter the fields of concert and ensemble management and sound engineering areas. There are, of course, countless performance opportunities for instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. Vocations such as music publishing, recording sales and promotions, and music criticism and journalism are also available to graduates with a degree in music. Students may also pursue careers in music education, not only as teachers in schools and conservatories but also as curators and librarians.

Performance/Practice and Recording Facilities

In addition to traditional performance and practice rooms, the following special areas are equipped for the use of students enrolled in the music industry and sound recording programs.Our recording studios are designed as both teaching and professional recording environments. Both control rooms offer comfortable seating for students as well as providing excellent views of the consoles, computer screens, and associated technology.

Studio A

Advanced recording seminar classes take place in our newest facility, an all-digital computer-based studio running Digidesign's Pro-Tools TDM system, the industry standard for professional recording studios. Additional equipment includes a Yamaha 56-input digital console, Roland music workstation, Yamaha MOTIF synthesizer, and Universal Audio microphone pre-amplifiers.

Studio B

The multitrack recording technology classes take place in a second recording facility. Equipment includes a 24-track analog and two 8-track digital recorders for a total of 40 tracks; a 40-input/32-monitor console for a total of 72 inputs in mix mode; an Apple Macintosh computer running Digidesign's Pro-Tools system; an extensive selection of outboard (signal processing) equipment; and MIDI gear, including synthesizer, drum machine, and an AKAI music production center.

Studio C

Recording fundamentals classes take place in a third recording facility with a 16-input/16-monitor console, a digital multitrack recorder, a computer with digital audio and MIDI sequencing capabilities, assorted signal processing equipment, and MIDI synthesizer and drum machine.


Our digital mixing workstation contains Tascam multitrack recorders and a digital mixing board, a Macintosh computer running Digidesign's Pro-Tools, and assorted signal processing gear.

Additional workstations can be rolled into classrooms for the Recording Fundamentals and the Sound Synthesis/MIDI classes. 


Coordinator: Jessica Brater, Ph.D. City University of New York Graduate Center

Assistant Professor: Margraret Savilonis, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Lecturer: Jonathan Yukich, M.F.A. Indiana University

The Theater Program is a welcoming and enthusiastic community of theater artists and scholars. Uniquely poised to maximize UNH's focus on experiential learning in all areas of study, the Theater Program challenges students to combine research and practice and takes a multidisciplinary approach to production and scholarship. The curriculum emphasizes students' engagement with the world around them both on campus and off with intensive collaborative opportunities in the distinctive cornerstone courses of the program: Student New Works and Theater for Community Impact. The Theater Program's production season is inspired by these same priorities. Productions, ranging from classical and contemporary works to musical theater, are selected to provide students with experience working in a wide range of styles and with an eye towards their relevance to the campus and greater New Haven community. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles as performers, writers, directors, designers, stage managers, dramaturgs, and technicians.

Students study and train with professionals from the New Haven and NYC areas. In addition to the resources available on campus, students take advantage of area opportunities including a partnership with Elm Shakespeare Company, a semester at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and internships at various CT and NYC institutions such as the Long Wharf Theatre, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and the Public Theater. The Theater Program participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, providing students with many scholarship opportunities as well as workshops and master classes taught by theater professionals in their areas of expertise. The University has been cited by the Kennedy Center as having one of the best emerging new programs in New England.

Our active minors participate fully in program activities with majors. Students from across the university are invited to enroll in courses and take part in productions. Alumni who have majored in Theater, an opportunity first available in 2012, have been cast in productions with companies including the Long Wharf Theatre, Elm Shakespeare, and Target Margin Theater; are pursuing graduate study in areas including theater and education; and work in related fields at institutions such as NBCUniversal.




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