2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Performing Arts

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Chair: Simon J. Hutchinson, Ph.D., University of Oregon

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

Associate Professors: Simon J. Hutchinson, Ph.D. University of Oregon; Patrick Rivers, Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY; Margaret F. Savilonis, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Professor: Albert G. Celotto, M.M., Indiana University

Lecturers:Adam Caress, MBA, Montreat College; Alexander Casimiro, D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin; Zachary Goldberg, M.S., New York Institute of Technology; Victor R. Markiw, D.M.A.., University of Connecticut;

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

Practitioners in Residence: D. Edward Davis, Ph.D., Duke University; Gwendolyn Hillman, D.M.A. SUNY Stony Brook; John Jansen; Jessica Kizzire, Ph.D., University of Iowa; Jarrod Ratcliffe, M.M., New York University; Jonathan Yukich, M.F.A., Indiana University


Coordinator: D. Edward Davis, Ph.D., Duke University; Simon J. Hutchinson, Ph.D. University of Oregon; Patrick Rivers, Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY

The Department of Music features four degree tracks that train students to synthesize a broad range of creative and technical frameworks in the analysis of music. Music is a worldwide phenomenon and our curriculum engages students' perspectives while inviting them to view the broad functions and applications of music in the performance, theoretical, technological and commercial realms.

A degree in Music and Sound Recording focuses on the craft and art of working with sound. Our professors are former and current engineers, producers, and composers with professional expertise that informs our curriculum. In combination with courses from the Tagliatela College of Engineering, students receive foundational skills in the generation and manipulation of sound and apply those skills to various ends. A degree in Music Industry focuses on business and legal concepts as they apply to the commodification of the art form of music. Our program, in combination with courses from the College of Business, provides students with a foundation in the economic and creative structures of the music industry and introduces them to the varied possibilities to utilize that knowledge. A degree in Music meets you at your goals and aspires to pique your interests further and develop your capabilities. Students are guided and encouraged to channel their musical aptitude in a chosen direction.

The department's Nashville Study Away Program is an enhanced academic experience for committed students interested in immersing themselves in a vibrant music community. Nashville, TN is a creative center of the American music business, a hub for artists, songwriters, producers, engineers and business executives across the musical spectrum. As such, the program is an extraordinary opportunity and privilege for selected students.


Our programs feature a distinct combination of pre-professional training and a robust liberal arts curriculum that provide graduating students with critical thinking skills that complement an attractive set of competencies. A degree in music qualifies students for professions such as recording or mixing engineer, performer, composer, music publishing, licensing, artist & repertoire, booking and promotion, critics and journalists, teachers, 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.

Music Technology Lab

Twenty Apple iMac stations with AKAI and Native Instruments controllers. Each station includes the latest versions of several DAWs, synthesizing, and sequencing software.

Theatre Arts

Coordinator: Margaret F. Savilonis, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

The Theater Program is a welcoming and enthusiastic community of theater artists and scholars. Uniquely poised to maximize The Univeristy of New Haven'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. Students from across the university are invited to enroll in courses and take part in productions. Alumni who have majored in Theater 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 at institutions such as Goodspeed Musicals and Blue Man Group Productions.


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