Student Ensembles

December 14, 2012

Photo Galleries: Student Ensembles Celebrate the Holidays with Winter Performances

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The Music Department celebrated the holidays with winter concerts by its student ensembles. Students from any major can perform in a variety of ensembles including Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marquis Consort, and Percussion Ensemble. Check out photo galleries from two of the performances. View and [...]

Viktorija Gecyte ’08 performs at the Lafayette Bar.

November 30, 2012

All That Jazz: Viktorija Gecyte ’08 Performs in U.S. and France

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Viktorija Gecyte ’08 is filling the already filled-to-the-gills Lafayette Bar with a dusky, roomy, easy voice that seems to come from nowhere and go everywhere. Supported by a supple trio of bass, drums and piano, she sails through the slipstream of “That Old Black Magic,” “That Old Devil Moon,” and other [...]

Chris Jose '11

November 12, 2012

Chris Jose ’11 Composes Music for Video Presented at Royal Danish Ballet

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Chris Jose ’11 was commissioned to compose a piece for an experimental ballet video that was shown in March on a large screen in the opera house in Copenhagen as part of a program with the Royal Danish Ballet. View photos of the premiere Jose has been composing experimental violin music, which he features on [...]


September 10, 2012

An Arts Infusion: Lafayette Kicks Off START Initiative

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Lafayette kicked off its multi-year START Project this weekend with faculty workshops and a festival of arts-based displays, performances, and presentations in Anderson Courtyard and Acopian Engineering Center. Funded by an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative will further integrate the performing and visual arts throughout the curriculum and co-curricular activities, [...]

Save Venice

August 13, 2012

College Adds Interdisciplinary Minor in Italian Studies

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With the launch of the new interdisciplinary minor in Italian studies this fall, students on College Hill can make la dolce vita a part of their formal education. Lafayette students have held a longstanding interest in all things Italian. They regularly fill classes focused on Italian history and culture, and the short-term programs to Florence [...]

Jorge Torres, associate professor of music, performs with the Marquis Consort.

August 10, 2012

Musicologist and Guitarist Prof. Jorge Torres Brings Early Music to Life

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Audiences attending a concert by the Marquis Consort shouldn’t be surprised to hear music that may not have been performed for hundreds of years. The ensemble’s director, Jorge Torres, specializes in 16th and 17th century music, and the Marquis Consort is just one of the vehicles he uses to help students dig inside the music [...]


August 3, 2012

Nathaniel Kelley ’12 Records Rock Album for Honors Thesis

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Nathaniel Kelley ’12 was able to turn a dream into reality during his time at Lafayette.  He recorded and performed a rock album as his senior honors thesis. Kelly, who graduated in May with an A.B. with majors in music and a self-designed creative performance, is looking to make a career in rock music. Before [...]

Carlos Barata

July 30, 2012

Singer, Songwriter, and Anthropologist Carlos Barata ’14 to Perform at Musikfest

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For Carlos Barata ’14, a double major in music and anthropology & sociology, music is about so much more than sound. “Music is a common ground for humanity,” he explains.  “It carries out different purposes/meanings for many different types of people, in different types of settings, but at the end of the day it brings [...]


May 1, 2012

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 120 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation April 29 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 47 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]


April 26, 2012

Photo Gallery: Jazz Combo Hones Students’ Skills in Variety of Styles

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Jazz Combo is a class that pursues the study and performance of jazz repertoire in an ensemble format. Students develop interpretation and improvisational skills through compositions and arrangements in a variety of jazz styles. The combo, which performed earlier this month in the Williams Center for the Arts, is conducted by Tom DiCarlo, visiting instructor [...]