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Associate Professor of Music Mark Olivieri has been commissioned by a consortium of groups including the acclaimed Society of New Music to compose an opera on the life of American blues and folk musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (1893-1987). The libretto will be written by Kyle Bass, an instructor at Syracuse University and an award-winning playwright.

HWS Director of Chorale and Cantori, Professor of Music Robert Cowles, will present a Madrigal Dinner Concert, an evening of fine dining and entertainment, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. The event will include performances by the Chorale and Cantori of both general and holiday

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges vocal ensembles Chorale and Cantori will present their annual fall concert on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Chorale, accompanied by chamber orchestra, will perform George Frideric Handel’s The Ways of Zion Do Mourn. Cantori will perform works by Sweelinck, Viadana, and J.M. Bach; in addition, the community-based chamber ensemble Seneca Camerata will perform

This summer, HWS students performed at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as part of the HWS Jazz Guitar Ensemble, led by Applied Instructor of Guitar Studies Greg Wachala. The students included guitarists Michael Bruno ’19, Owen Speth ’21 and Bradley Stewart ’19, percussionists Nick LaDuca ’19 and Orson Sproule ’21, and bass guitarist Jasper White

Classical guitarist Kenneth Meyer will perform and discuss questions related to the history and art of the instrument on Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in Froelich Hall. Meyer, the first-prize winner at the Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, has received acclaim from The Washington Post for the “impressive gravity and power” of

At Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y., four Hobart and William Smith graduates are preparing students with an education grounded in multidimensional inquiry and critical thinking—not so different from their own studies at HWS. Eric Koessler ’88 was the first to arrive 19 years ago to the private, Jesuit-run boys school, where he teaches religious

The fourth annual German Area Studies symposium focused on the music composed by concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust. The program, titled “Curating the Traumatic Past: Music and Memory of the Holocaust,” took place on Saturday, April 7, in the Bartlett Theatre in Coxe Hall. The symposium highlighted music composed at the Thereseinstadt concentration camp, in German-occupied

For the culmination of a yearlong Honors project in choral conducting, Elena Parkins ’18 will lead a recital featuring the Seneca Camerata and HWS Chorale through a compilation of songs by Benjamin Britten and other notable composers. The concert will be take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 in Froelich Hall of the

While studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, Gabriella Goodwin ’19 is using her passion for photography and travel to blog about French culture. Through the program offered by the Institute of American Universities (IAU) and the HWS Center for Global Education, students pursue an immersive language experience, while taking classes in a broad range of disciplines and living

One week after launching her career in the music and entertainment industry as executive assistant for Dan Smalls Presents, Sarah Eichhorn ’17 was working shows with national acts, including The Shins, Jack White and the Avett Brothers. In her ongoing role with the company, Eichhorn markets shows in the Upstate N.Y. region while overseeing day-to-day operations and