Faculty-Dept-Music

Music

Osvaldo N. Golijov, Ph.D., Loyola Professor of Music

Edward Isser, Ph.D., Professor and Chair

Shirish Korde, M.M., Distinguished Professor of Humanities

Chris Arrell, D.M.A., Associate Professor

Carol Lieberman, D.M.A., Associate Professor

Jessica P. Waldoff, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Daniel J. DiCenso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

James David Christie, M.M., Distinguished Artist-in-Residence; Director, Schola Cantorum

Eric Culver, D.M.A., Lecturer; Director, Chamber Orchestra and Concert Manager

Allegra Martin, D.M.A Cand., Director, Choral Music

Michael Monaghan, M.A., Lecturer; Director, Jazz Ensemble

Thomas Mountain, Ph.D., Lecturer; Director, Studios

Jan Muller-Szeraws, Lecturer, Artist-in-Residence and Chamber Music Coordinator

Jared Rex, Music Librarian

Matthew J. Jaskot, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor

Saul Bitran, B.Mus., Visiting Lecturer, Artist in Residence

Adam Golka, Visiting Lecturer, Artist in Residence

Donald James, Cand. Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer

Jeannette Jones, Cand. Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer

 

Performance Faculty

Saul Bitran, B.Mus., Lecturer, violin

Stephanie Busby, M.M., Lecturer, bassoon

William Cotten, Lecturer, voice

Adam Golka, Lecturer, piano

Joseph Halko, Lecturer, oboe

Jonathan Hess, Lecturer, percussion

Bruce Hopkins, M.M., Lecturer, trumpet

Jeffrey Nevaras, Lecturer, guitar

Jan Muller-Szeraws, M.M., Lecturer, cello

Peter Sulski, B.M., Lecturer, violin/viola

Marsha Vleck, M.M., Lecturer, voice

Douglas Weeks, Ed.D., Lecturer, trombone

Jonathan Yasuda, Lecturer, piano

 

The Department of Music offers all Holy Cross students the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of music through a wide range of courses in the history and theory of music, both on an introductory and an advanced level. It also provides an opportunity for further study to those who, by virtue of previous training and continuing serious interest, wish to focus on music.

Majors in music must take a minimum of 10 music courses (the maximum is 14). Required courses are music 201, 202, 211, 212, 301, 302, and 400. Electives can include courses in History, Theory, Composition, Ethnomusicology, and Performance in addition to those required. Music 101 and Music 103 do not count toward the major. Music majors are strongly urged to participate in one or more of the performing organizations of the College.

All music courses are open to majors and non-majors. Students without prior experience should choose from courses 100-199; students with prior musical experience should choose from courses numbered 200 and above. Students with AP credit in music will not be awarded placement in the music curriculum and will not receive credit toward the minimum number of courses required for the major.

Facilities in the Department of Music include the Fenwick Music Library, which houses a sizeable collection of scores, books, sound recordings, and DVDs, as well as computers and state-of-the-art audio/visual stations; the newly renovated Brooks Concert Hall; classrooms; practice rooms with pianos, and a rich variety of technology resources. These include the Brooks Recording Studio, equipped with professional software and hardware complemented by a wide selection of microphones, digital and analog mixers, and studio monitors; the Brooks Media Studio, containing 12 dedicated student workstations furnished with industry standard software and hardware used for computer music coding and hacking, audio recording and mastering, composing for film and video, and the creation of electronic, electroacoustic, and new media projects; and several music-notation and ear-training workstations housed in the Fenwick Music Library.

The department offers two merit-based scholarships. The Brooks Music Scholarship is offered to an incoming student with a distinguished academic and performance or composition record who plans to major in Music at Holy Cross. The recipient of this scholarship is granted full tuition, independent of need. The scholarship is renewable annually, provided that the student maintains a strong academic record in the College as well as in the music department. Candidates should address inquiries to Chair, Department of Music, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610. The application deadline is January 15. The Organ Scholarship is offered on a periodic basis and is renewable on a yearly basis. The recipient of this scholarship will have available the 1985 four manual, fifty-stop mechanical action organ located in the beautiful St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. As the Holy Cross Organ Scholar, it is expected that the awardee will assist the College Organist in all aspects of the chapel music program. The Organ Scholar will also be expected to major in music, take voice lessons, study organ privately for four years, and have a career goal in church music and/or organ. Applicants for the scholarship should have experience in church music and a strong background in keyboard studies and sight-reading. Candidates should address inquiries to Prof. James David Christie, Department of Music, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610. Deadline for submission of scholarship applications is January 15 in the year when the scholarship is being offered.

Performance Program

The Performance Program consists of a series of courses offered by the music department in instrumental and vocal instruction at the intermediate and advanced levels. Instruction is provided by professional musicians selected by the music department. Eleven lessons are offered per semester. Admission to a course in Performance is gained by a successful audition with members of the department following at least one semester of prior study with a Holy Cross faculty member. No student may enroll in more than one Performance course each semester. Students must register for the course as a fifth course in the first semester in which they participate in the program. At the end of the first semester of registration in Performance, they will be assigned an IP (In Progress). During the second semester they may register for Performance as a fourth or fifth course with a letter grade. Students may only claim a maximum of two units of Performance with letter grade toward graduation. Students enrolled in the program for credit must:

• present a letter of evaluation from their teacher at the end of the semester;
• take a final jury examination given by members of the music department, at which time they will perform at least two pieces studied during the semester;
• take a semester of theory or history (excluding Music 101 and Music 103) prior to or concurrently with Performance;
​• perform at least once each semester on recitals sponsored by the department.

The department sponsors student recitals and also encourages participation in the following performing organizations: Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra, Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble, Holy Cross Choir, Holy Cross Chamber Singers, Holy Cross Chamber Music Ensembles, H-CLEf (Holy Cross Laptop Ensemble), Chapel Choir, Crusader Marching and Pep Band, Gamelan, and the Schola Cantorum.

Courses

Music Courses

Music
101
Introduction to Music
Fall, spring

A one-semester introduction to art music in the Western tradition, its forms and history, with an emphasis on the major composers of the common practice period. Assignments focus on developing critical listening skills and an appreciation and understanding of Western art music. One unit.

Music
103
Fundamentals of Music
Fall, spring

Introduction to the rudiments of music theory (notation, scales, intervals, chords, rhythm and meter) and basic musicianship (keyboard skills, score reading and ear training). For students with no previous musical knowledge. One unit.

Music
140
Song through the Ages
Alternate years

Song through the Ages is a survey of song repertoire from the Western Art Tradition, including chant, madrigal, opera, oratorio, German Lieder, choral symphony, as well as folk and popular song. One unit.

Music
141
From Opera To Broadway
Annually

Introduction to opera, musical comedy, and related genres such as dance and film music, with attention to the relationship between drama and music. A brief historical survey of each category with study of representative scenes and complete works. One unit.

Music
142
American Popular Song
Alternate years

Historical survey of American popular song — Stephen Foster, blackface minstrels, sentimental parlor songs, songs of the Civil War, gospel hymns, vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway musicals, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, jazz-band songs and singers, country music, rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll, rock, popular “folk” songs, and more. One unit.

Music
143
History of Rock
Alternate years

Survey of rock music from its beginnings in earlier forms of popular music to 1990. Attention is given to the relationship of rock music to its cultural, political, and economic contexts. One unit.

Music
150
American Music
Alternate years

Surveys three main repertoires of music in the United States: folk and traditional music of urban, rural, and ethnic origin; jazz; and art music from Charles Ives to the present, with particular attention to the influence of science and technology on recent developments. One unit.

Music
151
World Music
Alternate years

Introduction to music of selected African, Asian, and American cultures. Each culture is approached through its social and cultural context, its theoretical systems and musical instruments, as well as its major musical and theatrical genres. One unit.

Music
153
Music of Bali — Gamelan 1
Fall, spring

Introduces students to Balinese music through the performance of selected pieces from the Gong Kebyar repertory. Instruction provided in the technique of playing the instruments that make up the Gamelan. One unit.

Music
160
Introduction to Electroacoustic Music
Annually, fall

Survey of electroacoustic music from roughly 1945 to present day. Topics: applicable scientific theory, sound processing techniques, digital waveform synthesis, multitrack recording, and audio mixing. Course activities also include study of selected repertoire and discussion of musical aesthetics. Students complete several creative projects, including the scoring of a short video. No prerequisite. One unit.

Music
161
Digital Media for Musicians
Annually

Explores the role of digital media in the world of music and teaches how digital tools are utilized by the contemporary composer. Students get “hands-on” experience with digital audio, MIDI, the internet, and a host of computer applications (PowerPoint, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, ProTools, Audacity, Adobe Premier), that are essential for the aspiring musician. One unit.

Music
163
Business of Music
Alternate years

Explores the world of music business from both a contemporary and historical perspective. Students will examine the economic structure that surrounds the core relationship between the artist and the fan. Topics include: copyright, music publishing, recording contracts, music production, marketing, royalties and concert promotion. One unit.

Music
195
African American Music: From Blues to Rap
Alternate years

This course is a survey of African-American music from the early 20th century to the present day. This course will consider various musical styles, with special emphasis on developments since 1950, including blues, gospel, R&B, rock and roll, doo-wop, soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, and rap — from the rural south to the urban north; from the east coast to the west coast; from the live stage to the recording studio. Though the primary function of the course will be to consider the development of musical style (that is, the music itself), we will also consider broader questions concerning the influences on and influences of African-American music, issues of cultural appropriation and race, and the agency of such music in social movements from the civil-rights era to the present day. One unit.

Music
197
Music of Peace and Conflict
Every third year

This course will survey the music related to military conflicts, political movements, and peace making efforts from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Students will explore how folk music, popular music, and art music have been to used to depict war, express pro- and anti-war sentiments and promote political and ideological positions. Throughout the semester students will examine the broader relationship between music and society, and how world events shape musical styles and genres. One unit.

Music
199
Special Topics
Annually

Course topics vary from year to year. Introductory.  One unit.

Music
201
Theory of Music 1
Fall

The first semester of a two-semester intermediate theory sequence devoted to the materials of tonal music: elementary counterpoint, harmony, and analysis. This course is designed to develop the skills and theoretical concepts (voice-leading, harmonization of melodies, figured bass, etc.) that underlie the performance, analysis, and composition of music. Prerequisite: Ability to read music or permission of instructor. One unit.

Music
202
Theory of Music 2
Spring

The second semester of the two-semester intermediate theory sequence. Prerequisite: Theory 1 or permission of the instructor. One unit.

Music
211
History of Western Music 1
Fall

Survey of the history of music, its notation, forms, and styles, in Western Europe from the development of music notation in the middle ages to the death of Bach in 1750. Topics include genres and composers of the medieval, renaissance, and baroque periods as well as the study of representative works from scores and recordings. Prerequisite: the ability to read music. One unit.

Music
212
History of Western Music 2
Spring

Traces the history and development of Western music from 1750 to the present, with emphasis on the major composers and genres of the classical, romantic, and modern periods. Prerequisite: History 1 or permission of instructor. One unit.

Music
213
The Organ: History and Music
Every third year

Introduction to the history of the construction and design of the pipe organ and its music from the Middle Ages through the present time. One unit.

Music
214
Music of the 20th Century
Alternate years

Study of representative works of the 20th century and beyond, illustrating their compositional techniques and relationship to the past (i.e., the music of Bartok, the different styles of Stravinsky, the atonal and serial music of Schoenberg and his followers). This course also includes selected readings on contemporary music theory and practice. Prerequisite: Ability to read music or permission of instructor. One unit.

Music
215
Music of the Classical Era
Every third year

The rise and development of the Viennese classical style with an emphasis on the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Prerequisite: ability to read music, or permission of the instructor. One unit.

Music
216
Music of the Baroque Era
Every third year

Study of the most important developments in French, German, and Italian Baroque national styles, from the beginning of the 17th century to the middle of the 18th century. Prerequisite: ability to read music, or permission of instructor. One unit.

Music
218
Jazz/Improvisation 1
Fall

Introduces students to the fundamentals of jazz harmony and improvisation. Topics include chord and scale construction, harmonic progression, symbols used in improvisation, jazz scales and modes. These theoretical concepts are applied to the analysis and performance of standard jazz tunes. A portion of the class is devoted to performance and improvisation. One unit.

Music
219
Jazz/Improvisation 2
Spring

Examination and analysis of contemporary jazz improvisation techniques. Students are required to play their own instruments in class. Recorded jazz solos by jazz artists will be analyzed and discussed. One unit.

Music
220
Music of the Romantic Era
Every third year

An exploration of the repertoire, forms, aesthetics, and social contexts of 19th-century European art music, as well as its relationships with poetry, drama, philosophy, and the visual arts. One unit.

Music
225
Tutorial
Annually

Independent study of various topics in any field of music of special interest to individual students and their faculty directors.  Permission of faculty member and the department chair.  Intermediate.  One unit.

Music
230
Mozart and His World
Alternate years

This course offers an in-depth exploration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who began his career as a child prodigy and remains today one of the most popular composers of all time. We will study important works of every major genre, instrumental and vocal, secular and sacred. Access to the Mozart family letters, other primary sources, and a rich variety of critical readings will place Mozart’s music in the multifaceted, vibrant culture of enlightenment Vienna. We will also consider posterity’s fascination with myths about Mozart and take a look at the film Amadeus. One unit.

Music
235
Beethoven and His World
Alternate years

Beethoven was the most celebrated composer in Europe during his lifetime and his fame has only increased over the last two centuries. His heroic perseverance in the face of deafness--an almost unthinkable affliction for any musician--has transformed his biography into a story of struggle and triumph. In this course we will study some of his most famous works in depth, with an emphasis on the development of his musical style, the immediate socio-cultural context, and reception history. One unit.

Music
236
Bach and His World
Alternate years

Study of the life and works of J.S. Bach with an emphasis on the development of musical style, the immediate socio-cultural context, and reception history. One unit.

Music
252
Symphony
Every third year

Introduction to the orchestra, its instruments, and repertory from the inception of public concerts in the 18th century to the present day. One unit.

Music
253
Music of Bali — Gamelan 2
Fall, spring

Introduces students to more advanced techniques of playing the instruments in the Gamelan. One unit.

Music
255
Music of Latin America
Alternate years

The discovery and exploration of the different cultures of Latin America through their music. The course focuses on five regions that are musically rich and representative of the variety of roots from which Latin American people have emerged — Brazil, Argentina, Andes, Mexico and Caribbean Islands. One unit.

Music
261
Advanced Digital Media for Musicians
Annually

Second part of a two course sequence focusing on music creation using the latest digital technology, including hard disk recording, editing, mixing, and digital signal processing. Listening and analysis of historical music compositions and recordings from the 20th century which utilize both analog and digital technology. One unit.

Music
290
Coding Music
Annually, spring

Coding Music welcomes all majors interested in DIY instrument design and collaborative performance of live electronic music. An experiential class, students learn the science of sound synthesis by designing digital synthesizers that react in real-time to human interaction (pressing keys on a computer keyboard, tilting a cellphone accelerometer, toggling a hacked gaming joystick, etc.). These synthesizers are then used to create musical compositions that the class performs for the end of the semester H-CLEF (Holy Cross Laptop Ensemble Federation) concert. Using technology to create both instruments and repertoire, students broaden creative capacity while exploring how technology can expand artistic expression. One unit.

Music
299
Special Topics
Annually

Course topics vary from year to year.  Intermediate.  One unit.

Music
301
Theory of Music 3
Fall

Focuses on the analysis and composition of tonal music through the study of representative works of such composers as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. Students are required to produce original compositions. Prerequisite: Theory 2. One unit.

Music
302
Theory of Music 4
Spring

Focuses on 20th-century musical systems with an emphasis on the study of compositional theory and the analysis of selected works of 20th-century European and American composers. Original composition is required. Prerequisite: Theory 3. One unit.

Music
303
Theory of Music 5
Every third year

Offers advanced theoretical studies for students who have completed the Theory 1-4 sequence. This course is especially valuable for those students who plan to pursue graduate studies in musicology or theory/composition. One unit.

Music
325
Tutorial
Annually

Independent study of various topics in any field of music of special interest to individual students and their faculty directors. Permission of faculty member and the department chair. Advanced. One unit.

Music
399
Special Topics
Annually

Course topics vary from year to year.  Advanced. One unit.

Music
400
Fourth-Year Seminar
Spring

This course is designed to present an integrated approach to the study of music drawing on and combining aspects of various disciplines (History, Theory, Ethnomusicology, Performance Practice, Popular Music Studies, etc.). Topics and selected works vary from year to year. Required for Music majors. Prerequisite (or co-requisite): Music 212 and Music 302. One unit.

 

Music
401
Musicology
Alternate years

An advanced topics course for students with a serious interest in music history and theory, especially majors planning to continue their studies in graduate school. Readings center on historical and analytical methods, recent trends in scholarship, and historiography. Prerequisites: Music 202. One unit.

Music
431, 432
Intermediate/Advanced Performance
Fall, spring

Instrumental or vocal lessons for students of intermediate to advanced competency. Interested students must consult with the Chair of the department. One unit.

Music
433, 434
Advanced Performance
Fall, spring

Instrumental or vocal lessons for students of advanced competency. Interested students must consult with the Chair of the Department. One unit.

Music
MUSC 295
Gregorian Chant
Annually

In this course students will come to understand the history of Gregorian chant, both as a religious phenomenon and as a repertory of music. The course will begin in the Early Christian era and trace the history of Gregorian chant through the Middle Ages all the way to the present.  Students will consider the role chant was made to play in asserting theological and cultural disagreements that historically led the rise of a variety of forms of Christian worship in the early centuries, some of which continue to be preserved and practiced in the present.  The course will also consider chant’s role as art music and popular music, from the History of Western Music to film and popular song. One unit.

Music
MUSC 331/332
Intermediate Performance 1
Annually

Instrumental or vocal lessons for students of intermediate competency. Interested students must consult with the Chair of the department. One unit.