Housed in the new state-of-the-art Fine Arts Instructional Center, the Music Program at Eastern provides theoretical and experiential opportunities which emphasize the history, theory, performance and criticism of music and musicians from both Western and non-Western traditions. Music classes allow students to learn critical and analytical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, as well as creative expression. In addition, students engage in advanced training through practica, independent studies, internships, a senior capstone course, and study tours. The Music Program presents a full season of concerts and recitals, and is often host to guest artists and ensembles, all of which expose our students and audience members to the diversity of styles, eras, and practices of the global society. A strength of the program is that core courses in music performance, music theory and music history are conducted in ways which make connections with other areas of the arts, culture, and society. The breadth of knowledge which comes from a broad, liberal arts focus in music studies has been recognized as a powerful tool in being prepared for the challenges that are inevitable in a rapidly changing world. Watch a short video about Music at Eastern by clicking HERE.
Practice and Performance Spaces
The Fine Arts Instructional Center opened in January 2016 and features state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance spaces. Facilities include 9 practice rooms for student use, a 400 seat concert hall, proscenium theater, studio theater, 2 performance labs, a piano lab, and several design classrooms. Contact any member of the Music faculty to set up an on-campus visit!
Choral Rehearsal Room
Instrumental Rehearsal Room
Music @ Eastern in the Community
The Music Program at Eastern is committed to engaging with the campus and local communities through our programming and outreach initiatives. At the center of this mission is the belief that all Music Program concerts and events should be free for all Eastern students, faculty, and community members. Examples of these free events include our Noon Recital Series, Guest Artist lecturers and presentations, Faculty Recitals and University Ensemble Concerts. Click HERE to view a complete list of our concerts and events!
This past year, the Music Program has engaged with the local and regional community through a number of events, including school-aged outreach events on-campus, a Saturday voice workshop for students from across Connecticut, and concerts and assemblies at local schools.
If you are interested in having one of our ensembles visit your school, camp, or after-school program, please contact any member of the Music faculty!
Opportunities to give!
The Music Program relies on the generosity of our community of alumni, families, friends, and supporters to enhance the ongoing education of our students. Your support helps provide provide additional funds for instrument repair and supply, and supporting student enrichment, including conference attendance, ensemble tours, trips, and competitions.
Here are some opportunities to support our students!
All donations collected at all Faculty Recital Series events directly fund our “Freshmen Merit Awards”, awarded to students who are made significant contributions to the Music Program through lessons and ensembles as well as maintained strong academic standing during their first year at Eastern. For a full list of Faculty Recital Series Events, please view our Season Calendar, accessible via the “Concerts and Events” link above!
Please help us reach our fundraising goal! Each section (Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses) have been challenged to raise $4000 in 25 days to send 25 Eastern students to San Juan, Puerto Rico for their annual Spring Tour! Please help us meet our goal by contributing during this fundraising drive!
As a thank you for your support, all donors who contribute $25 or more during the September 1st – September 25th fundraising window will receive a special invitation to a reception on Sunday April 15th from 1:00-2:30 in the Fine Arts Instructional Center at Eastern Connecticut State University prior to Eastern Chamber Singers’ Spring Concert.
Thank you in advance for your generous donations and your continued support of Vocal Music at Eastern Connecticut State University!
The Music Program at Eastern has established a restricted fund to be used for the purchase of new percussion instruments. The first and primary need is for a vibraphone which will be put to use immediately as the music the students play in the Eastern Percussion Ensembles utilizes this instrument. The vibraphone will also be used for practice in the Fine Arts Instructional Center as students enrolled in individual percussion lessons study and learn the many instruments of the percussion family and mallet instruments such as the vibraphone are a primary source of study and solo performance.
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