Read below to learn how Muse Scholars have engaged in the musical arts both on and off campus by attending performances at stages in New York and on campus as well as participating in co-curricular activities.
Concerts in New York
Scholars heard Wynton Marsalis's (photo, left) jazz oratorio, Blood on the Fields, performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center and, at Carnegie Hall (photo, lower right), attended performances by the San Francisco Symphony and the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg.
At Le Poisson Rouge, a multimedia art cabaret on the site of the historic Village Gate, Muses watched an incredible performance by the Gamelan Dharma Swara and met Le Poisson Rouge founder David Handler, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.
Tickets to special programs at Hunter
Not only do Muse Scholars attend stage shows as part of their curriculum, but they are often invited to special performances and musical discussions on campus.
Muse students have received free tickets to Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook (photo, below right) as well as a demonstration by Yo-Yo Ma and acclaimed dancer and Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel (photo, above left), both of which took place at Hunter's Kaye Playhouse.
Muse in the News - Music
Nate McCarthy's (Class of '17) band, Regret the Hour, has been playing at some of New York's hippest venues. The Indie rock group has graced the stages at The Gramercy Theatre at the Knitting Factory. Hailing from Nyack, NY, Regret the Hour has been described as "atmospheric alternative rock...with chiming, churning melodies reminiscent of U2, the brainy edginess of Radiohead, and the infectious hummability of Kings of Leon. The band's music is smart yet accessible" (Surface Noise, 2011). Click here to watch live footage and clips from the making of the band's new album, Better Days.
Robert Bronchard (Class of '16) was selected by The Associated Music Teachers' League (AMTL) as a winning pianist in the competition to play at the 78th annual Young Musicians Concert. He was featured alongside other top musicians for the May performance at Carnegie Hall.
Bronchard, a piano performance major in Hunter's Department of Music, contended with a crop of highly skilled musicians in their teens and early 20s. The Young Musicians Concert features only "la crème de la crème" of developing artists, according to the AMTL.
Muse Scholar and harpist Emily Hopkins (Class of '15) competed in - and won - a competition to perform in a New York City subway station.
The New York Post featured Hopkins in an article, which said she "wowed the judges with renditions of the Beatles classic 'Yesterday' and 'Lolita, the Dancer' by Marcel Tournier."
Courses and Ensembles
The Music Department offers introductory courses in performance, such as Elementary Piano (MUSPF 131), Elementary Guitar (MUSPF 121), and Voice 1 (MUSPF 211) to non-majors; pre-requisites may be waived for those who pass a music exam or audition.
Performance ensembles are also open to all Hunter students by audition, with or without credit. Muse Scholars William Chan (Class of '16), Emily Hopkins (Class of '15), Maureen Murray (Class of '17), Gregory Rocco (Class of '16) and Rachel Tiedemann (Class of '16) are in the Hunter Symphony, which can be taken for credit in MUSPF 231. Auditions for ensembles take place each semester on or around the first class meeting. (Photo: Chan, Hopkins, Rocco, and Tiedemann)
Clubs and groups
Join A Little Night Music, the Chamber Music Society of Hunter College, or another music-oriented club at Hunter; visit Hunter's Student Group Management System (SGMS) to find out which clubs meet your interests.
Muse Scholars may receive credit for a music-related internship by registering for MUSHL 498, Music Inservice. Muse Scholars are encouraged to seek out internships by browsing through the listings at the Office of Career Development Services.
Please also feel free to contact Internship Coordinator Paula Wicklow at (212) 771-4850 or Mark Spicer, director of undergraduate studies in music, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 772-5024.
The Department of Music at Hunter College offers both a major and minor in music, with a variety of courses and degree programs catering to the needs of a diverse student body. Courses include a large selection of topics in music performance, theory, history, ethnomusicology, and music education. Private lessons are available on all instruments and voice, either with Hunter faculty members or with expert teachers outside the College. Most degrees can be completed in the evening, as well as during the day.