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 and one of Hunter's cultural partners - Muses watched an incredible performance by the Gamelan Dharma Swara and the new music ensemble Metropolis. The venue's founder, David Handler, also met with the Muses to talk about Le Poisson Rouge's mission.
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, 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 and 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. " (Surface Noise, 2011). Click here to watch live footage and clips from the making of the band's new album, Better Days.
Muse Scholars Caleb Andriella (Class of '16), Bryan Segarra (Class of '16) and Gregory Rocco (Class of '16) formed a rock band, The Hand Me Downs, after meeting in the Muse Scholar Program.
The band has been playing at major New York venues, including Webster Hall, and perfomed in the first annual Muse Arts Showcase during the Spring 2013 semester.
(Photo: Caleb Andriella, left; Gregory Rocco, second from right; Bryan Segarra, right)
Robert Bronchard (Class of '16) is a fourth-year laureate of The Associated Music Teachers' League (AMTL) competition and, as such, has been a featured pianist alongside other top musicians for the annual Young Muscians Concert at Carnegie Hall.
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
Performance ensembles are also open to all Hunter students by audition, with or without credit. Muse Scholars Emily Hopkins (Class of '15), Maureen Murray (Class of '17) and Gregory Rocco (Class of '16) are in the Hunter Symphony, and Robert Bronchard (Class of '16) has performed with the group as a guest soloist. (photo left, from left to right, Robert Bronchard, Maureen Murray, Emily Hopkins, and Gregory Rocco)
Hunter's jazz ensemble is led by renowned trombonist Ryan Keberle (photo, right), who also leads the pianoless quartet Catharsis and has played with jazz greats including Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis, hip-hop and R&B superstars like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, Latin jazz leaders like Pedro Giraudo and Ivan Lins, indie rock ground-breakers such as Sufjan Stevens and with the house band at Saturday Night Live.
Kesha Kumshayev (Class of '17) plays the trumpet as a member of Keberle's jazz ensemble.
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.
The Department of Music offers a variety of courses in music performance, theory and musicianship, history, ethnomusicology, music education, as well as special topics in jazz, opera, composition, or the music business. Private lessons are available on all instruments and voice. An array of ensembles - Hunter Symphony, College Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Workshop, Opera Theatre, Chamber Music - provide venues for students to showcase their musical talents.
BA in Music (42-cr and 25-cr majors), BMus in Music (60-cr major), MA in Music, MA in Music Education, BA/MA in Music (5-6 year program)*, BA/MA in Music Education (5-6 year program)*
*Consideration only after the completion of 60 credits of college work