Concerts & Events

Current Protocols: ALL patrons must wear a mask indoors, for the duration of the event.
Please check individual listings for updated information about event requirements, reservations, and registration.

Fall 2022

Organist Gail Archer seated by her instrument.

Presented by members of the Music Department faculty: Gail Archer, organ, Danielle Farina, viola, Susan Rotholz, flute, and Thomas Sauer, piano. Free and open to all.


Clarinetist Ian Tyson

Trio 212, a New York City-based reed trio, pushes the boundaries of the reed trio repertoire. Vassar faculty member Ian Tyson, clarinet, and guests Mark Sophia, oboe, and Joshua Hodge, bassoon, will present a program by Huguenin, Françaix, Auric, Montano, and Mozart.


Music faculty member Robert Osborne wearing a tuxedo.

Featuring Vassar faculty member Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, Tammy Hensrud, mezzo-soprano, and Richard Pearson Thomas, piano, this entertaining cabaret revue will shed light on the remarkable Alma Mahler through a broad array of art songs, cabaret tunes, satirical songs, and vocal duets.


Harpist James Ruff in concert

James Ruff, tenor and Early Gaelic Harpist, explores the famous Marian pilgrimage site in Walsingham, England, and the music from three periods: Medieval pilgrimage, Tudor destruction and lamentation, and the shrine’s restoration exactly one hundred years ago. 


Headshot of pianist Thomas Sauer

A recital exploring three hundred years of keyboard music, from Bach in 1721 to Nina Shekhar in 2021. A trip through the musical centuries, this recital presents music according to three categories borrowed from the writing of anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss: code, message, and myth.

An aerial view of the entrance to the Loeb Art Center with fall foliage.

Explore the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center while listening to music sung by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Choir. Short performances at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

members of the vocal ensemble VOCES8 standing in an outdoor bus shelter at night
Oct 7, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for an open master class with members of the internationally renowned choral ensemble VOCES8. 

members of the vocal ensemble VOCES8 standing in an outdoor bus shelter at night
Oct 8, 11:00 a.m.

Members of VOCES8 will present a variety of sessions, including composition and choral arranging, vocal production and diction, and career paths in music and music education. Registration required.

students having lunch at the Bridge Cafe in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences
Oct 27 through Nov 17

Join us for our 20- to 30-minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program. Thursdays, October 27 and November 3, 10, & 17 at 12 noon.

Music faculty member Trevor Babb playing guitar

Vassar faculty member Trevor Babb, guitar, leads Quintet 2x, a 21st-century chamber music quintet with rock band instrumentation.

a black-and-white still from the 1928 silent film "Joan of Arc" featuring a closeup of the character Joan.

An oratorio with silent film combines a performance of Richard Einhorn’s 1994 choral and orchestral work, Voices of Light, with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic, The Passion of Joan of Arc. At the Bardavon 1869 Opera House; free tickets available for Vassar students.

Two women in red and black Mariachi outfits standing against a red background.

Latin GRAMMY winner Flor de Toloache is New York City’s first and only all­-women mariachi group. Led by singers Mireya I. Ramos and Shae Fiol, the group’s members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds resulting in an edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.

Past Concerts

Pianist Richard Wilson and violinist Joseph Genualdi stand together onstage
Jul 24, 3:00 p.m.

Joseph Genualdi, violin, and Richard Wilson, piano, return to Skinner Hall with a program to include Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.


Gail Archer playing the organ with face mask on.

Gail Archer plays a program of contemporary Polish organ literature from her new CD, Cantius, including works by the influential woman composer Grazyna Bacewicz and scholar/composer Pawel Lukazewski.

Skinner Hall Music Building
Jun 26, 2:00 p.m.

The Hudson Valley’s Bachfest returns with works for chorus and orchestra featuring Christ lag in Todesbanden and Der Herr denket an uns. Christine Howlett, director.

Bachfest 2022 Program

Painting: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884
May 7 through May 8

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine. In collaboration with the Departments of Drama and Music. A senior project production directed by Christopher Grabowski and Drew Minter. Reservations required.
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m.

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Music, Spring 2022
Apr 22, 6:00 p.m.

Christine Howlett, conductor

This event will be live streamed

Music, Spring 2022
Apr 7, 12:00 p.m. through Apr 28

A 20- to 30-minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program every Thursday in April.

Music Professor Brian Mann teaching students

Brian Mann and Friends: An afternoon of jazz featuring Brian Mann, piano, Pat O'Leary, double bass, Craig Wuepper, drums, with special guests appearances by faculty and friends.

This event will be live streamed

Ashley Jackson

Featuring guest artists Ashley Jackson, harp, Marsha Thompson, soprano, Kyle Walker, piano, and faculty members Thomas Sauer, piano, and Ian Tyson, clarinet.

This event will be live streamed

Decoda Ensemble

Featuring premieres of “Drastic Measures” and “Bagatelle for Solo Harpsichord” by Richard Wilson and music of Susan Botti and Jonathan Chenette. Performed by the Decoda Ensemble, Claire Chenette and Joel Evans, oboes, Anna Elashvili, violin, Marija Ilić, harpsichord, and Thomas Sauer, piano. Free tickets must be reserved.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

Join this exciting professional ensemble in a presentation of solo and vocal choral music that celebrates artistic excellence and racial, ethnic, and gender diversity. Registration required.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

Programs are subject to change. For further information and up-to-date details on all Vassar College Department of Music concerts, please call (845) 437-7294.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.