Past Events

Headshot of Sophie Fetthauer

A multimedia lecture by musicologist Sophie Fetthauer, PhD of the HfMT University of Hamburg, Germany on the little-known story of how over 400 Jewish refugee musicians were integrated into the cafés, nightclubs, and ballrooms of the “Paris of the East.”

Headshot of author Licia Carlson

A Philosopher’s Holiday Lecture by Licia Carlson, Professor of Philosophy at Providence College and author of Shared Musical Lives: Philosophy, Disability, and the Power of Sonification

Anna Elashvili playing the violin

Anna Elashvili, violin, along with faculty Yves Dharamraj, cello, and Thomas Sauer, piano. A composer not often chosen for such an exposé, Maurice Ravel often found himself going against the grain.


From Mozart and Mendelssohn to Bartok and Prokofiev, this afternoon program will explore a range of classical pieces that have been inspired by folk music and dance traditions. Assisted by James Fitzwilliam, piano; with Magda Sharff, accordion,  Emma Zuang, piano, Susanna Osborne, cello, and Finn Smith, bouzouki.


Photo of a conductor and members of an orchestra
Feb 25, 8:00 p.m.

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

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

Welcome to Indian Country is an evening-length celebration of Native culture through music and storytelling. A world-class, five-piece musical ensemble is joined by storyteller and Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. Together they weave new compositions and songs with witty, wise, and poignant poetry and satire to honor the elders and ancestors.

Indra Spring Flow Tenri Rehearsal

​​Digital scores can change in real time during a performance, allowing for exciting and spontaneous interaction and improvisation. This workshop will explore this emerging performance practice using the software Indra, culminating in a conducted group improvisation. Participants should bring an instrument and a Mac laptop. A student-only event. Registration required.

Modfest word mark

Honoring the founders of MODfest, we celebrate the “meanings and measures” of modern musical works: Richard Wilson’s Avuncularities (2022) for solo trombone and Perplexities (2022) for oboe and English horn, violin, viola, and cello; and Serenity (2021) for solo piano by Jonathan Chenette.

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

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 and Choir at 6:30 p.m.

Lessons and carols

This annual Advent service at the Vassar College Chapel features readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols, culminating in a candle lighting ceremony. Vassar College Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Ensembles will perform.

This is an in-person event that was recorded.

Eduardo Navega conducting a performance.
Nov 19, 8:00 p.m.

Eduardo Navega, conductor

This concert is free and open to the public.

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

a closeup of music professor Christine Howlett conducting.

Christine Howlett, conductor

Love Arrives: Music of Debussy, Poulenc, and contemporary compositions by Levente Gyöngyösi, Joan Symko, Tom Trenney, Mari Esabel Valverde, and arrangements of Gilbert and Sullivan by Joel Suben. 

This concert is free and open to the public.

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