MODfest 2022

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The Vassar College Music Department, in collaboration with the College’s Creative Arts Across Disciplines, is thrilled to celebrate the 20th season of MODfest, Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Following last year’s successful virtual festival, we are excited to present a dynamic collection of both in-person and online events in 2022. This year’s theme, “Kaleidoscope,” captures our desire to collect, reflect, overlap, and illuminate a rich spectrum of perspectives much in the way a traditional kaleidoscope does: its contents shift, bouncing light off mirrors, blending distinct components into an infinity of patterns that is unique with each viewing.

Program Cover Image: “Negesti” (Moves) 2019 Harlem, NYC by Ruben Natal-San Miguel. Mural backdrop by Geraluz.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about ticketed events, please email: or call (845) 437-5599.

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

MODfest Program Booklet (PDF)

Past Events

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A celebration of the American Impressions exhibition at the Loeb Art Center that will include conversations between curators and faculty members as well as music and poetry performed by Vassar students. Registration required.

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

Battery Dance Company

A performance of works selected from the current repertory by faculty, students, and guest choreographers, including a special appearance by the Battery Dance Company. Tickets are free but must be reserved.

Vocalist Jacquelyn Matava and pianist Samuel Gaskin
Feb 2, 5:00 p.m.

A voice recital featuring award-winning duo Jacquelyn Matava ’09, mezzo-soprano, and pianist Samuel Gaskin. Registration required.

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During this webinar event, students and faculty from the Drama and Music Departments’ upcoming production of Sunday in the Park with George will share their creative process of interpreting this iconic show. Registration required.

Zoom webinar

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

modfest 2021
Jan 28 through Feb 7

The COVID-19 pandemic is preventing Vassar from staging MODfest, its annual celebration of the arts, in person, but the show will go on as “Radical Imagination,” a series of virtual events available online.

Canceled Events

WAMC radio's Sarah LaDuke

[CANCELED] MODfest 2022: Instagram Live with WAMC’s Sarah LaDuke

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Vassar stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape, Indigenous peoples who have an enduring connection to this place despite being forcibly displaced by European colonization. Munsee Lenape peoples continue today as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin, the Delaware Tribe and the Delaware Nation in Oklahoma, and the Munsee- Delaware Nation in Ontario. This acknowledgment, however, is insufficient without our reckoning with the reality that every member of the Vassar community since 1861 has benefited from these Native peoples’ displacement, and it is hollow without our efforts to counter the effects of structures that have long enabled—and that still perpetuate—injustice against Indigenous Americans. To that end, we commit to build and sustain relationships with Native communities; to expand opportunities at Vassar for Native students, as well as Native faculty and other employees; and to collaborate with Native nations to know better the Indigenous peoples, past and present, who care for this land.