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On October 27, students in Kerry Ryer-Parke and John Kirk's Sing course surprised essential staff with a flash mob of "The Broom Dance" by the Wolfshäger Hexenbrut, led by Music Program Coordinator Gina Deibel.

Bennington College alum, trustee, and award-winning augmented reality creator Asad J. Malik '19, has collaborated with protest art collective, Pussy Riot, to create a music video for their new single, “Panic Attack.”

In January 2021, faculty member Michael Wimberly participated in the third residency of A Nation Grooves—a dance-centered theater piece that used oral history to tell an origin story of hip-hop—held at MASS MoCA.

Cardiologist, author, documentarian, and patient advocate Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres ’82 is the 2020 recipient of Bennington College’s Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award.

In summer 2019, Music faculty member composer/pianist Allen Shawn and Instrumental faculty member bassist Michael Bisio  teamed up for a recording of extemporaneous improvisations, now available.

As COVID-19 turned schooling remote, Sofia Salusso ’23 and her father worked together to bring weekly story time into students’ homes.

Originally released as a podcast on B-Rad radio on May 3, 2020, enjoy this eclectic playlist of performances and compositions by Bennington music faculty on SoundCloud.

In Nick Brooke's class, The Five Obstructions, 12 songwriters challenge each other to rewrite their songs in unique ways. Haiku? Disco? Blast beats? Stratocaster? All of that and more.

In lieu of in-person concerts, Bennington College seniors studying music present Senior MusicFest 2020, a full double album of their divine, diverse senior work.


 

On Saturday, May 9, Bennington students, alumni, and rising star bands will perform as part of Sunfest, Bennington's annual all-day music festival.

Bennington students, faculty, and staff in Kerry Ryer-Parke's Sing course go virtual with this arrangement of Love Is Love Is Love Is Love by Abbie Betinis.

At the start of Fall term, Bennington College students celebrated with Student Works, an annual showcase of projects done across disciplines—from poetry and play readings, to musical performances, genetics research, oral histories, and more.

Educator, composer, and instrument-builder John Bertles ’81 is the 2019 recipient of Bennington College’s Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award

Ethan Koss-Smith '21 speaks about the process of producing his debut album To Gallery a Cloud Ground.

Faculty member Sue Rees served as the technical director for the four-city tour of Karnatic Kattaikkuttu.

Composer Joan Tower ’61 celebrated her 80th birthday in September. The New York Times spoke to her about this milestone and her lifelong journey with music.

Magic Ship, the latest album from the folk trio comprised of Amelia Meath '10, Molly Sarlé '12, and Alex Sauser-Monnig '09, will be the group's first album in eight years.

The New York Times interviewed former faculty member Milford Graves about his new documentary, Milford Graves Full Mantis.

The latest tour of electronic/folk duo Sylvan Esso, featuring vocalist-songwriter Amelia Meath '10, includes a sold-out show at MassMoCA on March 31.

Carole Ione Lewis '59 recently premiered a major opera work in New York entitled The Nubian Word for Flowers; A Phantom Opera, written and directed by Lewis with music and sound design by her partner, the late Pauline Oliveros, a composer and pioneer in American electronic music.

In honor of composer Joan Tower ’61 and her 80th birthday, New England Conservatory featured her music during the month of February.

This January marks the tenth year running that Jonathan Mann ’04 has written an original daily song—many of which have gone viral—and shared it online.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) is celebrating the “trailblazing American composer” Joan Tower ’61 with a concert in February featuring five of her orchestral works.

Sylvan Esso—the electronic-musical duo Amelia Meath ’10 and Nick Sanborn—has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of ‘Best Dance/Electronic Album’ for What Now, the band’s sophomore album.

Award-winning pianist Tony Lu ’19, who overcame his visual impairment to become a virtuosic musician learning to play by ear, led the regional Sage City Symphony in a performance of the third movement of German composer Johannes Brahm's Concerto in D Minor, Op. 15.

A song by world fusion musician Derrik Jordan ’77 is included on the forthcoming album Our Green Earth, which is being released by Big Fuss Records on September 14 to bring awareness to healing the planet.

Music faculty member Tom Bogdan was awarded his fourth Fulbright Grant to teach American composer Meredith Monk's A Celebration Service to musicians and dancers abroad. 

Two classes, one big assignment: exhibit, catalogue, and archive black lives at Bennington in a multimedia performance exhibition in Usdan Gallery by Briee Della Rocca.

The artist, curator, urbanist, and facilitator Theaster Gates was in residence at Bennington College in April, speaking to students, faculty, and staff about making place and making change, the two driving forces of his work. The highlight of his time on campus was the Adams–Tillim Lecture, which he delivered on April 25. By Aruna D'Souza

The New York Times profiled pop duo Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath '10 and Nick Sanborn) upon the release of their sophomore album, What Now