• Music

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    The Music Department offers course work and performing opportunities in Western classical music and jazz at the undergraduate level.

    Students from all disciplines may participate in music performance ensembles and courses of musical study. The one restriction is that the Sense of Music, MUS 1111A, is the prerequisite to music history courses.

    Prospective music majors are welcomed and should seek a consultation with the department adviser, Dr. Bartholomew, as soon as possible to put together a program that reflects their individual needs and interests. Students contemplating the music major should enroll in Diatonic Harmony and Counterpoint I and II (MUS 2111 and 2112) in their first year on campus, if possible.

    A fundamental guideline for all students pursuing the major and minor in music is that they should have a healthy balance between academic courses (history, theory, style analysis) and performance courses (chamber ensembles, jazz ensemble, applied music lessons). The study of music and the experience of music should reinforce each other. In this same light, music theory courses (harmony) place an emphasis on writing music.

    The Music Department strongly encourages its majors to extend and refine their performance abilities during their student years by enrolling in at least one performance-oriented course each term that they are students. This means that many music majors (and minors, too) frequently take more courses in music performance ensembles and lessons than they are allowed to apply toward their major.

    Facilities

    The Yeshiva College Music Department is housed on the second floor of the Schottenstein Center. A Steinway grand piano resides in the Recital Room, and two other baby grand pianos plus five Baldwin upright pianos are available for practice.

    The second floor features four sound-proof practice booths that are available to students until about 1 a.m. each day that the building is open. Additionally, the department supports a MIDI Electronic Music Studio.

    Music Ensembles

    A number of opportunities are available for undergraduate musicians at Yeshiva University. The Music Department offers chamber music performance courses directed by faculty and the Yeshiva University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Bartholomew.

    Yeshiva College performance ensembles present public concerts on campus each term.

    Chamber Music

    Chamber Music Ensembles are one credit per term courses. Dr. Levy and Dr. Bartholomew organize chamber groups of varying sizes and levels of ability to rehearse and perform classical music of all styles and eras.

    Any YU students who are interested in performing in a chamber ensemble should see Dr. Bartholomew (Schottenstein 213, 212.960.5353) for an audition.

    Interested musicians should be able to read music. Rehearsals meet at a time mutually available to all members of each individual ensemble.

    Jazz Ensemble

    The Yeshiva University Jazz Ensemble is open to all YU students who may register for the course for one credit per term. An audition with Dr. Bartholomew, director of the Jazz Ensemble, is required.

    The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Mondays, 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. In the two or three weeks immediately preceding concerts the Jazz ensemble often adds a second rehearsal per week. The Jazz Ensemble normally presents two public concerts each year.

    For over 25 years the Jazz Ensemble has played only music ("charts") composed or arranged by Dr. Levy or Dr. Bartholomew. Each work has been tailored to fit the Jazz Ensemble's annual change in instrumentation.

    In recent years, Dr. Levy and Dr. Bartholemew created original arrangements of music by Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, and Hoagy Carmichael, among many others. Recently, Dr. Bartholomew has contributed several original jazz compositions as well as an arrangement of Wayne Shorter’s "Black Nile."

    If you have any questions about music at Yeshiva College, please contact Professor Noyes Bartholomew at bartbs@mac.com or 212.960.5400, ext. 353.

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