School of Music
The School of Music is an institution unto itself. Its three degree programs and slate of performances and events play out in perfect harmony with DePauw’s liberal arts program.
The School of Music will offer an exuberant finale to an exciting season when orchestra director Orcenith Smith conducts the joint DePauw University Choirs and Symphony Orchestra in one of Haydn’s greatest works, “The Lord Nelson Mass” with soloists Pamela Coburn (soprano), Caroline Smith (mezzo soprano), Kerry Jennings (tenor), and Valentin Lanzrein (bass) at 3 p.m. May 5.Read More
School of Music Awards Convocation, May 8
The School is honored to have alumni donors Judson and Joyce Green as our distinguished guests this week when Dean Mark McCoy recognizes graduating seniors at the annual Awards Convocation on Wednesday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. The final convocation of the semester--which includes performances by Emily Smith, Elisa Sunshine, Erik Erlandson, Josiah Rushing and Patrick Speranza--will be followed by a cookout in Bowman Park. In the event of inclement weather, lunch will offered be in the Green Center’s Great Hall.
Join the Class of 2013 in celebrating the 174th Commencement at DePauw. A Baccalaureate service will be offered on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts. Sunday’s campuswide Commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Holdon Memorial Quadrangle.Read More
The DePauw University Orchestra, under the direction of Orcenith Smith, accompanied winners of the 2013 School of Music Concerto Competition in an outstanding array of solo performances on April 14. This year's winners are (front row): soprano Emily Barnash and pianist Rachel Robin; (second row): percussionist Josiah Rushing, tenors Michael Padilla and Lucas Wassmer, and baritone Erik Erlandson.Read More
DePauw not only prepared me to be successful, but to also think outside of the box and create my own opportunities. While at DePauw, I performed in four musicals and four operas, but I also had the opportunity to write music for theatre productions, assistant direct, and ultimately direct two fully staged musicals during my junior and senior years. If you are willing to work, the opportunities are available.Read More
Shortly after graduating from DePauw, I was offered a teaching position at a newly established music conservatory in Chennai, a major cultural hub of South India. The skills and musical knowledge I acquired as a student at DePauw University proved invaluable in creating and implementing the new curriculum for both the music theory courses and percussion studio. After completing my three-year tenure in Chennai, I returned to the United States, and I am currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology degree at the University of California – Santa Cruz.Read More
DePauw provided me with many opportunities to perform as a soloist and collaborative pianist. The excellent facilities, small class size and approachable faculty all contributed to making me the musician I am today. I’ve made lasting relationships with colleagues and professors that have led to many amazing musical opportunities, including the position I currently hold. Through the support and guidance of such a prestigious faculty and staff, DePauw has truly prepared me for a career in music.Read More
Two months after graduation, I flew to South Korea to teach English under a government Fulbright Grant. At my girls’ high school on Jeju Island, I joined the lunchtime orchestra and learned a variety of traditional Korean stringed instruments. I played violin with a community orchestra, which led to an opportunity to perform onstage in my first Korean opera! I learned a lot about myself and about my place in the world while living in Korea, and without the guidance I received at DePauw, I’m certain I would not have landed such an opportunity.Read More
My time at DePauw set the tone for the rest of my life: it was the time when I learned how to practice, how to study, how to manage my time effectively and the basic skills that many people take for granted.Read More
The education I got at DePauw not only helped me earn a master's degree from The Peabody Conservatory, it has enabled me to have an incredibly winding, exciting career: as a DJ in New York City, as a founder of Rhymes With Opera and Kings, and as a citizen of the planet.Read More
Getting to where I am right now hasn't been the most straightforward journey, but my experience at DePauw taught me that it's not the easiest path from which we learn the most. It's that ability to fall flat on your face (in some cases, very) and pick yourself up, dust yourself off and say, "Let's try that again," that I know I will always carry with me as I continue forward.Read More
I graduated from DePauw University as a Vocal Performance Major in 1997. Since graduation, I have been blessed to work as a Singer/Actor within the Actors’ Equity, AGMA and SAG/AFTRA Unions. I have worked all over the world and reside in the Chicagoland Area with my family.Read More
Looking back on my time at DePauw, I am astounded at how the academics helped me to excel in my master’s program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and when preparing roles to this day. The requirements for voice majors can be overwhelming at times, but I can guarantee that they are invaluable in the long run. The performance experience and classes helped me build a natural level of comfort on stage and encouraged me to become a well-rounded professional.Read More