The DePauw University School of Music is dedicated to engaging not only its School of Music students, but also students in the College of Liberal Arts by providing opportunities in interdisciplinary festivals. These festivals allow all DePauw students, faculty, and staff to interact and discuss a central topic through a wide variety of subjects.
The 2012 “Crucible Project” engaged all DePauw University students in a yearlong discussion of “What are you willing to put your name on?” through a collaborative effort between the DePauw University School of Music and College of Liberal Arts. The festival spanned various academic areas such as literature, history and theatre, presenting workshops and courses in McCarthyism, American history and ethics, in conjunction with performances of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, and a symphony about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Students participated in a number of discussions, including a talkback session between audience, the DePauw cast of The Crucible, students from Greencastle High School and Broadway performer David Cryer, who played the role of Judge Danforth in the DePauw production.
In fall 2014, DePauw University presented “Dvorák and America,” exploring Antonín Dvorák’s preservation of American History. Dvorák, who believed that a “great and noble school” of music would be founded upon “Negro melodies,” also spearheaded the “Indianist” movement in American music. The two-week festival included numerous public events and incorporated a residency by Joseph Horowitz. Horowitz, a Dvorák scholar, author and concert producer, has helped to curate more than a dozen “Dvorák and America” festivals throughout the United States. The interdisciplinary events encouraged audiences via music, artworks, and literature to freshly ponder American identity.