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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. 


During the 2015-2016 academic year, everal departments within DePauw University, as well as the Greencastle community, will delve into the power of literature, life during the Civil War and the transformation of art.  Since Louisa May Alcott’s book Little Women was first published in 1868, almost every generation has found a way to make this story its own, transforming it over more than a century and a half from book to movie screen, from plays to musical theatre and even to the opera stage. With each interpretation, audiences have gained deeper insight into the relationships of the loving March family.

This interdisciplinary series is presented in collaboration with the DePauw University School of Music; Department of Communication and Theatre; Department of History; Department of English; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at DePauw; DePauw Film Studies; the Putnam County Museum; and the Putnam County Public Library.

Read more about the festival and view the festival schedule.



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.

Crucible project

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.