Jazz Octet, directed by Robert Roman
The Jazz Octet is a small ensemble consisting of 2-3 horns and rhythm section that focuses on improvisation, composition, and repertoire building. The group performs both on and off campus.
The SUNY Oneonta String Ensemble is a small group of orchestral strings (although we have added guitar, drum set, Uillean pipes) that covers a wide range of string music. We do classical, fiddle, contemporary – whatever the group would like to play for the semester, everything from Tchaikovsy to Charlie Daniels! We work towards great technical playing to create sounds that reflect the best possible interpretation and have a lot of fun making great music.
It may be hot n’ sultry out there in August, but soon the frost and chill will descend upon Oneonta. Come in from the cold and experience the joy (and companionship!) of collaborative music-making with your fellow instrumental and vocal students! Discover the true meaning of harmony as you explore the greatest masterworks of the chamber and vocal repertoire!
Collaborating with pianists is an essential part of the professional music world, and Classical Collaborations provides orchestral instrumental, voice, and advanced piano students the opportunity to work together. In many instances, Prof. Adam Kent serves as an accompanist to enrolled students, providing weekly coachings in preparation for performances on campus and beyond. In the past, several Classical Collaborations students have been selected to perform in the Music Department’s annual Honors Concerts, and some have even had the opportunity to participate in international performance/study trips to England, Spain and South America with Professors Adam Kent and Timothy Newton. With plans for long-distance learning (COIL) projects with students in Europe and Colombia looming ahead, Classical Collaborations can also provide you with a chance to get engaged in these exciting cross-cultural exchanges.
Chamber Percussion Ensemble, directed by Julie Licata
Want to explore drumming styles from around the world, or play drum accompaniments to student and guest dancers? Then join the World Drum Ensemble!! Each semester the regional styles we play are different, ranging from Ewe (Ghanaian) Drum and Dance music, Indonesian folk drumming, Balinese Gamelan music, to Brazilian samba, and more. No music reading ability or drumming experience is necessary, as all music is taught by ear or with alternative types of notation.
Both MUSC170 group lessons and MUSC270 individual lessons are open for students in any major to enroll.
MUSC170 group lessons are intended for students who have never played the instrument before. MUSC270 individual lessons, on the other hand, are meant for students who have some experience playing a particular instrument and are wishing to enhance their abilities through private study of more challenging musical repertoire and techniques.
MUSC 170 Group Lessons
Guitar (Salvatore Salvaggio)
String Bass (Richard Mollin)
Piano (Adam Kent, Fideliz Sta. Brigida)
Electric Bass (Richard Mollin)
Guitar (Mark Pawkett)
Percussion (Julie Licata)
Voice (Colby Thomas)
MUSC 270 Individual Lessons
Classical Guitar (Salvatore Salvaggio)
Piano (Adam Kent)
Saxophone (Charles Vatalaro)
Clarinet (Robin Seletsky)
Cello (Linda Magill)
Trombone (Paul Blake)
String/Electric Bass (Richard Mollin)
Percussion/Drumset (Julie Licata)
Piano (Fideliz Sta. Brigida)
Flute (Ana Laura Gonzalez)
Violin/Viola (Marie Tucker)
Brass (Benjamin Aldridge)
Guitar (Mark Pawkett)
The Student Association is funded by students through their student activity fee. The S.A oversees more than 100 different clubs and organizations. Below is a list of performing arts clubs, and music/entertainment industry related clubs funded by the Student Association. For a complete list visit the SUNY Oneonta Student Association.
Performing Arts Clubs
The purpose of the Songwriters' Club is to work together to create original music and to explore different styles and genres of music, with the opportunity to showcase songs in weekly meetings, live showcases, open-mics, & critiqued competitions. We also encourage the collaboration process between members to sharpen songwriting skills. Beyond this, with assistance of guest lectures, we help our members get their music out into the commercial world by teaching the art and business of marketing to music publishers.
The SUNY Oneonta Drag 'N Rolls Drumline provides students a unique musical experience in marching percussion, and serves the campus community and represents the SUNY Oneonta community off-campus by performing in campus activities including, but not limited to, campus and community athletic events, formal ceremonies, parades, and other school functions. If you are interested in booking the Drumline for an event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Apollo Music Club presents annual musical showcases. Its purpose is to help promote the cause of music as a fine art in the campus community; activities include sponsorship of musical events, guest lectures and performers, service projects, and the general fellowship of singers and instrumentalist.
The Oneonta Acappella Council provides students with the opportunity to sing in an a cappella group and to expose the college campus to this genre of music. Our groups also provide students with the opportunity to arrange popular songs for a singing group, to musically direct a singing group, to coordinate and book performances, become familiar with microphones and equipment, and to record their music for the campus community to enjoy. This council includes both Hooked on Tonics and Pitch Slapped.
The purpose of Mask & Hammer is an outlet for theatrical creativity and growth by producing plays, musicals, and experimental theater projects and is a safe space for students interested and dedicated to the department's weekly updates on upcoming projects.
Music/Entertainment Industry Related Clubs
The Music Industry Club (MIC), an academic based organization, shall offer its members the opportunity to gain knowledge, insight, experience and artistic development in relation to the music industry by interacting with it on a local, regional, national, and global level. Interacting with the music industry shall be conducted through but not limited to, the organizing of trips, conferences, concerts, alumni events, panel discussions, reviewing and funding responsible proposals and the publication of a student-based compilation album produced under the name Red. The MIC office is in Fine Arts Room 135; you may also contact them at (607) 436-3123.
The Jazz Appreciation Society hosts the Oneonta Jazz Festival at Hunt Union where artists and bands ranging from middle school jazz bands to world renowned professionals come together and... play jazz! In the past, artists such as Latin Jazz Trumpeter Ray Vega, Trumpeter Tanya Darby, and others have been part of the festival. The Jazz Appreciation Society plays a key role in organizing and working the entire festival, giving members an experience in event planning that can be very beneficial in the world after college.
The Wire exists to enhance skills and experience in the field of video, audio and television production through interaction and hands-on experience by utilizing professional equipment, video-editing software and through shared experiences with other organizations and SUNY Oneonta. We also run the campus TV stations. If you're interested in a field in Music Video or on stations such as MTV this club is a must join.
The Radio Station WONY is an alternative, non-commercial, educational radio station financed by the Student Association of SUNY-Oneonta. WONY is owned and its license is held by the State University of New York, which is issued by the Federal Communications Commission. Members of WONY maintain this radio station as a student organization and to adopt for its government this constitution and by-laws. Our purpose is to provide news, education, and entertainment for our listening audience, and training experience in radio broadcasting and radio management for our staff. Located in the Hunt Union you may contact them at (607) 436-2711 or 2712. See the WONY lineup and playlists here.
Faculty led trips
Long noted for his expertise in the music of Spain and Latin-America, Dr. Adam Kent (Piano and Classical Collaborations) has taught and performed at such summer music festivals as the Cursos de Verano of the Fundación Princesa de Asturias and the Burgos International Music Festival, as well as at the Manila International Piano Masterclasses Festival in the Philippines. Students enrolled in private instrumental lessons and ensembles are able to join Dr. Kent in these international programs, where they can profit from a busy schedule of individual instruction, ensemble coachings, public masterclasses, student performances, and world-class concerts. These travel opportunities provide Oneonta music students the chance to experience music in an international context, while becoming acquainted with other cultures. In 2018, after studying works by Colombian composers in a COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) program with the Universidad de Cartagena, several Oneonta voice and instrumental students accompanied Dr. Kent on a faculty-led trip to Colombia for a week-long educational field trip.
Photo below (Misaki Kobayashi meets Queen Letizia of Spain at the Cursos de Verano of the Princess of Asturias Foundation in Oviedo, Spain with Prof. Kent)
With a full semester’s notice, Dr. Tim Newton coordinates opportunities to sing in international choral workshops and professional symphonic choral concerts at the invitation of leading international conductors and clinicians. All students will need to have participated in choral singing either through Music 280A World Chorus or 280E VOCI, will have completed Music 270Z Advanced Private Voice, or privately with a voice teacher prior to studies in the Department. Recent performances have included Durham and London, England, as well as Valencia, Spain. All opportunities require a formal video audition, presented to the promoting arts organization artistic director, coordinated by Dr. Newton.
Photos: On February 20, 2020, Jolie Gagnon ’20, Ajaré Malcolm ’21, and Miguel Isbirian, ’21, with Dr. Newton, performed as members of the Philharmonia Chorus with the Philharmonia Chorus in a sold-out performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The concert was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Every November, Dr. Julie Licata students attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), one of the largest drum and percussion events in the world, feature concerts, clinics, panel discussions, and presentations given by the finest artists from all over the world in all areas of percussion – drumset, marching, global music, keyboard, symphonic, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health & wellness. The convention also features an expansive exhibition hall showcasing new and innovative products in the percussion/drumset world. Students are able to apply for funding through the D’Antonio Travel Grant (to cover travel and per diem costs), and volunteer to work logistics at the convention (gaining free registration), and generally end up taking this trip quite inexpensively. Members of the Drag’N Rolls Drumline club generally have their housing costs covered through club ‘conference travel’ budget line.
Every January Professor Nancy Tarr takes students on a relatively inexpensive trip to Anaheim, California for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention. At this convention, students meet with major music equipment merchandisers, build contacts, give out resumes, attend seminars and meet other music industry majors from all across the country. The International Music Products Association, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $16 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 8,000 member companies. SUNY Oneonta offers students conference attendance and travel grants that make it possible for many students to take advantage of these opportunities at a very low cost.
A Music Industry Internship/Field Experience is required for all students enrolled in the Music Industry B.A. program. Music Industry majors are required to earn a minimum of 3 semester hours and to serve a minimum of 360 contact hours of internship/supplementary experience credit. Internships may be done at an off-campus location in a professional field of the student's choice within the United States or abroad.