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piano recital

Upcoming Concert:

Tuesday, October 13
8:00 p.m. – Gasson 100
Piano Works by Alexander Scriabin  (1872-1915)
A 100th  Anniversary Concert
Matthew Bengtson, piano

Fall auditions have been scheduled!

Please be sure to visit the Performance Groups webpage for more more details.

2015 Commencement

Congratulations to our BC graduates of 2015!

Featured Students

Victoria Mariconti '16 featured in the BC Chronicle.

Read this article.


A Window into Study Abroad in Music: Elizabeth Cai

For Boston College undergraduates, study abroad is an experience that many end up pursuing.The Music Department both encourages and aids students seeking to make study abroad a reality. Music majors and minors alike are able to continue studies in composition, theory, performance, private studies and other concentrations. One such program is the BC‐approved external program, IES Vienna: Music. A recent participant was Music Major and Lynch School of Education student Elizabeth Cai, ’16.

* Study Abroad in Music
By: Elizabeth Cai

Department and Faculty News

Aesthetic Exercises: Engagement, Empathy, Ethics

New CORE class to be offered in Music by Professor Daniel M. Callahan! 


2015 Artist Fellow by the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Congratulations are in order for Associate Professor of Music, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, as he was recently named a 2015 Artist Fellow by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for Music Compisition.

This is the second time in six years Professor Gawlick has received a fellowship from MCC (he won in 2009, as well). The awards are highly competitive, and it is rare for artists to win two awards in such close proximity.

More information is here.

GuitarFest Poster

The Eternal Feminine

Professor Ralf Gawlick recently premiered his monumental song cycle Kollwitz-Konnex at Boston's GuitarFest

Click here to read a review from

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Daniel M. Callahan Joins Music Faculty

The Music Department is proud to welcome new Assistant Professor Daniel M. Callahan to the full-time faculty. His research focuses on choreomusicality, or the interrelationship between music and dance. A graduate of Columbia and New York Universities, Professor Callahan most recently taught at the University of Chicago, where he was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music and the Humanities. Learn more about Professor Callahan.

Boston College to Attract International Musicology Scholars for July Conference

An international group of musicologists will convene at Boston College to discuss the sonic cultures of Early Modern Catholicism (c.1500–1750). 
Scholars from nine different countries will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism from the study of music and sound. 
Keynote addresses will be offered by John O’Malley, S.J. (Georgetown University), and Robert L. Kendrick (The University of Chicago).
The conference will also feature a round table (chaired by T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.) concerning the role of the Jesuits and their networks in the creation of Catholic soundscapes.

More information on the conference.

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What's New in the Music Department

In the past year we've celebrated our 25th anniversary as a Department, performed together at Jordan Hall in a concert celebrating BC's susquecentennial, and congratulated alumni on their accomplishments as future scholars in top graduate programs in music and the humanities! Learn more about the past year!

Professor Noone in Toledo

Professor Michael Noone will perform April 7 at the Spanish Primatial Cathedral in Toledo, Spain, directing his professional Ensemble Plus Ultra in the Misa da Réquiem by Cristóbal de Morales. He was interviewed by the Spanish press about his research, upcoming performance, and importance of saving the cultural heritage of Spain. Read the entire interivew from La Tribuna de Toledo.


The University Chorale travels to Ireland! Click here to read more about the University Chorale.

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