2013 Aug. 8
Amherst (Mass.) - Soprano and vocal professor in the UMass Dept. of Music from 1985-2005. Role of music in her youth and upbringing; career path to her position at UMass; experience as a faculty member in the Music Dept.; memories of Helen Perry; experience of women in academic departments at UMass and the Music Dept.; influence of administrative leadership and resources on the Dept.
2013 Nov. 13
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Associate Dean of Advising, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Exec. Director of the HFA Advising Center, Chief undergrad advisor in honors program in Music, faculty member in Music, and UMass alum (MA in Music); Chorus Director for Springfield Symphony. Discusses return to school to earn masters after other career; varied positions held at UMass. Musical perfo... more
2013 Dec. 18
Amherst (Mass.) - Oral history interview with Marilyn Patton, Founder of the University Dancers and head of the Dance Program, when part of the Department of Physical Education through its development into a bachelor's program (1965-1980s); student of Erick Hawkins in New York before coming to UMass.
2013 Dec. 12
Gilbert, Michael W.
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with Gilbert, Advisor for Technology Initiatives and Services, Office of Information Technology. Background in electronic music, came to perform at Hampshire College and resumed academic career (begun at MIT) and became involved in electronic music scene at UMass; history and background of electrronic music.
2010 Nov. 15
Amherst (Mass.) - Interview with UMass Amherst Professor of Music. Arrival at UMass in 1976. Music Department at time of his arrival as it had evolved from Alviani through Bezanson; Bob Sutton. Building the department and music; attracting quality students and faculty. Bringing electronic music to UMass -- had some prominence, but did not survive Bestor's tenure. Accomplishments during h... more
2011 Oct. 21
Amherst (Mass.) - Longtime UMass Dept. of Music professor and a transformative director of the marching band. Discusses career is music, experience at UMass, the development of the music program at the University, and his role as chair of the University's general education program.
2010 Oct. 21
Tillis, Frederick, 1930-
Amherst (Mass.) - Oral history interview with UMass Amherst Professor of Music. Preparatory discussions for longer interview on history of the Music Department: arrival in 1970, brought by Philip Bezanson (former teacher at University of Iowa) who was largely responsible for building the department. Building programs at UMass: Jazz in July (with Billy Taylor, Max Roach); bringing faculty on boar... more
New York (N.Y.) - Campus environment while an undergraduate student from 1968-1974; Parker's musical participation in bands on campus as a trombone player; flunking out of the music department; receiving the Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts award; experience as a student; founding the Kappa Kappa Psi marching band fraternity; activities as an alumnus; memories of Helen Perry.
2010 Nov. 12
Tillis, Frederick, 1930-
Amherst (Mass.) - Oral history with UMass Amherst Professor of Music, Fred Tillis regarding growth of Music department. Career before coming to UMass. Segregation and education in Texas; study in Iowa; major figures in growth of department at UMass; Fine Arts Center.
2014 Jan. 26
May, Ernest, 1942-
Amherst (Mass.) - Professor of music, organ, and musicology, and former chair of Dept. of Music. Path to position at UMass; educational background; installing organs in Fine Arts Center building and general planning of the Fine Arts Center; experience as department head; renowned colleagues and departmental performances; philosophy and approach of Dept. Small break in recording at 19:31