Why Study World Music and Culture?

Why Study World Music and Culture?

The study of music and culture reveals the importance of music in the everyday life of the people’s of the world. Students come to understand what is music both as a cultural practice and a system of organized sound. These concepts are then explored in diverse musics from around the world. Through discussion of reading and listening assignments, enhanced by hands-on exposure to different ways of making music, students increase their understanding of the connection between society and music and the ways in which musical elements come together from at times divergent sources to form unique styles. Students will ultimately gain the vocabulary and listening skills necessary to engage with music of the world as an integral component of culture.

Learn More
World Musics and Cultures at Union

World Musics and Cultures at Union

The World Musics and Cultures Program at Union College is an interdisciplinary program offering courses, concerts and performance opportunities that explore the diversity of the world’s people and the music that we make in a vibrant academic setting. Grounded in the Departments of Music and Anthropology, students can take a range of courses that reveal the intersection of music and cultural anthropology, develop skills in ethnographic methods, and encounter specific styles through both hands-on performance and academic study of the musics and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora, Asia (Central, East, South and South East), Europe, Latin America, and North America. Through the study of music, students gain a unique understanding of culture!

Learn More
World Musics and Cultures in Concert

World Musics and Cultures in Concert

Students may participate in the Union College Jazz ensemble, which performs a wide variety of styles from Bebop to Latin and regularly gigs on and off campus. Zakuro-Daiko, the Union College Japanese drumming ensemble, features not only Japanese musical styles, but also incorporates diverse musics from such varied areas as South Asia, the Caribbean, and Indonesia. In addition to these faculty-lead student ensembles, Union College regularly welcomes renowned global artists to perform on campus. Students may also pursue private study of world instruments.

Learn More

News & Updates

East Asian Music Concert Series

Sep. 28 – EASTERN LIGHT: Classic and Modern Music for Japanese Instruments @ Emerson Auditorium 5PM

Sep. 28 – EASTERN LIGHT: Classic and Modern Music for Japanese Instruments @ Emerson Auditorium 5PM

Posted by jiangs@union.edu on Sep 22, 2015

EASTERN LIGHT Chamber Music for Japanese Instruments Yoko Reikano Kimura, Koto, Shamisen, Voice James Nyoraku Schlefer, Shakuhachi Discover the haunting beauty of classical Japanese music with EASTERN LIGHT. Master musicians Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto, shamisen and voice)and James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi) present a program combining Edo period chamber music, Zen Buddhist meditation music, 20th century masterpieces and original compositions. Biographies: YOKO REIKANO KIMURA, koto, shamisen and voice, performs classical Japanese music in the Yamada school style and is an active proponent of contemporary music for Japanese instruments. As a soloist, she has performed with a broad variety of artists including Heiner Goebbels, the Wien Soristen Trio, Kyo-Shin-An Arts, the Urbana-Champaign orchestra The Prairie Ensemble, Kenny Endo, and Yasuko Yokoshi, and toured to Poland, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, Korea, China, Israel, Qatar, Italy, Turkey and multiple countries in South America. Ms. Kimura also works extensively with her husband, cellist Hikaru Tamaki, as Duo Yumeno, an ensemble that is a recent recipient of a Chamber Music America Commissioning Award. A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts and Music, where she won the top graduation prize, she continued her studies at the NHK School for Young Professionals and the Institute of Traditional Japanese Music. Her main teachers include Kono Kameyama, Akiko Nishigata and a Living National Treasure, Senko Yamabiko. Awards include the First prize at the prestigious 10thKenjun Memorial National koto Competition and at the Great Wall International Music Competition. Ms. Kimura currently teaches at the Institute of Traditional Japanese Music, an affiliate of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo. JAMES NYORAKU SCHLEFER is a Grand Master of the shakuhachi...

Learn More
Oct. 16 – New York Chinese Opera Society: The Emperor and the Barmaid @ Emerson Auditorium 7PM

Oct. 16 – New York Chinese Opera Society: The Emperor and the Barmaid @ Emerson Auditorium 7PM

Posted by jiangs@union.edu on Sep 21, 2015

The New York Chinese Opera Society will be leading a workshop in the Henle Dance Pavilion from 4-5:30pm and then performing “The Emperor and the Barmaid” from 7pm in Emerson Auditorium. “The Emperor and the Barmaid” is a comedy and a romance story of how the Ming Emperor, Zheng De, captures the heart of a beautiful barmaid in the Southern Country of the Town of Feng Yang. Although Zheng De is real, the story is a fictional account of the infamous Emperor. It has been adapted into movies and operas and has been a favorite for generations of Chinese audiences. The current version of the Peking Opera is an episode lasting about an hour with only two actors, a huadan (young female lady), and a Laosheng (elderly gentleman). The act took place one night in a lodging house. Zheng De, disguised as a military officer, was served by the barmaid, Feng Jie, who was the owner’s sister. Her brother was out of town and she was left alone to take care of this lone officer. Zheng De was impressed by her beauty and flirted with her all evening. At the end, the Emperor revealed his identity and eventually succeeded in capturing the barmaid’s heart. Special Guests: Xiaowen Xu is M.A. candidate in Communication Studies, School of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University. She achieved her B.A. degree in Journalism, School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University in China. As a member of Tsinghua University Peking Opera Club, she won first prize at the National College Opera Workshop. With a repertoire including “picking up the Jade Bracelet” and “Matchmaker”,...

Learn More
Nov. 2 – Sangah Lee: The Song of Chunhyang @ Emerson Auditorium 5PM

Nov. 2 – Sangah Lee: The Song of Chunhyang @ Emerson Auditorium 5PM

Posted by jiangs@union.edu on Sep 20, 2015

“The Song of Chunhyang”, known as 춘향전 (chunhyangjeon), is about a love story between Mongryong (a son of an important official) and Chunhyang (a daughter of a female entertainer), which transcends the social hierarchy of Korea in the 18th century. Now, “The song of Chunhyang” will transcend time and place to meet you (in New York in the 21st century). Special Guest: Sangah...

Learn More
Skip to toolbar