UML Music Alum Derek Weagle (BM ’16) composed “Resplendent Sorrow”, a sonata for English horn and strings, for UML Music Coordinator and Oboe instructor, Amy Dinsmore. This performance took place on April 18, 2017 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Derek Weagle conducts a student group from NEC as part of his graduate requirement in composition, with Amy Dinsmore, English horn solo.
“We’d Rather be with You” is a fun, parody-style reworking of “I’d Rather be with You” by funk legend Bootsy Collins, performed by the UMass Lowell Socially Distanced Faculty Funk Band and dedicated to our students during the pandemic. The band consists of 9 of our music faculty, each of whom recorded their own parts which were then assembled and mixed by Dr. John Shirley (of Sound Recording Technology and Composition for New Media). Dr. Shirley also shot and edited the video. The project was realized over the course of late May and June.
The UML Faculty Funk Band is:
Tim Crain (Music History) – vocals
Andy Fordyce (Applied Drums) – drums
Chuck Gabriel (Applied Bass) – bass
Jacob Hiser (Applied Piano) – keyboards
Elissa Johnson-Green (Music Studies) – whistle
Savannah Marshall (Music Studies) – vocals and percussion
Josh Millard (Music Performance) – guitar
John Shirley (Sound Recording Technology and Composition for New Media) – vocals and percussion
Alan Williams (Music Business) – vocals
This semester, a group of seniors from the Music Education department were supposed to go to the Lowell Senior Center and perform live band karaoke for them. Dr. Gena Greher, Savannah Marshall, and Alexis Csicsek went to the senior center and interviewed the people there to create a setlist of their favorite songs. Due to the pandemic, the band made a virtual version for the seniors to sing along to! This video was a part of one of the winning projects of the 2020 UML Student Research & Community Engagement Symposium, “Community Engagement Through Live Band Karaoke” by Alexis Csicsek.
Bass guitar, piano, video & audio editing: Alexis Csicsek Music Studies ’20
Drums: Eli Silverstein Music Studies ’20
Guitar: Michael Hargens Music Studies ’20
Piano: Taylor Trussell Music Studies ’20.
This tutorial was presented by Dr. William Moylan to illustrate how to hear loudness relationships in a music mix. Several different versions of The Beatles’ song “Let It Be” are used to illustrate how to hear loudness levels and changes of levels. This video was recorded in the SRT program’s Critical Listening & Recording Studio, and was produced by SRT graduate students Becky ZuWallack (MM:SRT 2009) and Gavin Paddock (MM:SRT 2008).
The UMass Lowell University Choir spent the end of this crazy Spring 2020 semester putting together a virtual choir performance of Jake Runestad’s “Let My Love Be Heard.” The performance is dedicated to everyone that has been effected by the COVID-19 outbreak in small and large ways, as well as the brave health professionals that are working so hard to keep us all safe.
Many thanks to composer Jake Runestad for allowing his magnificent work to be used for the project! https://jakerunestad.com/store/let-my…
Performers: UMass Lowell University Choir Dr. Jonathan Richter, conductor Video editing by Alex Zucker
Audio editing by Jonathan Richter
Audio mastering by Gregory P. Mahan University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Music
From the album, Signs and Wonders
Featuring The Party Band
- Alan Williams, Director
- Thomas Danielczik, Cinematographer
- Tory Wesnofske, Additional Camerawork
- Greg Mahan, Luke Bilodeau, Assistants
- MJ Bujold, Bubbles