Department of Music announces eclectic Concert Series lineup for spring 2024

The Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz is pleased to share its lineup for the spring 2024 Concert Series, titled “Visions and Variations,” featuring performances by student and faculty musicians, and special guest appearances by visiting artists. 

This semester’s schedule promises more than 10 dynamic concerts in genres ranging from classical and jazz to contemporary experimental and world music. 

“We are becoming a more inclusive series as we delve into different cultures and styles of music-variations on our previous visions,” said Department of Music Associate Chair and Director of Vocal Studies Kent Smith. 

The spring 2024 Concert Series kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 6, with “Deep Listening,” a film tribute to composer and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros. The film will be screened in Lecture Center 100.  

Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Laurel Masse of the Manhattan Transfer will grace Studley Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 27.  

New Paltz’s Davenport Artist-in-Residence for spring 2024, Hafez Modirzareh, will present a recital on Saturday, March 9 featuring the world premiere of “Beyond Song,” a work in microtonal tuning inspired by Persian classical style.   

On Sunday, April 21, New Paltz will host a special Sensory Friendly Concert with both student and community performers. Each audience member will receive accommodations such as ear plugs, sensory aids, and a quiet room to provide a positive, inclusive musical experience. 

Additional highlights include: 

  • The Concert Choir and College-Community Chorale will perform choral favorites in two concerts on Tuesday, March 12 and Friday, May 5. 
  • Brett Hodge, principal horn player in the Omaha Symphony, will deliver a recital of horn and piano works on Saturday, March 9, including world premieres of new works.  
  • Take in works inspired by nature and the universe from the Symphonic Band and College-Youth Symphony on Saturday, April 20.  

Tickets to Concert Series events are available one hour prior to each performance in the venue lobby. Prices are $10 for the general public and free for SUNY New Paltz students.  

The Feb. 6 screening of “Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros” is free of charge. 

View the full spring 2024 Concert Series schedule at Click here to reserve tickets. 

If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in these events, please contact Russ Thompson at 

Visit the Department of Music website for more information on music programs at SUNY New Paltz.