Events Info

Here you will find the most up-to-date information about Music Department events.  To confirm dates and locations, to inquire about additional concerts, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact the Department of Music at (207) 798-4141 or


Later in the semester, student recitals may be found at .



Bowdoin College – Department of Music

Spring 2022 Events



Please check this site shortly before each event to be sure of any changes to the location or status. 

Attendees must wear an N95, KN95 or surgical mask at all times and present a Bowdoin ID or proof of full vaccination at the door: vaccination validation through the smartphone app HealthPass by CLEAR; or presentation of a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (actual card, photocopy, or mobile photo) along with valid state or federal ID.  Full vaccination means initial shots and boosters as currently recommended by the U.S. CDC:


Teatime Concert: Shea-Kim Duo
Friday, March 4 at 4:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

The violin and piano duo will present a program entitled “All Roads Lead to Vienna,” featuring music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Alfred Schnittke and Ludwig van Beethoven.


Titus Abbott Collective featuring percussionist Michael Sarin and bassist Sean Conly
Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

Titus Abbott, composer and Bowdoin saxophone faculty member, presents his Collective that features drummer Michael Sarin and bassist Sean Conly who are both integral members of New York City’s genre-bending jazz and improvisation community.


Sirius Quartet
Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

With their latest compositions as well as their more seasoned original repertoire, the string quartet will share and resonate with our fears and hopes in the most interesting juncture of humanity in a program entitled “Changing Times.”


Bowdoin College Concert Band
John P. Morneau, director
Lest We Forget – Part III”
Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

This program is a tribute to this year’s seniors, as well as the seniors from 2020 who were only a month away from performing their final concert but were unable due to the Covid outbreak.  They will be back to perform the closing piece from that concert, “Benny Goodman – King of Swing.” The rest of the program will consist of music from Vaughan Williams, Holst, Giroux, R.B. Hall, and T.D. Stenberg – Bowdoin Class of 1956.  A special feature on the program will the second performance ever of the “Appetite Concerto for Harp and Wind Ensemble” by Chicago based composer, Heidi Joosten.  Bowdoin senior, Joshua Lin, will be the harp soloist.


Hook, Line & Sinker - A Musical Fable for Actors, Puppets and Masks
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 14, 15 & 16 at 7:30 PM
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall

Delmar Dustin Small’s adaptation of the 1938 play Ondine by Jean Giraudoux tells the story of ill-fated love between and knight and a water nymph, and explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world.

The world premiere musical is presented by the Department of Theater and Dance, directed by Davis Robinson, and funded by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.  These shows are open to the public free of charge but require advance registration via University Tickets.


Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble
Eric LaPerna, director
Monday, April 18 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

The ensemble will be performing classical, art and folk music of the Arab World, featuring music by some of Egypt and Lebanon's most celebrated composers, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Riad Al Sunbati and the Rahbani Brothers.


Candice Hoyes Ensemble
Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

Candice Hoyes is a vocal shapeshifter who can only imagine a world in which she is singing and writing her own stories, poised to “shape the artist-cum-activist role." (NPR) For her upcoming 2020 release, Hoyes felt driven to record her original songs as a lens into her loves and beliefs, refracting broader truths that shape her reality as a young Black person in America. Sweeping gracefully across stylistic landscapes, Hoyes paints her own memorable space of reclaimed history and pure invention.  There will be a masterclass at 4:30 PM which is open to the public to observe.


Bowdoin Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 & 27 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

Under the direction of George Lopez, the BSO will offer a fun and exuberant evening of symphonic music which features three graduating seniors in concerto movements of the living Polish composer, Malecki, and a fantasy on George Bizet’s Carmen. Included on the program is a multicultural work by Michael Abels, which has rhythms of ancient Persia, Latin America, and Africa, all framed within a folky Irish jig. The evening ends with Tchaikovsky's celebratory Finale from his 5th Symphony!


Oratorio Chorale and Bowdoin Chorus
Emily Isaacson, director
Saturday, April 30 at 5:00 PM – Halo at the Point, Portland
Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 PM – Studzinski Recital Hall

Oratorio Chorale and the Bowdoin Chorus present the U.S. premiere of Charlotte Greve’s new work Sediments We Move. Sediments We Move invites listeners into a world where disparate sounds weave together like twine, melding into one beautiful, cohesive flow.  Greve is a Brooklyn- and Berlin-based saxophonist, composer, and singer whose work flows freely between choral music, rock, noise, free jazz, metal, ambient, and bombastic 80s-inspired pop. Greve and her ensemble, Wood River, will be in residence at Bowdoin College to rehearse, coach, and perform this work.

These concerts are open to the public free of charge but require advance registration via Eventbrite.  Registration will begin about a month before the concerts.


Jazz Night I (Student Recital)
Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall


Jazz Night II (Student Recital)
Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall


Bowdoin Chamber Choir
Jeffrey Christmas, director
Saturday, May 7 at 3:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall 

The Chamber Choir will offer a program of a cappella works exploring a range of themes and emotions including love lost, the innocence of youth, a mother’s love (the day before Mother’s Day!) and spiritual grace.


Bowdoin West African Music Ensemble
Marceline Saibou, director
Saturday, May 7 at 4:30 PM
Morrell Lounge, Smith Union


Chamberfest I (Student Recital)
Monday, May 9 at 5:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall


Chamberfest I (Student Recital)
Wednesday, May 11 at 12:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall




All concerts are free and open to the public.  Hook, Line & Sinker requires registration via University Tickets.  The Oratorio Chorale and Bowdoin Chorus concerts require registration via EventBrite. 

Parking on city streets is available on Park Row and Maine Street.  Visitors may park in the Blue-Designated Visitor/Staff parking lots.  Studzinski Recital Hall is handicapped accessible with a ramp to the lobby door (West side), near the circle on South Campus Drive.  Bowdoin Chapel is handicapped-accessible with a ramp to the south door.

All events are subject to change. To confirm dates and locations, to inquire about additional concerts, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact the Department of Music at (207) 798-4141 or
Bowdoin College Department of Music
9200 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011-8492


Signing up for and using the CLEAR app:

You will need to download the app CLEAR (developed by Alclear LLC) onto your smartphone.  Searching for “CLEAR health pass” will locate it quickly. The app will walk you through many steps to create an account: this can be a frustrating and tiresome process.  When asked for organization code, provide “bowdoin”.  You will be asked for your mobile phone number, email address, name, date of birth and zip code.  You will be required to take a photo of your picture ID (such as a driver’s license), take a selfie, create a password and give consent several times for use of the application, use of facial recognition software and access to your personal data.  Once your account is set up, you will need to add your vaccination record in order to create your “Health Pass.”  This can be done by photographing your vaccination card (use a dark background) or by providing info about where you were vaccinated.  You will be asked for the dates and locations of your vaccinations.

It’s a lot of work up front to get set up, but once you have done that, it’s easy.  The registration will be good for any Bowdoin event for the duration of the Fall semester.  Just open the app, tap on the Bowdoin College icon and show the green screen with your name, photo and QR code to the attendant at any public lecture, performance or athletic event.