MIT Music: Concerts and a Job

Regular readers and anyone who’s perused my resume probably know that Geoff and I are happily employed at MIT.  I am also involved in the arts here as a member of the Artists Beyond the Desk committee.  It’s a great group and is regularly responsible for concerts of staff who are also musicians, writers, actors, etc.  It allows us to showcase our artistic skills that are in addition to those we wield behind the desk.

There is an ABD concert coming up this week, an MIT Women’s Chorale concert on the horizon, as well as a music job opening you should know about.  Read on for more details.

First up, this Thursday.

MIT Artists Beyond the Desk Presents:

The Trapelo Players

Amy Sue Dombach, flute       Lisa Putukian, oboe

Shu Satoh, bassoon                   Jeff Stewart, horn

             Georgiana McReynolds, clarinet

Come and enjoy this woodwind quintet perform a selection of beautiful classical and modern music.

Thursday, April 28th, 2016    Noon

Killian Hall (14W-111)

Please join us.

Sponsor(s): Artists Beyond the Desk (ABD) is a subcommittee of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI), and is funded in part by WGSSI, the Council for the Arts at MIT and MIT Human Resources and receives generous support from Copy Tech and MIT Audio/Visual Services.

Next up, a concert from the MIT Women’s Chorale.

Women's Chorale Spring '16 poster
Saturday April 30, 2016 5pm Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church 1555 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard Square

I’m fairly interested what a concert that includes Fauré, Lili Boulanger, Léo Delibe, and Imogen Heap is going to sound like.

And last but not least, we have the job opening.

The MIT Meridian Singers are looking for a new Music Director.  Their current Music Director is leaving and the search is on for a new person to start in the position for Fall 2016.  This is a paid position.  The job description follows.

Meridian Singers is seeking a music director to begin in September, 2016, preferably a musician with small-ensemble choral conducting experience.

Meridian Singers is an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community. Our repertoire includes music from the classical literature, from early to contemporary pieces and from various countries and cultures. The group rehearses at the noon hour, hence the name “Meridian.”

Rehearsals take place in building 13 on Tuesdays in the central complex of MIT buildings, from noon to 1 pm.  The group currently numbers 20 singers and includes MIT staff, students, and friends and associates of the Institute.  Most have extensive choral experience.  Our concerts, currently twice a year,  are  given in the acoustically excellent  MIT Chapel and are sponsored by MIT Artists Beyond the Desk.  Members print their own music scores, generally from copyright-free material on the Web.

For more information about this position or to apply, please email  Please note that while I don’t sing with this group I know several people who do and they all love it.  Also, in the interests of full disclosure, while I am involved with the Artists Beyond the Desk committee, I am not involved with the hiring for this position.  However I would appreciate it if you’d pass this opening along to friends who might be interested and qualified.

See you at the concerts!


ETA: I just found out about this concert!  It’s tomorrow night!  My friend Rich, who also sings in the Meridians, is singing in this concert.  Please come!

Tactus Spring16 Concert Poster

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