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A line of students that stretched across the Main Green filed into Sayles Hall on Halloween night, buzzing with excitement as they took in the decorative cobwebs adorning the building’s balcony. The decorations come every year to Sayles, a key part of University Organist Mark Steinbach’s annual Midnight Halloween Organ Recital. Halfway through his performance Steinbach answered a solemn knock on the Sayles Hall balcony door. To the astonishment of the nearly 500 students in attendance, President Christina Paxson P’19 emerged in a witch costume, marking her first time joining Steinbach for the event, according to Steinbach.
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News from the Department of Music

Arlene Cole, Beating Heart of Our Department, Passes at 79

The Department of Music hosts an event on September 30, 2022 to celebrate Arlene, and a special website will be published this month where friends, family, alumni, and colleagues can share their memories. Details follow below.
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Audio artist and PhD candidate in Music & Multimedia Composition Will Johnson has been busy in 2022. Johnson composed music and sound for the podcast "Love Thy Neighbor," and he is one of the artists collaborating on exhibitions at MoMA and the University of Johannesburg.
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Visiting Lecturer in Music Ivan Tan discussed the relatively unknown cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” by instrumental band Booker T. and the MG’s in a talk presented by the Department of Music at the Orwig Music Hall Monday. Titled “McLemore Avenue,” the album sought to tinker with the Beatles’ innovative style, bringing new flavors of blues and R&B to the music that defined a generation.
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Eric Nathan received a Midcareer Research Achievement Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research for his compositions for vocal and instrumental live performance.

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