Five College Ethnomusicology Symposium presents student work and keynote address

Five College Ethnomusicology Symposium celebrates student work and presents “Listening like a Dancer,” a keynote address by Brown University’s Kiri Miller.

From East Los Angeles musical histories to the pedagogy of India’s classical music, the projects of this year’s Five College ethnomusicology certificate recipients engage with a diverse array of musical subjects across disciplines and the globe. The six graduating students will be honored in a celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the Amherst College Alumni House on Churchill Street in downtown Amherst.

Students will offer presentations on their research beginning at 2 p.m., and will be followed by Kiri Miller, an Associate Professor of Music at Brown University.  Miller, whose work focuses on popular music, interactive digital media, virtual performance and amateur musicianship, will give a talk titled “Listening Like a Dancer,” which focuses on Dance Central, a digital game series that teaches players full-body choreography routines set to popular club music, providing real-time feedback driven by a motion-sensing camera device. “Drawing on analysis of online discourse and interviews with players and game designers,” said Miller, “I address Dance Central as a staging ground for emergent forms of multisensory interactivity, virtual performance, and participatory culture.” 

This year’s Five College Ethnomusicology Certificate recipients are:

Sasha Hsuczyk, Hampshire College

Phoebe Smolin, Hampshire College

Anna Maria Amoroso, Mount Holyoke College 

Rebekah Danielson, Mount Holyoke College

Katie Hoyer, Smith College

Sara Loh, Smith College

Five College certificate programs, akin to academic minors, pool the resources of multiple campuses to offer students focused study in areas campuses often cannot provide on their own. The Five College Certificate in Ethnomusicology is a program instituted in 2010 that allows students to develop a unique, multi-disciplinary curriculum focused on their individual research interests. For more information on the program, visit

Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, Five Colleges, Inc., is a nonprofit educational consortium created in 1965 to advance the extensive educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For more information contact:

Margaret Sarkissian, Professor of Music at Smith College,