Faculty Profile

Jennifer Blyth

Professor of Music (1997), Department Chair

Contact Information

blyth@dickinson.edu

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 217
717.245.1655

Bio

Jennifer Blyth’s performing schedule has taken her to twenty three states throughout the U.S. and internationally she has appeared as a concerto soloist and recitalist (solo and chamber) in Russia, South Africa, Canada, England, France, Iceland, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia. Blyth has given lectures, masterclasses, open lessons and participated in residencies across four continents and has performed at venues such as Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, Boston, Chicago Art Institute, Corcoran Gallery, Bang on a Can Series, Rachmaninoff Hall, Moscow, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, the World Financial Center, Smith Memorial Hall, Urbana-Champaign and Steinway Hall, New York. She has worked with groups such as the Ying String Quartet, the Corigliano String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Amernet String Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, Awadagin Pratt, Barry Snyder, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Strongly influenced by the intellectual and cultural institutions of Australia as a young student, Blyth discovered an active interest in contemporary American music while at Eastman School of Music. As a consequence she now dedicates a large part of her career to commissioning new works both as a soloist and chamber musician. Having premiered over twenty five new compositions, Blyth has worked with composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Carter Pann, Pat Long, Kevin Putz, Robert Pound, Marc Pollard, Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Ralf Gawlick, Peter Sculthorpe, Gerald Shapiro, Frederic Rzewski, Stefan Freund and Shulamit Ran. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Commission, Australian Broadcasting Commission National Radio, Icelandic National Radio and the Australian Broadcasting Commission Television Network and she has recently recorded on the Musica Omnia label. Her principal teachers include Stephanie Coleman and John Roberts of the Conservatorium of Western Australia and Barry Snyder of Eastman School of Music. She completed her Master’s degree and Doctorate majoring in Performance and Literature at Eastman where she was also awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Blyth is currently Associate Professor of Music at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania.

Education

  • B. Mus., Western Australia Conservatorium of Music, 1990
  • M. Mus., Eastman School of Music, 1993
  • D.M.A., 1997

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

MUPS 111 Piano Class
Permission of Instructor Required No Additional Fee / May Not be Audited Introduction to piano technique and keyboard fundamentals in a group setting. Recommended for all students wanting to learn piano at Dickinson (including music majors) with little or no prior experience. Course content includes both group and solo playing, individual practice sessions, basic music notation, listening assignments, and required concert attendance.

MUPS 113 Piano (1st semester)
Permission of Instructor Required / Additional Fee Required Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 114 Piano (2nd semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 213 Piano (3rd semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 214 Piano (4th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 223 Performance Studies II
Permission of Instructor Required. Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 224 Performance Studies II
Permission of Instructor Required. Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUAC 245 Theory of Music II
A continuation of MUAC 126, this course focuses on the evolution of chromatic harmony through the 19th century and selected techniques in 20th century music. Increased emphasis is placed upon formal analysis and analytical writing. Advanced skills of ear-training, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony will be developed in the complementary lab component. These courses include two forty-five minute labs per week.Prerequisite: 126, placement exam or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the DIV I.c. distribution requirement and QR graduation requirement. Offered every fall semester.

MUPS 313 Piano (5th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 314 Piano (6th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 323 Repertory & Perform (JR Year)
Permission of Instructor Required Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time (with the exception of Reading Day).

MUPS 324 Repertory & Perform (JR Year)
Permission of Instructor Required Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 413 Piano (7th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 414 Piano (8th semester)
Additional Fee Required / Scholarships Are Available / May Not Be Audited Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 423 Repertory & Perform (SR Year)
Permission of Instructor Required Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.

MUPS 424 Repertory & Perform (SR Year)
Permission of Instructor Required Students who register for Performance Studies courses (MUPS) must commit to their availability during the first Monday through Friday of Final Exam week, because the Final exams ("juries") for MUPS Courses take place each semester during that time.