Department of Music

Music Department

Hilary Tann Celebration of Life

Invitation to Hilary Tann celebration of life

The Union College Music Department hosted a Celebration of Life for Hilary Tann (1947-2023) in her beloved Taylor Music Center - Emerson Auditorium on Saturday, April 29th. Here is a link to the live recording of the event.

Gifts can be made to the Hilary Tann Fund to expand the musical experience of our students, click here for more information.

Please contact Jennifer Matsue, Chair of the Music Department, at if you have any questions about Hilary Tann's legacy.

Union College Music Department Spring Concert Series 2023

Spring concert series poster

Jazz Ensemble: Steinmetz Concert
Friday, May 12, 8:00pm, Emerson Auditorium. Free and open to all.

Union's Got Singing Talent
Saturday, May 13, 7:00pm, Memorial Chapel. Get tickets here.

Early Music Ensemble: ReUnion Weekend Concert
Saturday, May 20, 2:00pm, Emerson Auditorium. Free and open to all.

Orchestra, Choir, and Chamber Singers at Proctors
Saturday, May 20, 6:00pm, Proctor's Theater. Get tickets here.

Zakuro Daiko (The Japanese Drumming and Global Fusion Band): Celebration of Spring
Friday, May 26 @ 7:00pm, Emerson Auditorium. Get tickets here.

Spring Student Recital
Sunday, May 28, 2:00pm, Emerson Auditorium. Free and open to all. **Please note location changed to Emerson Auditorium.**

Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Workshop Concert
Wednesday, May 31, 8:00pm, Emerson Auditorium. Free and open to all.

Senior and Independent Project Presentations
Thursday, June 1,1:00pm, Emerson Auditorium. Free and open to all.

Emily Zucco and Company in Concert
Thursday, June 1, 7:00pm, Emerson Auditorium. Free and open to all.


Union College offers a wide variety of courses in music theory, music technology, composition, music history, world music, and jazz studies. The music faculty are incredibly Interdisciplinary, and offer courses that intersect with other departments and programs across campus. Students enjoy many opportunities to perform in our numerous ensembles and develop musicianship through private lessons. We offer a Major, ID, Minor and a Global and Popular Musics Minor.

Hillig Music Technology Gift

The Music Department is thrilled to announce a transformative $100,000 gift from Kurt W. Hillig (1975) and Kathy J. Dien Hillig. This generous gift will support the developing Music Technology program at Union College and create the Kurt W. Hillig (1975) and Kathy J. Dien Hillig Music Technology Studio Fund. With their support, the Music Department will renovate the Music Technology Studio by transforming its layout and expanding its number of computers. Additionally, the Hillig's gift will enable upgrading the studio's equipment, including new computers, workstations, audio interfaces, and microphones. The Music Technology Studio is the primary teaching space for the department's Music Technology courses, and this renovation and upgrade will further support experiential hands-on activities that are integral to both new and existing courses.

Hugh Allen Wilson and Hilary Tann Annual Music Fund

At the end of 2021, Kurt Glacy '90 established the Wilson and Tann Annual Music Fund. Each year, this gift provides scholarships for four to five students, covering their instrumental or voice lessons. While the students must give a public performance and study music, there is no requirement for major or GPA. This gift allows students the ability to grow their musical talent regardless of academics or background. In addition, Kurt also provided the Music Department with the Kurt M. Glacy Endowed Fund for Music. This provides the department with funding to maintain and restore the department's instruments, and purchase or lease new instruments as well.