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MODfest 2020

Celebrating its 18th season, Modfest 2020 is Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. January 30-February 9, 2020

Thursday, January 30 - 7:00pm OPENING CONCERT AND RECEPTION

Reflect: Back from India

Join us for the opening concert and reception of Modfest 2020 with a performance by the Vassar Chamber Singers, Choir, and Women’s Chorus featuring music from their recent tour of India.

Skinner Hall of Music


Reception in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences


Vassar College Choirs India Tour

Source: Accessed 1/7/20.

Friday, January 31 - 7:00pm

Film Screening: Black to Techno & Space Jam

In the age of #MeToo cancel culture and remakes, movie-going audiences are forced to reconsider how new information alters our relationship to iconic cultural moments of the past. Two films sit at these crossroads: Jenn Nkiru’s Black to Techno (2018) - a short film that  traces the rich, black, Detroit origins of techno and Space Jam (dir. Joe Pytka, 1996), a film currently being remade starring Lebron James, who in stark contrast to his predecessor Michael Jordan, has changed how athlete’s relate to the public and politics. The evening will begin with a brief introduction by Visiting Professor of Film and Vassar alumnus, Jack Kroopf ‘10.

The Rosenwald Film Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film.

Saturday, February 1 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Workshop: Sound Design for the Theater with Fitz Patton ‘88

With over 500 shows to his credit, Tony award winner Fitz Patton offers a composition workshop focused on Sound Design for the Theater. Students should visit the Music Department website to register for the workshop, as space is limited. 


NOTE NEW LOCATION: Skinner Hall of Music Rm 303

Saturday, February 1 - 1:30pm.

Project: Community Arts Panel


Join us for a panel and conversation that will engage current practices and future hopes for community engagement and the arts, featuring Chris Silva, Executive Director, Bardavon, and other members of Vassar and local organizations. 


Thekla Hall in Skinner Hall

Saturday, February 1 - 3:00pm

Reflect: An Artist’s Life, Onstage and Off 



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Tony Award winner Celia Keenan-Bolger shares stories about Broadway, acting and art, as well as the importance of developing a well-rounded life that includes family, friendship, and activism. This event is sponsored by The Capotorto-Mulas Family Lecture Fund. 


The Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Reservations required, email: or (845) 437-5599








Photo source: Accessed 1/7/20.



Honorary Adene and Richard Wilson Concert


Featuring faculty members Danielle Farina, viola, Anna Elashvili, violin, Frank Cassara, percussion, Trevor Babb, guitar, Marija Ilic, piano OTHERS, and the Grammy nominated vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony.


Skinner Hall of Music


A brief history of MODfest




Wednesday, February 5 - 1:30pm


Open Rehearsal: Opposite Earth


Join visiting artist, Jeff Snyder, for an open rehearsal of his piece, Opposite Earth, that will be performed with students and faculty during his lecture on February 6th. These events are part of a collaboration between Modfest and THinCS (The Humanities and Cognitive Science).


Skinner Hall of Music



 Jeff Snyder c. Andrew Wilkinson

Jeff Snyder (b.1978) is a composer, improviser and instrument-designer living in Princeton, New Jersey, and active in the New York City area.

As founder and lead designer of Snyderphonics, Jeff designs and builds unusual electronic musical instruments. His creations include the Manta, which is played by over 150 musicians around the world; the JD-1 Keyboard/Sequencer, which was commissioned as a specialty controller for Buchla synthesizers; and the custom analog modular synthesizer on which he regularly performs.

Jeff is a member of experimental electronic duo exclusiveOr, avant jazz group The Federico Ughi Quartet , improvisatory noise trio The Mizries, and laptop ensemble Sideband. He fronts the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves as his electro-country alter-ego, Owen Lake. He also composes alternate-reality Early Music for an ensemble of his invented instruments.

In 2009, Jeff co-founded an experimental music record label, Carrier Records , which continues to release strange and exciting experimental music. In 2011, he received a doctorate with distinction in Music Composition from Columbia University. He is now the Director of Electronic Music at Princeton University, as well as Director of PLOrk , Princeton's Laptop Orchestra.

Source: Accessed 1/7/20.