Geneseo provides residents and visitors with a wide variety of activities that appeal to all ages and interests. Please browse through our many events, which we attempt to keep as current as possible. Our sister website,, contains schedules of governmental organizations and meetings.

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Faculty Recital: Andrew Bergevin, Violin @ Doty Recital Hall
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm

SUNY Geneseo Department of Music Spring 2018 Concert Series

Program: Andrew Bergevin, Faculty Violin Recital with guest artists Timna Mayer, violin and Jeong-Eun Lee, piano
• Kristapor Najarian’s: A Tale of Two Violins
• Eugene Ysaye: Sonata in E minor for solo violin, Op. 27/4
• Gabriel FauréSonata in E minor for violin and piano, Op. 108
Free admission / all are welcome. 
Geneseo String Band Square Dance @ MacVittie College Union Ballroom
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm

Square Dance with the Geneseo String Band
• 7 – 10 PM
• Jim Kimball, Director
• Everyone welcome, no experience required
• General Admission $3, students & spectators $1, 12 and under free
• Tickets can be purchased at the door.
• Refreshments available (enjoy the Union Starbucks)
• Parking free in any of the faculty lots
• Old-time Eastern style dancing and basic instruction will be offered.

Sponsored by the SUNY Geneseo Music Department.

Limelight Performance: Socks in the Frying Pan @ Wadsworth Auditorium
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm

Limelight & Accents Performing Arts Series 2017 – 2018

Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West coast of Ireland, the universal  hub of Irish traditional music. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock invasion’ continues!


SUNY Geneseo Wind Quintet @ Doty Recital Hall
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm

The SUNY Geneseo Wind Quintet presents its spring concert and invites you to join us as we look forward to spring with explorations of nature through music!

Featuring: Maura McCune Corvington, horn; Emlyn Johnson, flute; Megan Kyle, oboe; Ernest Lascell, clarinet and Martha Sholl, bassoon

Eric Ewazen’s Roaring Fork depicts three scenes in the valley of the Roaring Fork River in Colorado, while Vincent Persichetti’s Pastoral is a more general evocation of country life. Petite Suite by Claude Debussy was inspired by poems by Paul Verlaine describing 18th-century aristocratic countryside excursions. Finally, Alberto Ginastera’s Duo for Flute and Oboe has a bright, lively energy and a middle-movement Pastorale that urges us through the last few weeks of winter.

Admission is free / all are welcome.

Mardi Gras @ The Big Tree Inn
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Join the fun and benefit Teresa House!

Reservations appreciated.

Community Sing
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm

Save the Date – details coming for SUNY Geneseo’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Dear Campus Community,

I am very pleased that Dr. Ysaye Barnwell ’67, ’68 will be returning to Geneseo to lead a Community Sing on Feb. 27, 6pm for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. 

As you may know, Dr. Barnwell was one of the few African American students on campus in the mid- to late-1960s and has gone on to a very distinguished career. Barnwell, who completed B.S. and M.S. degrees at Geneseo is a musician, composer, arranger, singer, member of Sweet Honey in the Rock (emerita), and master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance. In 2001 she was among the distinguished alumni featured in Proudly Geneseo. As a student, she was very active and involved, performing with the Chamber Singers and as a solo folksinger; acting in numerous plays; spearheading invitations to visiting performers (including the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Andre Watts); tutoring migrant workers, joining the Northern Student Movement organization, and working with other students and faculty to support the Civil Rights Movement. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968, Barnwell was completing work on her Geneseo master’s degree and was asked to sing at Geneseo’s first memorial commemoration for Dr. King. Dr. King’s violent death also inspired her to seek a teaching position at an HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities), leading to her first appointment at Howard University. 

In addition to her Geneseo degrees, Barnwell has a PhD in Speech Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Public Health from Howard University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from alma mater, Geneseo. Her career as musician, actor and writer follows twelve years as professor at the College of Dentistry, Howard University, and work as Project Director on community health, technology, and art projects. Barnwell has been a commissioned composer on numerous choral, film, video, dance, and theatrical projects. For example, in 2003, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C. premiered Truth Pressed to Earth Shall Rise, a choral work, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2009 the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (Waterbury, CT) premiered a musical setting, composed by Barnwell, for Marilyn Nelson’s epic poem Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem. This led to several extensive community-based projects. More recently, she arranged the National Anthem to bring in the African American tradition. You can hear the arrangement and Barnwell discussing the project here.

Emilye Crosby
Professor of History
Coordinator of Black Studies
Sturges Hall 13L
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454