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Student Arts Organizations

The performances, exhibitions, films, and conversations offered by BabsonARTS are designed to be not just entertaining, but also to shine a spotlight on global issues, social and environmental concerns, the creative process, and the arts as a business. Whether purely for the joy of creative expression, or to challenge you intellectually and entrepreneurially, the arts and cultural offerings at Babson add significant color and texture to campus life.

BabsonARTS offers a wide variety of world-class arts events for you to attend—and you’ll always have an opportunity to interact with the visiting artists through discussions and Q&As before or after the performance. You also may take advantage of arts offerings at neighboring Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College, as well as the many world-class museums and performing arts offerings in nearby Boston and Cambridge.

Student-run arts activities give students the opportunity to plan, manage, and perform in shows of their choosing, taking advantage of Babson’s professional artists, technical staff, and state-of-the-art facilities.

Theater

The Empty Space Theater (TEST)

TEST is an on-campus theater organization founded by Babson faculty members in the Arts and Humanities and History and Society divisions.

Contact: Professor Beth Wynstra

The Babson Players

The Babson Players is the oldest and only student-run theater organization on campus. The players produce on two student-selested shows each yearm typically a fall comedy and spring musical, as well as offer a variety of other performing arts opportunities. All Babson, Olin, and Wellesley students are welcome to audition.

Contact: Jenn Fusco

Japanese International Circle (JIC)

Japanese International Circle is an organization that seeks not only to provide a family and support system to Japanese students at Babson, but to also allow other students interested in Japan to be immersed in the culture. The majority of our members are not Japanese, and many members that first join our organization do not know anything about Japan—so feel free to join, no previous knowledge necessary! The Haunted House Night event is one of our biggest events.

Contact: Tetsuro Miyatake

Olin College Fire Arts Club

Witness and become a part of this unique display of student talent and passion for fire performance by the Olin Fire Arts Club. Using different tools and alternating movements, these artists take turns twirling and spinning fire to create beautiful red and orange patterns. Safety is a critical part of fire performances; Olin students actively practice fire safety during every performance.

Contact: Christopher Willis

Franklin W. Olin Players (FWOP)

FWOP is the student-run theater organization at Olin College. Students have access to the Carling-Sorenson Center, the Sorenson Center for the Visual Arts, and the Park Manor Central Band Room to rehearse and perform both plays and musicals each semester.

Contact: Chelsea Bailey

The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues is produced every spring as part of the V-Day campaign, a global activist movement to end violence against women.

Contact: Miranda Nordell

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Visual Arts

Babson Fine Arts Association (BFAA)

The Babson Fine Arts Association (BFAA) aims to make the wealth of fine arts and culture in the Boston area available and accessible to Babson students. Through student exhibitions, workshops, events, the display of student artwork and collaboration with other art-related organizations, these groups promote and infuse the arts into the Babson Community.

Babson Media and Design Studio

Babson Media and Design Studio is a collection of Babson students who are dedicated to improving communication of events on campus through the use of digital media and various mediums. They will provide Babson students, faculty, and organizations with resources and services to facilitate their own independent projects.

Location: Horn Library, First Floor
Request a consultation or reserve equipment »

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Film

The Babson Entertainment and Media Club

The Babson Entertainment and Media Club’s mission is to provide an intellectual and creative platform for exploring entertainment and media along two dimensions. The first is a basic outlet for networking, panels, site visits, and other relevant events that facilitate exploration of particular industry E/M industries. The second dimension involves utilizing the functional roles unique to these industries as tools for broader exploration. They welcome any and all perspectives and will strive to provide relevant and powerful experiences and growth opportunities to both their members and the Babson community.

Contact: Kenneth Faris

The Babson Anime Club

The Babson Anime Club is a special interest group that watches and critiques various forms of Japanese media. They usually meet in the Publishers common room at 9:30 on Saturday evenings to watch One Piece, which is a favorite among the group. Adam Jarolimek started the club, bringing together people with similar interests to talk and have fun.

Contact: Kelsey Choi

Babson Media and Design Studio

Babson Media and Design Studio is a collection of Babson students who are dedicated to improving communication of events on campus through the use of digital media and various mediums. They will provide Babson students, faculty, and organizations with resources and services to facilitate their own independent projects.

Location: Horn Library, First Floor
Request a consultation or reserve equipment »

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Music

Performance Opportunities

Babson Blues Project

The project consists of a group of dedicated musicians that focuses on rock/blues. Rehearsals will be a couple of times a month, and may lead to the scheduling of additional performances. This project is open to the entire Babson, Wellesley, and Olin communities.

Contact: Steve Marchand

Babson College Radio

Babson College Radio is a student-run radio program that has the capability to run 24/7 online. Shows range from talk shows to playlists, and any Babson student may host a show.

Contact: Eduardo Padial
Advisor: Steve Marchand

Babson Music Collective

Directed by Clayton DeWalt, the Babson Music Collective is dedcated to the rigorous investigation, practice and performance of creative, improvised music. While jazz is our primary focus, we do not exclude any style of music, and are open to musicians of all levels and backgrounds. We play at a number of campus events, from pub shows to student events, with one final concert per semester.

Contact: Clayton DeWalt, Director, Babson Jazz Collective
Trombonist Clayton DeWalt began touring and recording at age 15. With a knack for flexibility and nuance, he has made a career of excelling at a wide range of musical styles: from South African pop, blues, R&B and classical chamber music, to salsa. Balkan brass, jazz, reggae and folk. Performing in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the Monaco Opera House, he has worked with a variety fo talented artists, such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Nancy Wilson, John Brown’s Body, Robin McKelle, Cecil McBee, The York Voices, the Gene Krupa Orchestra, The Temptations, and Regis Philbin. As an educator, DeWalt is a resident artist at the Conservatory Lab Charter School. He also teaches music in the Lincoln Public Schools, Babson College, and maintains a private studio. Clayton holds a BS in Music Education from Slippery Rock University, a MM in Jazz Studies from the New Conversatory and is currently pursuing his DMA in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music

The Rocket Pitches

The Rocket Pitches is the audition-based a capella group at Babson College, consisting of male and female singers. They arrange their own music and perform current/popular pop songs at various events. The Rocket Pitches brings together singers at Babson College who enjoy performing and sharing their vocal abilities.

Contact: Sarah Noh

Olin CheeriOs

The Olin CheeriOs is a new version of the a capella goup, open to both Olin and Babson students.

Contact: Molly Farison

Olin Conductorless Orchestra

Olin Professor Diana Dabby leads the Olin Condustorless Orchestra with experience as a concert pianist and soloist of New York’s Weill (Cernegie) Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Hungary and Hong Kong, as well as chamber musician and compower for Boston’s Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. The Olin Conductorless Orchestra is an ensemble, minus conductor, featuring instrumentalists in leadership and collaborative roles.

Contact: Diana Dabby

Olin PowerChords

The Olin PowerChords is the competitive a capella group at the Olin College of Engineering. They currently make up over 5% of the student body at Olin. Since their start in 2007, their talent has increased each year and are always looking forward to welcoming new members.

Contact: olinpowerchords@gmail.com

Olin Rock Orchestra

The Olin Rock Orchestra is composed of many Olin College of Engineering students that enjoy playing rock music for fun. However, they welcome any Babson students that wish to join and play along with them.

Contact: Travis Lewis

Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra

Auditions for the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra are held at the start of each semester. Interested musicians should email Neal Hampton, conductor of the orchestra, to set up an audition date and time. For the audition musicians should prepare two contrasting selections—a half-page to a page of each. Include a first movement of a classical sonata or concerto, something in a medium to fast tempo that shows the ability to play steadily.

Contact: Neal Hampton

Resources

Sibelius

Sibelius is used by composers, arrangers, performers, music publishers, teachers and students, particularly for writing classical, jazz, band, vocal, film and television music. In addition to editing and printing scores, Sibelius also can play music back using high-quality sounds, scan and import printed scores for editing, and publish scores for others to access via the Internet and iPads.

Download installation instructions (pdf)

Music Lessons

Music lessons at Wellesley College

Contact Marion Dry

Piano Practice Rooms

Note that the Piano Practice Room Agreement must be signed at the Sorenson Offices before access is granted.

String Instrument Rentals

Johnson String Instrument
11 John Street
Newton Center, MA 02459
Phone: 617-964-0954
info@johnsonstring.com

Band and Orchestra Instrument Rentals and Purchase

Leonards Music
128 The Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: 781-271-1189
info@leonardsmusic.com

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Dance

Babson Asian Pacific Student Association (BAPSA)

BAPSA produces East Meets West, a cultural showcase of dance, music, and performances on stage at the Carling-Sorenson Theater during the Spring semester.

Contact: Clifford Lam

Babson Dance Ensemble (BDE)

BDE is a student dance organization that produces a dance concert in early December and a spring concert in April. Contact BDE about auditions and membership at bde@babson.edu.

Contact: Helen Voloshin

South Asian Student Association (AMAN)

AMAN produces two cultural shows incorporating music and dance on stage at the Carling-Sorenson Theater each year.

Contact: Vidur Arora