From its Origins in Student Activities to its Development as a Department

1898 – Northeastern established

1925 – the Division of Music in the Dept. of Student Activities includes a glee club, banjo club, dance orchestra, band, orchestra, and drama club.

1930 NU Musical Bands (Photo: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)

1930 – NU Musical Bands (Photo: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)

1935 – College of Liberal Arts established

1940 Student conductor directs the NU band (Photo: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)

1940 – Student conductor directs the NU band (Photo: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)

1940 Two female band members sit in the stands of a football game. (Photo: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)

1940 – Two female band members sit in the stands of a football game. (Photo: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)

1943 – Women are first admitted to the day College of Liberal Arts

1951 – Music courses are first offered in the day College of Liberal Arts

1958 – The Department of Drama, Speech, and Music is established, NU Band established

1966-1967 – Music Department is established

1967 – Music at Noon concerts begin, produced by Roland Nadeau and Reginald Hache. First concert was October 10th 1967.

1967 – New England Association of Schools and Colleges cites the “humanities as a weak aspect of academic progress at Northeastern”

1970 – College of Liberal Arts becomes largest undergraduate day school in the University

1973 – African-American studies department is established

1979 – NU Records begins production; lasts until 1988 under NU ownership. It is the only university-owned based commercial record company in the United States.

1982 – NU Records issues “Songs and Violin Pieces of Amy Beach” with Virginia Eskin at the piano; this album receives national recognition in the press.

1982 – Founding of “NU ARTS”—a center to foster the performing arts on campus and expand NU’s outreach to the Boston community; first director is Sergei Tschernish

1982-1983 – BA in Music Literature “designed for students interested in music who would like the opportunity to pursue a liberal arts curriculum.” First time the BA in Music Literature is offered

1982-1988 – nuArts Contemporary Performance Series includes a resident company, the Boston Lyric Opera Company and a resident series sponsored by  the League of Composers/International Society for Contemporary Music.

1986 – Professor Leonard Brown inaugurates the first John Coltrane Memorial Concert at Northeastern

1989 – The Music Department offers a Music Major and its first degrees, both a B.A and a B.S. in music

1989 – The Music Industry concentration begins, offering both a B.A. and a B.S. in music; It joins “Music Literature and Performance” and  “Music Literature.”

May 28, 1992 Professor Leonard Brown from the Music Department walks across the stage during a performance of African American sacred music as part of the Music at Noon program. Behind him, vocalist Wanetta Jackson gestures to the audience (Photo: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)

May 28, 1992 – Professor Leonard Brown from the Music Department walks across the stage during a performance of African American sacred music as part of the Music at Noon program. Behind him, vocalist Wanetta Jackson gestures to the audience (Photo: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)

1993-1994 – The music history courses are created and become part of the department curriculum.

1998-1999 – The Music Technology Concentration begins

2001 Music Technology equipment

2001 – Music Technology equipment

2007-2009 – The Music Department hosts the  Fusion Arts Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department

Aug 6, 2007 A multinational group of 18-20 undergraduates from Brazil, India, Ireland, Mali, and South Africa in the State Department's Fusion Arts Exchange perform in the Music Composition and Performance program at Northeastern. (Photo: Craig Bailey)

Aug 6, 2007 – A multinational group of 18-20 undergraduates from Brazil, India, Ireland, Mali, and South Africa in the State Department’s Fusion Arts Exchange perform in the Music Composition and Performance program at Northeastern. (Photo: Craig Bailey)

2007 – Two new venues open on campus, afterHOURS and the Fenway Center.