Elissa Brill Pashkin

Elissa Brill Pashkin Meet Professor Elissa Brill Pashkin D.M.A.

B.A., Music, University of Pennsylvania
M.M., Composition, Temple University, Esther Boyer College of Music
D.M.A., Composition, Temple University, Esther Boyer College of Music

Courses you teach:
Music Department Chair
Music Theory 1, 2, 3, 4
Coordinator of Applied Music for Majors and Non-Majors
Private lessons in composition and piano

Accomplishments (personal or professional):
Music published by Arsis Press and Dorn Publications
Commissions from the Holyoke Civic Symphony, Smith College Choirs, Holyoke Community College, Eastwind Saxophone Quartet, and choreographer Auden Thomas
Many area performances of original works, including pieces for piano, voice, chorus, chamber ensemble, electronics, and the two-act opera Midas, premiered in 2004.

Favorite thing about teaching:
The best thing about teaching in the HCC Music Department is that I have a chance to work with the same group of students over several semesters. The faculty and students all know each other--it's like one big learning community that lasts for two years or more. We all work toward common goals, and we get to see real growth in our students.

Memorable moment at HCC:
I have great memories of many performances we've had here--student honors recitals and ensemble concerts, last-minute performances outside on a beautiful day, faculty and guest performances that gave me chills... No one stands out, but together they form a wonderful collection of memories (still growing!).

Teaching philosophy:
Being a member of a class is more involved than just showing up. Everyone should be an active participant. Sometimes the participation includes verbal or written contributions; sometimes it involves asking questions; and sometimes it just means active listening and understanding.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040