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The study of music – a phenomenon known to all people in all ages – lies naturally at the heart of a liberal education. The Department of Music at Brown provides an ideal environment for such an education, with its integrated faculty of scholars, performers, composers, and theorists.

The curriculum of the Department of Music combines studies in history, theory, ethnomusicology, and musicianship with courses in composition, technology, and performance. Application merges with analysis, creation with cultural study, and multimedia experiments with broad meditations on sound, in a unique department that welcomes all.



It is with great sadness that I announce to you that Charles Sherba died on April 19. After a two-year battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully on Saturday morning surrounded by his wife Consuelo and their children Claire, Gabby, and Alexander, and grandson Augustine.

Chuck was a Teaching Associate in the Brown University Department of Music since 1986. As a beloved violin instructor and chamber music coach, he inspired hundreds of students at Brown and The Music School in Providence, where he also taught. Chuck was Concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic for 27 seasons, First Violinist of the Charleston String Quartet for 17 years, and a member of the Milwaukee Symphony for 9 years. He served as concertmaster of the Simon Sinfonietta and Festival Orchestra of the Chorus of Westerly, and performed with many other orchestras and ensembles throughout the US, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Vermont Symphony. As soloist with the Brown University Orchestra, he performed the Violin Concertos by Brahms and Tchaikovsky, and other solo works. With his wife Consuelo Sherba, he co-founded the innovative ensemble Aurea in 2004. A full description of Chuck's many accomplishments can be found here. Also online is this obituary notice.

All of us at Brown who had the good fortune to know Chuck will miss him terribly. In the coming months, we will explore ways to honor his tremendous musical legacy and the great love of music that he shared throughout his life.

— Paul S. Phillips, Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music