Department of Music

Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

Undergraduate departmental representatives are responsible for opening avenues of communication between undergraduates and music department faculty.

They also provide academic and career information to majors, minors and prospective students; organize meetings and information sessions on topics related to the music program; disseminate information on music department events and activities; and serve as ambassadors for the music department at universitywide events such as admitted students day and the academic fair.

Meet the 2023-2024 UDRs!

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Grace DeRoche '24
Music Undergraduate Department Representative
Pronouns: she/they

Grace DeRoche is a senior studying Music Composition and Psychology. She started playing piano at a young age, and found her passion for composing neoclassical music as she grew up. At Brandeis, they have enjoyed participating in composition seminars and learning Renaissance harp. She also is a Roosevelt Fellow, and loves helping new students find their niche at Brandeis. In her free time, she loves to crochet, hike, and play Dungeons and Dragons with friends. Feel free to reach out to them with any questions about how to get involved with music, maintaining a healthy lifestyle in college, or just to make a new friend!

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Ken Takeoka '24
Music Undergraduate Department Representative
Pronouns: he/him

Ken Takeoka ‘24 is a senior double majoring in biology and music on the pre-med track. As a classical pianist, he currently studies with Evan Hirsch and participates in the chamber music program. While his main interests lie in western classical music, he is grateful to have expanded his horizons through coursework including American popular music and electroacoustic music. He also works in a biochemistry lab on campus and aims to complete his senior thesis for biology. Ken would be happy to speak with students about the music department, balancing coursework, and anything else!