University Museum

Exhibits & Events

Amy Beach sitting at piano with musicians standing behind her
Amy Beach with members of the Tollefson chamber group, Neighborhood Music School, Brooklyn, New York, 1940.

Celebrating Amy Beach's 150th Birthday

Join us for a series of events to celebrate the 150th birthday of pianist and composer, Amy Beach. Born in Henniker, NH in 1867, Beach became an internationally renowned performer and was the first American woman to write a symphony.

American Women Pianist-Composers

A Celebration of Amy Beach and Teresa Carreño

Conference: September 15-16
In mid-September, Beach and Venezuelan pianist-composer Teresa Carreño, will be the focus of an international conference hosted by the UNH Library and Department of Music. The conference will feature presentations by scholars and lecture/recitals on the music of Beach and Carreño. More information is available on the Beach and Carreño conference page.

A Brilliant Life

The Musical Career of New Hampshire’s Amy Beach

Exhibit: September 15 - December 1
In addition to the conference, our museum will be hosting the "A Brilliant Life" exhibit. The exhibit chronicles Beach’s life and career and will feature photographs, manuscript scores, and personal objects from the Amy Cheney Beach (Mrs. H.H.A. Beach) Papers in UNH Special Collections. Panels from the Amy Beach exhibition will be available as a traveling exhibit beginning in December, 2017.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, September 15, 2017, with an opening reception from 4:30-6:30. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Please email for more information.

Musical Performances at UNH

UNH will host performances of Amy Beach’s music throughout the 2017-2018 academic year and will feature: Beach's Gaelic Symphony, Op. 32, performed by Symphony New Hampshire as part the UNH Celebrity Series; her piano trio, string quartet, and piano quintet, featuring members of the Halcyon Music Festival; and a selection of Beach’s chamber and vocal pieces performed by UNH faculty and students.

Please see the Upcoming Music Events page to find a full schedule of music events at UNH.

For questions about the conference, the exhibit, or the Amy Beach Collection, please contact Bill Ross at 603-862-0346. To learn more about upcoming concerts and recitals please contact the UNH Department of Music at 603-862-2404.

Museum Location

The University Museum is located on Level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Museum Hours

Monday through Friday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM (during regular semester hours)
Closed between exhibits
See the Hours page for regular Library hours and exceptions.