Magdalena Stern-Baczewska has made her Tanglewood Music Festival debut in August, performing Tan Dun's "Martial Arts Cycle" with violinist Ryu Goto and cellist Wei Yu at the Seiji Ozawa Hall. The performance received a standing ovation.
Yair Klartag is one of three laureates for 2019-2022. Ricordi Berlin will publish selected works by the laureates, support the composers with expertise in the music business, and provide international promotion for a period of three years.
Scholars working under the broad umbrella of New Materialism have offered compelling reappraisals of the ways in which we know, interact with, and exist in the world. This scholarship also intersects with recent work on music and sound, which raises rich sets of questions regarding human agency, material, ethics, aesthetics, embodiment, and the subject/object dichotomy, among other issues.
The Music Department is offering a wide range of courses this semester.
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The faculty of the Department of Music offers its deepest condolences on the passing of the renowned composer Mario Davidovsky (Argentina, March 4, 1934-August 23, 2019).
Professor Zosha Di Castri opened the BBC Proms on July 19th with her latest work Long Is the Journey - Short Is the Memory. The piece marked the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings.
Professor Alessandra Ciucci has published "Performing l-ḥrig: music, sound and undocumented migration across the contemporary Mediterranean (Morocco–Italy)" in The Journal of North African Studies 25/4 (2020).
Peter M. Susser, Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Musicianship, has received the Provost’s new Large-Scale Teaching and Learning Grant for his, “Digital Ear Training Improvisation Initiative.”
We are deeply saddened that our alumnus Paul Nauert (GSAS ’97) passed away on Friday, July 26. Paul received his doctorate in music theory in 1997 under Jonathan Kramer's sponsorship. He was an accomplished composer, pianist, and computer programmer as well as music theorist.
Historical musicology graduate student Sean Colonna published “Celebrating the Maurice Peress Archive” in the Spring 2019 issue of the American Music Review.
George Lewis is one of the six newest Doris Duke Artists chosen by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Award celebrates the chosen artists' ongoing contributions to contemporary dance, music, and theater.
The Department is delighted to congratulate Aaron Johnson (PhD, Historical Musicology, '14), who will be a W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.
The New Materialist Approaches to Sound Conference invites scholars working in the humanities, arts and sciences to submit proposals for papers and performances that engage with the themes of sound and new materialism, broadly construed. We welcome work that adopts historical, technological, analytical, philosophical, materialist, and creative vantage points, among others. Overall, this conference will direct these diverse disciplinary and methodological perspectives towards convergent and critical issues, creating new, interdisciplinary lines of enquiry and generating original research.
The Department warmly congratulates Daniel M. Callahan (PhD in Historical Musicology, '12), who was selected as the Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University for 2019-20.
Professor Brad Garton is going to be the keynote speaker at the 2019 International Computer Music Conference going on this week (his speech is tomorrow at 4:30 PM), and one of his book-readings will be a 'featured piece' on the 2019 New York Electroacoustic Music Festival that evening.
The Department warmly congratulates Dr. Beatriz Goubert, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation in ethnomusicology, "Nymsuque: Contemporary Muisca Indigenous Sounds in the Colombian Andes," on May 31, 2019.
The Department warmly congratulates Dr. Marc Hannaford, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation in music theory, "One Line, Many Views: Perspectives on Music Theory, Composition, and Improvisation through the Work of Muhal Richard Abrams," on May 31, 2019.
Congratulations to Joshua Navon on the successful defense of his PhD dissertation, "The Making of Modern Musical Expertise: German Conservatories and Music Education, 1843-1933"!