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AMS BOSTON 2019

Berkeley lands EIGHT graduate student papers (Bay, Sheehan, Turner, Sauberlich, Wangpaiboonkit, Gudesblatt, Mendelssohn) and FOUR faculty papers (Casadei, Davies, Sonevytsky, Smart)

GONCÜ WINS MARTIRANO AWARD

UC Berkeley Composer Selim Goncu’s piece “Widerklang” for bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cell is a recipient of the 2019 Martirano Memorial Composition Award given by the University of Illinois.

VASSILANDONAKIS, POPE JOAN

The Greek National Opera has commissioned Yiorgos Vassilandonakis Ph.D. ’06 to write a new opera to celebrate their 80th anniversary. Pope Joan will be premiered in the Stavros Niarchos Hall in 2020

OLIVARES & LES GENS DE BERKELEY

Clara Olivares, a graduate student in Composition and native of France, sat down for an interview with Les Gens de Berkeley

KAPUSTA TO EASTMAN

John Kapusta (PhD UC Berkeley, 2017) has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology at Eastman School of Music

HER HOLINESS

New opera by Graduate Student composer Curtis Rumrill titled “Her Holiness, The Winter Dog,” premieres

 

TSAY ’14 WINS FULBRIGHT

Mosa Tsay will study with Anssi Karttunen at École Normale de Musique de Paris as part of a project to perform works for solo cello by Kaija Saariaho, Betsy Jolas, and Pascal Dusapin

CHEN TO TAIPEI

Lily Chen, Ph.D. ’17 has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Taipei National University of the Arts where she will teach composition and music technology

AHRENDT TO UTRECHT

Rebekah Ahrendt Ph.D. ’11 has joined the Department of Media and Culture Studies as an Associate Professor at the Universiteit Utrecht in Utrecht, the Netherlands following stints at Yale and Tufts

KINDERMAN JOINS UCLA

William Kinderman Ph.D. ’80 has been named inaugural holder of the Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies and professor of music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

SCOTT PRESENTS IN CAIRO

Doctoral student Melissa J. Scott, graduate student in ethnomusicology, presented at ICTM’s Music of the Arab World Study Group conference in Cairo, Egypt in January 2019. In her paper, “Rethinking Jordanian Music: Perspectives on the Politics of Style,” she assessed the extent to which histories of Iraqi and Palestinian forced migration to Jordan inform local musical practices as well as musicians’ attitudes towards Syrian refugees

GOODHEART AT RPI

Matthew Goodheart Ph.D. ’13 has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he will teach composition, improvisation, and sound installation

CHISHOLM ’15

Leon Chisholm Ph.D ’15  is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Collaborative Research Center 980 at the Free University in Berlin, and a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute

AZAHAR WINS AAUW FELLOWSHIP

Ph.D. Ethnomusicology student Christina Azahar has been named a 2019-20 Fellow by The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

SUSTAINABLE SOUNDS

Jonathan Turner will present “Exploring Shifts in the Material Production of Sustainable Instrument Manufacturing at Blackbird Guitar” at the conference titled “Sustainable Sounds: Interrogating The Materials of Music Making Technologies,” to be held on Saturday, 11 May 2019, at St. Cecilia’s Hall Concert Room and Music Museum, University of Edinburgh