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Department Welcomes Delia Casadei

Delia Casadei, a musicologist specializing in 20th-century Italy has joined The UC Berkeley Department of Music as an Assistant Professor. A native of Italy, Casadei completed her undergraduate and Master’s degree at King’s College London. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded a Hopkinson Graduate Research Fellowship, a Mellon Humanities … Continue Reading »

5 Questions: Jimmy López Bellido

Jimmy López Bellido Ph.D. ‘12 is currently serving as Composer-in-Residence for the Houston Symphony Orchestra. You studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki prior to UC Berkeley. How were the conservatories different from your experience in Berkeley? All those places are incredibly different from each other. In … Continue Reading »

Carillon Marks Centennial in November; Looks Toward Future

On Friday, November 3 the carillon bells located in Sather Tower (the Campanile) will mark their 100th anniversary. Although originally cast in 1915 by the John Taylor Bell-foundry of Loughborough, England the bells and were not installed in Sather Tower until 1917 due to delays caused by WWI. The bells were first played for three … Continue Reading »

Melford’s Peformance on “Handful of Keys” Released

UC Berkeley Department of Music Professor Myra Melford’s acclaimed performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is now available to download. Entitled A Handful of Keys – A Century of Jazz Piano, the concerts chronicled the progression of jazz piano over the last century and featured works from the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, … Continue Reading »

Graduate student announced Composer-in-Residence at Ensemble Échappé

UC Berkeley Department of Music Graduate Student Selim Göncü’s has been announced Composer-in-Residence at Ensemble Échappé from 2018-2020. The announcement was made in November at Ensemble Échappé where his piece Widerklang made its US premiere. Born in Istanbul (Turkey), Göncü began his musical career studying piano as a child. After a year of study with … Continue Reading »

Marika Kuzma Retires

Marika Kuzma (Professor, Choral Director) On Dec 9th in Hertz Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus, Marika Kuzma led two concerts that marked her retirement from the university choirs. It was one of many crowning moments in her twenty-five years of teaching in our Department of Music. The 2014–15 year marked several milestones … Continue Reading »

John Roberts identifies new music by Handel

Professor Emeritus John Roberts recently tripped over an important discovery that others had missed, an early version of Handel’s cantata Tu fedel? tu costante?, HWV 171, when examining a manuscript from a collection belonging to Dutch keyboard player, conductor, and collector of music scores Ton Koopman. Three of the four arias in the cantata were completely … Continue Reading »

EZ Music Conference: Interdisciplinary perspectives

EZ MUSIC, A DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC CONFERENCE March 11 – 13, 2016 Elkus Room, 125 Morrison Hall, UC Berkeley campus Nell Cloutier (dissertation topic: the reception of early 19th-century Italian opera in Paris and London, focusing on celebrity cultures, consumption of repetitive novelties, and social geography) and Melanie Gudesblatt, PhD candidates in Music History and Literature, co-produced … Continue Reading »

Naomi in the news

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik about Angélique Kidjo’s concert at the Nourse Theater: : “(The concert) was as expected, a leap-from-your -seat and shake your booty op, and by the time she sang her last song, the audience had swarmed the stage and the aisles. Near the end of the show, she sang while walking through … Continue Reading »

5 Questions: Music Alumni Alexander Kahn ’08

Alexander Kahn graduated from UC Berkeley Music with his Ph.D. in 2008. After a stint at Gettysburg College, Kahn now serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at Sonoma State University. 1- You note your father Eugene was a big influence on your passion for music. How did he and your family nurture your interest? I come from … Continue Reading »

14th-century Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript authors win AMS award

The American Musicological Society has awarded Carla Shapreau, and  co-authors Lawrence M. Earp of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Domenic Leo of Duquesne University, the 2015 Claude V. Palisca Award for their work on The Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript, published by the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music, University of Oxford. This award “honors each year … Continue Reading »

Bonnie Remembers Berkeley

My first acquaintance with Berkeley was the summer of 1967. I was a graduate student in ethnomusicology at UCLA and came up to spend part of the summer working on my Master’s thesis and also attending performances at the World Music Center funded by the Scripps family. I made a tour of the Department of Music. I also, with typical … Continue Reading »