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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 »

Who Was David Wessel?

“He was an amazing researcher and musician and will be incredibly missed by all of us.” “He was a genius at merging art and science, play and rigor, life and ideas.”  “David conducted pioneering research in music perception, audio signal processing, and computer music, and he mentored dozens of students and postdocs. He had a … Continue Reading »

Lawrence Henry Moe (1917-2013)

Lawrence Henry Moe, who was the University Organist Emeritus, passed away on September 14, 2013 in Oakland. The U.C. Berkeley Professor of Music and University Organist obtained his Bachelor and Masters in Music from Northwestern and Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard before coming to U.C. Berkeley in 1957. In 2007, Hertz … Continue Reading »

Remembering Helen Farnsworth (1914–2014)

Between 1939 and 2005, the Music Department had just two managers, Helen Farnsworth and myself. We saw the Department through decades of change in the University, the workplace, and the world. The music was the constant, and the challenges of maintaining ambitious and increasingly complex and diverse programs were easily eclipsed by the rewards. A … Continue Reading »

Madeline Duckles (1915-2013)

Madeline Duckles, wife of Music Librarian Vincent Duckles, passed away at the age of 98 on November 23, 2013 in Santa Rosa, CA. A gracious presence in the Music Department for years, Madeline was also a peace activist and an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. She was a member of the Women’s International League … Continue Reading »

Georgianna Moe

Georgianna Moe, widow of the late Professor Lawrence Moe, passed away at St. Paul Towers on April 7, 2015. Through the years Georgie hosted many gatherings of department faculty and friends at their home in Berkeley and invited many a newly-arrived colleague or graduate student for a meal on a holiday. She has been missed.

Piero Bellugi (1924-2012)

Piero Bellugi, composer and conductor, passed away in June of this year at the age of 87. Visitor of the department in 1963-64, Bellugi found an immense satisfaction in passing on his lifetime experience as a conductor and musician to the younger generation of conductors by giving seminars and workshops in interpretation and conducting techniques … Continue Reading »