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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 »

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 »

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 »

Lydia (Lee) Lecraw (1914-2012)

Lydia Lecraw, featured as our “alum in the spotlight” in the 2007 edition of our newsletter, passed away in September of this year at the age of 97. Ms. Lecraw received her BA in Music in 1938, and went on to become a beloved elementary school teacher, featured in the “Teachers Count” campaign as the … Continue Reading »

In Memoriam, Steven Stucky

Leading American Composer Steven Stucky died on February 14, 2016 at age 66 in Ithaca, New York. He served on the faculty at Cornell University, Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School and served residencies at a number of leading international conservatories – including the Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatoire, Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis … Continue Reading »

Jane Michiko Imamura (1920-2011)

Jane Michiko Imamura, who was in charge of the music practice studios at UC Berkeley’s Department of Music during the late 1950s and 1960s, died December 26 at her Berkeley home of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. A memorial service was held January 7 at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple. She was married to the late Reverend … Continue Reading »