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Olly Wilson Memorial

Olly Wilson Symposium/Memorial February 16, 2019Hertz Hall 12:30-1 Gather and Greet  1:00-1:15 Call to Order and Welcome with Professors Cindy Cox, and Edmund Campion Department of Music, UC Berkeley 1:15 Candace Johnson, soprano – Department of Music, UC BerkeleyMichael S. Orland, Piano – Department of Music, UC Berkeleysong title: There is a Need 1:30 Robert Greenberg – Historian, Composer, Pianist, … 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 »

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 »

The Passing of an Accomplished Man: Walker E. Cunningham

Walker Evans Cunningham earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also awarded multiple fellowships. He served as an organist and music director for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, and produced the critically acclaimed CD “The Historic San Francisco Organ of the Church of St. … Continue Reading »

Professor Joseph Kerman Memorial Events

Professor Joseph Kerman passed away at the age of 89 after a long illness on March 17 in Berkeley, California. The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle published two particularly touching obituaries honoring his life and work. The Memorial for Professor Kerman will be on Sunday, October 26th at the Bancroft Hotel at 2:00pm. The … 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 »