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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 »

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 »

In Memoriam: Wye (Wendy) Jamison Allanbrook (1943-2010)

Wendy was born on March 15, 1943, in Hagerstown, Maryland, and passed away on July 15, 2010, from cancer. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in classics. She earned a Ph.D. in music history from Stanford University in 1974. Her doctoral dissertation became the basis for the book Rhythmic Gesture in Mozart (University … Continue Reading »

16th Annual Elizabeth Elkus Memorial Noon Concert

Thanks to the generous support of the Elkus Family and many friends, the Department of Music continues to maintain its tradition of excellence and accessibility to a wide range of musical performances made possible through the Elizabeth Elkus Noon Concert Fund. Elizabeth Elkus was the wife of Albert Elkus, longtime University Orchestra conductor starting in … Continue Reading »

Ernest Bloch Honored

The Department of Music honored a Berkeley professor, composer and important figure in American music, Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), on the 50th anniversary of his death, with a series of events, including a symposium and concert of his works on October 10, 2009, and a performance competition on October 5, 2009. The symposium featured scholars Davitt … 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 »