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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 »

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 »

Robert Commanday, colleagues and friends say farewell

Robert Commanday, prominent critic in the San Francisco Bay Area, died at age 93 on September 3, 2015 at his home in Oakland. Initial responses to his passing came in from all over the world, but within the San Francisco Classical Voice online music website, the man who established and ran SFCV 17 years ago … Continue Reading »

UC Berkeley Music to Honor MLK Jr. on 50th Anniversary of Death

The UC Berkeley Department of Music will honor the 50-year mark of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 2018 with performances by student carillonist Leslie Chan and the University Gospel Chorus directed by D. Mark Wilson. Just after 12PM Pacific time the event will start with the tolling of 5.25-ton Great Bear Bell … Continue Reading »

2018 Bloch Lecturer: Martin Matalon

Prize-winning Argentine composer and musician Martin Matalon will visit UC Berkeley in late April and early May for a pair of lectures, rehearsals with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, and a production of Foxtrot Delirium featuring “The Oyster Princess” by Ernst Lubitsch with UC Berkeley’s adventurous ECO Ensemble. Born in Buenos Aires in 1958, Matalon … Continue Reading »