Graduates, Award Winners, Note from Chair Cindy Cox, and more
THE MANY FASHION-FORWARD HATS OF MELFORD
Berkeleyside profiles Professor Myra Melford, and her expanded creative purview as an educator and curator
For almost 30 years Robert Greenberg Ph.D. ’84 has worked to spread musical knowledge. He currently serves as music historian in residence at SF Performances.
Assistant Professor Delia Casadei’s article “Sound Evidence, 1969: Recording a Milanese Riot” was recently published in Representations, Vol 147, Summer 2019
AMS HAROLD POWERS TRAVEL GRANT
Kim Sauberlich wins the American Musicological Society’s Harold Powers World Travel Grant in support of her doctoral research in Brazil.
AMS 50 DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS
Graduate students Alessandra Jones and Saraswathi Shukla land prestigious Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowships
AMS BOSTON 2019
Berkeley lands EIGHT graduate student papers (Bay, Sheehan, Turner, Sauberlich, Wangpaiboonkit, Gudesblatt, Mendelssohn) and FOUR faculty papers (Casadei, Davies, Sonevytsky, Smart)
Jeanne Bamberger M.A. ’51 was named Society for Education Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) Lifetime Achievement Award winner for her significant contributions to the field of music psychology
JOURNAL OF MUSICOLOGY
Assistant Professor Emily Zazulia’s article “Out of Proportion: Nuper rosarum flores and the Danger of False Exceptionalism” was recently published in The Journal of Musicology 31 (1), 2019
VASSILANDONAKIS, POPE JOAN
The Greek National Opera has commissioned Yiorgos Vassilandonakis Ph.D. ’06 to write a new opera to celebrate their 80th anniversary. Pope Joan will be premiered in the Stavros Niarchos Hall in 2020
AHRENDT TO UTRECHT
Rebekah Ahrendt Ph.D. ’11 has joined the Department of Media and Culture Studies as an Associate Professor at the Universiteit Utrecht in Utrecht, the Netherlands following stints at Yale and Tufts
KAPUSTA TO EASTMAN
John Kapusta (PhD UC Berkeley, 2017) has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology at Eastman School of Music
New opera by Graduate Student composer Curtis Rumrill titled “Her Holiness, The Winter Dog,” premieres
SUMMER SESSIONS 2020
Berkeley Music is offering a complete catalog of summer sessions courses REMOTELY for 2020, including performance opportunities
Graduate Composition student Hallie Smith (Halcyon) recently performed a DJ set at San Francisco’s noted Adobe Books, alongside new music mavens Gleb Kanasevich, Dan Meyer O’Keeffe, Kim Nucci, and UC Santa Cruz professor Michelle Lou.
GOURLEY PRESENTS IN AUSTRALIA
Ryan Gourley presented at the “Music and Politics in the 1930s” symposium hosted at the University of Melbourne.
AMS HOLMES/D’ACCONE FELLOW
Recent PhD Melanie Gudesblatt wins prestigious William Holmes / Frank D’Accone Dissertation Fellowship with the American Musicological Society
TSAY ’14 WINS FULBRIGHT
Mosa Tsay will study with Anssi Karttunen at École Normale de Musique de Paris as part of a project to perform works for solo cello by Kaija Saariaho, Betsy Jolas, and Pascal Dusapin
GONCÜ WINS MARTIRANO AWARD
UC Berkeley Composer Selim Goncu’s piece “Widerklang” for bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cell is a recipient of the 2019 Martirano Memorial Composition Award given by the University of Illinois.
CHEN TO TAIPEI
Lily Chen, Ph.D. ’17 has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Taipei National University of the Arts where she will teach composition and music technology
MELFORD AT CIVITELLA RANIERI
Professor Myra Melford was named Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation for summer 2019 in Umbertide, Italy
Myra Melford premiered her piece for improvising piano soloist, chamber ensemble and fixed media: “Homogenous Infiltration,” with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players on May 11, 2019 at SFJazz
KINDERMAN JOINS UCLA
William Kinderman Ph.D. ’80 has been named inaugural holder of the Leo M. Klein and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies and professor of music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
SCOTT PRESENTS IN CAIRO
Doctoral student Melissa J. Scott, graduate student in ethnomusicology, presented at ICTM’s Music of the Arab World Study Group conference in Cairo, Egypt in January 2019. In her paper, “Rethinking Jordanian Music: Perspectives on the Politics of Style,” she assessed the extent to which histories of Iraqi and Palestinian forced migration to Jordan inform local musical practices as well as musicians’ attitudes towards Syrian refugees
NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Nils Bultmann (Ph.D. Music Composition 2013) was the featured soloist in his composition for 31 violas written for and premiered by Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony.
COSKUNSEVEN TO IRCAM
Graduate Composition student Didem Coskunseven has been accepted into ‘CURSUS’ program on composition and computer music by IRCAM, in Paris for 2020/21. Coskunseven will be supported by the George Ladd Prix De Paris, which is awarded to a distinguished graduate composer in the music department and supports one year of study in Paris.
A VOICE THAT CARRIES
Assistant Professor Delia Casadei’s essay “A voice that carries” was recently published in the edited collection Hearing the Crimean War: Wartime Sound and the Unmaking of Sense (Oxford University Press, 2019).
SONEVYTSKY & ENSEMBLE BASIANI
Assistant Professor Maria Sonevytsky to give pre-performance talk for Ensemble Basiani
CAMPION SEOUL CONCERTS
The Contemporary Gugak Orchestra presented Professor Edmund Campion’s Audible Numbers on Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2019, at the National Gugak Center in Seoul, S. Korea.
Assistant Professor Maria Sonevytsky’s article “Radio Meydan: ‘Eastern’ Music and the Liminal Sovereign Imaginaries of Crimea” was recently published in Public Culture 31(1), 2019
COX & THE ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Music Chair Cindy Cox has been commissioned to compose a new work for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
GOODHEART AT RPI
Matthew Goodheart Ph.D. ’13 has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he will teach composition, improvisation, and sound installation
Leon Chisholm Ph.D ’15 is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Collaborative Research Center 980 at the Free University in Berlin, and a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute
OLIVARES & LES GENS DE BERKELEY
Clara Olivares, a graduate student in Composition and native of France, sat down for an interview with Les Gens de Berkeley
AZAHAR WINS AAUW FELLOWSHIP
Ph.D. Ethnomusicology student Christina Azahar has been named a 2019-20 Fellow by The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Jonathan Turner will present “Exploring Shifts in the Material Production of Sustainable Instrument Manufacturing at Blackbird Guitar” at the conference titled “Sustainable Sounds: Interrogating The Materials of Music Making Technologies,” to be held on Saturday, 11 May 2019, at St. Cecilia’s Hall Concert Room and Music Museum, University of Edinburgh