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LES ESPACES PHYSIQUES

Assistant Professor Carmine Emanuele Cella will join a cross-residency with Sixtrum to create his triptych for augmented percussion instruments

DEEP FAKE PROGRAM IN MORRISON HALL

Rafael Valle, who records quadraphonic artist Suzanne Ciani, completed his interdisciplinary Ph.D. dissertation with co-chairs, Professor Edmund Campion (Music), and Sanjit Seshia (EECS), and Professor Ken Ueno (Music).
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CHOOSE YOUR IDENTITY PROVIDER

Composition graduate student Jeremy Wexler was awarded 2nd prize commission in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commissioning Competition for his acousmatic piece Choose your identity provider. The piece was also featured at this year’s National Student Electronic Music Event and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.

2021 UNIVERSITY MEDALIST

Leyla Kabuli, a senior graduating in Music and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is the winner of the 2021 University Medal, UC Berkeley’s highest undergraduate honor.

CHENG AT ACDA

Wei Cheng, Director of Choral Programs, recently presented at the American Choral Director Association national conference on conducting technique, entitled “conducting/non-conducting: expressiveness reinterpreted.”

KIRSTEN PAIGE

Kirsten S. Paige, Ph.D. ’18 Has recently been published in Opera Quarterly and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association and will participate in San Franciso Opera’s Ring Festival throughout March

RADION SINFONIAORKESTERI

Composition Graduate Student Maija Hynninen’s piece “Incandescence,” a Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, will be performed by The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

150 YEARS OF WOMEN AT BERKELEY

Helen Farnsworth, the first-ever employee in the Music Department, has been honored as part of 150 Years of Women at Berkeley Celebration.

HIVE CHOIR

Composition Graduate Student Didem Coskunseven recently collaborated with Belfast’s HIVE Choir on their song “Murmuration,” adding electronics and visuals

BOND PUBLISHED

Visiting Lecturer Brian Bond published the chapter in the edited volume “Modern Sufis and the State: The Politics of Islam in South Asia and Beyond” (Columbia University Press)

GOURLEY PRESENTS AT MIT, NAMED TITLE VIII FELLOW

Ethnomusicology graduate student Ryan Gourley presented his research virtually at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  and was named a Title VIII Fellow at the IU Summer Language Workshop

UENO AWARDED CREATIVE DISCOVERY GRANT

Prof. Ken Ueno was recently awarded a Creative Discovery Grant from Berkeley Arts + Design to reimagine his composition class to respond to the pandemic

OLIVARES NAMED ASSOCIATE COMPOSER

Graduate student Clara Olivares was announced Associate-Composer at Paris Chamber Orchestra. Her commissions include a piece to be played along Mozart’s Requiem and her piece “Blue Spine” amongst others

GOURLEY PRESENTS IN AUSTRALIA

Ryan Gourley presented at the “Music and Politics in the 1930s” symposium

SHAPREAU PUBLISHES RESEARCH ON NAZI-ERA CONFISCATION OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Carla Shapreau, Curator of the Salz Collection of Stringed Instrument at Berkeley Music has recently contributed two publications on histories of confiscations and issues of repatriations of ancient instruments in Nazi Germany.

THE MANY FASHION-FORWARD HATS OF MELFORD

Berkeleyside profiles Professor Myra Melford, and her expanded creative purview as an educator and curator

GREENBERG’S MISSION

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.

SOUND EVIDENCE

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.
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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)

BAMBERGER ACHIEVEMENT

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

HER HOLINESS

New opera by Graduate Student composer Curtis Rumrill titled “Her Holiness, The Winter Dog,” premieres

DONAUESCHINGER MUSIKTAGE

Graduate composition student Didem Coskunseven’s piece “Ext.TheWoods.Night” will be performed by Ensemble Nikel at the 100th annual Donaueschinger Musiktage on October 17th.

32 SONATAS

Professor Nicholas Mathew will perform as part of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle at SFJazz with Mari Kodama to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday
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SCHUMAKER TO UC SANTA CRUZ

In fall 2021, Matt Schumaker (Ph.D. 2015) joins the Arts Division of UC Santa Cruz as Assistant Professor in Music, continuing his artistic research and teaching in the areas of computer music and music technology.

PAIGE JOINS NC STATE FACULTY

Kirsten Paige Ph.D. ’18 will join the faculty at NC State as an Assistant Teaching Professor.

SOUNDSCAPES

UC Berkeley’s Panel of Digital Media Artists, Conductors, and Musicians created a virtual gallery concert experience. Born from a collaboration between the UCBSO and UCB Department of Art Practice.

NTNU

Heather Frasch (Ph.D. 2011) will be joining the team at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU as Associate Professor in Music Technology.

2021 UNIVERSITY MEDALIST

Leyla Kabuli, a senior graduating in Music and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is the winner of the 2021 University Medal, UC Berkeley’s highest undergraduate honor.

CHENG AT ACDA

Wei Cheng, Director of Choral Programs, recently presented at the American Choral Director Association national conference on conducting technique, entitled “conducting/non-conducting: expressiveness reinterpreted.”

FUKUSHIMA TEN YEARS LATER

Assistant Professor Carmine Cella recently presented at the symposium titled “Fukushima 10 years,” organized by the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory

POETRY & THE SENSES

Professor Ken Ueno has been named a Poetry & the Senses Faculty Fellow. Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center the program creates opportunities for engagement with regional poetry communities.

BROWN FELLOWSHIP

Musicology graduate student Parkorn Wangpaiboonkit has been awarded the prestigious Howard Mayer Brown dissertation fellowship by the American Musicological Society for his project “Sounding Civilization: Race and Sovereignty in the Imperial Opera of Siam, 1870-1910.”

SONEVYTSKY WINS LOCKWOOD

Music faculty member Maria Sonevytsky’s book “Wild Music: Sound and Sovereignty in Ukraine” has been awarded the prestigious Lewis Lockwood Award from the American Musicological Society.

AMS 2020

Graduate Students Ryan Gourley and Amalya Lehmann, as well as Professor Nicholas Mathew, are presenting at this year’s virtual AMS in addition to the many former Berkeleyans featured on the program.

ASK THE EXPERTS

Music alum Michael Sy Uy (B.A. ’07) has published a new book “Ask the Experts: How Ford, Rockefeller, and the NEA Changed American Music,” through Oxford University Press

COSKUNSEVEN COLLABORATES ON FILM

Graduate Composition Student Didem Coskunseven worked with visual artist Shania Selvendran to premiere a film at Sound, Science and Technology Association’s concert series Sonic Practice Now

MORRISON BEDROOM EXPERIMENT

Ben Goldberg’s Music 116 Jazz Theory and Performance students released an album called “Cool It,” recorded entirely during shelter in place during Spring 2020

SIMON DARTMOUTH FELLOW

Musicology Graduate Student Danni Simon has accepted a three-year postdoc at the Dartmouth Society of Fellows beginning fall 2020

BEHIND THE GLASS

Ethnomusicology graduate student Jonathan Turner presents at AMS pre-conference Backstage and Behind the Glass Sponsored by the Popular Music Study Group

SUMMER SESSIONS 2020

Berkeley Music is offering a complete catalog of summer sessions courses REMOTELY for 2020, including performance opportunities

HALCYON

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.

 

SHAPREAU PUBLISHES NEW WORK ON INSTRUMENT TRADING IN WARTIME PARIS.

“Documenting the Violin Trade in Paris, 1930-1945:  The Archives of Albert Caressa and Émile Français” was published in Collecting and Provenance: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019)

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

MELFORD PREMIERE

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

19TH CENTURY MUSIC

Kirsten Paige (Ph.D. 2018) guest-edited and contributed an essay to a special issue of 19th-Century Music (“Music and the Invention of Environment”) that appeared in August 2021. Professor James Q. Davies also authored an essay for the volume.
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LIKE FLESH

Like flesh, a new chamber opera by composer Sivan Eldar (Ph.D. Music Composition, 2016) and librettist Cordelia Lynn wins the 2021 FEDORA Opera Prize. Like Flesh will premiere at Opéra de Lille in January 2021, and will tour to Opéra national de Montpellier, Opéra national de Lorraine (Musica Festival), and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerp.

FINALISTS

4 of the 5 finalists for the 2021 University Medal have strong ties to Berkeley Music. 3 Music Majors and a UCBSO participant were amongst the finalists.

IMPULS

Oren Boneh, Ph.D. in Music Composition (2021), has been awarded by the International Composition Competition a commission to create a new work for the famed ensemble Klangforum Wien to be premiered at the Impuls Festival in Graz, Austria, 2023.

STRANGE FRUIT

Professor Ken Ueno’s arrangement of “Strange Fruit” will stream on Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope series on Friday, April 23, 2021.

EDWIN DUGGER 1940-2021

The Department of Music mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus Edwin Dugger, who passed away in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 20, 2021 at the age of 80 after a long illness.

MONC OPERA AWARDS

Mezzo-Soprano Erin Alford ’14 has been awarded the Encouragement Award from MONC Kansas City District

CERENEM

Read Composition Graduate Student Andrew Blanton’s interview in the most recent issue of the CeReNeM Journal.

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

Kirsten Paige (Ph.D. ’18) participated in an online panel and contributed an essay to the program guide for the Michigan Opera Theater premiere of “Götterdämmerung.”

2020 HELLMAN FELLOW

Assistant Professor Maria Sonevytsky has been awarded a Hellman Fellows Fund to develop work on Soviet children’s music

INSITUTO DE ETHNOMUSICOLOGIA

Andrew Snyder (Ph.D. ’18) was awarded a research position in affiliation with the Insituto de Etnomusicologia at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal

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.

BERKELEY PODCAST FOR MUSIC

An open-source podcast on all things Music from UC Berkeley Department of Music. Episode 1 features Professor Nicholas Mathew on the life, music, and activism of Malvina Reynolds

STUDENT TECH EQUITY PROGRAM

Students who do not have access to the technology resources they need are invited to apply now to the Student Tech Equity Program (STEP) to be considered for a new laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, or other resources to support their studies in time for Fall semester

BLANTON PROMOTED AT CADRE

Current Ph.D. composition student Andrew Blanton has been given tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in the Digital Media Art program and CADRE Media Labs at San Jose State University

LO AWARDED BCNM FELLOWSHIP

Composition Graduate Student Kevin CK Lo was awarded BCNM Summer Research Fellowship to create new music involving an industry LiDAR sensor as an interactive component at CNMAT

RADIO MEYDAN

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

CHISHOLM ’15

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)

SUSTAINABLE SOUNDS

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