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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

COMMENCEMENT 2020

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

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

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.

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

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

CAL WEEK 2020

The Undergraduate Committee will host two Virtual Cal Day Zoom meetings this Saturday 4/18, at 10am and 5pm PST for one hour each

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.

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