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Music to welcome Etienne Charles

The UC Berkeley Department of Music is pleased to announce critically-acclaimed artist, composer, and scholar Etienne Charles who will kick off the Department’s 2019 colloquium series on February 1st. Charles is a world-renown recording artist, composer, arranger, and assistant professor of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. His talk is titled “Untold Stories: Deepening context … Continue Reading »

Richard Taruskin, 1945-2022

Dear friends of the Berkeley Department of Music, We were saddened to learn this morning of the sudden passing of Professor Emeritus Richard Taruskin at the age of 77. The cause of death was esophageal cancer. Richard was a beloved and deeply engaged member of the Berkeley faculty from 1987 until his retirement in 2014. … Continue Reading »

Paige 2021

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 Opera Quarterly article: Journal of the Royal Musical Association article: SF Opera Ring Festival:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 Music Studies Colloquium: Juan Diego Díaz (UC Davis) and K. E. Goldschmitt (Wellesley College)   FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 Music Studies Colloquium: SEM preview   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020 Music Studies Colloquium: Philip Ewell (Hunter College, CUNY)   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 Music Studies Colloquium: David Samuels (NYU)   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, … Continue Reading »

Carla Shapreau, Curator of the Salz Collection of Stringed Instrument at Berkeley Music has recently contributed new publications on Nazi-era plunder and confiscation of musical instruments. “The Nazi Confiscation of Wanda Landowska’s Musical Collection and Its Aftermath” was published in vol. 32 (2020) of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry. She also published a chapter in The Oxford … Continue Reading »

Music Honors Class of Thirty-five Graduates in 2019 Commencement

Congrats to the class of 2019! Thirty-five students were recognized as graduates of the UC Berkeley Department of Music class of 2019 on Sunday, May 19 in Berkeley, CA. Commencement ceremonies took place in Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus and recognized four Ph.D, five M.A., and twenty-six undergraduate degree recipients.  In the keynote … Continue Reading »

Melissa J. Scott, graduate student in ethnomusicology, received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowship to conduct PhD dissertation fieldwork in Jordan

Melissa J. Scott, graduate student in ethnomusicology, received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowship to conduct PhD dissertation fieldwork in Jordan, to begin June 2019. Her project, titled “Sounding Place: Arab Music and Humanitarian Sentiment in Jordan,” examines how musicians and music institutions intersect with humanitarian initiatives and rhetoric in order to better … Continue Reading »

Q&A: Alumna Joyce Kwon ‘09 releases debut album

Music alumna Joyce Kwon is a recipient of the Hertz Traveling Fellowship, which is awarded to individuals who have manifested unusual talent in music and who show a bona fide intention to devote their lives to music. She received funding to study the Korean zither in Seoul for the academic year 2015-16. While in Korea, … Continue Reading »

Anthony Newcomb, noted musicologist, dies at 77

UC Berkeley dean and professor emeritus Anthony Newcomb passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, November 18th in Berkeley. A widely-respected music scholar, Newcomb’s research focused on vocal music of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras, and later the ontological connections between Wagner and 18th and 19th-century instrumental works. Newcomb was born New York … Continue Reading »

Three Melford Releases Slated for November

UC Berkeley Music Professor and world-renowned jazz pianist Myra Melford will mark the release of two albums and career retrospective Blu-ray disc in November on Firehouse 12 Records. Melford – whom the New Yorker called “a stalwart of the new-jazz movement” – will support the releases with a world tour that boasts stops across the … Continue Reading »