Alumni

Carl Schimmel's "Two Variations on Ascent into the Empyrean," was one of seven new pieces selected for the American Composers Orchestra's 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings

An excellent article from Duke Magazine catches up with alumni composer George Lam (Ph.D. '11). George is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at York College, The City University of New York, as well as a co-artistic director of Rhymes With Opera.

Joy's new book, Arnold Schoenberg's 'A Survivor from Warsaw' in Postwar Europe, was released this month from the University of California Press. Calico is Assoc. Prof. of Musicology at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University.

Kelley has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Dr Ken Shifrin (Class of 1974) was President of the Wind Symphony while a student at Duke. A native of Washington, DC, he earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from Oxford University and is Principal Trombone (former) of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (England). From 2000-2004, he was a Research Scholar at the Czech Academy of Science.

Michael's paper, "Dissonant Harmony and 'Seed-Tones': Organic Coherence in the Piano Music of Dane Rudhyar," will be published in Music Theory Online in June.

Paul Leary (Ph.D. 2011) and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz were featured on WUNC 91.5 FM's "The State of Things" on March 6, discussing the premiere of Leary's piece, "Perfume," a tribute to the music of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.

Talya has won the Italo Tajo Memorial Award in the Opera Scholarship Competition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Thom has been appointed Assistant Professor at the Raclin School of Music, Indiana University-South Bend.

Since graduating from Duke, McStoots has performed around the world with such groups as Boston Lyric Opera, Pacific MusicWorks, Boston Camerata, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New Haven Symphony, Tragicomedia, and the Tanglewood Music Center. 

Hsu’s solo harp piece, Huan, received performances by Chia-Yuan Liang in New York City and Taiwan, and was featured as semi-finalist repertoire for the USA International Harp Competition. 

In 2008 Hirsch received a publication contract through the University of Michigan Press for her book, Hitler's Jewish Orchestra: Musical Politics in the Berlin Jewish Culture League.

"Ever since I was a boy, classical music has made me weep uncontrollably. I hope The Composer Is Dead does the same for a new generation. It’s certainly either alarmingly original or originally alarming." - Lemony Snicket

Atlas and Boerner operate SoundPure, a high-end guitar and music gear boutique and recording studio in Durham, NC.