Kirsten Santos Rutschman receives Fulbright Award for 2015-16

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Musicology graduate student Kirsten Santos Rutschman has received the Fulbright U.S. Student Award. She will spend the 2015-16 academic year in Sweden, mainly in Stockholm and Uppsala, fostering mutual understanding through cultural exchange and conducting archival research for her dissertation on "Concepts of Folk in Nineteenth-Century Swedish Art Music.”…
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Alumni News: Summer 2015

An excellent article from Duke Magazine features three of our alumni composers: George Lam (Ph.D. '11), Bill Cunliffe ('78) and Michael Ching ('80). Carl Schimmel's (Ph.D. 2008) work, "Two Variations on Ascent into the Empyrean," was one of seven new pieces selected for the American Composers Orchestra's 24th Annual…
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John Supko on NOW Ensemble's new CD "Dreamfall"

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John Supko's piece, "divine the rest," is featured on NOW Ensemble's new CD Dreamfall (New Amsterdam Records). Dreamfall is "the fourth full-length release and third album of chamber repertoire from New York City new music mainstays NOW Ensemble. Sprawling in scope and ambition, the 76-minute album features seven composers…
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Duke senior Rowena Gan talks about math and music

Bryan Gilliam's book nominated for Kurt Weill Prize

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Bryan Gilliam's book, Rounding Wagner's Mountain: Richard Strauss and Modern German Opera (Cambridge), has been nominated for the Kurt Weill Prize. Awarded biennially by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, the Kurt Weill Book Prize encourages distinguished scholarship in the disciplines of music, theater, dance, literary criticism and history…
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Congratulations to our graduates and departmental award winners

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Major in Music Harish Eswaran Graduation with Distinction for his Senior Violin Recital which featured his original composition, “Carnatic Concerto” for Carnatic & Western Violin with Violin, Cello, and Mridangam. (Performed with Abigail Lin, Michael Lin, violins; Arjun Raghavan, mridangam; Won-Ji Lee, cello; and the composer, Harish Eswaran, Carnatic…
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Paul Bryan inducted into the NC Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame

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On May 3, 2015 Professor Emeritus Paul Bryan was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Bryan served as President of the NCBA from 1953-54. Adapted from the announcement on the NCBA website: Paul Bryan came to Duke University in 1951, where he conducted the…
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2015-16 Composition Competition

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The Department of Music 2015-16 Composition Competition will commission a student in the undergraduate program to write a new work for the Duke Symphony Orchestra. The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $500. In addition, the Music Department will cover the cost of printing the score & parts.…
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Ben Folds and yMusic collaborate with graduate composers

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In April 2015, Visiting Artist ensemble yMusic rehearsed arrangements of pop musician Ben Folds' original songs written by graduate students in the music department at Duke University for their upcoming tour. Over the last two years, yMusic has performed, recorded and collaborated with both undergraduate and graduate composition students…
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Thomas Brothers' "Louis Armstrong Master of Modernism" a 2015 Pulitzer Finalist

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Thomas Brothers' Louis Armstrong Master of Modernism (W.W. Norton) was selected as a “Finalist” for 2015, category Biography or Autobiography, for the Pulitzer Prize. "the masterfully researched second volume of a life of the musical pioneer, effectively showing him in the many milieus where he lived and worked in…
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