Bryan Gilliam's book nominated for Kurt Weill Prize

    • Rounding Wagner cover
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

    • Harish Eswaran
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

    • DSO Beethoven's Ninth
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

    • Ben Folds and graduate composers
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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Graduate Awards and News

    • Scott Lee with orchestra
Scott Lee has won the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award for his piece Bottom Heavy. Scott will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015. Bottom Heavy was created for and recorded during the Da…
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PROVOKE: Digital Sound Studies

    • Darren Mueller
Department of Music doctoral student Darren Mueller is one of the three editors of PROVOKE: Digital Sound Studies, a new web collection of digital projects mixing sound studies, digital humanities and audio arts. The collection includes the work of two other Music graduate students, Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden and Kenneth David…
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Master Classes: Spring 2015

    • William Conable
All master classes are free and open to the public. CELLO MASTER CLASS WITH WILLIAM CONABLE Tuesday, January 13 @ 5 pm Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE MASTER CLASS WITH WILLIAM CONABLE Thursday, January 15 @ 7:30 pm Room 101, Biddle Music Building William Conable enjoys…
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Musicology Lecture Series: Spring 2015

    • naomi waltham smith
Friday, January 30 @ 4 pm Biddle Music Building, Library Seminar Room Naomi Waltham-Smith (University of Pennsylvania) "Beethoven's Blush" Naomi Waltham-Smith's research sits at the intersection of music theory and Continental philosophy. She is interested in how the critical resources of recent French and Italian thought might be deployed…
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