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Scott Lee wins Symphony In C's 2016-17 Young Composers' Competition

Friday, January 13, 2017
Vicious Circles was read in March 2016 by the North Carolina Symphony as part of a year-long engagement between the Duke University Department of Music and the NCS, including symposia, concerts, visiting composers and conductors, and courses devoted to the large ensemble and its repertoire.... Read More »

Stephen Jaffe pays tribute to composer Karel Husa (1921-2016)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
From the News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), Jan. 3, 2017 by Stephen Jaffe North Carolinians busy with holidays and overwhelmed by the political events of 2016 may have missed news of the Dec. 14 passing of the prominent composer Karel Husa. He was 95. A United States citizen since 1959,... Read More »

Sid Richardson awarded fellowship by Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Friday, December 9, 2016
Sid Richardson is a doctoral candidate in Composition in the Duke University Department of Music, studying with Stephen Jaffe and John Supko. The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia.... Read More »

Alumnus Charles Youmans publishes "Mahler & Strauss: In Dialogue"

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Mahler & Strauss: In Dialogue was released by Indiana University Press in September 2016. The book "reconstructs the 24-year relationship between Mahler and Strauss" using a wealth of documentary material. Charles Youmans's research deals with musical aesthetics in late... Read More »

Project Orfeo: A concert of words and music inspired by Richard Powers’ novel Orfeo

Friday, September 9, 2016
In his 2014 novel Orfeo, National Book Award–winning author Richard Powers explores musical creation within the framework of the natural world-- what we know of energy, matter, and time-- through the character of Peter Els, erstwhile questing composer and “Biohacker Bach.”  Jonathan... Read More »

Ph.D. Composition student Justin Tierney wins 2016 LA Time-lapse Film Festival

Thursday, August 25, 2016
"Tokyo Aglow" is the second installment in Tierney's dissertation, at the CONFLUX, for his Ph.D. in composition at Duke. Tierney describes at the CONFLUX  as "a time-lapse film in three parts that explores the rhythm of urban Japan and its people." All the filming was done by... Read More »

Dan Ruccia's chamber improvisation ensemble Cyanotype releases its debut album, "Two Silent Schnauzers"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Led by violist and composer Ruccia, Cyanotype is an ever-shifting collective of improvisers who build complicated structures, melodies, and textures out of whatever personalities happen to be gathered. Fully improvised, "Two Silent Schnauzers" explores the timbral and sonic possibilities at play in... Read More »

Alumnus George Lam's Rhymes With Opera grabs the cover of Opera News

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
George Lam (Ph.D. Composition, 2011) is one of the founding members of Rhymes With Opera, one of three exciting, young opera companies profiled in the August 2016 issue of Opera News. In addition to his work as co-artistic director of Rhymes With Opera, George is also an assistant... Read More »

A Clickable Tour of Caribbean Musical History

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hans Sloane's published notations on the music transcribed by a "Mr. Baptiste." Below, this 1707 illustration is one of the earliest representation of a banjo-like instrument.The sonic precursor to centuries of influential music is a little-known two-page musical score tucked into a travel... Read More »

Scott Lee receives 2016 Charles Ives Scholarship

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Composer Scott Lee writes concert music infused with the visceral sounds of popular music. He has worked with musicians across genres, from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Da Capo Chamber Players, chatterbird, and... Read More »

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