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2017 Music Department Graduates

Friday, May 26, 2017
Music Graduation 2017 Undergraduate Degrees Conferred   First Major Jonathan Aisenberg, Highest Distinction: Composition, Filamentary, for Orchestra & Original Chamber Works Emily Levinstone Ying Ni Nicole Wong Second Major Xiating Chen Jake Grusd, ... Read More »

2017 Music Department Award Winners

Friday, May 26, 2017
Department of Music Awards The Ann-Marie Parsons Memorial Prize:  Justin Bryant This award was established in 1991 in memory of Ann-Marie Parsons (Trinity '92) and recognizes excellence in the field of jazz studies. The William Klenz Prize in Music Composition:  ... Read More »

Kirsten Santos Rutschman awarded Best Student Paper 2016-17 by the Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Her presentation was entitled, “Folksong Against the National Grain: Inventing Pan-Scandinavian Identity,” and derives in part from research towards her Ph.D. dissertation in progress. The AMS committee described Kirsten's paper as "superb (and superbly delivered)."

Alumna Penka Kouneva (Ph.D. 1997) composes music for NASA's "Heroes and Legends" exhibit

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The one-hour exhibit experience tells the story of the early space exploration and the astronauts who took part in them through 3D films, installations, mini-documentaries, and Augmented Reality. Kouneva's music, recorded with a large orchestra, is modern (hybrid) cinematic scoring... Read More »

Pianist David Geng (Class of '19) will perform at Carnegie Hall in May

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
David Geng is a rising Junior pursuing a Mathematics major, Computer Science minor, and on the Pre-Medical Track.  He is originally from Princeton, NJ and has been playing piano for 13 years. At Duke, he studies piano with Professor Randall Love. Most recently, David has been accepted... Read More »

Soprano Sara Womble (T '10) debuts this month with Boston Lyric Opera

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Read more about Boston Lyric Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro, running April 28-May 7, 2017. Sara Womble is a 2016-2017 Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera. She earned a MM in voice at Boston University, where she was a member of the Opera Theatre. At Duke, Sara studied... Read More »

Soprano Marlissa Hudson (T '99) sings at memorial service for Chuck Berry

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The public service for rock-n-roll legend Berry was held at the Pageant Concert Hall and Nightclub on April 9, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Berry died on March 18, 2017 at the age of 90. The details of the service were published in the New York Times. Watch the live recording of the memorial... Read More »

John Brown serves on jury for 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Angel's Bone is a "bold, operatic work that integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world."  Read the full description at pulitzer.org. John Brown is Director of the Jazz Program and... Read More »

John Brown & students perform at Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
John Brown, Director of the Duke Jazz Program, was performing with students and colleagues at a Duke Alumni event at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in late March.  President and Mrs. Brodhead were also in attendance.

Philip Rupprecht, new co-edited volume, "Tonality Since 1950"

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The volume is co-edited by Philip Rupprecht, with colleagues Felix Woerner (University of Basel) and Ullrich Scheideler (Humboldt-University, Berlin), and features 15 new chapters by North American and European scholars.  Tonality Since 1950 documents the debate surrounding one of the... Read More »

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