Graduate Awards News

PhD candidate Samantha Arten's article accepted by the journal Early Music

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Arten will defend her dissertation, "The Whole Booke of Psalmes, Protestant Ideology, and Musical Literacy in Elizabethan England," in spring 2018. Her PhD is supported this year by a Duke Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Penka Kouneva (Ph.D., Composition, 1997) inducted into Duke Graduate School's Few-Glasson Alumni Society

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Penka is generously supporting the graduate composition program at Duke through a recurring commission award that allows current students to compose works to be rehearsed and recorded by the North Carolina Symphony. Scott Lee, one of two graduate students to receive a commission in 2016, won... Read More »

David Kirkland Garner (Ph.D., Composition, 2014) releases new CD, "Dark Holler"

Monday, August 14, 2017
Dark Holler was recorded November 3-4, 2013 in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke's East Campus as a collaboration between the Department of Music and Duke Performances.  The album, released from New Focus Recordings on July 28, features members of the yMusic ensemble, as well as many Duke alumni... Read More »

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 »

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)."

Darren Mueller (Ph.D. 2015) has been awarded the Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award by the Society for American Music

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award is designed to recognize a single dissertation on American music for its exceptional depth, clarity, significance, and overall contribution to the field. American music is interpreted in all its historical and contemporary styles and contexts, including, but... Read More »

Dayton Kinney wins 2nd Prize in the American Prize for Opera/Theater/Film in the student division for her opera "Cold Hands"

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Dayton Kinney creates music that has won and has been recognized for numerous competitions at the international, national, and state levels. Performed in the U.S. and abroad, Dayton’s music has had notable performances by Deviant Septet, ICE, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rela Percussion,... 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 »

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 »

Duke composers meet the North Carolina Symphony

Thursday, March 24, 2016
"Invès" by Yahn Wagner de Mello Pinto and "Vicious Circles" by Scott Lee were created especially for the orchestra.  The rehearsal capped a year-long engagement between the Duke University Department of Music and the North Carolina Symphony, including symposia, concerts, visiting... Read More »

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