Graduate News

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 »

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 »

2016 Music Department Graduates

Friday, May 13, 2016
Music Graduation 2016 Undergraduate Degrees Conferred   First Major Judner (Jay) Attys ​Michael Devito, High Distinction: Paper, “Modern Jazz: a Study in Composition and Performance” Adriana Dickerson Sophia Santore, Distinction: Composition, It Happened, and... 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 »

David Kirkland Garner named to the faculty at the University of South Carolina

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
David Kirkland Garner received his Ph.D. in Composition in 2014.  Earlier this month, Mallarme Chamber Players premiered his new work for violin and piano, "The Sky Was Good for Flying," performed by Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon.  The work was commissioned by DiEugenio and Solomon... Read More »

Thomas Brothers's "Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism" receives Irving Lowens Book Award

Monday, March 21, 2016
In awarding the prize the committee writes: "Armstrong is the central figure in the creation of jazz, and Brothers’ Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism is the first critical study to do him justice. This book follows Louis Armstrong through a crucial phase of his life, from his... Read More »

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