Sarah Curzi

Sarah Curzi is an independent composer and business owner. She leveraged her training as an educator to create, a website that helps students navigate their college experience. Her music is available at and will be released on an upcoming album by Petrichor Records.

Amy Scurria

Amy is currently creating a new opera with singer and producer, Kelly Balmaceda. She's also launched a radio show, Composer’s Studio, that features interviews with living composers. Previous interviews are archived and a podcast will be available soon.

Claire Fontijn

Claire Fontijn’s edited volume, Uncovering Music of Early European Women (1250-1750), was published by Routledge in June 2020. The book brings together nine chapters that investigate aspects of female music-making and musical experience in the medieval and early modern periods. Claire Fontijn is Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music at Wellesley College.

David Plylar

A senior music specialist at the Library of Congress, David Plylar spearheaded The Boccaccio Project in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The project, a series of 10 short videos featuring new, commissioned pieces, premiered daily from June 15-26, 2020.

George Lam

George Lam has accepted an appointment as Associate Professor of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University, beginning Fall 2020.

Imani Mosley

Imani Mosley (Ph.D. 2019) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Music (Musicology) at the University of Florida School of Music.

Paul Leary

Composer Paul Leary (Ph.D. 2011) has been promoted to Associate Professor at SUNY-Oswego.

Paul Sommerfeld

Paul Sommerfeld received his Ph.D. in Musicology in 2017 and completed an M.S. in Library Science from Catholic University of America in 2019. He works as a music librarian and historian for the Music Division of the Library of Congress, while continuing to publish his research in film music.

Thandolwethu Mamba

Thandolwethu will be attending the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Fall 2020, to study voice with Kim Josephson.

Todd Bashore

Jazz saxophonist Todd Bashore recorded a multitrack solo performance of his transcription of Take 6's "A Quiet Place" during the Covid-19 pandemic. He teaches Jazz Analysis at Queens College and is active in New York as a performer, recording artist, composer, and arranger.

Candace Bailey

Candace Bailey (Ph.D. 1992) has been awarded The Kate Winkle Keller Fellowship for Research in Early American Music for 2019-2020.

Angela Mace Christian

The Royal Society of London performed Fanny Hensel's Easter Sonata, attributed to Hensel by Angela Mace Christian, on International Women's Day 2017.

Clara Yang

Clara Yang (T '11) was granted a Fulbright Graduate Degree Grant to spend time in London, England pursuing a Masters in Music Leadership (MMus) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Dan Ruccia

Dan Ruccia's (Ph.D. composition, 2013) group Cyanotype released Birdsongs of a Necromancer, a digital-only album recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Darren Mueller

Darren Mueller has been awarded the "Best Essay in Popular Music Scholarship" from the Popular Music Study Group of the AMS for his article (based on a dissertation chapter) "The Ambassadorial LPs of Dizzy Gillespie: World Statesman and Dizzy in Greece," Journal of the Society for American Music 10:3 (2016). 

David Kirkland Garner

David Kirkland Garner's new CD, "Dark Holler," was released by New Focus Recordings on July 28, 2017.  The recording features his dissertation piece for large chamber orchestra.

Ivy Zhou

Ivy Zhou auditioned in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions of the North Carolina District on January 21, 2017 and received an Encouragement Award.  

Jean-Paul Montagnier

Jean-Paul Montagnier's new book, The Polyphonic Mass in France, 1600-1780, will be released in May 2017 by Cambridge University Press.

Kristina Warren

Kristina Warren (Trinity '11, BA: Music Composition) is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University.

Page Stephens

Page Stephens is Assistant Director for Operations at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin. She is also a performing mezzo soprano and maintains a private voice studio.

Penka Kouneva

Penka Kouneva (Ph.D., Composition, 1997) was one of three 2017 inductees into the Graduate School's Few-Glasson Alumni Society.

Sara Womble

Sara Womble made her debut in 2017 with Boston Lyric Opera, performing the role of Barbarina (and covering Susanna) in BLO's production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.

Carl Schimmel

Carl Schimmel has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the School of Music, Illinois State University.

Charles Youmans

Charles Youmans, Associate Professor of Music at Penn State, has recently published Mahler and Strauss: In Dialogue (Indiana University Press, 2016). The book "reconstructs the 24-year relationship between Mahler and Strauss" using a wealth of documentary material.

Georgiary Bledsoe

Georgiary Bledsoe is Founder and Director of BUMP: The Triangle, a non-profit music education organization with a focus on music of the African Diaspora. BUMP was recently featured on My Carolina Talk.

Katharina Uhde

Katharina Uhde has been awarded honorary membership in the Society of Musicology Ireland for "particularly notable contributions to furthering musicology in Ireland." She recently presented at two Irish musicology conferences: one this past September and one in October 2015. Uhde is Associate Professor in Violin and Musicology at Valparaiso University, IN.

Lauren DeLucia

Lauren DeLucia is Manager of Individual Giving at Symphony Space, NY, NY.

Marlissa Hudson

Soprano Marlissa Hudson returned to Duke on February 22, 2016 to present a workshop for undergraduates entitled “Where Your Passion Meets Your Purpose” - exploring unconventional paths to a career in music. She talked about harnessing social media and crowd sourcing as a viable alternative to more traditional career building methods in the arts.

Talya Lieberman

Recently described by Opera News as "poetically compelling," "delectably stylish" and "technically refined," soprano Talya Lieberman is equally at home with operatic, art song, and musical theater repertoire.  Starting in September 2016 she will be seen frequently on stage at Komische Oper Berlin, where she will be assuming the soprano position in the Opernstudio.

Thom Limbert

Thom has been accepted a position at Sonoma State University as Assistant Professor of Music.

Joy Calico

Joy's new book, Arnold Schoenberg's 'A Survivor from Warsaw' in Postwar Europe, was released this month from the University of California Press. Calico is Assoc. Prof. of Musicology at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University.

Kelley Tatro

Kelley has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Ken Shifrin

Dr Ken Shifrin (Class of 1974) was President of the Wind Symphony while a student at Duke. A native of Washington, DC, he earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from Oxford University and is Principal Trombone (former) of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (England). From 2000-2004, he was a Research Scholar at the Czech Academy of Science.

Michael Trinastic

Michael's paper, "Dissonant Harmony and 'Seed-Tones': Organic Coherence in the Piano Music of Dane Rudhyar," will be published in Music Theory Online in June.

Jason McStoots

Since graduating from Duke, McStoots has performed around the world with such groups as Boston Lyric Opera, Pacific MusicWorks, Boston Camerata, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New Haven Symphony, Tragicomedia, and the Tanglewood Music Center. 

Chiayu Hsu

The American Academy of Arts and Letters 2016 Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award in music composition was awarded to Chia-Yu Hsu.

Lily Hirsch

In 2008 Hirsch received a publication contract through the University of Michigan Press for her book, Hitler's Jewish Orchestra: Musical Politics in the Berlin Jewish Culture League.

Nathaniel Stookey

"Ever since I was a boy, classical music has made me weep uncontrollably. I hope The Composer Is Dead does the same for a new generation. It’s certainly either alarmingly original or originally alarming." - Lemony Snicket

Todd Atlas & Chris Boerner

Atlas and Boerner operate SoundPure, a high-end guitar and music gear boutique and recording studio in Durham, NC.