Graduate News

Minato Sakamoto

Graduate composer Minato Sakamoto's "Pacific 21" presented at the Society of Composers National Conference

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
View the video of the concert (Minato Sakamoto's "Pacific 21" is at 33:34) View the complete concert program. Minato Sakamoto is a Japanese composer, pianist, and improviser from Osaka. Ranging from classical concert music to electronic music with heavy uses of computational technologies... Read More »
Georgiary Bledsoe

Georgiary Bledsoe (Ph.D. musicology, 2002) is Co-Director of SankofaSongs Summer Institute

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
With a theme of Scott Joplin’s grand opera Treemonisha, the 2021 institute will offer three days of programming featuring an expert faculty, panel discussions, presentations, workshops and experiential learning. This groundbreaking initiative is presented by SankofaSongs and the Hayti Heritage... Read More »
scenes from a pigeon's wing

Graduate composer James Budinich's new EP, "scenes from a pigeon’s wing," released April 22

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Listen to scenes from a pigeon’s wing on bandcamp or Spotify. The 30-minute EP consists of four tracks: 1. Nascent 2. 5x8 3. White Stone (after Agnes Martin), feat. Kate Dreyfuss 4. The Way After All four tracks are from Budinich's collaborations with Pigeonwing... Read More »

Congratulations to our 2021 Ph.D. Graduates

Monday, April 26, 2021
Graduate Degrees Conferred Meredith Graham, Ph.D. (Musicology) Dissertation: “Multi-Text Anthology in the Choral Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells, Grace Williams, and Elizabeth Maconchy, 1919-1979” Committee Chair: Philip Rupprecht Karen Messina, Ph.D. (Musicology... Read More »
Brittany Green

Brittany Green receives New Music USA's Creative Development Fund Grant

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
New Music USA has awarded Brittany Green, a graduate PhD student in Composition, $3000 to purchase equipment for an installation she is collaborating on with Duke CMAC (Computational Media, Arts, & Cultures) PhD student Kate Alexandrite. Green says, "The project, Black... Read More »
Portfolio Project 2020

Portfolio Project: The Ciompi Quartet commissions Duke Graduate Composers 2020

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
In the summer of 2020, the Ciompi Quartet commissioned a unique project from four composers in Duke Music’s graduate program. The parameters of the commission were unorthodox: to find a solution to the compositional and performing challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic by creating short works... Read More »
Brittany Green and Sid Richardson

Brittany Green and Sid Richardson named 2021 Transient Canvas Composition Fellows

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Brittany Green, a current graduate student in Composition, and Sid Richardson (PhD Composition, 2018) were two of four composers chosen as winners of this year's Transient Canvas fellowship. Green and Richardson will each receive a stipend of $1000, three performances of their works, audio/video... Read More »
James Budinich by Elena Sippel

Graduate composer James Budinich's "White Stone" premieres at the Royal Danish Academy of Music

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
On March 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm EST, Budinich's White Stone (after Agnes Martin) for violin and electronics has its Danish premiere as part of the PULSAR Festival at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Watch the performance. Kate Dreyfuss premiered White Stone as part of her... Read More »
Joseph Joachim: Two Fantasies Rediscovered

Katharina Uhde (PhD musicology, 2014) releases CD of rediscovered works by Joseph Joachim

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The new CD, Joseph Joachim: Two Fantasies Rediscovered, released on the Soundset label, features Uhde as a soloist with the Radio Orchestra Warsaw. View the CD trailer. In 2016, Uhde rediscovered the two early fantasies, composed in the 1850s. “Fantasies on Hungarian and... Read More »
Sweet Thing book cover

Nicholas Stoia's book, "Sweet Thing: The History and Musical Structure of a Shared American Vernacular Form," released by Oxford University Press

Monday, February 8, 2021
As children, many of us learn to sing "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands." But despite the familiarity of this tune, few of us realize that what we're singing is actually part of a pervasive - and centuries-old - musical scheme. This particular pattern, the "Sweet Thing" scheme, has... Read More »