John Brown

John V. Brown serves as Chair of the Jury for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
In addition to León's Stride, the other two finalists were Ted Hearne's Place and Maria Schneider's Data Lords. Read the full description at Professor Brown is Vice Provost for the Arts, Director of the Jazz Program, and Professor of the Practice of... Read More »
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 »

Duke Opera Theater and Duke Chorale videos highlight creative approach to vocal performances

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Two videos premiering this weekend highlight the vocal groups' commitment to creating new art in challenging times. Duke Opera Theater: Flute & Figaro al Fresco Friday, April 30 7:30 pm EDT, Online at "Flute & Figaro al Fresco"... 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 »
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Music Department Awards 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021
Music Department Awards The Julia Wilkinson Mueller Prize for Excellence in Music Holly Kim This award is in honor of a former chair of the Department of Music and member of the Ciompi Quartet. It goes to a graduating senior for achievement in musical performance. The William Klenz Prize... 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 »
PB conducting

Paul R. Bryan Jr. (March 7, 1920 - March 25, 2021)

Sunday, March 28, 2021
The Duke University Department of Music is saddened by the loss of our friend, colleague, and mentor, Dr. Paul Bryan. "PB," as he was affectionately known, was Professor of Music and Conductor of the Duke University Wind Symphony from 1951-1988. He organized and led the Duke Wind... Read More »