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Faculty Position: Cello, Ciompi Quartet. The Department of Music announces an open rank search.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
FACULTY POSITION IN MUSIC CELLIST IN CIOMPI STRING QUARTET The Department of Music at Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina, invites applications for a full-time faculty position in cello and cellist with the Ciompi Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Duke University, to begin August... Read More »

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 »

Kaira Ba (The Great Peace): West African music featuring ethnomusicology graduate student Jonathan Henderson

Monday, August 14, 2017
Ethnomusicology graduate student Jonathan Henderson is a member of the band Kaira Ba (The Great Peace), based in central North Carolina.  Griot Diali Cissokho (a member of a family of professional musicians from Senegal), is Kaira Ba's lead singer and kora player.  In... 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 »

Alumna Penka Kouneva (Ph.D. 1997) composes music for NASA's "Heroes and Legends" exhibit

Saturday, August 12, 2017
The one-hour exhibit experience tells the story of the early space exploration and the astronauts who took part in them through 3D films, installations, mini-documentaries, and Augmented Reality. Kouneva's music, recorded with a large orchestra, is modern (hybrid) cinematic scoring... 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 »

2017 Music Department Award Winners

Friday, May 26, 2017
Department of Music Awards The Ann-Marie Parsons Memorial Prize:  Justin Bryant This award was established in 1991 in memory of Ann-Marie Parsons (Trinity '92) and recognizes excellence in the field of jazz studies. The William Klenz Prize in Music Composition:  ... 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)."

Pianist David Geng (Class of '19) will perform at Carnegie Hall in May

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
David Geng is a rising Junior pursuing a Mathematics major, Computer Science minor, and on the Pre-Medical Track.  He is originally from Princeton, NJ and has been playing piano for 13 years. At Duke, he studies piano with Professor Randall Love. Most recently, David has been accepted... Read More »

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