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 »

A Clickable Tour of Caribbean Musical History

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hans Sloane's published notations on the music transcribed by a "Mr. Baptiste." Below, this 1707 illustration is one of the earliest representation of a banjo-like instrument.The sonic precursor to centuries of influential music is a little-known two-page musical score tucked into a travel... 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 »

The Challenges of Performing the National Anthem

Monday, June 27, 2016
With summertime in full swing and the Fourth of July approaching, Duke music professor Susan Dunn can’t help but think of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “For professional singers, getting to sing the national anthem is a home run because it’s very impressive,” said Dunn, who is a former... Read More »

Chamber Music students perform for Duke Clinical Research Institute annual luncheon

Thursday, June 16, 2016
The audience was thrilled with the Duke student musicians: "I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Duke students’ performance. That first piece was quite intricate and required so much coordination. I was mesmerized as they performed it! The second number made my heart dance. What talent! Those... Read More »

Duke Student Synthesizes Music & Machinery

Friday, May 27, 2016
When rising sophomore Jeffrey Wubbenhorst began to restore a decommissioned synthesizer for his independent study, he wasn't sure what it would lead to. Fast forward a semester, and the Duke student and his refurbished Moog Synthesizer 1c -- affectionately nicknamed "Misty" or "Mystery Moog" --... 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 »