2016 Music Department Award Winners

Friday, May 13, 2016
Department of Music Awards The Ann-Marie Parsons Memorial Prize:  Anderson Michael Speed 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 »

Duke composers meet the North Carolina Symphony

Thursday, March 24, 2016
"Invès" by Yahn Wagner de Mello Pinto and "Vicious Circles" by Scott Lee were created especially for the orchestra.  The rehearsal capped a year-long engagement between the Duke University Department of Music and the North Carolina Symphony, including symposia, concerts, visiting... Read More »

David Kirkland Garner named to the faculty at the University of South Carolina

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
David Kirkland Garner received his Ph.D. in Composition in 2014.  Earlier this month, Mallarme Chamber Players premiered his new work for violin and piano, "The Sky Was Good for Flying," performed by Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon.  The work was commissioned by DiEugenio and Solomon... Read More »

Thomas Brothers's "Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism" receives Irving Lowens Book Award

Monday, March 21, 2016
In awarding the prize the committee writes: "Armstrong is the central figure in the creation of jazz, and Brothers’ Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism is the first critical study to do him justice. This book follows Louis Armstrong through a crucial phase of his life, from his... Read More »

Marlissa Hudson (T '99): Building a Career in Classical Music

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Marlissa Hudson received her formal training with Susan Dunn at Duke (T '99) and continued her vocal studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned awards for music at both schools, including a Peabody Career Development Grant. Described as a “superb lyric... Read More »

Music alumni come together in NY to play chamber music

Thursday, February 18, 2016
​Wenjia Xu writes: "Despite our different interests in Economics, Engineering, and Medicine, our love for music brought the four of us together during our time as undergraduate students at Duke. As we were all involved in the Duke Symphony Orchestra and various chamber ensembles, it was... Read More »

Master Classes with Lucas Meachem and Jennifer Koh

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The voice master class with Lucas Meachem took place on January 26, 2016 in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building.  Students participating: Samantha Arten, Alex Brunson, Shafali Jalota, Cole Jenson, and Madison Spahn. Jennifer Koh's violin master class, presented in... Read More »

2016 Benenson Awards in the Arts

Thursday, January 21, 2016
In the past, the Benenson Awards have supported projects such as:  the incorporation of technology and art with dance choreography; an interpretation of the Target icon into a multicolor landscape of circular shapes; a 10-15 minute film about the nation's interstate highway system completed... Read More »

Philip Rupprecht's "British Musical Modernism: the Manchester Group & their Contemporaries"

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
British Musical Modernism explores the works of eleven key composers to reveal the rapid shifts of expression and technique that transformed British art music in the post-war period. Responding to radical avant-garde developments in mainland Europe, the Manchester Group composers - Alexander... Read More »