David Blake (Ph.D., Music History/Theory, 2014) Awarded the Joyce Tracy Fellowship

June 8, 2015 Comments off

David Blake (Ph.D., Music History/Theory, 2014) has been awarded the Joyce Tracy Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and a Geraldine E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award from the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. This research examines two episodes of popular music at American colleges a century apart: student music at four northeastern colleges (Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Williams) between 1850 and 1872; and the college concerts of Pete Seeger between 1952 and 1962. These grants will contribute to his book project, currently titled Recreation, Education, and Elitism: Popular Music in American College Student Life.

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Bassist Rachel Calin Joins Stony Brook Music Faculty

April 27, 2015 Comments off

The Department of Music is pleased to welcome bassist Rachel Calin to our faculty.  She will serve as interim double bass and chamber music coach in 2015-16.  Ms. Calin has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Live from Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival.  She also has performed with many contemporary music ensembles, including Sequitur, Composers Concordance, and Mosaic, and can be heard on numerous movie and commercial soundtracks, including “The Departed” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

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Matthew Barnson Wins a 2015 Guggenheim Award

April 10, 2015 Comments off

In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants.

Only eleven composers were awarded a Guggenheim in 2015. This is the second Guggenheim Award to be awarded to one of our faculty composers in the last three years. Professor Sheila Silver was awarded one in 2013.

You can find a complete list of the 2015 recipients here

Categories: Awards, Composition, Faculty

David Harary (B.A., Clarinet, 2015) Named URECA Researcher of the Month

April 1, 2015 Comments off

David Harary is a senior majoring in Music who has been involved in neuroscience research in the laboratory of Dr. Mary Kritzer (Neurobiology & Behavior) since his junior year. Funding for David’s project, “Non Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease: roles for sex and sex hormone effects on subthalamo-prefrontal connections” was provided in Summer 2014 by URECA. David will be presenting a poster on his research at the upcoming URECA campus-wide undergraduate research exhibition on APRIL 29th.

David is a Clarinetist/Bass Clarinetist, and will soon be performing an honors Senior Recital, with a preconcert lecture on April 12, at 12 PM in the Staller Center for the Arts Recital Hall that he prepared for under the mentorship of Professor Emerita Sarah Fuller and Doctoral Candidate Taylor Massey. David was a finalist in the 2014 and 2015 SB Undergraduate Concerto Competitions, and has developed his musicianship throughout his time at SB from his involvement with chamber and orchestral music ensembles. David also is a rower with Stony Brook University Crew, routinely practicing at 5:30am on Stony Brook Harbor. In his freshman year, David was named a Leadership and Service (LDS) Undergraduate College Fellow. He has served as a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry; and as a Student Advisor to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

David was born in NYC, and attended New Rochelle High School in Westchester. After attending a one-year Master’s in Neuroscience program at King’s College London, he plans to go to medical school.

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David Bernard (MM, 1988 Orchestral Conducting) Leads Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in The Rite of Spring

March 27, 2015 Comments off

DSC04167In February, David Bernard (MM, 1988 Orchestral Conducting), led the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in a performance of The Rite of Spring at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.  In its review of the performance, Lucid Culture exclaimed “Anyone who experienced Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for the first time in this performance is spoiled for life.”


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Hornist David Jolley Joins the Faculty Beginning Spring, 2015

January 14, 2015 Comments off

davidsolo-500x335The Department of Music is pleased to announce that hornist David Jolley is joining the faculty beginning Spring, 2015.

David Jolley has garnered praise from many quarters (The New York Times called him a hornist of “remarkable virtuosity” while Gramophone Magazine ranked him “a soloist second to none”). He has collaborated with some of the finest artists of our time, including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He was a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and currently plays with the wind quintet Windscape and he can be heard on over two dozen recordings.

A frequent soloist with orchestra, Jolley has appeared with symphonies across the U.S., including Detroit, Rochester, Memphis, San Antonio, Phoenix, Florida West Coast, New Mexico, and Vermont. Internationally, he has appeared with the National Symphony of Brazil in Rio de Janiero, the Kamerata Orchestra of Athens, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Israel Kamerata in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Jolley most recently performed with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in Enschede, where he performed Joseph Swenson’s Horn Concerto, “The Fire and the Rose.”

Jolley’s keen interest in enlarging the solo horn literature has led to the composition of many new works for him, including Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Concerto,” which Jolley premiered with Orpheus at Carnegie Hall. Other memorable works composed for Jolley include “Twilight Music” by John Harbison, “Dust and Shiver” by George Tsontakis, and George Perle’s “Duos for Horn and String Quartet,” premiered by Jolley and the Orion String Quartet at Alice Tully Hall. He most recently premiered the “Concerto for Horn” by Lawrence Dillon with the Carolina Chamber Orchestra.

He has performed in many summer festivals, including Marlboro, Sarasota, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Bowdoin, and the Music Academy of the West. Jolley has six solo recordings under the Arabesque label, including Mozart Concerti and Strauss Concert iwith the Israel Sinfonietta. Jolley is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Mannes College of Music, and Queens College-CUNY.

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Jay Loomis, (BA, 2015) is the Recipient of the Inaugural Angela and Dexter Bailey – URECA Award

September 15, 2014 Comments off

Jay Loomis,  a Music major (class of 2015),  is the recipient of the inaugural Angela and Dexter Bailey – URECA award  which supported his research over the summer on “Real-Time Auditory Feedback for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: Overcoming Akinesia with Music” — an interdisciplinary project involving Prof. Margaret Schedel and Prof. Daniel Weymouth of the Department of Music and the Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology (cDACT); and Prof. Lisa Muratori, Prof. Erin Vasudevan, and Peter Marcote of the Physical Therapy Department. The goal of the project is to use sonification to develop individual auditory cues based on gait specific motion analysis data – and to use the information in a biofeedback system so that individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) can use external sound cues to self-correct impaired gait patterns. The team presented their initial research on the interdisciplinary project as a poster at theMusic, Mind, Meaning Conference at John Hopkins University this past January; and Jay also presented a poster at URECA’s undergraduate poster symposium this past April.

At SB, Jay has worked as an  Events coordinator at the Craft Center; has interned/volunteered at the Freedom School in Summers 2013 and 2014; and has been involved with SB theater productions (MacBath, Timon of Athens, Hamlet); and numerous music performances (e.g. jazz combo concerts, SB Composers concert, sonic spring electronic music concert). From 2009 to the present, Jay also worked part-time as a care provider at an AHRC group home for adults with developmental disabilities (including motion and movement disabilities), an experience which prepared him well for the current research project. He is the recipient of the Arthur Lambert Memorial Scholarship for a music student. Last fall, Jay co-performed and presented alongside Tim Vallier a composition called “Limbic Hemispheres”at the TEDxSBU conference. With wide-ranging interests in sonification, music therapy, ethnomusicology, jazz, and instrument construction, Jay currently plans to apply for PhD programs in musicology or ethnomusicology.

For the full interview/feature, please go to: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/researcher-month.shtml
Past Researchers of the Month: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/previous.shtml
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