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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

Listen to a Podcast Interview with Professor Margaret Schedel

October 30, 2013 Comments off

Via Darwin Grosse:

“Podcast 3 introduces an old friend: Meg Schedel. I’ve known Meg for a long time; she’s part of the “New York Crew” that I interact with, and also was a co-worker at Cycling ’74 for a while. Meg now teaches at Stony Brook, but remains very active in the whole region doing installations, performance and seminars – both in visuals and audio. This was a very interesting interview, where we discuss background, teaching concepts, women in art and Deep Listening. An awesome chat, and a great opportunity to spend a little time with Meg. Enjoy!”

Composer Max Giteck Duykers (Ph.D. 2012) Wins ISU’s Music Now Competition

October 26, 2012 Comments off

Stony Brook Alum Composer Max Giteck Duykers’ String Quartet Glass Blue Cleft was selected as a winner of the Music Now Competition, and will be featured at ISU’s 46th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music, with guest composer Christopher Theofanidis.  Cellist and festival chair Kurt Fowler will lead a faculty performance.

Max Giteck Duykers is a composer whose work is dedicated to unusual beauty.  His music has been performed throughout the United States, in Italy, England, and Romania.  He was recently commissioned by the Jerome Foundationto compose The Apricots of Andujar for his father, tenor John Duykers, electro-acoustic percussionist Joel Davel, and pierrot sextet. This is a chamber opera which is being developed with acclaimed filmmaker and playwright Philip Gotanda and veteran director Melissa Weaver. The piece was workshopped with Birds on a Wire at Western Michigan University in March 2012, and will be premiered by Fear No Music in Oregon and by Earplay in San Francisco and Petaluma in the 2013-2014 season.

Duykers has also received commissions to compose music for over 35 theatrical, dance, film, and multimedia projects in the New York City area, and with the theatre group Prototype he was an artist-in-residence at HERE Arts Center in 2002-2004. In 2000-2001 he worked for Philip Glass’ The Looking Glass Studios and Dunvagen Music Publishers, where he did studio recording, Pro-Tools post-production, music sequencing, music copying and music editing for the Philip Glass Ensemble, film scoring projects, and operatic works.  He holds a BM from Oberlin Conservatory where he studied composition with Randy Coleman, and he has just finished his PhD at Stony Brook University where he studied with Sheila Silver. At Stony Brook he also taught music theory, musicianship and private composition to music majors.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Rebecca and sons Quinlan and Liev.

For for information, visit his website at

Categories: Alumni, Awards, Composition, Prizes

Stony Brook Alumnus Steven Mackey (MA, composition) Wins Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance

February 13, 2012 Comments off

Steven Mackey was born in 1956, to American parents stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. His first musical passion was playing the electric guitar, in rock bands based in northern California. He later discovered concert music and has composed for orchestras, chamber ensembles, dance, and opera. He regularly performs his own work, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works, and is also active as an improvising musician and performs with his band Big Farm.

His most Recent CD – Lonely Motel: Music From Slide – was nominated for 4 grammy awards including Best Contemporary Composition and Best Small Ensemble Performance. Also released in the fall of 2012 is his epic work for SO percussion – It Is Time – on Cantelope records. This release includes a DVD of the work by Mark DeChiazza.

He is currently working on piece for the SOLI ensemble in San Antonio Texas. In 2012 he will be writing a new work for the Brentano String Quartet and a large multi movement piece for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Stumble to Grace, his piano concerto for Orli Shaham, co-commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, the St. Louis and New Jersey Symphonies was recently premiered and TONIC, an orchestral work for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will premiere in February. He will also be performing in a variety of contexts including his role as guitarist and narrator in his music theater piece called SLIDE with eighth blackbird and Rinde Eckert.

As a composer, Mackey has been honored by numerous awards and has been the composer-in-residence at major music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Holland Festival. Among his commissions are works for the Chicago, St Louis, New World, San Francisco Symphonies, and Dutch Radio, symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, The Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, the Kronos Quartet, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, Fromm Music Foundation, Brentano String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Fred Sherry, Dawn Upshaw, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and many others.

As a guitarist, Mackey has performed his chamber music with the Kronos Quartet, Arditti Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Nexttime Ensemble (Parma), Psappha (Manchester), and Joey Baron. As a concerto soloist he has performed with many conductors including David Robertson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Peter Etvos, Dennis Russell Davies, and many others.

His monodrama, Ravenshead, for tenor/actor (Rinde Eckert) and electro-acoustic band/ensemble (the Paul Dresher Ensemble), has been performed nearly 100 times and is available on a MINMAX CD. In a year-end review of cultural events, USA Today crowned the work the “Best New Opera of 1998.”

Recent CD releases include Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse, an hour-long oratorio for amplified vocal ensemble, electric guitar quartet, and orchestra conducted by Gil Rose on the BMOP sound label. Dreamhouse was nominated for 4 Grammy awards including Best Classical Album of 2010. Also newly released is Busted Micro Shorts, three chamber works featuring percussionist Tim Williams and the Psappha ensemble. Other available discs of Mackey’s work include Lost and Found: Mackey performing his own solo electric guitar music, released by Bridge Records in 1996; Tuck and Roll: Michael Tilson Thomas conducting orchestral music by Mackey, released in 2001 by BMG-RCA Red Seal; String Theory: the Brentano String Quartet playing string quartets and string quartets with the addition of other instruments, released in 2003 on Albany Records; Heavy Light: Mosaic playing mixed chamber ensemble music, released in 2004 by New World Records. Interior Desigin (2006): featuring music for violin with Curtis Macomber on Bride Records and Speak Like the People, Write Like the King (2008): string quartets and octets for the Borromeo and Brentano Quartets also on Bridge Records. Tuck and Roll and Lost and Found both made the New York Times year-end top ten list, along with similar lists in several other publications. Individual works by Mackey are included on numerous collections on Nonesuch, BMG/Catalyst, CRI, Newport Classics, and many other labels.

Mackey is currently Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Music at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. Helping to shape the next generation of composers and musicians, he teaches composition, theory, twentieth century music, improvisation, and a variety of special topics. He regularly coaches and conducts new work by student composers, as well as 20th-century classics. He was the recipient of Princeton University’s first Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991.

Mackey’s web site is His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes. Hi lives in Princeton New Jersey with his wife, composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, and their son Jasper.

Ilari Kaila (Ph.D. 2010) Wins the 2011 Thayer Fellowship in the Arts and Patricia Kerr Ross Awards

May 13, 2011 Comments off

Albany – The State University of New York recently honored two students for exemplary achievement in the arts with the presentation of this year’s Thayer Fellowship in the Arts and Patricia Kerr Ross Awards.

“The Thayer Fellowship and Patricia K. Ross Award allow us to provide some of our most creative arts students with financial assistance as they embark on their individual creative journeys,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to both of these talented SUNY students for winning such prestigious and competitive awards.”

Each year, a Thayer Fellowship in the amount of $7,000 is awarded to one student, or shared among several students, who demonstrate outstanding achievement and high professional potential in the arts. The Patricia Kerr Ross Award, for $1,000 goes to o a student, or shared among several students, who have demonstrated excellence, originality, and promise. Both awards are intended as a bridge between SUNY study in the arts and entry into a professional career in the arts.

This year, two winners were chosen to share both the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts and Patricia Kerr Ross Award:

  • Ilari Kaila, Ph.D., in music and music composition, Stony Brook University
  • Jenna Josepher, BFA in graphic design, Purchase College

Artistic Director and SUNY Potsdam Distinguished Service Professor of Art Joseph Hildreth said, “The winners of the competition totally impressed the review panel with their excellence. They presented work consistent with that of experienced professionals. SUNY should take enormous pride in the education of students at this high level of accomplishment.”

About the Thayer Fellowship

The Thayer Fellowship was established in 1985-86 by the late Walter N. Thayer, Chairman of Whitney Communications, New York City, in honor of his wife, Jeanne C. Thayer, who was a SUNY trustee from 1974 to 1984 and an active supporter of the arts. The Thayers wanted to assist SUNY’s most talented young artists at the most difficult period of time for a young professional, when the struggle to make a living can overwhelm even the most dedicated individual. The fellowship helps the artist take advantage of important opportunities.

About the Patricia Kerr Ross Award

Patricia Kerr Ross dedicated 30 years of service to SUNY, where she began in 1969 as Assistant to the University Dean in the University-wide Program in the Arts. Ross directed the University-wide Programs in the Arts from 1971-91, and over the years, was also a board and committee member, panelist and speaker for a variety of arts-related organizations in New York State. She was a founding board member of the Gallery Association of New York State in 1973 and the Association of SUNY Arts Presenters in 1982. Following her death in 1999, Ross’ $30,000 bequest created the Patricia Kerr Ross Award to benefit graduates in the arts by enhancing the outreach of the Thayer Fellowship program.

Nearly 100 applications for the awards are received each year. The applications are evaluated by a Jury Panel of experts in the various arts disciplines. The finalists are then interviewed in person by the Jury Panel, and their work is reviewed during performances, readings, screenings, and exhibitions. At the end of this process, the jury panel determines the winners.

Categories: Alumni, Awards, Composition

DMA Student Ricardo Gallo releases “The Great Fine Line”

March 8, 2011 Comments off

Known for his partnerships with Ray Anderson and Peter Evans, Colombian expatriate Ricardo Gallo is becoming a noteworthy voice as a pianist and composer in American creative jazz. After obtaining critical acclaim with his Bogotá bands, in “The Great Fine Line” we find him in the company of some of the finest performers on the scene – trombonist Ray Anderson, bassist Mark Helias, saxophonist Dan Blake, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and drummer Pheroan AkLaff. All of them great improvisers, and all of them capable of the best interpretations of refined compositions, written by a jazz musician clearly interested in the contemporary classical tradition, at the same time incorporating elements of his native Latin American culture. The project Tierra de Nadie is inspired in a phrase of the novelist Julio Cortazar, stating that music is a no man’s land, a territory where the “fine line” separating genres and national/racial identities is getting blurrier. The result is a sort of imaginary folklore, reflecting the present day global condition of this music we call jazz. A refreshing, exquisite and hot-driven CD.

Ray Anderson, trombone
Dan Blake, saxophones
Mark Helias, bass
Satoshi Takeishi, drums and percussion
Pheeroan akLaff, drums
Ricardo Gallo, piano and compositions

Categories: Composition, Jazz, Piano, Recordings

Vi Hart (class of 2009) featured in New York Times article

March 7, 2011 Comments off
Categories: Alumni, Composition
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