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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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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.

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Bethany Cencer (Ph.D. candidate Music History/Theory) Awarded a Huntington Library Travel Grant

April 30, 2014 Comments off

Bethany Cencer (Ph.D. candidate Music History/Theory) was awarded a Huntington Library Travel Grant for study in the UK. She will use this one-month award to conduct research at the British Library, London. This research will contribute to a chapter in her dissertation on English partsong. Bethany’s dissertation explores how vocal music (catches, canons, and glees) composed and performed in all-male vocal clubs in London contributed to evolving views on masculinity during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

At the British Library, Bethany will examine how elegiac songs composed by club members can provide a more nuanced understanding of masculine expressions of grief. On a personal level, members composed and performed biographical songs to mourn and commemorate friends who had recently passed. More generally, members set contemporaneous elegiac poetry to music, as a method of confronting their own mortality. Bethany’s research will integrate music and non-music sources to identify how partsong helped to shape British cultures of mourning.

Categories: Current Students

David Blake (Ph.D. candidate, Music History/Theory) Awarded Grant Through Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

December 4, 2013 Comments off


David Blake (Ph.D. candidate, Music History/Theory) was awarded a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholar Program at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives in Cleveland. The grant supports two weeks of research in residence at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. David will be examining primary source radio broadcasts, fanzines, and magazines associated with alternative rock scenes in Cleveland and Champaign-Urbana during the 1980s for a book project on non-mainstream popular music and American universities.


Nara Lee (B.A. Piano, May 2014) Winds First Prize in American Protégé International Music Talent Competition

December 4, 2013 Comments off

Bethany Cencer (Ph.D. candidate in Music History/Theory, DMA candidate in Harpsichord Performance) Selected for National Fellowship

April 5, 2013 Comments off

Bethany Cencer head shotBethany Cencer (Ph.D. candidate in Music History/Theory, DMA candidate in Harpsichord Performance) was awarded a Kanner Fellowship in British Studies by the UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies. The award supports three months of research at the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library during the 2013-14 academic year.

The fellowship is open to both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars conducting research in any area pertaining to British history and culture, and is given to one or two scholars per granting period. Bethany is the first musicologist to have received this prestigious award.

At the Clark Library, she will examine manuscripts and rare books pertaining to her dissertation, “Wine, Ritual, and Brotherhood: Masculinity and English Partsong Societies, 1690–1800.” The Kanner Fellowship will provide Bethany with access to important music and non-music primary sources including song anthologies, prefaces to psalters, vocal treatises, sermons, religious tracts, and courtesy books.

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Eleanore Oppenheim (DMA Candidate, Double Bass) Awarded CAP Recording Grant

January 4, 2013 Comments off

New Music USA’s third annual round of the Composer Assistance Program for Recording proved to be our most competitive round of applications to date, with a 140% increase in applicants from 2011, requesting over $2 million dollars in support. Our peer panelists had their work cut out for them, but after weeks of remote review and an intensive 2-day, in-person meeting here at our offices in New York City, we were left with an immensely talented final group of composers, performers, and artists who represent a tremendously diverse range of musical and aesthetic styles. Our final mix of awardees includes DVDs, video companions, CDs, digital releases, and works incorporating jazz, voice, multi-media, opera, film, string quartet, Partch instruments, thermin and shakuhachi, juststrokerods and zoomoozophone, instructional compositional videos for percussion, works for solo bass and electronics, among many other creative compositions and performances, all listed below.

Without giving too much away, we think it’s safe to say that the 2012 Composer Assistance Program for Recording awardees are some of the more unique – and extraordinary – artists that define and pioneer our field today.

“Home” is a self-released, ongoing commissioning project founded by bassist Eleonore Oppenheim in 2006, aiming to inspire talented emerging composers to create exciting repertoire for the upright bass. The works featured on this album are of composers Florent Ghys, Wil Smith, Angélica Negrón and Jenny Olivia Johnson. These composers offer a range of compelling techniques, unique sonic textures, and genre-defying idioms for upright bass.  Johnson places the instrument in a rock setting, adding guitar effects to create a sound world akin to noise rock; while Negrón utilizes the performer’s voice, a gamelan-like electronics track, and the body of the bass as a resonating chamber for music box. Ghys, a bassist himself, creates beautifully interlocking melodic lines by layering sounds of the instrument with speech samples and live singing. Smith includes distorted, manipulated electronic samples of the bass while challenging the instrument’s extended percussive capabilities. The CD is virtuosic without sounding difficult, stylistically varied, but with a cohesiveness of aesthetic: to explore and experiment with the boundaries of the physical instrument, the player, and the genre associated with each work. Oppenheim will release the album in April of 2013.

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