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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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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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Stony Brook Department of Music Welcomes the Calidore String Quartet as “Quartet-in-Residence”

July 28, 2014 Comments off



The Stony Brook University Department of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of the Calidore String Quartet, hailing from the renowned Los Angeles conservatory the Colburn School, as Quartet-in-Residence for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. The ensemble will join the Emerson String Quartet as members of the faculty, and will also be coached by members of the Emerson Quartet and David Finckel, former cellist with the quartet. “We are thrilled to welcome the Calidore String Quartet to Stony Brook in a new program for young quartets,” said Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer, “It will be a great joy for us to work with them and it’s exciting to imagine what they will bring to the university and community.” David Finckel, Artistic Co-Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, noted, “Today’s classical music world is heavily populated with young string quartets and it’s a rare occasion when one turns heads as convincingly as the Calidore Quartet. This dynamic and intelligent ensemble has already demonstrated skill and maturity beyond their collective years, and they show seemingly endless potential. I know the Calidore will be a stimulating presence in the Stony Brook community, and I very much look forward to contributing to their Stony Brook experience.” This residency is made possible through the generosity of Erwin and Freddie Staller.

In addition to being coached and mentored by the Emerson Quartet, the Calidore String Quartet will take part in outreach programs in Long Island schools funded by the Staller Educational Outreach Endowment and the Barbara N. Wien Endowment for Arts & Education. They will perform on the Stony Brook campus and in the local community, and will coach undergraduate chamber ensembles and collaborate with student composers. Stony Brook University will also sponsor a New York City concert appearance during their second year in residence. The Calidore String Quartet’s commitment to music education—as manifested in their numerous pre-concert talks, post-concert Q&A’s, classroom visits, public school assemblies, traditional master classes and multi-day community residencies—make them an especially good match for Stony Brook.

The Calidore String Quartet was formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010 and has amassed several grand prizes in American chamber music competitions including Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs. Internationally, the Calidore captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet’s performances and interviews were broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich) and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg) and the group was also featured on German national television as part of a documentary produced by ARD public broadcasting. The quartet has participated in residencies and fellowships at the Banff Centre, Verbier Festival Academy, Aspen Music Festival and McGill International String Quartet Academy. This summer, they are featured as Quartet-in-Residence at the Bellingham Festival of Music in Bellingham, Washington.

The Emerson String Quartet has a long history of mentoring excellent young string quartets at the beginning of their highly successful careers, including the St. Lawrence, Artemis, Avalon, Pacifica, Calder, Ying, Borealis and Escher Quartets. “The Emerson Quartet has left a legacy of recordings and performances that represent the pinnacle of string quartet playing,” said Perry Goldstein, chairman of Stony Brook’s Department of Music. He continued, “They also have contributed greatly to the future of the string quartet by sharing their wisdom so generously with the most talented young groups that are following in their footsteps.”

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Stony Brook University Department of Music Welcomes New Faculty

June 22, 2014 Comments off

The Department of Music at Stony Brook University is excited to welcome new faculty to campus beginning Fall, 2014.  These faculty embody excellence in the areas of Composition, History and Theory, Ethnomusicology, and Performance.  We welcome the new energies these ethnomusicologists, performers, historian, and composer will contribute to a faculty already well-known for its collaborative engagement across disciplines.


Matthew BarnsonMatthew Barnson, Music Composition and Theory

Matthew Barnson composes for orchestras, choirs, string quartets, voices, chamber ensembles, dancers, and computers. Recently, his music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall, Aspen, Heidelberger Frühling, and many other venues throughout the United States and Europe.He studied at Eastman, the University of Pennsylvania, IRCAM, and Yale with Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Ingram Marshall, and David Lang. In February 2014, Tzadik released his album of string quartets performed by the Arditti and JACK Quartets. Barnson teaches composition, electronic music, theory, and the history of music after 1945. He comes to Stony Brook having taught at Yale College, chaired the composition and theory department at New York’s Third Street Music School Settlement, and served as assistant professor of composition at Trinity College Dublin.


Jennifer FrautschiJennifer Frautschi, Violin and Chamber Music

Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has garnered acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire, ranging from the classic to the contemporary. Highlights of her 2013-14 season included performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Tucson Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Alabama, Arkansas, Belo Horizonte, Chattanooga, Phoenix, and Toledo Symphonies and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, while during the summer she performed at the Ojai, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, SaltBay, and Moab Music Festivals. Her discography includes the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Robert Craft, and two GRAMMY-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry Quartet, of Schoenberg’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and the Schoenberg Third String Quartet. Her most recent releases are a recording of Romantic Horn Trios, with hornist Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman; the Stravinsky Duo Concertant with pianist Jeremy Denk; as well as two discs with pianist John Blacklow for Albany: the first devoted to the Schumann sonatas; the second an exploration of recent additions to the violin and piano repertoire by American composers Barbara White, Elena Ruehr, Steven Mackey, Stephen Hartke, and Dan Coleman.


Arnaud Sussman

Arnaud Sussman, Violin and Chamber Music

Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura and profound musicianship. A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, he has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, Lexington Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and France’s Nice Orchestra. Arnaud Sussmann has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler and members of the Emerson String Quartet. Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Mr. Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years. A frequent recording artist, Arnaud Sussmann has released albums on Deutsche Grammophon’s DG Concert Series, Naxos, Albany Records, Telos, and CMS Studio Recordings labels.


Erika Supria HonischErika Supria Honisch, Music History and Theory 

Erika Honisch holds a PhD from the University of Chicago (2011) and comes to Stony Brook from the University of Missouri (Kansas City), where she was Assistant Professor (2012–2014). Before that, she spent a year as a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Toronto. Honisch’s research and teaching engage questions of the diverse ways in which music was heard in early modern Europe, with an emphasis on how contesting religious groups used and experienced music in the urban spaces of Central Europe before and during the Thirty Years War. A regular presenter at national and international conferences, Honisch has a number of articles published and in forthcoming publications. She looks forward to developing courses exploring the cultivation of the “stile antico” in Baroque Europe, music’s place in the variegated urban soundscapes of early modern Europe, and the relationship of music and scientific inquiry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


Margarethe AdamsMargarethe Adams, Ethnomusicology

Margarethe Adams specializes in music, political ideology, and belief in Central Asia, specifically, Kazakhstan and northwest China. She teaches classes examining intersections of music with political ideology, cosmology, and religion, such as Music and Islam; Music of Central Asia and the Middle East; and the Music of China. Her publications include “The Fiddle’s Voice: Timbre, Musical Learning, and Collaborative Ethnography in Central and Inner Asia,” Collaborative Anthropologies, vol. 6 (2013). Her current works in progress include an article on the musical and cinematic representation of World War II in Kazakhstan; and a monograph on nationalism, transnational networks, and entertainment in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Margarethe Adams has been at Stony Brook as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology since Fall 2012, and from Fall 2014 will be an Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology.


Benjamin TausigBenjamin Tausig, Ethnomusicology

Benjamin Tausig’s research focuses on music, sound, and political protest in Bangkok, Thailand. He has published on the musical activity of the Thai military’s psychological operations unit, and on the lives and art of protest musicians, among other topics. Tausig’s interdisciplinary interests combine ethnomusicology, sound studies, and human geography. His dissertation, “Bangkok Is Ringing,” is a critical study of the music and broadcast environment of Thailand’s Red Shirt movement in 2010-11, during which time he conducted fieldwork in Bangkok and elsewhere. The dissertation tracks the fragmentation of the Red Shirt movement through its musical and sonic spatial ordering. Tausig’s work has appeared in the journals Culture, Theory, & CritiqueTwentieth-Century Music, and Positions: Asia Critique. He has taught classes on urban soundscapes, the art of listening, and the elements of music at both the New School and NYU, where he received his Ph.D.

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Grammy Winner David Finckel Gives Grad Students Career Guidance

October 25, 2013 Comments off

Musicians everywhere are clamoring to understand the ever-shifting world of their changing profession. Former longtime member of the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet cellistDavid Finckel is sharing his firsthand knowledge of that evolving landscape with Stony Brook University Department of Music graduate students through an already underway six-part career course known as “Residence Days.”

Finckel, currently the co-artistic director ofThe Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, is collaborating with the University’s Department of Music to provide distinct, targeted initiatives for graduate students on the art of building and maintaining a career in the performing musical arts.

The project consists of four unique initiatives that address the full range of issues in artistry and professionalism in classical music performance: Career Seminars, Immersive Chamber Music Study, Ensemble Workshops and Repertoire Classes. Finckel is exploring these initiatives, titled Residence Days, during six visits to the campus throughout the current academic year on September 18, September 30, November 20, February 3, March 10 and April 21.

At the core of the project are seminars titled, “Being a Musician,” in which Finckel tackles issues central to navigating the volatile professional market, with topics such as “What is an Artist?” and “Performing.”

“We will observe the human qualities, habits and skills of successful musicians and attempt to discover and nurture those attributes within ourselves,” said Finckel. “It’s more about trying to make sure that people become really interesting artists and are inspired in such a way that the industry is attracted to them rather than the other way around.”

Finckel’s approach is born out of his experiences as one of the most sought-after cellists in the industry, along with his entrepreneurial efforts in the founding of a successful independent record label, ArtistLed.

In addition to career-focused seminars, other initiatives will include immersive chamber music study, where Finckel guides two premier student ensembles through the preparation of a single work.

Another initiative puts Finckel in the center of the student ensemble during which he sits in as the cellist with student groups for an intensive hour of rehearsal to offer students real-time learning with a professional.

Capping off the Residence Days are cello repertoire classes, in which Finckel coaches cello and piano duos through the seminar sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms, works that form the core of Finckel’s respected duo with his wife, pianist Wu Han.

“David’s departure from the Emerson Quartet and retention by the Department of Music allow us to reconsider some of the many ways he could be of value to our students,” said Perry Goldstein, chair of the Department of Music. “Every person I spoke with about the wide range of expertise David is offering our students was enthusiastic about his knowledge and success in the professional music world. Here’s an artist of the highest accomplishment who also thoroughly understands, and has been an innovator, in the industry.”

“I think this is the time of life I should take on new projects,” said Finckel. “It’s exactly what I wanted, to challenge myself in new ways.”

George England, a Stony Brook graduate student working toward his DMA, sat in on the first two classes and said, “So far we’ve reflected on what attracted us to music and how to create that initial spark that may resonate with others. David Finckel has helped us recall our individual paths in a way that meets our personal artistic and professional goals. My path, like many classical musicians, involves both teaching and performance. I came to Stony Brook from Los Angeles where I taught as an adjunct lecturer and worked as a performer and guitar instructor. I think the fact that the University is offering this course shows how daunting the job market for musicians appears for students and professors. It is a unique opportunity to meet with David Finckel and broach the subject of the elephant in the room — the fact that there are not many jobs available and once students are finished with school, the ‘real world’ forces us to be open-minded, improvisational, creative, and of course, hard-working. Finckel approaches it in a very positive way — attitude has a huge impact on how one adjusts to change — and it is refreshing and inspiring to listen to these lectures and apply the ideas to our individual paths.”

— Glenn Jochum

William Floyd High School’s Night At The Symphony

October 11, 2013 Comments off

William Floyd High School orchestra students recently participated in a special orchestra class led by Michael Hershkowitz, the director of concerts and community music programs in the Department of Music at Stony Brook University. Mr. Hershkowitz’s visit, which served as a pre-concert lecture for students who attended a performance of the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, detailed the discussion on the cultural connection between music and literature and how music is historically connected to education.

During the class, Mr. Hershkowitz spoke about the proper structure of an orchestra concert and answered a variety of questions ranging from what it takes to be a college and professional musician, whether Stony Brook offers scholarships for orchestra students and more. Students also asked him about his highlights as a musician for which he referenced an orchestra tour through China and playing in a marching band at a professional football stadium.

Then, on Saturday, October 5, more than 50 William Floyd High School orchestra students attended the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra’s evening performance, complete with bus transportation to and from the university provided by Stony Brook.

“There is nothing like being there for a live performance,” said William Floyd High School orchestra teacher Amy Sckipp, who attended with fellow orchestra teacher Christopher Shaughnessy and their students. “It really was a wonderfully enriching experience and I believe it inspired many of our students to know that they can continue their passion beyond high school.” William Floyd students have been invited back next month to see a performance of the world-famous violinist Midori.

Ackerman Chamber Competition Winners Announced

March 16, 2012 Comments off

Chamber groups were invited to present 20 minutes of music (at least two pieces in contrasting style) to a jury consisting of the Emerson Quartet, Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.   The winning group(s) will be presented in a concert during the final night of the May Chamber Music Festival, May 5th at 8:00pm, with a reception to follow.

The Winners, in alphabetical order:

The Brahms/Beethoven Clarinet Trio
Chester Howard, clarinet
Agnes Kallay, ‘cello
Alex Le, piano

The Zephyr Winds
Laurie Baefsky, flute
Kendra Hawley, oboe
Chester Howard, clarinet
Rachel Koeth, bassoon
Amr Selim, horn
Seba Ali, piano

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