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The Latest from Faculty, Staff, and Students April 2017


Music History faculty member Fred Fehleisen will be presenting a paper called “I Know, or at Least I Think I Know: Grammar, Musical-Rhetoric and Coherence in the First Song in Part 3 of Handel's Messiah,” at the American Handel Society Conference and Festival. It takes place in April at Princeton University.


In February, Pre-College and Evening Division faculty member Evan Fein's (MM '09, DMA '14, composition) Musings: The Temple of Dendur was featured as part of the Five Borough Songbook, Volume II, a festival that exhibits new work inspired by New York City places, poetry, and themes. Among the performers were Kivie Cahn-Lipman (MM '03, cello), tenor William Ferguson (BM '99, MM '01, voice), baritone Sydney Outlaw (MM '07, voice), and Erika Switzer (DMA '12, collaborative piano).

Guitar faculty member Sharon Isbin will play composition faculty member John Corigliano's Troubadours: Variations for Guitar and Orchestra with conductor Rossen Milanov (MM '97, orchestral conducting) and the American Composers Orchestra on May 23 at Symphony Space.

Playwriting faculty member Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's (Playwrights '14) Everybody, directed by Lila Neugebauer, was produced at the Signature Theatre this winter.

Jazz piano faculty member Frank Kimbrough's album Solstice was released on the Pirouet label in November.

Vocal Arts faculty member Cameron Stowe (DMA '03, collaborative piano) and soprano Sari Gruber (MM '95) presented a recital of songs by Barber, William Bolcom, de Falla, Ives, and Schubert in January at the meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, N.J., as part of the LiveARTS series. On April 23, Donald Krishnaswami (Pre-College '81; BM '84, MM '88, viola) will perform as part of a trio on the final concert of the LiveARTS season.

In March, Graduate Studies faculty member Kent Tritle (BM '85, MM '88, organ; MM '87, choral conducting) led the Cathedral of St. John the Divine's Great Choir in music by J.S. Bach, Britten, and Brahms; Raymond Nagem (MM '10, DMA '16, organ) accompanied at the organ. Tritle's annual recital at the Cathedral was in February. He performed music by Bach and Franck as well as Ned Rorem's Views From the Oldest House.

Graduate Studies faculty member Eric Wen is the author of Structurally Sound: Seven Musical Masterworks Deconstructed (Dover). The textbook will become available May 17.


In February, Cory Owen, assistant dean for international advisement and diversity initiatives, participated in a talk with Higher Ed Live called Leadership Lessons You Won't Learn in a Book. 

Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood, which was written by Adam Szymkowicz (Playwrights '07), literary manager for the Drama Division and Playwrights Program administrator, ran through the end of February at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City.


Fourth-year undergraduate clarinetist Zachary Hann performed the second movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Hunterdon (N.J.) Symphony in February.

First-year master's violinist Hannah Tarley took home third prize at the Elmar Oliveira Violin Competition in February.

Baritone Xiaomeng Zhang placed second and soprano Angela Vallone received the John Moriarty Encouragement Award in the New England Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which took place in January.

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