Research, Publications, Awards & More: At a Glance
May 23, 2022
Conductor Robert Duff will lead Brandeis University's premier choral ensemble, the Brandeis Chamber Singers, in their next European tour. This time, the singers will be performing throughout Paris and Normandy. Click here for the full itinerary.
April 8, 2022
PhD alumnus David Dominique, assistant professor of music at William & Mary, has been awarded the 2022 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition. Dominique’s fellowship is one of 13 awards given this year in the area of music composition.
April 1, 2022
Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair Karen Desmond gave the Sacred Music at Notre Dame Spring 2022 Calvin M. Bower Lecture: "In Pieces: Composing and Analyzing the Late Medieval Alleluya" on April 1, 2022.
March 26, 2022Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition David Rakowski's contribution to Anthony de Mare’s Liaisons project was performed at New York's Merkin Hall, in a program that also featured six premieres of new Sondheim reimaginings. After the performance, Rakowski led a panel discussion with the composers in attendance.
February 27, 2022
Professor Hampton served as guest conductor for the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra's February 27 concert of some of the world's most memorable movie themes include Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and more.
February 24, 2022Associate Professor of Composition Erin Gee is one of four composers who will receive the $10,000 Arts and Letters Awards in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
January 11, 2022
Karen Desmond was awarded a one-year National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship ($60,000) to support the early stages of her new research project on liturgical polyphony at Worcester Cathedral in England in the later Middle Ages. This is the second time Desmond has been awarded an NEH Research Fellowship (the first was in 2014 for her book Music and the moderni).
December 16, 2021
Of the composers participating in the International Composition Institute of Thailand (ICIT) 2021, composer and PhD candidate Ying-Ting Lin was selected to write a piece for the Tacet(i) Ensemble, which will be featured at next year’s Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium and ICIT 2022.
December 15, 2021
Irving G. Fine Professor of Music Eric Chasalow recently completed Violin Concerto (Ancient Signs and Infamous Rhythms) for violin and chamber orchestra, Foster Mix for violin and gallery space, and Fierce and Airy Occupations for solo flute, as well as workshops at Slosberg and the Rose Art Museum with Miranda Cuckson.
December 6, 2021
November 27, 2021
Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition David Rakowski's “Penalty Box” for solo piano was recently published by CF Peters New York. The piece was written during the pandemic for pianist Holly Roadfedlt, who performed the world premiere on November 27 at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
November 22, 2021
Copland House has selected Irving G. Fine Professor of Music Eric Chasalow and PhD candidate in Composition & Theory Ali Can Puskulcu to be in residence at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home near New York City in 2022.
November 20, 2021
The orchestra, under the direction of Mark Seto, performed the world premiere of composer Max Friedman's Exospheres on a program that also included music of Ravel and Strauss on November 20-21, 2021.
November 19, 2021
The critically acclaimed Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble and David Stern have co-commissioned PhD candidates in Composition & Theory Mariel Mayz and Li Qi, and will premiere their works November 19-21, 2021.
October 17, 2021
PhD candidate in Composition & Theory Ali Can Puskulcu was selected by Music at the Anthology (MATA) to mentor a pre-college composer over the course of several months, culminating in an evening of world premieres by New York’s top performers of new music.
October 2, 2021
Sarah Grace Graves (voice) will perform the work as part of the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Spain on October 2; Felicita Brusoni (voice) will perform it as part of the Inter Feral Arts/New Music Festival in Malmö, Sweden on October 13; and the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France will present a performance with Sarah Grace Graves (voice) on October 17.
October 1, 2021
The PhD candidate in Composition & Theory has received an Artist Grant from the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles to create a new work for "The Kintsugi Spirit" Virtual Exhibition.
This spring, Chasalow will be in residence at The Studios at Key West and the Bogliasco Foundation. He is currently composing a violin concerto for Miranda Cuckson and Boston Modern Orchestra Project and a song cycle on themes of climate change.
September 10, 2021
Boston-based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Yonatan (Yoni) Battat will join the ten-month tour of the Tony-Award winning musical in the role of the Egyptian violinist, Camal, playing oud and violin as well as singing and acting.
September 8, 2021
August 23, 2021
The Lydian String Quartet has been awarded a prestigious Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant to commission a new work by composer Kurt Rohde.
August 19, 2021
In the article, Cheah shares samples of her compositions, as well as musings about her journey and her unique approach to orchestration: “Plain but lush, a little weird, and informed by electronic timbres."
August 16, 2021
Both PhD alums received 2021 commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University. Todd’s work will be performed by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Joseph’s work will be performed by by Room 1078.
August 15, 2021
Lydian String Quartet violist and Associate Professor of the Practice Mark Berger performed in the Third Dimension Music Festival in Astoria, Oregon, from August 15-22, 2021, as a guest of the Hermitage Piano Trio.
August 4, 2021
July 30, 2021
The exhibit is intended to serve as an introduction to the life of world-renowned composer, conductor, musician, and teacher Henri Lazarof MFA '59, as represented in the Henri Lazarof Archives housed here at Brandeis.
July 22, 2021
Music department chair Karen Desmond's new essay, “Traces of Revision in Machaut’s Motet Bone pastor,” has been published in the volume Poetry, Music, and Art in Guillaume de Machaut’s Earliest Manuscript.
July 14, 2021
Recent PhD alumnus and current lecturer in music Matthew Heck presented A "Still-Born Art:" Shostakovich's Dodecaphony and the Petersburg Text for the Institute for Russian Music Studies 2021 Annual Conference.
July 2, 2021
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Taylor Ackley and the Deep Roots Ensemble have released a deluxe CD of their second album, Hard Tellin', with a special 20 page booklet of photos, commentary and the stories behind the songs.
June 20, 2021
The Brandeis alum, a leading figure in the field of Baroque music, passed away in Victoria, British Columbia, on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at age 71. Learn more in the Talefmusik media release and find a list of tributes to Ms. Lamon.
May 6, 2021
Dominique, currently on the faculty of the College of William and Mary, joins the prestigious program for artists, scholars and practitioners who bring a record of achievement and exceptional promise to the Radcliffe Institute.
April 23, 2021
Tallon, who earned her MFA in Composition and Theory at Brandeis, was honored with the Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize by the prestigious American Academy in Rome.
April 15, 2021
The article features interviews with former students and colleagues of Boykan – who died peacefully at his home on March 6, 2021 at the age of 89 – including Scott Wheeler PhD ’84, Christian Gentry PhD ’12, John Aylward PhD ’08 and Eric Chasalow.
April 9, 2021
A recent article discusses the role that Harold Shapero and his fellow "Boston School" composers, who created the Brandeis Department of Music, played in establishing Boston as the center of innovative composition in the mid-20th-century.
April 9, 2021
A panel of judges has selected composer Ioannis Angelakis, a Greek composer of acoustic music, as the winner of the Henri Lazarof International Commission Prize, a prize awarded by Brandeis in honor of Henri Lazarof, MFA’59.
Harvard Professor and MacArthur Award winner Claire Chase and Grammy Award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth have joined forces to record Beaudoin’s “Another Woman of Another Kind,” for flute and eight voices on texts by Paul Griffiths.
April 5, 2021
Out of 1,100 applicants, the grants were awarded to 53 outstanding artists who represent the imaginative, diverse, and highly creative field that New Music USA is dedicated to supporting.
March 26, 2021
Brandeis University Professor of Music, emeritus Yehudi Wyner has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters' highest honor for excellence in the arts, awarded to those who have achieved eminence in an entire body of work.
Musicology alumnus Rob Pearson shares the inspiring story of how he changed career paths after spending years as a faculty member, including how gardening helped him develop interests beyond his academic field.
March 12, 2021
Composer and PhD candidate Jeremy Rapaport-Stein will have his new work the under side for vocal quartet and wind ensemble premiered as part of the Young Composers Meeting held by Orkest de Ereprijs (Apeldoorn, NL).
March 8, 2021Composer and PhD candidate Luke Blackburn was awarded one of five new commissions from prestigious new music ensemble Boston Musica Viva to write a new chamber ensemble work for a future professional premiere.
March 1, 2021The flagship journal of musicology published music department chair Karen Desmond's article on the English thirteenth-century monk, parts of which were also presented at the symposium at Brandeis, organized by Desmond, in which acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron participated.
March 1, 2021
Music Theory Online, a flagship journal of the Society for Music Theory, has published Beaudoin’s new article “Gould’s Creaking Chair, Schoenberg’s Metric Clarity.” Quantifying sounds that are normally marginalized, the article connects sound studies, theory, and recording analysis, fusing published observations about Schoenberg’s composition with the audio artifacts of Gould’s corporeality.
February 16, 2021
2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and current Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon is the latest winner of the biennial commission prize from the Lydian String Quartet, in residence at Brandeis since 1980.
February 15, 2021
PhD candidate in musicology Zen Kuriyama has written a chapter, "‘Resignation’ and Virgil Thomson’s Hymns from the Old South," for the new peer-reviewed publication Christian Sacred Music in the Americas, which offers a cross-section of the most current and outstanding scholarship from an international array of writers.
February 8, 2021
Brandeis alum, violist, oud and voice musician and composer Yonatan (Yoni) Battat has received a new $20,000 fellowship from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts).
January 12, 2021
Music Technologist James Praznik produced this concert film of JS Bach's cantata "Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit" using recordings from the Brandeis Chamber Singers (Robert Duff, conductor), Brandeis voice instructors and invited guests.
December 6, 2020
As part of MUS 116: Chamber Music from Page to Stage, violist and PhD candidate in musicology Eric Hollander partnered with SIMS and student artists Erick Amezcua, Evalyn Berleant and Ethan Parcell to create a unique audiovisual experience.
November 30, 2020
Candidates have until January 31, 2021 to apply via Slideroom for the annual prize of $15,000 for the composition of an original work for select instruments to complement an existing work by Henri Lazarof.
November 16, 2020
Composer and PhD candidate Luke Blackburn was named the winner of the seventh annual Costello Commission from the Lyra Society to create a new work for harp, based on his previous work, Menagerie of Spectacular Creatures: Insecta.
Assistant professor in Music and American Studies Paula Musegades has published a pioneering study of how American composer Aaron Copland helped shape the sound of the Hollywood film industry. Learn more from the publisher.
October 5, 2020
Jennifer Lin ’22 (presently in Taiwan) and Emma Carlson ’24 (presently on the Brandeis campus) collaborate on an enchanting performance of Mondnacht, a song from Schumann's beloved song cycle Liederkreis, Op. 39.
July 15, 2020
The Lydian String Quartet's Judith Eissenberg has partnered with fellow faculty member Susan Dibble (of the Brandeis Department of Theater Arts) to create an audiovisual interpretation of the Allemanda movement from JS Bach's Partita in D minor for solo violin.
July 7, 2020
MusicWeb International has posted a glowing review of the 2019 recording of Pietro Vinci's Quattordeci Sonetti Spirituali, performed under the direction of Professor Sarah Mead at Brandeis University's Harlan Chapel by her viol consort, Nota Bene, and a quintet of guest singers that included Brandeis instructor Matthew Anderson.
May 27, 2020
A panel of judges has selected composer Yair Klartag from Tel Aviv as the inaugural winner of the Henri Lazarof International Commission Prize. Klartag will compose an original work for flute, harp and viola.
May 5, 2020
Ben Paulding, music faculty member and director of Fafali: Music and Dance from Ghana, was awarded a 2020 Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship to study at The Gambia Academy of Music and Culture.
April 7, 2020
Inspired by music treatises, the result of the Lydian's inaugural commission prize is paired with “it wasn’t a dream,” performed by soprano Charlotte Mundy, tenor Andrew Fuchs and pianists Michael Brofman and Miori Sugiyama.
March 13, 2020
In support of public health efforts and for the safety of our community, Brandeis has determined that all classes should be moved online for the spring semester. Additionally, all on-campus events have been canceled for the remainder of the academic year. You may read all messages to the Brandeis community and access frequently asked questions by clicking on the headline above.
February 27, 2020
Betsayda Machado, known as the “Voice of Venezuela,” and her high-energy Venezuelan Afro-Soul tambor ensemble visit Brandeis March 2 - 7 for the spring 2020 MusicUnitesUS world music residency.
January 22, 2020
An annual competition for composers is part of the Henri Lazarof Living Legacy at Brandeis, which celebrates the life and impact of Henri Lazarof, the world-renowned composer, conductor, pianist and teacher.
October 31, 2019
Professor Karen Desmond is the recipient of the prestigious Lewis Lockwood Award for 2019 for her book Music and the moderni, 1300-1350: The ars nova in Theory and Practice.