The Music Library Association’s 2014 Richard S. Hill Award was awarded to Christopher Reynolds for his article, “Documenting the Zenith of Women Song Composers: A Database of Songs Published in the United States and the British Commonwealth, ca. 1890–1930,” published in Notes (June, 2013). The award is given “for the best article on music librarianship or best article of a music-bibliographic nature.”
Given to “composition students of great promise,” William David Cooper is among six composers that will receive a $7,500 Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters. The awards were announced as part of the 2014 awards for sixteen composers.
Chris Froh and two UC Davis percussion students recently travelled to the Stanford University School of Medicine for a special lecture-demonstration on Thierry de Mey’s percussion trio, Table Music. The setting was a clinical anatomy seminar (“Anatomy in Society”) taught by Professor Bruce Fogel (Stanford).
Jessie Ann Owens, dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis, announced that she is stepping down on June 30, 2014, at the end of her eighth year of service as dean. She is the longest-serving dean in the nearly 20-year history of the division, which is part of the College of Letters and Science. A musicologist and professor of music, she will join the faculty following a year of research leave.
Kurt Rohde has received a Copland House Residency Award. Rohde is among eight American composers and five from Great Britain to receive the 2013 award. Among the American winners are Nicholas Omiccioli, a participant in UC Davis’s “Migration and Music” festival in 2013, as well as Christopher Theofanidis, whose piano quintet is to be performed by the Empyrean Ensemble as part of the Festival of New American Music (FeNAM) at Sacramento State University and on the Empyrean Ensemble’s November 22 concert at the Mondav
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has given D. Kern Holoman an award in excellence in “Historical Recorded Sound Research in Classical Music” for his book Charles Munch (Oxford University Press, 2012). The book features an online appendix,Charles Munch—The Recorded Legacy, which examines the expansive discography that the conductor was responsible for.
Valerio Morucci has won the 2013 Ingolf Dahl Award for his paper “Secular Patronage at the Orsini Court: Music, Poetry, and the Rhetoric of Early Monody,” from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society.
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