UC Davis selected music department graduate student
Hannah Adamy (ethnomusicology) as their Graduate
Student Researcher for “Engaged Scholarship and Engaged Learning”
As part of the new strategic plan, UC Davis has a desire to fund
community-informed arts initiatives. Adamy will be helping
Michael Rios, the faculty advisor to the Provost, to design a
plan to make this happen. She will be researching other
institutions with these kinds of community-engaged arts programs
and compiling data about them.
Jessie Ann Owens, former dean of Humanities, Arts and Cultural
Studies in the College of Letters and Science, and professor of
music at UC Davis, has been appointed the Robert Lehman Visiting
Professor at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for
Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, for Fall 2015. I
Tatti is the foremost research institution in the world for
Italian Renaissance art, history, literature, and music, and the
visiting professorship is an appointment of Harvard University.
Music composition doctoral student Aida Shirazi’s “Lullaby for
Shattered Angels” is being performed as part of the inaugural
from the Islamic World” series at Music at the Anthology
(MATA) in New York July 8.
Music professor Kurt Rohde’s “Power Is
Everywhere” songs will have its world premiere in San Francisco
May 30. Rohde’s songs are a kind of companion piece to Maurice
Ravel’s Chansons madécasses that will also be part of
concert by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.
Rohde’s music in “Power is Everywhere” is set to the writings of
Michel Foucault, the 20th century philosopher and
“I find the writings and lectures of this groundbreaking thinker
to be direct, anything but simple, and yet always so clear,” said
Rohde. “The singer is the observer, actor and deliverer of the
message; she is not there to simply sing the text – she is there
to instigate the way the music unfolds.”
He calls it a “a surreal singspiel” influenced by opera, song
cycles and theater.
The concert, which will also be performed in Berkeley June 1,
will also include works by Debussy, Massenet and Rorem. Nikki
Edenfield will be the singer.
Rhode, a violist who is a member of Left Coast, recently
completed works for the Lyris Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet
and eighth blackbird. His opera, “Death with Interruptions,”
premiered in March 2015, will be performed at UC Davis Nov. 11
UC Davis cello student Angelica Rojas won the Senior Division in
the local California Music Educators Association
competition. Angelica will perform in the Sacramento
Section’s Winners Recital in the fall, will be given a cash
award, and will have the opportunity to compete at the state
level in the fall of 2018. Also, UC Davis alumnus Stephanie
Sugano won best teacher in the Placer County chapter of the CMEA.
Grace and Grant Noda, long-time supporters of the UC Davis
Department of Music and the original donors for creation of the
Ann E. Pitzer Center, will be honored at a noon concert and
reception May 25.
The long-time Davis residents made the initial $1.5 million
donation that eventually led to construction of the Pitzer Center
which houses a recital hall and music department facilities. The
lobby of the center is named for them.
Philip Acimovic, a Ph.D. candidate in music composition, has
received a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational
Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship for the academic year
Acimovic’s dissertation analyzes three musical works from
different eras that challenge established musical conventions of
clarity, intent and perception: “Musical Offering” by Johann
Sebastian Bach (1747), “Holiday Symphony” by Charles Ives (1913)
and “Melodien” by György Ligeti (1971).
Audio engineer Steve Bingen for the UC Davis Department of Music
has been profiled by Jeff Hudson of the Davis
Hudson’s article that takes you behind the scenes prior to
and during a concert and the ability to watch a Pitzer Center
performance on your computer.
Graduate student Sarah Messbauer has been awarded the
coveted President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship for
academic year 2017–18. In addition to a stipend,
Messbauer has been invited to attend the prestigious
Annual Meeting of President’s Predoctoral Fellows and
Dissertation Year Fellows sponsored by the UC Office of
Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology Hannah Adamy was awarded the
Charlotte Frisbee Student Paper Prize. Adamy’s paper, “Sounding
Absence: Tanya Tagaq’s Theoretical Intervention at Polaris,” has
been awarded this prize. The prize recognizes the most
distinguished student paper in ethnomusicology of Indigenous
music research presented at the SEM annual meeting. The prize
comes with an award of $100.
Kurt Rohde has received a two-year appointment (2017-2019) as a
curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.
In this capacity, each curator is encouraged to realize their own
vision, and to encourage artists to do the same. As a group,
their responsibility is to make the best possible use of the
Center’s resources to create concerts and special events that
embody the values of diversity, inclusion, and excellence.
Fawzi Haimor, an
alumnus of UC Davis and the Indiana School of Music has been
named the music director of the Württembergische Philharmonic in
the town of Reutlingen, just south of Stuttgart, Germany.
Fawzi Haimor has been named music director of
the Württembergische Philharmonie after a unanimous vote
by the musicians. He was selected from 18 auditioning
candidates. Local media have introduced him as ‘an
American of Arab roots’ (“Amerikaner mit arabischen Wurzeln”).
The Society for Ethnomusicology has awarded the 2016 Bruno Nettl
prize to Henry
Spiller for his recent book, Javaphilia. The prize,
awarded annually and comes with a $500 award, recognizes ”an
outstanding publication contributing to or dealing with the
history of the field of ethnomusicology, broadly defined,
or with the general character, problems, and methods of
UC Davis Distinguished Professor Emeritus D. Kern Holoman returns
to the classroom this fall to teach his Music 10: Introduction to
Musical Literature. And now it will be offered in the recital
hall of the soon-to-open Ann E. Pitzer Center.
A momentous performance of “Carmina Burana” featuring the UC
Davis University Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Boychoir
conducted by music MFA student Garrett Rigsby received
outstanding praise in the Sacramento Press.