Premieres of new works by Anna Rubin (Associate Professor/Composition) in Baltimore, Greensboro, and New York
Dr. Anna Rubin completed two new works that were premiered in 2009. “Composition of Shards of Sappho,” a computer-generated work in Surround-sound on the subject of Sappho's poetry, was completed in March 2009 and premiered at the Feminist Music and Theory Conference in
Greensboro, NC, May 29, 2009. The received its New York premiere in Jan. 2010 at Roulette, a renowned experimental music venue. Dr. Rubin also completed “Interspecies,” a commissioned piece by violist Marlow Fisher, for flute, viola and harpsichord, premiered at An Die Musik, Baltimore, on Jan. 26, 2009. She also accepted a commission from pianist Dr. Margaret Lucia, who will premiere Dr. Rubin’s “Life of the Bee II” on April 8, 2010 at UMBC.
Airi Yoshioka (Associate Professor/Violin and Chamber Music) records CD with ModernWorks; Presents Performances in New York; Receives Award from State Arts Council
Dr. Airi Yoshioka can be heard playing with ModernWorks on a CD of the String Quartets No. 1, 4, and 5 by Ge Gan-ru, released by Naxos Records in July, 2009. Among her many concerts in New York during 2009 were a solo performance of Vieuxtemps' Concerto No. 5 with the COSM Orchestra, and orchestral programs as concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra at the Skaneateles Music Festival in upstate NY during August. In addition, she participated in various chamber music festivals including The Park City International Music Festival (Utah), and Scotia Festival (Halifax, Canada).
Dr. Yoshioka has also received a 2010 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Release of recordings of music by Stuart Saunders Smith (Professor/Composition) on New World Records; Premiere in Sweden; Author of article for Ex Tempore
Dr. Stuart Saunders Smith’s “Links Series of Vibraphone Essays” was released on 2 compact discs by New World Records in 2009. In addition, an article by Dr. Smith, “A Composer’s Mosaic: Selected Entries from the Composing Journals of Stuart Saunders Smith” was published in the music journal Ex Tempore. A new work, “7 Seasons” for mezzo-soprano and vibraphone, received it’s first performance in Gothenberg, Sweden.
E. Michael Richards (Professor and Chair/Clarinet) receives Award from State Arts Council; Performances in Italy, Buffalo, and Sacramento
Dr. E. Michael Richards has received a 2010 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. During 2009 he served as an Artist in Residence with the Verge Ensemble at “June in Buffalo,” and presented performances with percussionist Thomas Goldstein on the Rive-Gauche Concert Series in Turin, Italy, and as a soloist/chamber musician at the Spark Festival (Minneapolis), New York Computer Music Festival (New York), Festival of New American Music (Sacramento), and at the G. Nicolini Conservatorio in Piacenza, Italy.
Linda Dusman (Professor/Composition) awarded fellowship and residency; new works premiered in Athens and Baltimore
Dr. Linda Dusman was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Arts Fellowship as Artist in Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for February 2009. She also completed two new works - "Diverging Flints," a piano trio premiered by the New Music Ensemble at Towson in October 2009, and "Skra," for clarinet and electronics, which was premiered by the Spiza Composers' Collective in Athens, Greece, and by E. Michael Richards at UMBC in October 2009. In addition, her "magnificat 4: Ida Ida" was released on Evergreen Records in the fall of 2009.
Lisa Cella (Assistant Professor/Flute) in residence at Stanford U. with C@ Duo; Organizes and Performs at "soundON" Festival; Faculty at "Soundscape" Festival in Italy
During 2009, Dr. Lisa Cella completed a brief residency at Stanford University with her flute/cello duo, C2 (Franklin Cox, cello). She also organized and performed in the “soundON” Festival in La Jolla, California, and served on the faculty in July at the “Soundscape” Festival of contemporary music in Pavia, Italy.
Tom Goldstein (Associate Professor/Percussion) performs with Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo in Albuquerque and on CD released by Innova Records
In April 2009, Professor Tom Goldstein completed an artist residency with the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo at the John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. The Duo also performs “Crystal: A Cycle of Names and Memories” on a newly released CD from Innova Records of music by Elliott Schwartz.
Professor Goldstein was also a featured soloist in four works with the UMBC Percussion Ensemble at “Day of Percussion” at the Aaron Copland Conservatory of Music at Queens College, New York, NY.
Tom Goldstein (Associate Professor/ Percussion) and UMBC Percussion Ensemble Perform at Baltimore's Sub-basement Studios
At the Sub-basement Studios in downtown Baltimore, Tom Goldstein (Associate Professor/ Percussion) performed a percussion recital, "Speaking of Silence," assisted by colleagues and the UMBC Percussion Ensemble. Included in the program was the world premiere of transients/waves for solo percussion, by Thomas DeLio. Professor Goldstein’s essay, "...breaking the silence," was published by Edwin Mellen Press in Essays on the Music and Theoretical Writings of Thomas DeLio, Contemporary American Composer.
Zane Forshee receives Fulbright Grant to Spain
Zane Forshee, Affiliate Artist in classical guitar, has received a Fulbright Grant to spend nine months in Spain. While in Spain, Prof. Forshee will be performing concerts, preparing a recording of 20th Century Spanish music, as well as conducting research for a book. He comments “I am very excited to have been chosen, and I feel honored to be given the opportunity to represent UMBC abroad.”
Linda Dusman’s (Professor/Composition) magnificat 3: lament performed in Athens, Greece
Linda Dusman’s (Professor/Composition) magnificat 3: lament was performed by the Polish violinist Anna Zielinska at the ElectroMediaWorks 08 festival in Athens, Greece in May. A new work for two flutes, An Unsubstantial Territory, was premiered by the inHale Duo (Lisa Cella and Jane Rigler) in Piacenza, Italy in June. Dr. Dusman is also writing a bi-weekly blog for the American Music Center's New Music Box, and her article "Luminous Presence: Thomas DeLio's 'think on parch'" was published in Essays on the Music and Theoretical Writings of Thomas DeLio, edited by Thomas Licata.
Lisa Cella (Assistant Professor/Flute) performs at SoundON Festival of Modern Music
Lisa Cella (Assistant Professor/Flute) performed in June with the ensemble NOISE at the SoundON Festival of Modern Music in La Jolla, CA, sponsored by the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library and San Diego New Music (of which she is artistic director). The festival features young composers and composers from Southern California. Also in June, Dr. Cella performed a concert with her flute duo inHale (Jane Rigler) of music by Italian and American composers in Piacenza, Italy. She spent nine days in July teaching and performing as a faculty member at the Soundscape Festival in Pavia, Italy.
Wayne Cameron (Adjunct/Trumpet) appointed principal trumpet in the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra
Wayne Cameron (Adjunct/Trumpet) has been appointed principal trumpet in the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra based in West Virginia. He has also founded Trompete International Publications, which publishes arrangements and transcriptions that he has completed during his career for trumpet and piano, trumpet and band, trumpet and orchestra, and brass quintet. The company will also publish original works and arrangements by other brass players from the mid-Atlantic region.
Janice Macaulay (Adjunct/Music Theory, Orchestration) Presents Peabody Lectures on Beethoven
Janice Macaulay (Adjunct/Music Theory, Orchestration) presented morning and afternoon lectures on “Beethoven: The Later Years” for the Day of Discovery program series of the Elderhostel program at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in July 2008.
Airi Yoshioka (Assistant Professor/Violin) Performs Recital in New York City
Airi Yoshioka (Assistant Professor/Violin) performed a recital to a sold-out audience in June 2008 in New York City, co-sponsored by the SONY Corporation and Japan Foundation. A CD of chamber works by Karen Tanaka and Chen Yi with Dr. Yoshioka as violinist, was published by New World Records, also in June.
Thom King (Adjunct/Voice) Sings and DirectsTosca
This summer Thom King (Adjunct/Voice) sang in and directed a fully-staged English-language production of Puccini's "Tosca" with the High Desert Opera in Grand Junction, Colorado. The setting of the opera was changed from 1800 to 1943, and the role of Scarpia (played by Prof. King) was a Nazi Colonel!
David Kim-Boyle (Assistant Professor/Music Technology) Presents Papers in Italy and Ireland
David Kim-Boyle (Assistant Professor/Music Technology) presented a paper, "Network Musics - Play, Engagement and the Democratization of Performance" at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference in Genoa, Italy in June, and two papers - "Spectral Spatialization – An Overview" and "Network Musics - Play, Engagement and the Democratization of Performance" at the International Computer Music Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland in August. Dr. Kim-Boyle was also a guest artist at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany in June.
Book on Japanese Music Edited by E. Michael Richards (Assoc. Prof. Chair/Clarinet, Orchestra) and Kazuko Tanosaki (Adjunct/Fundamentals)
Cambridge Scholars Press (UK) published a book in May 2008 edited by E. Michael Richards (Associate Professor and Chair/Clarinet, Orchestra) and Kazuko Tanosaki (Adjunct/ Fundamentals) entitled Music of Japan Today, which includes 23 essays by 20 international scholars and musicians who participated in the Music of Japan Today 2007 symposium at UMBC in March 2007. Besides Drs. Richards and Tanosaki, contributing authors include Airi Yoshioka (Assistant Professor/Violin), and Colin Holter (UMBC class of 2005/Music Composition).
Tom Lagana (Adjunct/Jazz Guitar) Performs with National Symphony Orchestra
Tom Lagana (Adjunct/Jazz Guitar) participated in a performance of David Del Tredici's Final Alice on tenor banjo with the National Symphony Orchestra in May. It was the debut performance for the NSO and the first time in 20 years that the work was performed without any cuts. Leonard Slatkin was conducting. Professor Lagana also played at Wolftrap in May with the NSO, backing Eric Idle of Monty Python fame in his Not the Messiah. He played nylon string, steel string acoustic, twelve-string, and electric guitar in this performance.
Lori Kesner (Adjunct/Flute) Coaches Youth Orchestras in Venezuela
In late May 2008, Lori Kesner (Adjunct/Flute) traveled to Venezuela, where she taught lessons, ran sectionals, and played alongside the students in one of the youth orchestras of the Venezuelan El Sistema in the city of Acarigua-Araure. She spent the remainder of the summer playing with the Utah Festival Opera in Logan, Utah.
Tom Hawley (Adjunct/Organ) Delivers Music Therapy Presentation
Tom Hawley (Adjunct/Organ) returned from 3 weeks in Buenos Aires, where he gave a presentation at the 12th World Congress for Music Therapy.
Anna Rubin (Associate Professor/Composition) Receives Composition Commission
In 2008, Anna Rubin (Associate Professor/Compositon) received a commission from Maria Loos for a piece for multiple recorders entitled Banish Gloom!, which was premiered at the Festival of Women Composers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A French translation of her article “On Forêt profonde” was published in Portraits polychrome-Francis Dhomont.
Stuart Saunders Smith (Professor/Composition) 60th-Birthday CDs Released
A box set of four concerts held at the University of Akron in March 2008, in celebration of Stuart Saunders Smith’s (Professor/Composition) 60th birthday, has been released as a two-compact-disc set by 11 West Records.