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DanzonAssociate Professor Alejandro L. Madrid’s latest book, Danzón. Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance, co-authored with Robin Moore (University of Texas, Austin), has been awarded the Robert M. Stevenson Award for for outstanding scholarship in Iberian music from the American Musicological Society.

In the Award Committee’s comments, they laud the book’s “theoretical and methodological sophistication,” and conclude by saying that Danzón is, “a great contribution to our field, and as a model for future works that also aim to cross borders between musicology and ethnomusicology.”



MatAgainst a highly competitive field, Mat Langlois was awarded the Pisk Prize for best paper read by a graduate student at the 2014 AMS conference.

This semester three Department of Music graduate students won awards that are funding their international research.

Niccolo AthensNiccolo Athens was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Research Grant for his project entitled, Stylistic Trends in Contemporary Chinese Concert Music.

He is spending the academic year in Beijing, China based at the Central Conservatory of Music and will be continuing his studies in composition with Professor Ye Xiaogang.






MiaTootill_photoMia Tootill was awarded the American Musicological Society’s 2014 William Holmes/Frank D’Accone Award for travel and research in the history of opera. Additionally, she received a graduate student travel grant from Cornell’s Society for the Humanities.  With the support of these two awards, Mia plans to complete research in Paris this semester, for her dissertation entitled, From the Underworld to the Opéra: Representations of the Devil on the Parisian Musical Stage, 1827-69.


dept pic 2Jillian Marshall received a Fulbright-mtvU fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship, jointly sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation and Music Television, is awarded to four projects each year that focus on contemporary or popular music as an expression of cultural force or change. She is currently in Japan, where she is immersing herself in and considering the connections between indigenous, popular, and underground musics.



Mikusi-Balazs Alumnus Balázs Mikusi (2010) recently discovered 4 pages of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A, K.331 long thought lost, in the National Szechenyi Library in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on the discovery read the AFP article here.

DanzonAssociate Professor Alejandro L. Madrid’s latest book, Danzón: Circum-Carribean Dialogues in Music and Dance has been awarded the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Béla Bartók Award for outstanding ethnomusicology book. Co-authored by Robin D. Moore and published by Oxford University Press, Danzón explores the development, circulation, and continuous re-signification of danzón music and dance from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century.

The winners will be honored at a ceremony in November at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, NY.

For more information about the award, follow this link.

music-for-amplified-keyboard-instruments-500x50033 years after it’s original release, David Borden’s influential work, Music For Amplified Keyboard Instruments, has been digitally remastered and will be reissued by Spectrum Spool in cooperation with Editions Mego.  Borden, along with David Yearsley and Blaise Bryski, will perform selections from this work at the Carriage House Hayloft on November 11, 2014.  Listing information can be found on the Calendar page. For more information on the reissue, follow this link.

Roberto Sierra, professor of music, in his home.

Professor Roberto Sierra has received a new commission for an 8 – 10 minute Overture as part of the Eugene Symphony Association’s 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project.  The piece, along with works by two other American composers, will have it’s world-premiere during ESA’s ambitious 2015/2016 season.  For more information, follow this link.

Nathan EricIn fall 2015, Albany Records will release the debut CD of alumnus Eric Nathan’s (DMA, 2012) chamber and solo music, entitled “Multitude, Solitude: The Music of Eric Nathan.” Nathan, who is serving as an visiting assistant professor of music at Williams College, said he is “thrilled to have Grammy-winning producer Judith Sherman recording and producing my CD, and to have a stellar lineup of artists joining me including the Momenta Quartet, trombonist Joseph Alessi, violist Samuel Rhodes, oboist Peggy Pearson, pianist Mei Rui and trumpeter Hugo Moreno.” Follow this link for more information.

Cello/percussion duo New Morse Code (Director of Percussion Michael Compitello and Hannah Collins) and composer Christopher Stark have been awarded a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America, to support the creation of a new piece for cello, percussion, and electronics to be premiered in the 2015-2016.  The grantees in each of Chamber Music America’s highly selective program were selected by independent peer panels of prominent musicians and composers.

Christopher’s piece, The Language of Landscapes, will leverage the unexpected and unique sonic terrain of cello and percussion to transform real and imagined landscapes into compelling musical spaces, tracing a musical journey starting from Michael’s desert southwest home, traveling through the deciduous hills of upstate New York (Hannah’s home), and finally reaching towards the endless sky of Christopher’s northern Rockies.  Christopher and New Morse Code will spend the next year developing the piece together, generating and refining musical material in a series of residencies, gathering field-recordings and objects from the representative regions, and developing a set of custom-built live electronics.


Lecturer Annie Lewandowski has released her third full-length recording under the name Powerdove. The album, titled Arrest, was issued on CD and LP in France by Murailles Music on September 15th. Arrest features Lewandowski on vocals, accordion, and piano; John Dieterich (Deerhoof) on guitars and bass; and Thomas Bonvalet (L’ocelle Mare) on banjo, small instruments, body percussion, and electronics.

In his review for The Drone magazine (France), Olivier Lamm writes ” “The new album from Annie Lewandowski’s trio is already a classic.”

On October 2–4, 2014, the conference and festival “Sensation and Sensibility at the Keyboard in the Late Eighteenth Century: Celebrating the Tercentenary of C. P. E. Bach” kicks off a new $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies at Cornell.

In concerts and talks over three days, guest performers and scholars, as well as Cornell faculty and graduate students, will explore late eighteenth-century theories of sentiment and feeling in Europe and America, focusing on the music of C. P. E. Bach and the holdings in Cornell’s collection of historic keyboard instruments (fortepiano, organ, harpsichord and clavichord).

Participants will include seven distinguished Department of Music alumni: Tom Beghin DMA ’97 (McGill University), Geoffrey Burgess PhD ’98 (Eastman School of Music), Emily Dolan PhD ’06 (Harvard University), Nick Mathew PhD ’06 (University of California, Berkeley), Pierpaolo Polzonetti PhD ’03(Notre Dame), Andrew Willis DMA ’94 (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), and Steven Zohn PhD ’95 (Temple University). A highlight of the event will be the Atkinson Forum concert, “America in Sentimental Europe,” featuring the celebrated and strange glass harmonica, and given by the award-winning period instrument ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston.

The event is organized by Cornell University Organist and Professor of Music Annette Richards. Richards’s talk, “Sensibility Triumphant: C. P. E. Bach and the Art of Feeling,” will also be featured as a keynote speech next November at the University of Oxford as part of a conference on “C. P. E. Bach and Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Culture.”


The Cornell music department became home to the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies in 2011 thanks to two initial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation totaling $470,000.The new grant from the Mellon Foundation funds activities on and off campus, including the upcoming festivals “Environs Messiaen: Nature Rendered at the Keyboard” on March 5-8, 2015 and “Forte/Piano: A Festival Celebrating Pianos in History” on August 5-9, 2015, as well as “Technologies of the Keyboard,” a joint multi-year initiative exploring the keyboard arts across the centuries. For more information, see