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IBS Classical’s new release of Roberto Sierra’s “Boleros & Montunos,” performed by Juan Carlos Garvayo on the piano, has received the Melómano de Oro.


Amanda Lalonde (PhD Musicology, 2014) has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History for the 2016-2017 academic year at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada.

Samuel Dwinell  (ABD, Musicology), who currently holds a faculty teaching position in Cornell University’s John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, will begin a job as a Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Akron, Ohio in August 2016.

Graduate student composer Tonia Ko has been named a winner in the 64th annual BMI Student Composer Awards, one of the world’s foremost talent competitions for young classical artists. The awards were presented at a private ceremony held on May 16, 2016, at the J. W. Marriott Essex House Hotel in New York City. Ms. Ko was also a winner of the 2015 BMI Student Composer Award.

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Associate Professor Alejandro L. Madrid’s most recent book, In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13 (Oxford University Press, 2015), has won the 2016 Humanities Book Award from the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding and original contribution to the study of Mexico in book-length academic monographs and works published during the previous year. This is the first time a music book or music-based monograph receives this award. The prize will be presented to Professor Madrid on May 29 in New York City, during the annual meeting of LASA.

The New York Youth Symphony First Music program has announced composition graduate student Charlie Peck has been selected as one of seven commissions for the NYYS’s 54th season. His chamber music piece will be premiered on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

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Composition grad student Tonia Ko’s premiere of “Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide,” performed by the New York Youth Symphony, was reviewed in the New York Times on March 7, 2016.

IBS Classical has released “Boleros & Montunos,” a new CD of the music of Roberto Sierra, featuring Spanish pianist Juan Carlos Garvayo. Video of the press conference announcing the release, which was held at the Palace of the Marquis of Salamanca in Madrid, can be seen here (video in Spanish).

The Cornell University Department of Music reluctantly announces the passing of Professor Emeritus of Composition Steven Stucky on Sunday, February 14, 2016, after a brief illness.

In his career as a composer and intellectual, Steven Stucky rose to the top ranks in his field: winner of the Pulitzer Prize, composer-in-residence and consulting composer for new music for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for an astounding twenty-one years, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of numerous awards including two Grammy Awards and a host of prestigious fellowships and residencies.  Stucky served as the director of Composition Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and, it had been recently announced, the director of the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood. Beyond these markers of greatness, Stucky was, as Professor of Performance Xak Bjerken remembers, “a generous person, great composer, wonderful teacher, and model musical citizen.”

During his career Stucky often found ways to forge musical bridges with sister institutions.  He co-founded and served as artistic director for Ensemble X, a groundbreaking collaborative ensemble of faculty from Cornell and Ithaca College. Despite the challenges of treating his illness, Stucky was an active presence in our musical community until just a few days ago. Bjerken adds that “he went out of his way to come to the Ensemble X concert last Sunday, and he was warm and generous with his students, who saw him for the first time after his surgery in early December.   He was such a gentle yet powerful influence on so many of us.”

In his 34-year long career at Cornell, Stucky’s kind heart and cool head made him invaluable. His impression is left on the many graduate and undergraduate students he taught and advised. He had recently retired from Cornell and was teaching courses at the Juilliard School while continuing to mentor his Cornell grad students as Professor Emeritus.

All of Steven Stucky’s friends in the Department of Music send deepest condolences to his wife and to his children.  Plans for a remembrance will be forthcoming.


The Cornell Chronicle Obituary

The New York Times Obituary

The Steven Stucky Memorial Residency for New Music Endowment Campaign

Musicology graduate student Zoe Weiss’ early music ensemble LeStrange Viols’ recording William Cranford: Consort Music for 4, 5 and 6 Viols (New Focus Recordings, 2015) was listed as one of the Notable Recordings of 2015 by Alex Ross in the New Yorker.

More about LeStrange Viols here.