Showing posts from February, 2010

Harvard's Search for a Composition Professor

When I arrived at Harvard as a Graduate Student, the only tenured composition professor was Julian Anderson . After his resignation, a new search for composers started, and the committee selected 6 final candidates. Chaya Czernowin is now a professor here. The other composers invited for an interview where: David Felder Lee Hyla Philippe Leroux Steven Stucky Augusta Read Thomas Hans Tutschku , who was an assistant professor is now a tenured professor in composition, as well. In the Fall of 2009, the Harvard music department circulated the following ad, starting the search for a third senior composer: The Department of Music seeks to appoint a tenured professor in composition. We invite applications from composers rooted in the American scene, who represent a broad range of aesthetics and backgrounds and who will reach out to other creative artists at Harvard and beyond. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2011. Teaching duties will include the equivalent of four courses

Harvard Group for New Music invites Talea

You are invited to a concert of new music on Saturday, February 27th, 8pm in Paine Hall, Harvard music department . Contemporary music ensemble Talea from New York will be performing the music of HGNM composers Sivan Cohen-Elias, Ann Cleare , Bert Van Herck , Kristian Ireland , Hannah Lash , Trevor Baca , and Edgar Barroso . With composer Hillary Zipper , we'll be in charge of the sound system for Sivan and Ann's pieces. They chose to have the instruments (and voices) amplified to reveal some details of their delicate compositions.

Jodi Allen teaches a great dance class at Harvard

I'm just back from the Saturday's Modern Strengthening dance class at the Harvard Dance Center . This is the first movement class I took when I arrived in Cambridge, and I'm taking it again this Spring, my last semester here. Jodi Leigh Allen , who is teaching the class, is one of the great artists taking part in the Harvard Dance Program. She offers a unique blend of running, jumping jacks, countless pliés, dégagés, military style push-ups, boxer style ABC sit-ups, Horton technique flat backs, and - oh yes - techno music. Today, we didn't have time for free weights, but we'll get to them next week! Jodi is staging her piece Breathe in March of 2010. The announcement in the Harvard Office for the Arts' blog is perfectly entitled Pushing the Boundaries of Physicality . make art. we can help. Office for the Arts' motto. Take Jodi's class, you won't regret it... For sure, I'm stronger now than when I arrived here a couple of years ago!