Summer Break? Not for Our Faculty!

We’ve compiled a list of activities that faculty are involved in during the summer, and have highlighted a few of their accomplishments and achievements as well.

Read about what they’ve been up to while on their “break!”

Chris Coletti, Assistant Professor, Trumpet, has held performances and master classes in Fort Collins, CO, Gaithersburg, MD, Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.

Dr. Radio Cremata, Assistant Professor/Chair, Music Education, will be teaching Emerging Practices in Music Education and advising our students in the master’s degree program.  He will also be traveling to Colorado for the Little Kids Rock Modern Band Summit and Colloquium.

Dr. Janet Galván, Director of Choral Activities, conducted a festival [tour, Passion of Italy,] in Rome, Italy in July. Dr. Galván also conducted the music for a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and led a Festival Gala Concert.

Sara Haefeli, Associate Professor, Music Theory, History and Composition, served as “Scholar in Residence” at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory, Boston, MA in June.  She will also be finishing up a book, A Brief Guide to Writing in Music (Oxford University Press) with co-authors Lynne Rogers and Karen Bottge.

Timothy Johnson, Professor/Chair, Music Theory, History and Composition, presented at the Princeton Festival in JuneProfessor Johnson, author of the book Jon Adams’s Nixon in China, explored the harmonic structures underlying the opera’s three most memorable arias to illuminate Adams’s compositional style and its role in characterizing the historical figures portrayed in the opera.  We congratulate Professor Johnson, who was recently selected to receive The School of Music's Mary I. Arlin '61 Award for Distinguished Teaching in Undergraduate Music Theory. 

Dr. Keith Kaiser, Professor, Music Education, was awarded the Charles A. Dana Professorship at Ithaca College. Dr. Kaiser plans to continue his work this summer on the Music for All-for Life project, funded through a Finlandia Foundation Grant.  This project will create and fund an adult beginner band, similar to the Finnish model with an emphasis on music for all, for life, for well-being. Insights will be shared with music majors enrolled at Ithaca College in the Summer Music Program. Dr. Kaiser will be co-presenting with Dr. Matthew Clauhs, Assistant Professor, Music Education, at the Midwest Conference next year.

Dr. James Mick, Associate Professor, Music Education was invited to conduct the symphony orchestra for the Music in May festival held at Pacific University in Oregon.  Dr. Mick plans to conduct the High School String Orchestra for the Summer Music Academy, teach graduate MM classes, and work to complete several articles and book chapters.

Dr. Dmitri Novgorodsky, Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, will be joining the Artist Faculty roster for the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany.  His current applied piano students at IC have applied to participate in the Festival.  Dr. Novgorodsky judged the Chautauqua Piano Program’s solo piano competition in July and conducted a masterclass at Chautauqua.

Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne, ’00, Lecturer (BM, Music Education and Vocal Performance) has been by Alfred Music Publishing for a full-time position as Associate Editor of Choral and Classroom Publications. As part of their choral clinician team, Katie has hosted reading sessions at the national conferences and the Show Choir Camps of America, and has offered professional development sessions on preparing high school students for collegiate music study. Katie is also a writer for Activate!, a music education magazine aimed at K-6 teachers, and has written Finding Your Teacher Voice: A Practical Guide to Choral & Vocal Pedagogy, which goes into print this summer, and Harmony Handbook: Repertoire and Resources for Developing Choirs, which will reach shelves in late 2019. Katie also continues to serve as Artistic Director of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus (ICYC), following the group's founder, Dr. Janet Galvan.

Crystal Peebles, Assistant Professor, Music Theory, History and Composition, will be traveling to Santa Barbara, California to present at a Music Theory Pedagogy Conference.  The conference session, shared with colleagues from around the U.S., will address how different types of music schools can open the music theory core to more diverse repertoires.  She will specifically discuss the process through which Ithaca College created the new theory “FlexCore” which balances the needs of tradition and innovation in theory, history, and aural skills pedagogy. students and the institution.

In May/early June, Dawn Pierce, Assistant Professor, Voice, served as artistic director of the Opera Company of Middlebury’s Young Artist Program in Middlebury, VT.  Professor Pierce sang the mezzo solos with Binghamton Downtown Singers/Symphony in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, and Elgar’s Coronation Ode.  She also recently sang on Grant Cooper’s Bach and Beyond Baroque Music Festival in Fredonia.

In June, Christin Schillinger, Assistant Professor, Bassoon, took part in the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary, hosted by Director of Bands Mallory Thompson.  In July, Schillinger performed Jenni Brandon’s CANE: Concerto for Bassoon with Reed Quintet, with the all-female Limitless Collective at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tampa, Florida.  Limitless Collective (of which Schillinger is a founding member) and fEmpower Social Media Site are co-hosting an open-mic night featuring female, LGBTQ+, and POC performers &/or composers. 

Dr. Rachel Schutz, Assistant Professor, Voice, will participate in the Fall Island Vocal Seminar in Potsdam, NY.  Dr. Schutz will also be teaching at the new Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Yellow Barn Festival in Putney, VT.

At the end of June, Mike Titlebaum, Associate Professor, Jazz Studies, presented a workshop at the Cambridge Jazz Co-op in the UK.  In addition, Titlebaum and Dr. Chad West, Associate Professor, Music Education, have co-edited a textbook, Teaching School Jazz: Perspectives, Principles and Strategies.

Mike Truesdell, Assistant Professor, Percussion, is on faculty at the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar in NYC and also at the Nief Norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, TN.  Professor Truesdell will also be finishing a composition for fashion and electronics with NYC-based fashion designer Jenny Lai.

 Dr. Chad West, Associate Professor, Music Education presented Popular Music Pedagogy: Developing successful collegiate programs at the Visions of Research in Music Education Conference in Princeton, NJ. In June, Dr. West was a delegate at the Yale Symposium on Music in Schools, New Haven, CT. He also served as guest conductor for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Village School Band, and in July, he hosted and co-sponsored the Modern Band Colloquium in Ft. Collins, CO. In addition to the textbook he co-edited with Mike Titlebaum (see above), Dr. West has co-authored a book coming out in September titled The Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States.

 Dr. Aaron Witek, Assistant Professor, Trumpet, is one of the coordinators for the International Trumpet Guild Conference, where he will perform and conduct. Dr. Witek will also work with ten-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle corps as their Brass Pedagogy Coordinator. In addition, he will be finishing production on his first solo CD, “Tapestry”, while composing and arranging music for his Trumpet, Tuba, Piano Trio (Dr. David Earl, tuba, and Dr. Debbi Bish, piano).  Dr. Witek will also be teaching at IC’s Summer Music Academy.