Faculty Notes

A compilation of recent news, accomplishments, and publications of School of Music faculty.

Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 12:09PM

Carl Johengen (voice) served as conductor of the Sullivan County Music Educators Association All-County Sr. High Chorus in March of 2009; his host for that event was IC School of Music alumnus Timothy Hamblin who was chairperson for the event. In 2008, Dr. Johengen presented choral singing workshops for the Herkimer (NY) Sr. High School Choruses, and for the Ithaca Community Choruses, an umbrella organization that serves several community choral groups in Ithaca.

In June, Deborah Lifton (voice) performed as the Dark Lady and Lady Magnesia in a double bill called "Shaw Sings" at Symphony Space in New York City. The operas were entitled The Dark Lady of the Sonnets and Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction, and her performance received positive reviews from the New York Times, NYC Onstage, and Backstage.

In October 2008 at the State Conference for the New York State Music Teachers Association held in New Paltz, NY, Deborah Martin (piano) was awarded the 2008 Citation, the highest award given by the organization.  Martin was cited for her outstanding service to the organization and recognized for holding offices at the local, state, and national level.  Past winners of this award have included Peter Mennin, Lynn Freeman Olson, Robert Freeman, Nelita True, Sam Adler, Robert C. White, Maurice Hinson, Lee Evans, and Jean Barr.

In May 2008 Phiroze Mehta (piano) presented a lecture and two master classes on the fundamentals of piano technique at Lanzhou University, in China's Gansu Province.

Jeffery Meyer (orchestra) won third place in the Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Italy last fall and was one of seven finalists in the Cadaques International Conducting Competition in June.  He taught and performed (as both pianist and conductor) at the LSM Academy and Festival in Minnesota. He debuted with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the national orchestra of the Philippines; and taught and performed (as both pianist and conductor) for two weeks at Opusfest, an international piano chamber music festival in the Philippines

This past summer Patrice Pastore (voice) was a faculty member at OperaWorks, where she taught improvisation and translation, facilitated the Voice Teacher Workshop and Lab, and coached foreign-language diction to 31 students. Over the last three years she has been invited to the University of Limerick, Ireland, to be part of planning team for the school's new performance/movement degree.

Stephen Peterson (wind ensemble) recently conducted at the International School in Luxembourg City. His upcoming guest conducting appearances include the University of Wisconson Eau Claire, Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association, the Kentucky and Colorado All State Bands, and in Qatar.

This summer, Susan Waterbury (violin) taught and performed as a faculty member of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy.


Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 3:24PM

Rebecca Jemian (theory) was selected to be a reader of the AP Music Theory examination at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Jemian also continues to write program notes for the Louisville Orchestra.

Timothy Johnson (theory, chair of graduate studies) gave a presentation this summer at the 20th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His talk, "I Never Get Back: An Analysis of Melodic Shape in 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game,' " was his third presentation at the hall of fame. His article on the same subject, "I Never Get Back: How 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' Succeeds in Celebrating Failure," appears in the latest issue (v. 28) of The National Pastime, a journal of the Society for American Baseball Research. This past spring he taught a course, Music and Baseball in the Deadball and Post-Steroids Eras, at Ithaca College's Washington Seminar Program.

Deborah Rifkin (theory) presented a paper at this year's conference of the Society for American Music, which was held March 18-22 in Denver. The paper was titled, "Telling a Textured Tale: A Feminist Music Analysis of Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral."

Peter Silberman (theory) was elected to the position of treasurer of the Music Theory Society of New York State. Additionally, his article "Analyzing Tonal Embellishment in Post-Tonal Music" was appears in the collection of essays Musical Currents from the Left Coast, recently published by Cambridge Scholar's Publishing.

Dana Wilson (composition) has had numerous commissions and performances over the summer. " Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra (A Meditation on Yeats)" was performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Banff, Canada. "Come Out and Play," commissioned by the West Point Clarinet Quartet, was premiered at the Clarinet Symposium in Oklahoma City in June. "Mirrors" was performed by Imani Winds on NPR's Performance Today. "Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers" was performed by the Chicago Chamber Musicians on NPR's Performance Today as well as on the NPR's syndicated program Chicago Chamber Musicians. Additionally, "Day Dreams" was published by Alfred Music Publishers in July, and "Shallow Streams, Deep Rivers" received an award from the International Horn Society and was performed at the group's annual conference in Denver.

Rebecca Jemian (theory) was selected to be a reader of the AP Music Theory examination at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Jemian also continues to write program notes for the Louisville Orchestra.

Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 9:53AM

Daehn Music Publications published "The Turtle's Retort" by Frank Bridge, arranged for wind band by Mark Fonder, this summer. It was awarded a recommendation "checkmark" by Instrumentalist magazine. Additionally, Fonder was conductor and instructor at the New Horizons Band Camp in Ithaca, held in June. This organization provides instrumental music education to beginners over the age of 50.

Jennifer Haywood recently co-facilitated a presentation, "Intergenerational Music Education with Choirs and Bands," at the 2008 International Society of Music Education conference in Bologna, Italy, with Ithaca College alumnae and director of bands at Holton Arms Academy Sarah Winston.

Daniel Isbell won the 2006 Outstanding Dissertation Award presented by the Council for Research in Music Education. The dissertation, entitled "The Socialization and Occupational Identity of Undergraduate Music Education Students Enrolled in Traditional Programs," will also be published in the Journal of Research in Music Education. In September, Isbell will be traveling to Roehampton University, London, to speak at the Musical Development and Learning: Second European Conference on Developmental Psychology of Music.

Keith Kaiser recently completed research funded by the NAMM/Grammy Foundation Sounds of Learning Project entitled "Perceived Functions of Music in Public Schools: From Aesthetic to Social Implications, Why We (Should) Include Music in Public Schools." He presented at National MENC in Milwaukee and the International Society for Music Education in Bologna, Italy. The manuscript has been submitted for publication in a professional music education research journal.

Greg Rudgers has recently released four new pieces for Concert Band: "Spirits Bright," "From This Valley," "Niagara," and "Robot Madness." All are available from Carl Fischer and may be heard on the Carl Fischer website.



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