Faculty Notes

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

Posted by Erik Kibelsbeck at 3:16PM

Frank Gabriel Campos (trumpet) presented two days of performances and master classes at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as part of the Tenneco Lecture Series. In February, Campos' music will be featured in a concert by the Society for New Music in Syracuse, NY. In March, he will play the Concerto for Trumpet by Robert Russell Bennett with the Cornell University Wind Ensemble.

Richard Faria (clarinet) and his newly formed chamber group Trio Volans toured Europe last spring, with performances in Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany. Faria also visited Turkey this summer for series of performances and was awarded an IDF grant to study traditional Turkish clarinet in Istanbul with the Turkish clarinet virtuoso Serkan Çağrı.

Steven Mauk (saxophone) was a featured guest artist at the Eugene Rousseau Celebration conference October 3-5, 2008, at the University of Greensboro, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He performed, presented a master class, and served on a panel discussing Dr. Rousseau's legacy to the saxophone profession. Mauk recently concluded a concert tour of colleges and universities in Ohio and Michigan in November by Remeleixo (duo for soprano saxophone and guitar with Mauk and Cohen). Mauk also wrote the foreword for new book, Larry Teal: There Will Never Be Another You, a biography of Teal, the first full-time saxophone professor in the United States who taught for many years at the University of Michigan. He has been commissioned write a book, entitled Master Classes, with Steven Mauk to be published by Kendor Music.

Wendy Mehne (flute) recently concluded the fifth Ithaca Flute Institute, a week of master classes, workshops, and concerts given by Mehne and Ithaca native Leone Buyse, professor of flute at Rice University and former acting principal flute of the Boston Symphony; and Claudia Anderson and Jill Felber -- the dynamic flute duo ZAWA!

Lee Goodhew Romm (bassoon) received a summer research grant from Ithaca College to study the baroque bassoon with Paul Carroll in London. She will be a featured guest artist at the Schedectady Community College Double Reed Day on March 28, where she will perform and present several master classes.  Lee is playing Dana Wilson's Bassoon Concerto "The Avatar," with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra on April 4.

Gordon Stout (percussion) traveled to Australia to perform, conduct master classes, and judge the Australian International Marimba Festival, which will take place at the Australian National University in Canberra.


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.

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