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Adeliia Faizullina Selected for Minnesota Orchestra's 18th Annual Composer Institue

The Department of Music proudly shares the news that Adeliia Faizullina, a Brown University PhD candidate in Music & Multimedia Composition, is one of seven composers selected to participate in the Minnesota Orchestra's 18th annual Composer Institute this coming May. Ms. Faizullina and her fellow composers will participate in rehearsals, seminars and mentoring sessions with Kevin Puts, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and director of the Composer Institute. The selected composers' music will be performed (and streamed live) under the baton of conductor Osmo Vänskä on May 6, 2022.

(Distributed December 15, 2021)

In music theory class, students learn another kind of storytelling

"The more I can understand music, the better writer I can become... If I’m able to learn how to create emotion with words, film and music, I can become a better storyteller all around." - Derrick Pennix Jr. '25.

The Department of Music is delighted with a story penned by Jill Kimball and published by Brown regarding our MUSC 0550 course, Theory of Tonal Music. Kimball spoke with some of the students, including Pennix (quoted above) and Kshitij Sachan '22, as well as the instructor of one of the sections of the course this semester, Professor Eric Nathan.

(Distributed December 15, 2021)

Eric Nathan Receives Commission from Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation at the Library of Congress; Composition Premieres via National Broadcast December 17, 2021 on PBS Television

Associate Professor Eric Nathan has been named a recipient of a 2021 commission from The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation at the Library of Congress. His work, "Opening," was co-commissioned by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for the inaugural performances at the Bradley Symphony Center. The premiere performance will be broadcast nationally on PBS television on December 17, 2021. You can view an excerpt of "Opening" from the upcoming broadcast here: https://www.pbs.org/video/milwaukee-symphony-excerpt-opening-18qv29/

(Distributed December 9, 2021)
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