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STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIR

As we close this academic semester we celebrate our accomplishments, thank those that have generously contributed to our different activities, and remember those who have made music the love of their lives. 

Ana María Ochoa Gautier

Chair, Department of Music

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." - Leonard Bernstein
(In loving memory of Tessa Majors)
Zosha Di Castri (Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Composition) was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write the opening piece for the Opening Night of the BBC Proms in London. Her new work "Long Is the Journey, Short Is the Memory", for orchestra and chorus was premiered and broadcast by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers, conducted by Karina Canellakis on July 19th at Royal Albert Hall to international acclaim. The piece pays homage to the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, and gathers texts from across time and cultures, from Sappho, to Leopardi, to Xiaolu Guo. 

Zosha also recently released her debut album “Tachitipo” on New Focus Recordings, and the music video “how many bodies have we to pass through” this past November. Music critic of The New Yorker Alex Ross has named her album as one of his notable recordings of 2019, and editor Amanda Cook of "I Care If You Listen" has listed it as an Editor’s Pick for 2019 Contemporary Classical Albums. This album was supported in part by a Provost’s Grant for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, featuring women in roles where they have traditionally been underrepresented (including featuring a female composer, producer, conductor, and several young female audio engineers).
The New Materialist Approaches to Sound Conference was held at the Computer Music Center on October 19th. The conference organizers were graduate students Jesse Cox and Samuel Yulsman and Lecturer in Music Marc Hannaford. The Conference Keynote was given by Professor Nina Eidsheim (UCLA).

Papers and performances engaged with the themes of sound and New Materialism from multifarious perspectives. The conference offered compelling reappraisals of the ways in which we know, interact with, and exist in the world, as well as raised rich sets of questions regarding human agency, material, ethics, aesthetics, embodiment, and the subject/object dichotomy, among other issues.
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