Category: Faculty

Rudresh Mahanthappa: JazzTimes Cover Feature

May 27, 2020

JazzTimes has published a cover feature profile about Rudresh Mahanthappa, Director of Jazz Studies, in the publication’s June issue. Read the article online here!

Essay by Simon Morrison: The Sounds of Solace

May 8, 2020

Published in the May 13, 2020 issue of Princeton Alumni Weekly. At midnight on March 27, Bob Dylan released a previously unknown 17-minute song about the assassination of JFK. We don’t know …

Professor Emeritus Claudio Spies Dies at 95

Apr 10, 2020

Claudio Spies, Professor of Music Emeritus at Princeton University, died peacefully at his home in Sonoma, California, on April 2. He was 95. Composer, conductor, music theorist and author, Spies was born …

Ruth Ochs Receives Community Engagement Award

Jan 21, 2020

by Emily Eyestone, Pace Center for Civic EngagementReposted from the John H. Pace Jr ’39 Center for Civic Engagement For Ruth Ochs, music has always been a connective force; a …

Iarla Ó Lionáird Receives RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award

Oct 28, 2019

Congratulations to Iarla Ó Lionáird, Global Scholar and Visiting Lecturer in Music and the Humanities, who was awarded Best Folk Singer by the 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards. The awards offer support and recognition to Irish folk musicians …

Book Announcement: Prof. Simon Morrison

Aug 27, 2019

Congratulations to Prof. Simon Morrison, whose “incredibly rich” (The New York Times) history of the Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to …

Peter Westergaard and Music Performance at Princeton

Aug 23, 2019

Recently, we witnessed the sad passing of Peter Talbot Westergaard — Princeton’s William Shubael Conant Professor of Music, Emeritus — at age 88. He was the most influential musical artist …

Michael Pratt Receives President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching

Jun 4, 2019

Full story by Karin Dienst, Office of Communications, available here. Michael Pratt, conductor of the Princeton University Orchestra and director of the Program in Music Performance, is one of four recipients of this year’s President’s …

Two premieres in LA

May 31, 2019

Two Department of Music affiliated composers will have their works premiered this weekend as part of the LA Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight program: Professor Donnacha Dennehy’s new work commissioned by the LA …

Jeff Snyder Featured in Princeton Echo

Apr 12, 2019

Check out this cover story on Jeff Snyder, Director of Electronic Music and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (“PLOrk”) in this month’s issue of Princeton Echo!  PLOrk presents its annual, free concert on Friday, April …

Professor Juri Seo Receives Goethe Award

Apr 8, 2019

Princeton University faculty composer Juri Seo has been awarded the 2019 Goethe Award, given by the Goethe Institut at the Tongyeong International Music Festival. Professor Seo’s composition Respiri – in memory of Jonathan …

Professor Simon Morrison Inaugurates TLS Grace Notes Series

Mar 22, 2019

Simon Morrison, Professor of Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures, has authored the first article in The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Grace Notes series. This new TLS Online series celebrates pioneering composers and musicians, …

Composer Juri Seo’s Lost Songs Find Their Voices in Princeton

Jan 2, 2019

Published by Susan Van Dongen / U.S. 1 News From a profile in U.S.1 News: In the notes for her newest composition “Lost Songs,” Juri Seo, the composer and Princeton …

Jeff Snyder’s Album on Pop Matters’ “20 Best Americana Albums of 2018”

Dec 14, 2018

Jeff Snyder’s album, “The Best of Your Lies” has been included in Pop Matter’s “20 Best American Albums of 2018.” The album features many Princeton-affiliated individuals, including Annika Socolofsky, Mike Mulshine, …

Two Premieres Last Weekend

Dec 4, 2018

December 1-2, 2018 was a big weekend for composition at the Department of Music, holding two world premiere performances. Faculty composer Donnacha Dennehy‘s Strange Folk was premiered by Quartet 212 (consisting of principal members …

Jeff Snyder Releases Three New Albums

Nov 6, 2018

It is an exciting fall season for our Director of Electronic Music and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, Jeff Snyder. This Friday, November 9, Snyder will release “Concerning the Nature of …

Elizabeth Margulis to Join Faculty in Fall 2019

Oct 26, 2018

The Princeton University Department of Music is thrilled to announce the addition of Elizabeth Margulis to the faculty beginning Fall 2019. Professor Margulis, currently a Distinguished Professor and Director of …

Princeton Musicians Come Together in New Record

Oct 22, 2018

Underwolf Records, co-directed by Princeton University graduate composers Noah Kaplan and Chris Douthitt, as well as Princeton Sound Kitchen performer Rosie Kaplan, has released a new album. “Rauschenberg Was Weeping” …

Jazz at Princeton University Honored in Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll

Jul 16, 2018

Congratulations to Director of Jazz Rudresh Mahanthappa and Jazz Piano instructor Kris Davis, who have both been recognized in this year’s Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics’ Poll awards!  Mahanthappa won Alto Saxophonist of the Year …

Iarla Ó Lionáird Wins Gold at New York Radio Festival 2018

Jul 13, 2018

The Athena Media radio episode Vocal Chords: ‘Iarla Ó Lionáird in conversation with Peggy Seeger’ has won Gold in the Biography/Profile category at the New York Radio Festival 2018. The series explores the journey …

NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute Final Concert

Jul 11, 2018

Professor Steven Mackey, director of the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, will host the program’s final concert on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 8PM in Richardson Auditorium (Alexander Hall). The …

Michael Pratt named honorary member of Royal College of Music

Mar 19, 2018

Michael Pratt, conductor of the Princeton University Orchestra and director of the Program in Musical Performance, has been named an honorary member of the Royal College of Music in London. Read …

Barbara White: A Plea for Compassion

Mar 12, 2018

In an article titled “Barbara White: A Plea for Compassion,” Professor Barbara White speaks with Frank Oteri of New Music Box about her compositions, musical inspirations, and social challenges that inform her …

Kris Davis Releases Duet Album

Feb 22, 2018

On her 2016 album Duopoly, pianist and member of the Performance Faculty in the Music Department of Princeton University Kris Davis highlighted her deeply attuned artistry as never before. Conceived …