News and notes from Department of Music faculty, students, and alumni

2021-2022

David Chevan (history/jazz): Performances of original concert-length work Letters from the Affair in Edinburgh (UK), Scarsdale, NY, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C.; received CSU-AAUP grant for AY2022-2023.

Terese Gemme (choir): Received a Faculty Creative Activity Research Grant in Fall 2021 for a virtual choir project.

Joseph Getter (world music): Music director and composer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown, CT; multiple performances with duo/trio Cosmic Hue.

Joshua Groffman (electronic music): Conference presentation at Responses in Music to Climate Change; workshop production of opera Halcyon; world premiere of original composition Lemur at Carnegie Hall by Contemporaneous; peer-reviewed publications in Ecomusicology Review and Handbook of Trends in International Environmental Communication; received AY 2022-2023 CSU-AAUP grant.

Mark Kuss (theory/electronic music)Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra nominated for 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music; commission for a new work for viol consort and voice from Folger Consort (Washington, DC), with premiere scheduled for April 2023.

Walter Stutzman (history): collaborated with Dr. Kate Marsland (Psychology) to establish a music perception lab, settling on an initial project to measure physiological and emotional response to music tuned to “A 432Hz”; currently working with a Psychology thesis graduate student, with interest from an Honors College student as well.

Alexis Zingale (piano accompanist): Performances in New York City and Connecticut of the Southern Italian Piano Project, which “rediscovers and performs underrepresented piano music of southern Italy from the Baroque era to the current day.”