Dr. Boyd, Assistant Professor of Music, has been awarded the Feta Prize in Sound Art for 2016. Click on the link to read more about Dr. Boyd’s work.
Boyd is a composer, scholar, and experimental improviser who holds graduate degrees from the University of Maryland (DMA, composition) and SUNY Stony Brook (MA, music theory and history). His music has been performed throughout the United States and abroad in a variety of large and small venues. Boyd has published articles in Notes, Tempo, and Perspectives of New Music as well as reviews in American Music, Computer Music Journal and Popular Music and Society. He previously taught at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Maryland, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Towson University, Frederick Community College, and SUNY Stony Brook. (https://www.chatham.edu/music/facultydetails)
On November 20th, the Chatham University Music Program organized a tribute concert to local conductor and composer, David Stock. It was a wonderful memorial for David Stock and his family members who attended the event.
- Sara Stock Mayo, mezzo soprano
- Katherine Soroka, mezzo soprano
- Andres Cardenes, violin
- Pauline Rovkah, piano
- nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano
- David Allen Wehr, piano
- Lindsey Goodman, flute
- Robert Frankenberry, piano
- Alia Music Pittsburgh, conductor Federico Garcia
- PSO Members
- James Gorton, oboe
- Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp
- Rhian Kenny, flute
- Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola
- Meng Wang, viola
- Claudia Mahave, violin
- Lorien Hart, violin
- Michael Lipman, cello
- Jim Cunningham, Master of Ceremonies
Walter is working on all of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. On November 18th he played Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas Part VI: Op. 49, No.1 – Op. 49, No. 2 – Op. 2 No. 3. He will be performing more in the near future and we will keep you updated on when these performances will take place.
David Stock was a composer and conductor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a composer-in-residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. In 1976 Stock founded the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble where he was Conductor Laureate and retired as Music Director after 23 years. Stock passed away at the age of 76 in 2015.
Cárdenes is playing “Santa Fe Salsa” which he recorded on his album, Made in the USA. This album featured all living American composers. While producing the album, he thought of Stock and hoped he could write him something snappy.
Cárdenes called Stock and said, “Can I commission you to write me something cool?” Stock agreed and was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico when he wrote the piece. Cárdenes immediately loved it when Stock sent it to him.
Cárdenes has also played Stock’s first violin concerto that he premiered with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and performed at Carnegie Music Hall. “I’ve played almost everything he ever wrote that had violin in it,” said Cárdenes.
Cárdenes was very close with Stock and feels he is a unique individual. He reminisced about Stock mentioning that he mercifully teased him about his self-promotion. Cárdenes said, “David, I’ve only premiered 11 of your pieces, commissioned 3 of them, and recorded 2 of them, what else do you want from me?”
Cárdenes said, “Stock loved his work and he loved that we played his music.” Cárdenes has a close connection with, Santa Fe Salsa along with all of Stock’s music.
Henry Spinelli, Emeritus Professor of Music, had a lovely performance on October 21, 2016. He performed works from J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy.
On April 18, 2016, the students taking applied music lessons gave a recital to showcase their accomplishments during the semester.
*No photo: Hannah Gregor, piano, performed Ivan Sings by Aram Khachaturian.
On April 9, 2016, Roy Sonne, violin, Yeeha Chiu, piano, and Adam Liu, cello, gave a superb performance of chamber music. Some pieces were for trio, while others were duets. Pieces included were composed by Haydn, Arensky, Beach, Rachmaninoff, and Bloch.
The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, lead by conductor Roger Zahab, gave an exceptional performance of challenging pieces on March 20, 2016.