News & Events

  • Professor William Cheng’s article, “Gaslight of the Gods: Why I Still Play Michael Jackson and R. Kelly for My Students,” appears in The Chronicle of Higher Education on September 15, 2019 :

    "I continue to play Michael Jackson in popular music classes today because, in part, I feel obligated to deal with questions of historical context and stylistic lineage. But when I play 'Black or White' and 'We Are the World,' I also want these influential recordings to remind students...

  • Assistant Professor of Music (Sonic Arts)

    Dartmouth College: School of Arts & Sciences: Arts and Humanities: Music


    Hanover, NH

    Open Date

    Aug 21, 2019


  • I was a music major at Dartmouth with a focus in music history, and I also worked as the manager of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra for four years. I now work for the San Francisco Symphony as Associate Director of Executive Operations. The years in between Dartmouth and the SFS were also centered around orchestra management. After graduating, I spent three years in Prague with the Czech Philharmonic, where I worked on the orchestra's international tours and subscription concerts at home in...

  • Faculty member Steve Swayne has been elected the next president of the American Musicological Society (AMS).

    From the AMS website:

    "Steve Swayne is the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. He completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 1999; his research has centered on William Schuman, Stephen Sondheim, and other aspects of American music. He has served as AMS Council...

  • Five Dartmouth pianists competed in the 2019 Gerald Tracy Memorial Piano Competition this past weekend. The event was adjudicated by pianist Nicholas Burns and piano faculty Gregory Hayes and Sally Pinkas. First prize was won by Xiaoqiu Steven Li, '21, second prize by Selina Noor '22, and third prize by Haocheng Yang '21....

  • The Dartmouth College Department of Music and the Tracy Piano Series present the 2019 Tracy Piano Competition with guest judge Nicholas Burns. The piano competition will take place Friday, May 10 at 7:00 pm in Faulkner Recital Hall. On Saturday, May 11 Nicholas Burns will be offering a master class from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Faulkner Recital Hall.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

    Dartmouth students interested in participating in the competion must complete an...

  • "This journey begun with an invitation by my Dartmouth colleague Dr. William Summers and Dr. Walter Clark of U. C. Riverside to perform in a Symposium they co-chaired and presented at their respective institutions.  Titled Encuentro Filipino 2008, Rediscovering a Hispanic Nation: The Fine and Performing Arts in the Philippine Islands before the Invasion of 1898, the event brought together scholars from the Philippines and the USA. The music I played was assembled by Dr. Elena Rivera Mirano,...

  • Faculty member Steve Swayne is named interim director of the Montgomery Fellows Program for the 2019 year:

    “Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music, will serve a one-year, part-time appointment as interim director of the Montgomery Fellows Program, beginning Jan. 1, Provost Joseph Helble announced today. Swayne, a concert pianist whose expertise is in opera, art music, Russian music, and musical theater, succeeds...

  • Professor William Cheng’s article, “So You’ve Been Musically Shamed,” appears in the September 2018 edition of the Journal of Popular Music Studies:

    "In July 2014, an anonymous source leaked the raw audio of Britney Spears’s confessional ballad 'Alien.' Haters pounced on this star’s denuded voice, gleefully seizing on the viral artifact as a smoking gun for Spears’s deficits and for the pop industry’s artistic fakeries more broadly. My paper situates this flashpoint of Spears...

  • Professor Ashley Fure's "Filament" premiered at the New York Philharmonic's season-opening gala on September 20, and is the subject of a September 18 New York Times feature by Joshua Barone:

    "Ms. Fure thinks concerts are a little weird. If the music we hear is just sound waves traveling through the air, she said in an interview, then 'we’re coming together to let air bump up against us. It’s a strange collective act.' This perspective — looking at...