New CD from Professor of Music Sally Pinkas

"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, Dr. Maria Alexandra Ińigo Chua and Prof. Maria Patricia Brillantes Silvestre. In 2015 they generously hosted my husband and me in the Philippines, adding new pieces to the growing collection and introducing us to musical life in their city. 

Faculty member Steve Swayne named interim director of Montgomery Fellows Program

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 Senior Lecturer Klaus Milich, who has led the program for three years. ‘Steve’s long tenure and deep background in the arts will serve the Montgomery program and Dartmouth well in the coming year,’ says Helble.” -Susan Boutwell for Dartmouth News, 12/11/18

Read the full article here.

“So You’ve Been Musically Shamed” by Associate Professor William Cheng

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-shaming within late-capitalist archives of public humiliation, cyberleaks, and the paternalistic scrutiny of women’s bodies and voices."

Read the full article here.

Read an interview with Professor Cheng here, on the University of California Press blog.

Faculty Member Miki-Sophia Cloud's Solera Quartet to debut at Carnegie Hall

In the September 28 New York Times' "The Week in Classical Music," Joel Rozen reviews the recently released album, "Every Moment Present," by faculty member Miki-Sophia Cloud's Solera Quartet and announces their upcoming Carnegie Hall debut:

"The quartet’s playing on the recording is sensitive and finely articulated throughout and the sound bright and vivid. Those interested in hearing them live are in luck...Solera is slated to present 'Entr’acte' at the group’s Carnegie Hall debut on Oct. 23." - Joel Rozen

Also reviewed in the article is Professor Ashley Fure:

"...after attending the premiere of Ashley Fure’s 'Filament' last week on the New York Philharmonic’s gala program, I returned five days later to hear it again. This absorbing work — for orchestra, a trio of bassoon, trumpet and bass soloists, and a 15-member chorus of 'moving voices' — came across again like an immersive, yet kinetic and atmospheric sound environment." - Anthony Tommasini

Read the full article here.

Assistant Professor Ashley Fure's "Filament" at NY Philharmonic

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 music as something physical — is at the heart of much of Ms. Fure’s work, which deals in sound environments more than melodic lines. 'Filament' is no exception."

Read the full article here.

Anthony Tommasini's reviewed "Filament" for the New York Times on September 21:

Job Announcement

Job: Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor of Music (tenure-track)

Assistant Professor of Music

Dartmouth College (School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Music)

Hanover, New Hampshire

The Department of Music at Dartmouth College seeks outstanding candidates for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Teaching responsibilities will focus on Western art music history and theory. We will prioritize candidates with the demonstrated ability to make music come alive in the undergraduate classroom through performance and/or creative pedagogies. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018. Qualifications: Completed PhD or DMA or equivalent professional achievement required by the July 1, 2019 starting date.

Application Instructions: Submit cover letter and CV to

Congratulations to Student Arts Awards Winners

"Huge congratulations to the student Arts Awards winners for their work creating and supporting the arts at the Hop, around Dartmouth, and in the world. Students were recognized in theater, music and filmmaking in a May 29 event that included brief performances and screenings of student work." (Michael Bodel, Hop Backstage, May 30, 2018)


For the full article, including a list of awardees, visit Hop Backstage.


Camilla Tassi GR'18 in "L'Orfeo" tour with Apollo's Fire

"On April 20, Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, came to Cal Performances for an inventively staged and musically satisfying performance of Monteverdi’s 1607 version of the story, L’Orfeo, a masterpiece that’s one of the monuments of early opera.

With an exceptionally beautiful and well-paced libretto by Alessandro Striggio, L’Orfeo has grandeur and intimacy, joy and tragedy. This production, conducted by Apollo’s Fire artistic director Jeannette Sorrell, directed by Sophie Daneman, and with projections designed by assistant director Camilla Tassi, reflected these aspects of the opera and made considerable dramatic impact with minimal materials." (LISA HIRSCH , San Francisco Classical Voice, April 23, 2018)

Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

Professor Spencer Topel and Seth Parker Woods' "ICED BODIES" on NHPR

New Hampshire Public Radio ran a story on Professor Spencer Topel and Seth Parker Woods' “Iced Bodies: Ice Music for Dartmouth,” which was performed on April 26th at Dartmouth's Black Family Visual Arts Center.


From 'What is The Point of a Cello Out of Ice?' Dartmouth Duo Hopes You'll Hear For Yourself:


“An unusual musical spectacle will take place tonight in the Upper Valley. It’s a take on an iconic performance art piece from the 1970s. In that first version, a woman - naked except for a garland of flowers around her neck - played a “cello” made completely of ice. Now, the piece is being re- imagined to reflect modern themes, and that’s required some modern engineering as well.”


The full story, including the audio, can be found at NHPR.