Steve Swayne receives the Professor John Rassias Faculty Award

 Left to right: Nick Rassias, Helene Rassias-Miles, Don Pease, Steve Swayne, Mary Dengler '96, and Russell Wolff ’89, Tu’94

By Rachel Hastings

Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Dartmouth professors are unparalleled in their commitment to educating their students. Even so, with their packed schedules it is a rare professor who is able to dedicate equal time to teaching alumni many years after they leave the classroom.

Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music; and Don Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, and professor of English and comparative literature, have done just that during their tenure at the College.

Ashley Fure is a Recipient of the 2017 Rome Prize

From the Dartmouth News:

Composer Ashley Fure Adds Rome Prize to 2017 Accolades

April 24, 2017  by Hannah Silverstein

The music professor has also won a Guggenheim and is a Pulitzer finalist.

Assistant Professor of Music Ashley Fure says she feels fortunate to be part
of a generation of artists facing fewer barriers than ever before.
(Photo by Robert Gill)

To say composer Ashley Fure is celebrated is an understatement. In the past month alone, the assistant professor of music has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and her composition Bound to the Bow was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

2017 New Music Festival

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Spaulding Auditorium
Free, no tickets required

The concert features two ensembles expert in interpreting new and innovative work: Paris’ luminous Ensemble Itinéraire and New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). They will perform new musical works by three Dartmouth student composers, Orestis D. Lykouropoulos '17, Stefan Maier A'17,  Daniel Miller A'17, as well as Dartmouth music professor, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Guggenheim Fellow Ashley Fure; and a new work by young American composer Christopher Trapani, who’s won international honors for music that weaves together diverse elements of American roots music and other elements into music that is “startlingly original and often breathtaking in its brilliance and audacity,” according to the Chicago Classical Review.

"Introduction to German Opera"

Dartmouth College will be offering an “Introduction to German Opera” MOOC (free online course), taught by Professor Steve Swayne, starting in 8 weeks on Tuesday, April 11.  The 4-week self-paced course is offered through EdX.  Check out the trailer and information about registering for the course here:
If you are also interested in Italian opera and missed the two offerings of a 6-week “Introduction to Italian Opera” MOOC that Dartmouth offered through EdX in the falls of 2015 and 2016, that course is archived and still available now for self-paced learning:

Prof. Ted Levin's "The Music of Central Asia" published.

"The Music of Central Asia is like its subject: vast, variegated, resonant, and rich in musical traditions that have remained all too closed to outsiders for centuries. The book is both authoritative and innovative, ringing with regional voices and dozens of well-chosen examples of cultural riches to be sampled and savored by both specialists and students." —Mark Slobin, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Wesleyan University

Read more at 

Sally Pinkas New CD Release on MSR-CD (MS 1447)

Gramophone Review

New Release on MSR-CD (MS 1447)
Mozart: Chamber Music for Strings, Oboe and Piano, featuring the Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann.
Works include Kegelstatt Trio in E-flat major, K.498 [First Version with Oboe]; Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K.493; Oboe Quartet in F major, K.370/368b

Prof. Ashley Fure in The New York Times

Alice Gregory features Assistant Professor Ashley Fure in an article in The New York Times about women in the history of classical music.

"IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, “Something to Hunt,” by the American composer Ashley Fure, 32 at the time, had its premiere at the prestigious Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany.... In August, Ms. Fure returned to Darmstadt for the biannual festival’s 70th anniversary. The organizers had furnished her with archival data about its history, and Ms. Fure found the underrepresentation of women to be even worse than she had expected. "

Read the NY Times article.