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

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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.

William Cheng Wins 2016 AMS Philip Brett Award

Assistant Professor William Cheng won the 2016 Philip Brett Award from the American Musicological Society for his new book, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good.  Read the press release from the University of Michigan Press that includes an interview with Professor Cheng from the Harvard Music Department Newsletter.  Additionally, Professor Cheng was interviewed by Hannah Silverstein for the Dartmouth News regarding his award.

New Publication by William Cheng

Read Professor William Cheng's interview with Junction Magazine about his newest book Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good.


Just Vibrations bends our collective ears toward the vitality and precarity of optimism, dependence, and reparative agendas in academia and in daily life. William Cheng calls for a radical embrace of interpersonal care as a core--as opposed to extracurricular--component of intellectual labor. In the event we break, who will rush to criticize and who will stop to offer aid? Should our voices crack, who may take pains to listen all the more closely? Traversing the resonant archives of reindeer games, personal impairment, scholarly strife, queer hope, and accessible soundscapes, this book advocates for care work as a barometer of better worlds.

2016 Gerald Tracy Memorial Piano Competition Results

Five Dartmouth pianists competed in the 2016 Gerald Tracy Memorial Piano Competition this past weekend.  The event was adjudicated by pianist Marc Ryser of Boston, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra acting conductor Filippo Ciabatti, as well as Dartmouth piano faculty Greg Hayes and Sally Pinkas.  The judges agreed that this year's level was remarkably high; first prize was won by Andrew Liu, '19, and second prize was shared by Christina (Hye Ri)  Bae '19, and Rick Gangopadhyay '19.  Guest judge Marc Ryser offered an inspiring masterclass the following morning at Faulkner Auditorium, teaching four student pianists.  

Department of Music 2016 Senior Recitals

All recitals are free and open to the public.  Recital dates and times are subject to change, so please check schedule often for any updates.

Recitals are part of the [email protected] series.

April 8
Jordana Composto, mezzo-soprano
7:00 pm • Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center
This recital explores the role of women in the classical Mezzo-Soprano repertoire—the common archetypes portrayed, the stereotypes perpetuated and those who create them.

Selections from the program: Voi che sapete from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart and “Una voce poco fa” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini.

William Cheng in a Washington Post Opinion Piece

From Dartmouth Now published 1/21/16:

I’m a Musician Who Can’t Play Music (‘The Washington Post’)

“History sparkles with stories of musicians overcoming illness, impairment, and adversity,” writes Dartmouth’s William Cheng in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Beethoven composed his ‘Ninth Symphony’ while deaf. Ray Charles performed blind. Itzhak Perlman plays through polio. Watch American Idol this season and you’ll hear tear-jerking tales of contestants beating herculean odds.”

But sometimes suffering doesn’t produce better art, writes Cheng, an assistant professor of music. Sometimes suffering prevents it from happening.