Professor Michael Casey Receives an NSF Grant

Title: “Collaborative Research: The Confluence of Music, Art and Science at Long Term Ecological Research Sites”
Duration: 2 Years (August 2015 to August 2017)
Michael Casey (PI, Dartmouth)

Working in musician-artist-scientist collaborative teams, we will develop new methods for visualizing and sonifying large quantities of ecological and climate data. The goal is to facilitate improved understanding of the vast information flowing from our national climate sensor networks. Neuroimaging methods will be used to evaluate both the affective impact and the scientific efficacy of the artistic data expressions developed within the project. Collaborative partners are the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research Foundation and the University of New Hampshire.

Quoted: William Cheng on ‘Ethnomusicology’s Queer Silences’

From the Dartmouth Now (July 29, 2015):

“With enough voices chiming in across field sites and disciplinary boundaries, perhaps ethnomusicology’s queer hush will soon give way to a lively chorus of critical debate,” says Assistant Professor of Music William Cheng in an Oxford University Press blog post about the scarcity of queer voices and subjects in the field of ethnomusicology.

Cheng is a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow.

Ashley Fure Receives Funding for New Project

From Dartmouth Now

Funding Initiative Chooses 10 Innovative Faculty Projects

7 Stages: An Electroacoustic Object Opera

Ashley Fure, Arts and Sciences, Music
Development of a series of kinetic sound art objects featured in a multi-disciplinary performance titled 7 Stages. The funding covers design and fabrication of Arduino-controlled mechanisms that make a cast of “object characters” transform throughout the performance. Fure, who begins work at Dartmouth on July 1, is the composer of the opera, which explores the hidden lives of objects devoid of human gaze.

Quoted: William Cheng on Meritocracy’s Dark Side

From the Dartmouth Now (May 26, 2015):

“In our perpetual race to get ahead by ‘merit alone,’ we would do well—more importantly, do good—by reflecting on what and who we're willing to leave behind,” says Assistant Professor of Music William Cheng in a Huffington Post opinion piece about the downside of meritocracy.

William Cheng is a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow.

Dartmouth Student & Alumni Composition Prize 2015 Announced

Michael Hogan '77 was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to receive a prize for his composition Haywire for string quartet. In addition to a monetary award, Mr. Hogan will receive a premiere of his work by the FLUX Quartet on May 5th at 8PM in Spaulding Auditorium as part of the Festival of Contemporary American Music.

Quoted: Matthew Marsit on ‘An Evening in Metropolis’

Dartmouth Now takes note when faculty and other members of the community weigh in on issues of the day. Here is today’s “Quoted”:

“It’s outside of the realm of certainly anything that we’re used to in modern cinema,” says Director of Bands Matthew Marsit in a VPR story about the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble’s presentation of An Evening in Metropolis on Feb. 20—a performance that pairs new music with Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent film Metropolis.

Review of Professor Spencer Topel's Palavers (2014)

Professor Spencer Topel's recent performance of Palavers (2014) by String Noise at Roulette in NYC was reviewed in the Arts & Culture section of the Huffington Post by critic Glen Roven.
Here's an excerpt from his review:

"Palavers (2014) was the only piece on the program that, because of its astonishing emotional depth, I felt could easily fill the stage at Carnegie or Avery Fisher Hall...
This piece was 'absolute music' and absolute joy. "

Complete review is on the Huffington Post.

Call for Works: Dartmouth Student and Alumni Composition Prize 2015



  • A composer who is a currently enrolled student or who graduated from either undergraduate or graduate degrees in the Department of Music at Dartmouth College is invited to submit an original score for consideration for the Dartmouth Alumni Competition Prize.
  • Compositions must have been completed within the past two years.
  • Compositions may be in any style.
  • The composer must submit a PDF score, parts, mp3 audio file and the Application for Submission via email. Please include in the subject line of your email the following: DACP Submission <LAST NAME>. Scores must be accurate and legible. No handwritten manuscript will be accepted.
  • No work may be over 10 minutes in duration.
  • Only one composition may be submitted for consideration in the competition.
  • The composition selection committee reserves the right to not make an award if, in the opinion of the committee, no composition is appropriately deserving.