Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall
10:00am – 3:00pm
(UB students only)
For more information or to sign up for an audition and apply to the UB Department of Music, please click on the links below:
Steps to Music Education certification at UB
Advanced Certificate in Contemporary Performance
The Advanced Certificate in Contemporary Performance at the UB Music Department is a new degree plan designed to provide students with creative opportunities to develop their experience in contemporary music performance.
Students will study all aspects of contemporary music performance, presentation, recording, and entrepreneurship.
In collaboration with UB's Center for 21st Century Music, students have the opportunity to perform with the Slee Sinfonietta, at the June in Buffalo Festival, and in the greater Buffalo area. The Department is home to an internationally recognized graduate program in Composition, exceptional performance venues, and a comprehensive library collection of contemporary music scores and recordings.
Open enrollment going on now! More info.
Welcoming New Faculty
The UB Department of Music is delighted to announce that the legendary, distinguished saxophonist and Buffalo native, Bobby Militello, will be joining its faculty as adjunct instructor of jazz saxophone beginning this fall, 2016, when he replaces the retiring Dave Schiavone. We invite you to read up on Bobby's extraordinary story here, and enjoy a sample of his remarkable playing here.
We're delighted to welcome conductor Rachel Lauber to our faculty, beginning fall 2016. Lauber has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Livingston Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Campus Symphony, Nazareth College Orchestra and was conductor of the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra sharing the podium in concert with Neeme Jarvi, Tom Wilkins and Mark Wigglesworth. She has appeared as guest conductor with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Slee Sinfonietta, Cordancia Chamber Orchestra and the Holland Symphony Orchestra (MI) and has conducted throughout Italy.
Ms. Lauber has studied with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan where she received her doctorate in orchestral conducting. Her studies include the Brevard Music Center with Gunther Schuller, the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, and numerous workshops of the Conductor's Guild and the American Symphony Orchestra League. She has studied in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Catania International Conductor's Workshop in Sicily. In 2014 she attended the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with artist faculty Marin Alsop and James Ross.
This fall, Derek R. Strykowski begins a two-year appointment as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Music. He holds a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Brandeis University. In addition to offering instruction in the undergraduate music history sequence, Strykowski will also introduce non-majors to the department through "Understanding Music," a Global Pathway course within the new UB Curriculum.
In mid-August Devin Zimmer, a Brockport native, will be taking over our piano inventory and all the tuning and rebuilding challenges that go along with that. Devin has for the past decade run his own business, Seattle Precision Piano, in Seattle, Washington; and we are delighted he's returning to Western New York to join the staff here at UB Music.
A Musical InitiativeThe Music Department is proud to announce its affiliation with Buffalo String Works, a non-profit organization which provides after-school music lessons to the underserved population on Buffalo's west side. This endeavor is spearheaded by Prof. Yuki Numata Resnick (UB Professor of violin and viola), Elise Golove (music teacher at School 45) and Virginia Barron (violist and WNED radio announcer). In addition to providing music lessons, BSW serves as a training ground for future music educators through an internship class available for UB students. BSW's current interns are Ellen Aroune, Arielle Balthazard, Fildza Rizal and Blair Sailer, all music majors at UB. Not only will these students strengthen and hone their skills as teachers through private and group instruction, but they will also develop organizational, entrepreneurial and communication skills through their administrative roles in Buffalo String Works. For more information, please visit www.buffalostringworks.org or contact Prof. Numata Resnick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our Faculty
The Academic Study of Music
Jon Nelson, trumpet
Professor of Music
Jon Nelson discusses the concert band's thought-provoking repertoire and professional work ethic, and the importance of establishing a musical presence in Buffalo.
Jonathan Golove, 'cello
On working closely with students and visiting artists: "I think the greatest reward is interacting with people from a variety of traditions. It's really eye and mind-opening."
George Caldwell, piano
Adjunct Instructor of Music
George Caldwell, director of the UB Jazz Ensembles, discusses his strategy of working with students, and sharing his experiences of making music with some of the great jazz performers of the 20th century.
Eric Huebner, piano
Associate Professor of Music
Eric Huebner discusses the Music in Buffalo's Historic Places series, and working with his students on musicality, interpretation, and guiding them toward more mature performances.
Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Professor of Music
Prof. Jean Kopperud, clarinet, and students discuss the performance skills course,
"On the Edge."
Tom Kolor, percussion
Associate Professor of Music
Tom Kolor discusses being "obsessed" with music, and the musical utopia he's found at UB.