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Fall 2014 Applications


Wed, September 3, 2014
Lippes Concert Hall

For more information or to sign up for an audition and apply to the UB Department of Music, please click on the links below:

Undergraduate Audition Request Form

Undergraduate Application Packet

Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholarship

The Tuition Debt Crisis: How UB Music Compares

Graduate Audition Request Form

Graduate Application Packet

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.

June in Buffalo Performance Institute 2015

The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music is pleased to announce the second June in Buffalo Performance Institute for May 29th to June 7th, 2015 on the campus of the University at Buffalo. All instrumental performers with an interest in 20th and 21st century music are welcome to apply. The Performance Institute will coincide with the annual June in Buffalo festival for composers (June 1st-June 7th, 2015).

2015 Performance Institute faculty will include:

Application and tuition information will be made available by September 1st, 2014.
A full roster of visiting composers and ensembles will be published online in the fall of 2014.

All information is subject to change.

For more info click here.

Harold Rosenbaum receives Ditson Award

Harold Rosenbaum, director of the UB Choir and Chorus, was awarded the Ditson Conductor's Award by Columbia University for "contributions to the advancement of American music." Mr. Rosenbaum is the founder and director of the New York Virtuoso Singers and Canticum Novum Singers. Composer Fred Lerdahl, secretary of the Alice M. Ditson Fund, said, "Harold Rosenbaum is one of the most accomplished and versatile choral conductors of our time." (read more).

Featured News

George Caldwell hails from Clarksdale, Mississippi. After a brief stint with Clifford Jordan, Caldwell played piano with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, leading to seven years with The Count Basie Orchestra, under the direction of Frank Foster.

Some of the many great artists he has shared the bandstand with include Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Joe Williams, George Benson, Kenny Garrett, Art Blakey, Savion Glover, Lou Rawls, Lionel Hampton, George Coleman, Louis Smith, Joe Newman, Roy Hargrove, Bobby McFerrin, Max Roach, and Jon Faddis.

Caldwell studied at Memphis State University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was awarded a Ralph Bunche Fellowship for masters work at Rutgers University and has garnered many prestigious awards throughout his career.

He is also compiling material for a recording which will include his own compositions as well as his arrangements of tunes from the American standard songbook.

In Buffalo, Caldwell leads a quintet of top-tier musicians performing original compositions and standards from the American songbook.

Emlyn Johnson is a flutist especially interested in exploring the connections between Baroque and contemporary music. An advocate for new music, Emlyn has recently performed with Slee Sinfonietta, Ensemble Signal, Ossia New Music Ensemble, Musica Nova, and Fifth House Ensemble. She has also studied Baroque flute and chamber music with Claire Guimond, Paul O'Dette, Edward Parmentier, and members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Emlyn is equally at home in the world of standard repertoire and is a recent prizewinner of the Texas Flute Society's Myrna Brown Competition. She has performed at myriad national and international festivals, including June in Buffalo, Aspen, Chautauqua, and Orford. Emlyn can be heard on recordings of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and University of Michigan Symphony Band, and she is an active performer in western New York and beyond.

Emlyn holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and University of Michigan. Her teachers include Bonita Boyd, Amy Porter, and Dr. Brooks de Wetter-Smith. She is excited to join the UB performance faculty in Fall 2014!

Brian Greene joined the BPO in 2012 as Acting Second Oboe. He previously held the position of Associate Principal Oboe with both the Honolulu Symphony for six seasons played the premiere season with the newly-formed Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He has been a frequent guest artist with numerous orchestras, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the American Composer's Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Utah Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. An active chamber musician as well, he performed with the Sylvan Winds in New York City and the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society. From 1987-2000 he was the oboe and English horn soloist with the June in Buffalo festival where he premiered several works for oboe and can be heard on several recordings of the music of David Felder and Morton Feldman. Mr. Greene holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he was in the studio of Richard Killmer, and the Cleveland Institute of Music as a scholarship student of John Mack. He joins the UB faculty as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe and English Horn in August 2014.

Upcoming Events

Miro String Quartet

Slee Beethoven Cycle, Concert I
September 26, 7:30pm
Lippes Concert Hall

Miro String Quartet

Slee Beethoven Cycle, Concert II
September 27, 7:30pm
Lippes Concert Hall

Miro String Quartet

Slee Beethoven Cycle, Concert III
September 28, 3:00pm
Lippes Concert Hall

Larry Groupé

Visiting Composer
October 6, 3:00pm
Baird Recital Hall

Brown Bag Concert

Performers TBA
October 7, 12:05pm
Lippes Concert Hall

Slee Sinfonietta

Slee Sinfonietta presents Ensemble Signal
October 7, 7:30pm
Lippes Concert Hall

Horszwowski Trio

Master Class
October 9, 7:00pm
Baird Recital Hall
October 10, 7:30pm
Lippes Concert Hall

Rand Steiger

Composer, UC San Diego
October 29, 3:00pm
Baird 352

Daniel Asia

Composer, University of Arizona
November 5, 3:00pm
Baird 352

Slee Sinfonietta

How Did We…?
November 13-15, 7:30pm
Center for the Arts, Drama Theater

Mivos String Quartet

Composer Workshop
November 19, 3:00pm
Baird Recital Hall
November 20, 7:30pm
Baird Recital Hall

Deviant Septet

December 4, 7:30pm
Lippes Concert Hall
Composer Workshop
December 5, 10:00am
Lippes Concert Hall