Music Dept. News

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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.

Substituting this fall for Prof. Currie, who is on a Humanities Institute fellowship, is Dr. Mat Langlois, who received his PhD from Cornell University in 2015, and taught as a Lecturer in Music History at Syracuse University from 2012-2014 and SUNY Binghamton from 2015-2016. His research focuses on 18th-century music and the visual arts, historical performance practices, and indie rock. As a performer, Langlois specializes in baroque and renaissance flutes, holding degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Playing with "live-wire splendor" (The New York Times) violinist, Hanna Hurwitz, comes from a family of literary and performing artists. As a musician who values the performance of contemporary music and collaboration with composers, Hanna's recent activities have included ​appearances with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, and ​Eastman Broad ​B​and​. She has p​re​miered works ​in Italy, Spain, Greece, and Mexico​, and can be heard on Bridge Records and Urtext labels. Hanna holds a Bachelor's Degree and Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a Master's Degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently finishing a Doctorate of Musical Arts and a minor in Performance Psychology from the Eastman School of Music.

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.

Leanne Darling creates a powerful new voice for the viola. She draws from her classical technique, her skills in many musical genres, and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries of this underused instrument. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was a finalist in the ASTA National Solo Competition and a winner of the Durham (NC) Young Artists Competition. Professionally, Darling has held the principal and assistant principal position in the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, and the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie.

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!

Press

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